Fall is a great time to take your dogs on a camping trip. Face it, dogs love to explore new environments, especially when they're with you! But you'll want to look into suitable sleeping gear for them before you go.
Portability... well, that's really for your benefit. You don't want to drag a big awkward dog bed with you; it's too cumbersome and, if it lays flat on the ground, it's not suitable. A fold-up camping bed with a raised frame can be easily carried and easily squeezed into a corner of your packed car or van.
Safety... For your dog's safety, you should buy a raised bed, so the ground critters and crawling bugs don't get onto him.
Comfort... A supportive bed is a comfy bed; this is true for you and your dog. A tightly-woven surface makes dogs sleep better, especially in a strange environment. If your dog likes cushy as well, you can add a doggy blanket.
Here are four highly-reviewed, well-made portable pet beds for small, medium, and large dogs that are great for camping.
HDP stands, in this case, for Happy Dog Place, and this portable Space Saver Pet Bed promises to make your dog happy and you too! It meets all my specifications for a great camping bed. The powder coated, rust-resistant steel frame folds up real conveniently and the comfy padded cover is water and UV resistant polyester oxford. It breathes!
The HDP Space Saver Pet comes in medium, (27" x 27" x 7.5") for pets up to 25 pounds, and large, (35"X 35"X 7.54") for pets up to 35 pounds. It comes in red, blue, black, and pink! If something should happen to the cover, you can order another cover separately.
Now, for your convenience, here's the carry pack!
A similar bed for larger dogs, the Paws & Pals has a steel fold-up frame and an oxford type cloth fabric. The 'medium' size in this bed is larger than the HDP bed, above; it holds up to 90 pounds and is 28”L x 28”W x 9.5”H. The 'large' holds up to 120 pounds and is 40.5”L x 40.5”H x 14”H. The breathable water-proof oxford cloth fits over the corners of the frame and attaches with Velcro® around the frame.
Again, a neat fold up and carry design....
The GigaTent is another great portable cot that's perfect for camping. The fabric is taught which is especially good for heavier dogs and dogs who are accustomed to a sturdy surface bed at home. You can always add a pillow or blanket for cushiness if your pet prefers.
Most customers ask if there is a bar in the middle of the bed that extends under the mattress. No. The middle bar is on the ground; there is nothing that interferes with the smoothness of the cover under your pet's body! The manufacturer recommends that your dog 'be trained' to use the bed, perhaps because a customer complained that her dog ripped up the mattress. If you have a puppy or a dog that is destructive, it would seem that destruction would be a problem with any bed, so I'm not concerned about this because the fabric is strong and not subject to accidental tears.
The small - medium bed is 35" x 24" x 8" and does not have a mid-bar like the one above. The large size bed is 42" x 24" x 8." Both sizes hold up to 100 pounds according to the seller, so your dog's size is probably more relevant to the size of the GigaTent you purchase.
And here's where the portability comes in:
The GigaTent is available in green, black, tan, and gray.
The Gen7Pets cot is an ingenious design for a pet bed, as you'll see below.
It raises your dog about 6 inches above ground and provides a supportive bed with a balanced steel bar and a strong center mesh fabric that provides plenty of air flow. The bed snaps together to set up and is ultimately portable. Size medium holds up to a 60 pound pet and the large holds up to 90 pounds. Medium is 31.5 x 6.5 x 26.5 inches and it weighs 8 pounds. The large Trailblazer Pet Cot is 26 x 37.5 x 15.5 inches and weighs 9 pounds.
I like all of these portable camping beds for dogs. I'm sure one of these will be perfect for your dog's needs and your own.
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