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    Hello,

    I'm looking at buying an indoor dog bed. Our Sophie sleeps outside, so this bed would be for indoor use only and mostly for napping or awake time just hanging out with us. I'd like something durable, comfy, and clean - something hypo-allergenic would be great, and something that I could easily remove fur off and that won't get fur and dander embedded in it.

    Hubby is allergic to dogs, so I'd like to keep allergens in the home down as much as possible. We knew he was allergic before getting a dog - it was an informed decision. We just decided to reduce the effects as much as we can through frequent bathing, brushing, floor cleaning and by restricting where the dog can go (no furniture or bedrooms) - plus extra handwashing and showers on our part! But Sophie has started shedding a fair bit and her current mat gets coated in fur instantly. I'd really like something that would stay fairly clean and could just be inside the home permanently.

    My one concern with "hypoallergenic" or "antibacterial" beds is that they are often drenched in toxic chemicals, and there's often no way of knowing this. Does anyone have any insight on this?

    Specific beds, brands or shops would be great, but I'm mostly after general advice on what to look for - e.g. are bean bag beds any good? foam? fibre? what kind of cover materials should I look for? How have you all found your dog beds, in terms of ease of cleaning, durability, dog's comfort, etc?

    Thank you!

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    This is the kind we got for Maggies inside bed. In winter I put a rug on it. There are lots of brands, ours is Purina.

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    https://www.petstock.com.au/products/121419000049

    I got a plastic oval bed for when Frosty grew out of eating the cardboard box she slept in. You just put an old pillow and towels or old jumpers in for bedding and you can put those in the washing machine on super hot and clean the bed with what ever works. I got mine from an independent pet supplies shop but petstock have them in different sizes and colours.

    I also use a hammock bed - you can get really cheap ones but they wobble. I think the ones with plastic shade cloth hammock might be easier to clean than the ones with hessian covers. My dog eventually digs holes in the hessian. I often put a towel or something on top of that I can take off and clean too. Otherwise she just has bath mats around the place - and they can all go in the wash too.

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    She has a hammock bed for outside, I think it's purina too actually. But then I have a cushion bed on top of hat and she gets tucked in with her blanket at night. Yes, she is spoiled! Any time I'm tidying up her bed (read: removing bone and stick fragments), she jumps straight on the mattress while it's on the ground. I've possibly spoilt her too much, I don't think just a hammock bed would suffice now.

    What do you guys think of bean bags? I spotted some cheap ones today, including one that has a canvass/plasticky sort of cover (wipeable and waterproof).

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    Hy - I checked out the link but I don't think anything with 'walls' is an option. Sophie measures about 150cm when laying down. Plus she likes to sprawl. The pains of large dog ownership!

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    I've seen one of those oval beds with three boxers in it... don't know how they did that but you will be surprised what a big dog will get themselves into.

    For a great dane - I'd be thinking about dedicating a couch tho.

    Beanbags are very popular with dogs but you need to be really really sure your dog won't eat it. Because then all hell breaks loose (beans) and they can be quite dangerous to a dog - lungs and gut. I think I'd want a cover at least as durable as shade cloth maybe Kevlar (sails and bullet proof vests are made from this and you can't cut it with scissors).

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