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Best calming dog beds: Keep your canine cozy and secure

Dog relaxing on one of the best calming dog beds
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Investing in one of the best calming dog beds is well worth it if you're looking to provide your pup with a safe, secure and soothing sleep spot that will have them awakening feeling relaxed and refreshed. Some of the best dog beds currently available, calming dog beds will help your canine companion to get the restorative sleep they need to stay happy and healthy

Much like the best luxury dog beds, the idea behind calming dog beds is to create a sleep surface that's both super supportive and ridiculously comfortable. But these little beauties go one step further by seeking to recreate the same feeling your pup would have had when snuggling up to their mother. The result is a bed that leaves your dog feeling warm, cozy and totally blissed out. 

Because calming dog beds use a range of plush and snuggly materials that mimic a mother's warmth, they're ideal if you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety when you're apart or who finds loud noises, such as thunder and fireworks, to be scary or unsettling. These beds often come with high sides, allowing your dog to really burrow down so that they feel protected from whatever is going on around them. 

But it's not just anxious, stressed or scared dogs that can benefit from this kind of bed, they're also brilliant for senior dogs who may be struggling with mobility issues or any pup who regularly suffers from joint pain. Utilizing many of the same materials found in the best orthopedic dog beds, calming dog beds help to distribute the weight of the body more evenly, reducing the pressure on the head, neck and spine. 

Now that you know a little bit more about the benefits of calming dog beds, it's time to go shopping! Here's our pick of the bunch for 2022...

PetsRadar's pick of the best calming dog beds

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Furhaven Pet Calming Donut Bed

Best overall calming dog bed

Specifications

Suitable size of dog: Small, medium, large
Range of colors?: Yes
Material: Polyester
Machine washable?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Available in range of sizes
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Machine washable 
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Refillable 

Reasons to avoid

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High price 
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Not suitable for very large dogs 
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Not suitable for destructive dogs 

Featuring a bolstered donut shape, this cushy and malleable dog bed has a lot of great benefits. It’s suitable for small, medium, and large dogs, with dogs up to 75lbs supported by the largest variety (examples given include the Labrador retriever, boxer or golden retriever). The bed’s sunken interior is surrounded by a big, bolstered pillow ring. This design allows for maximum snuggling, nesting, and comfort for your dog, while also providing firm support.

With a faux fur covering, the bed is designed to be soft and cosy on paws and noses, which also makes it good for burrowing into. A pocket-effect is created between the bolster edge and the inner pillow, which is  useful for burrowing, and also gives you or your dog the ability to hide treats and toys. The zipped interior liner means you can add more stuffing - or refill it - as necessary, or even change the type of stuffing depending on yours (or your dog’s) preference later down the line. 

You can also remove the bed’s cover (medium and large variants), making it completely machine washable. Full washing instructions are also included to make sure you use the correct settings and avoid damage. Note that the smallest bed doesn’t have a removable cover, but the entire bed can be washed in the machine instead. It also comes with a 90-day limited coverage warranty against material defects. 

There are some downsides to think about with this calming bed, however. It is not particularly well-suited to any dog with particularly destructive tendencies, while very large dog breeds aren’t catered for. The range of colors is fairly limited, too.

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Nonofish Anxiety Dog Bed

Best budget calming dog bed

Specifications

Suitable size of dog: : small, medium, large, extra large
Range of colors?: Yes
Material: Cotton
Machine washable?: Yes, as a whole

Reasons to buy

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Lots of different colors
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Good value
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Suitable for multiple sized dogs 

Reasons to avoid

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Cover not removable
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Hand-washing preferable 

This great-value option is also a good all-round option for anybody new to dog calming beds. It includes raised rim edges which work well as a pillow for your dog, while the sunken design works as a comforter. 

Finished with faux fur, the material is ultra soft, warm, and comfortable, and is well-suited to dogs who like to curl up to go to sleep. If your dog is more of a sprawler, you may want to go one size up to ensure they have plenty of space to stretch out.

Although the bed can be washed in the washing machine, since it does not have a removable cover, it’s recommended that spot cleaning by hand is used where possible. While you can run it through a tumble dryer (on a very low heat), you’ll also need to wait for it to completely dry out before your dog can use it again. 

The bottom of the bed is made from durable, waterproof fabric, and also includes non-slip dots to help it stay in place, even on smooth surfaces such as wood floors or Lino.

Suitable for small, medium, large, and even extra-large dogs, most breeds should find a Nonofish bed to match their size. As you might expect, the smallest and medium sized beds are the cheapest, but all sizes provide good overall value. We also love the fact that the bed is available in a wide range of colors so that you can select your favorite, or match it to the decor of your room.

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BestFriends by Sheri The Original Calming Shag Fur Donut Cuddler Cat & Dog Bed

Best washable calming dog bed

Specifications

Suitable size of dog: Small, medium, large, extra large
Range of colors?: Yes
Material: Polyester
Machine washable?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Fully machine washable 
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Suitable for variety of sizes
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Several colors available
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Pet safe materials

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly pricey 
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Best if you can machine dry it 

If you have a dog that’s a bit of a mucky pup, you’ll want to make sure you invest in a calming dog bed that is super easy to clean and wash. This bed has a removable cover that is fully machine washable and dryable (it’s recommended that you machine dry it to prevent tangling and matting of the fur). Note that the small-sized bed can be put into the washing machine as a whole unit. 

This is another bed with the classic round 'donut' shape that many anti-anxiety beds have. This makes it well suited to those who like to curl up to sleep, while still ensuring plenty of room for those that like to spread out. It has a raised rim that can act as a pillow, while its deep crevices are well-suited to burrowing, as well as allowing your dog to hide and protect its treats and toys. The filling is made from AirLoft fibers, which are designed to provide maximum comfort and withstand washes without clumping. 

As well as a variety of sizes, there are also lots of different colors to choose from. You can choose your favorite color, or match the bed to your interior decor. The cover of the bed is made from faux shag fur, which is intended to replicate the feeling of a dog’s mother’s coat for maximum comfort and a feeling of security. 

The bottom of the bed is water and dirt-resistant, while the filling is non-toxic to ensure the safety of your pet. The bed features double overlock stitching to ensure durability through both general wear and tear and when put through the washing machine. The materials are also responsibly sourced, with the beds designed and shipped from Los Angeles, with local customer service on hand to help via email or phone call with any problems or queries. 

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MixJoy Orthopedic Dog Bed

Best orthopedic calming dog bed

Specifications

Suitable size of dog: Small, medium, large
Range of colors?: Yes
Material: Polyester
Machine washable?: Yes, but recommend hand washing

Reasons to buy

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Made with pet safe materials 
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Self-warming faux fur 
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Provides additional comfort 

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for very large dogs
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Not suitable for excessive chewers 

The simple design of this calming dog bed makes it a great choice for dogs who want both comfort and support. The raised rim design provides head and neck and support, while the sunken centre makes it super comfortable to snuggle into. The faux fur covering is also self-warming, so you should find it keeps your pet nice and toasty too.

Lightweight and portable, this bed is filled with recycled polyester fiber filling that recreates a nest-like feeling and promotes a feeling of safety and security. You can wash the bed in the machine on a cold wash, but the manufacturer recommends using hand washing if possible. You can also place the bed in the tumble dryer on a low heat – ensure that the bed is completely dry before giving it back to your dog. 

At the bottom of the bed is a non-slip surface, helping to keep it in place on slippery surfaces such as wood floors and Lino. The bed is made with pet-safe materials, so although it’s not recommended for those who like to chew, it should be safe if minor damage occurs. 

This bed is available in three different sizes, so the majority of dogs are catered for, but those with very large breeds may find they need to look elsewhere. The smallest size is suitable for very small breeds, but you may wish to go up a size if you have a dog that likes to spread out a little more. It’s available in a decent selection of colors too, so you should be able to match it to your decor. 

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PetFusion Calming Cuddler Dog Bed

Best calming dog bed for burrowers

Specifications

Suitable size of dog: Small, medium
Range of colors?: No
Material: Polyester, Fabric
Machine washable?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for burrowers
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Easy to clean 
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Super soft material 

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for large dogs 
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High cost

This bed’s a little different from the rest on the list. Rather than being a donut shape, it’s a traditional rectangular shape. Here, anxiety is combated with the ability to burrow – something which many dogs have a natural instinct for. The loose blanket attached to the bottom of the bed is ideal for burrowing into, but since it’s attached, it won’t detach and come loose, providing hours of burrowing security. On top of that, it also provides warmth and comfort and is made from super soft materials, and they can also bury treats and toys within its layers.

The high walls of the edges of the bed provide good support for the head and neck, while the bed itself has a memory foam base for ultimate comfort and to help reduce problems such as joint pain. The foam itself is constructed from certified pet-safe materials, so you can also feel confident that it’s totally safe for your furry friend to snuggle into. 

Should you need to freshen the bed up, the covers are removable for machine washing and tumble drying (gentle/cold settings). Spot cleaning for light stains is recommended where possible to maintain the quality for as long as possible. 

There are of course a couple of downsides to this bed. It’s not the cheapest bed on the market, but with high-quality materials that is to be expected. It’s also only available in one colour, which albeit neutral, may not be to everybody’s tastes.

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GASUR Cozy Cuddler Small Dog Bed

Best for small dogs

Specifications

Suitable size of dog: : Small
Range of colors?: No
Material: Polyester, Plush, Microsuede, Fabric
Machine washable?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Supports better sleep
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Easy to wash 
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Good value 

Reasons to avoid

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Only one color available

If you're looking for a cozy and comfortable hideaway for your little furry friend, this cuddly small dog bed from GASUR is hard to beat. Featuring an attached pet blanket, this covered bed is ideal for any dog that loves to burrow and snuggle.

The soft and plush interior fabric coupled with the chamois microsuede hood provide breathable warmth that promotes better sleep and helps to provide relief to sore muscles and joints. You can also fold the hood down and use it as a blanket to tuck your canine companion in for the night.

Measuring 23" x 23", this bed is suitable for small dogs up to 20 lbs, but there's also a medium-sized version available that measures 26" x 26" and supports pups up to 30 lbs. We love how easy this cuddler is to care for too - simply pop the entire bed in the washing machine and voila, you'll have a fresh and clean bed in no time! 

Amy Davies is a freelance writer and photographer with over 15 years experience. She has a degree in journalism from Cardiff University and has written about a huge variety of topics over the years. These days she mostly specialises in technology and pets, writing across a number of different titles including TechRadar, Stuff, Expert Reviews, T3, Digital Camera World, and of course PetsRadar. She lives in Cardiff with her dog, Lola, a rescue miniature dachshund.