Dog Bed Buying Guide

Autumn + New Season =  shopping! 

This weekend really did feel like the start of Autumn, with the beginnings of a frost and mounds of fallen leaves on the ground it was a reminder that it's time to get the winter coats (both dog + human) out of the wardrobe and start enjoying some fantastic Autumnal walks together

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So what is the secret to ensuring your dog can really relax and make the most of their snooze time on an Autumnal Sunday afternoon? Apart from the obvious thing that no discerning canine would be without (a toasty wood burner with a well stocked log pile) there are a few other things you can do to ensure your dog's snooze environment ticks all the boxes and guarantees you both get a peaceful afternoons nap.

Unlike their fussier feline counterparts dogs are a decidedly more sociable bunch when it comes to their sleeping habits, which often means dog owners have to purchase a couple of dog beds to keep their pals happy around the home.


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This brings us on to one of the Gencon teams favourite hobbies- shopping for our dogs!

Spending an afternoon in a pet store browsing the finer goods in the dog aisle is a great way to see first hand the vast array of superior pet products available, nestled amongst the Gencon dog head collars you will no doubt find a paraphernalia of assorted canine themed products promising to provide your dog will a comfortable nights sleep, but how do you decide which dog bed will become young Basil's new favourite spot?


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Active Recovery Orthopaedic Dog Bed find it on the GVPG shop


Firstly there are a few core factors to consider before you splash the cash; dog beds come in all shapes and sizes and there are of course now more alternatives to the standard hard plastic bed .

You may struggle to decide which are the most important factors to bare in mind when selecting the right bed for your pooch, but our foolproof guide should hopefully make things easier and of course quicker, which means less time until you and your dog can be curled up in front of the fire enjoying forty winks and of course dreaming of Gencon dog head collars.

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Size really does matter!

Make sure you select a bed that your dog wont outgrow. Of course as most dogs love to sleep intertwined with their canine pals if you have more than one dog it pays to include them when you're choosing the right size bed.


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If your dog (and most are) is prone to rolling around in the Autumn leaves or Summer grass it's a good idea to opt for a fully washable dog bed that's also quick to dry.

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Dogs like to play with most things they find in their vicinity so it's worth investing in a bed that will last well into next Autumn. Check it's designed to be pulled around and survive play time with a boisterous dog!

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Dogs who suffer from joint pain won't appreciate lying on their bed atop a cold floor so its worthwhile investing in a slightly raised bed that will keep them more comfortable.

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After a good nights sleep or a peaceful afternoon nap your dog will be ready for a walk with their Gencon dog head collar. 

An Autumn favourite amongst our customers is the New REFLECTIVE Clip to collar- be safe, be seen with this dog head collar that not only stops your dog pulling but also ensures your canine can be safely spotted when being walked in the darker months.


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The Gencon® All-in-1 for gentle control of dogs that pull on the lead: happy dogs = happy dog walkers.

The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking.

The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.

Gencon are one of the leading manufacturers of Dog Training Headcollars in the UK, including the unique Gencon Allin1 Clip to Collar. As an established British brand Gencon dog head collars are designed and manufactured in the UK and recommended by the Guild of Dog Trainers.

From 2015 Gencon will be sponsoring the British agility team and providing them with dog head collars and leads. Affiliated with Petshake the Gencon brand is associated with some of the most highly regarded names in the dog industry.

Gencon is a unique product with patented technology that uses a dogs natural instincts to stop them pulling.