Must be the Luxury Dog Beds

Here is Pontus, he won his Puppy Class and came second in the Novice class at our Working test last weekend.

Pontus holding his rosettes from his wins.

Pontus holding his rosettes from his wins.

It must be partly due to the training and partly due to the lovely waterproof dog beds that they have. LOL.

I took Pontus to the competition on Sunday and he thought it was great fun meeting all the other dogs. A lot of the competitors also have Tuffies dog beds to sleep on and to travel on their cars, so to be honest, Pontus’ performance was probably mainly down to the training we have put in.

The puppy test was very easy, doing a little hunt in the trees where he turned quietly and kept an eye out for me. I was asked to sit him down at a distance and he duly did so.  He then had to walk out with me where I threw a dummy and walked back with him. He then had to run out and get the dummy, it’s called a memory retrieve. Here is pictures from last week practising this.

Walking out with dummy.

Walking out with dummy.

Throw and allow the dog to mark the fall.

Throw and allow the dog to mark the fall.

Walking back.

Walking back.

In a competition you have to wait till the judge tells you to send your dog.

Looks like he still remembers where we left it.

Looks like he still remembers where we left it.

Picking the dummy.

Picking the dummy.

Triumphant retrieve.

Triumphant retrieve.

There were five exercises in each class and he just managed the split retrieve. As Anne, who judged, said, it is a sign that most of us train dogs without a helper because when one dummy has been thrown, the dog just looks at the handler and does not take any account for the next one landing. I had to handle Pontus out as if it was a blind, so it became a little messy because he is not quite used to that.

The little working test is always a nice occasion and I missed it last year because I was whelping Gaia exactly on that day.

Tuffies always donate one of our luxury dog beds for this competition and it’s a big draw for the raffle.

Always good fun.

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Dog Beds for Very Large Breeds

Time and time again, we receive the most wonderful testimonials both as emails or accompanied by pictures. This is because our customers get so very pleased finally to have a dog bed that lasts. The problem with the very large breeds is their weight. All dogs will spend a considerable amount of their day sleeping on their dog beds and it is therefore important that they get a bed that they don’t trash in a short time.

Very large dog breeds that have a fine coat will be best served with a nest type dog bed as this helps keep the  draught out and keep the dog warm (owners should be vigilant when it comes to the temperature near the floor, as this can be much colder than you might think). The nests are more elaborate than mattress beds and if you buy top quality, then they will be fairly heavy to lift. Certainly, the Tuffies nest in XXL weighs around 20 Kgs, so it will not be dragged round by even the largest dog and it won’t be sliding round on the floor when a Great Dane comes bounding in and jumps on it.

Customers speak more than anything we can describe and here is the latest testimonial from a very happy customer:

Hey guys,
Just a quick message to say thank you for the amazing service and product! I never thought I’d find a bed that could entice Frank off our sofa but this did the trick. He’s had the bed about a year now and it still looks like new. I wish I’d have got one of these to start off with instead of paying £70+ every 6 months for a replacement bed big enough to support the great weight of a Dane. As you can see he has plenty of room in there and likes to roll around after a long day, he can fully stretch out on his side in it too which is great. Thanks again! Charlotte & Frankus

Charlotte Hemmingway' Frank in an XXL Tuffies Nest, Teal Durasoft.

Charlotte Hemmingway’ Frank in an XXL Tuffies Nest, Teal Durasoft.

If you are happier with a more manageable mattress bed, then that is the cheapest and easiest to have. If you do have a dog without much coat, he or she will probably  appreciate a bit of extra fleece on top, such as one of Tuffies Luxury Fleeces for the Large Mattress dog beds.

Here is a lovely testimonial to that effect:

Dog Beds from Tuffies:

Flint doesn’t like his new bed, he LOVES it as you can see! Spoilt rotten but well worth it. Thankyou. JM yorkshire.

Flint on his Tuffie bed with Luxury Fleece.

Flint on his Tuffie bed with Luxury Fleece.

Or you can give your very large dog a bed with a tunnel cover. Here is another testimonial, which tells a lovely story:

Dog Beds from Tuffies:

The tunnel cover arrived today for Sapphire’s bed. She is a blue great dane and we adopted her 10 weeks ago, through Daneline UK.

As you  can see,  she finds the bed extremely comfortable and we are delighted with the quality and workmanship. The fleece is thick and luxurious and will keep her cosy throughout the winter.

Thank you so much for your attention to detail and prompt delivery. We shall gladly  recommend Tuffies to all our friends. Please feel free to use this on your testimonials page, if you wish.

Many thanks
Rosemary Webb.

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Post surgery dog beds

Hopefully one would not be needing perfect post surgery dog beds very often, but when your dog has had an operation, it is very important that you get the right firmness and comfort for the time when the dog recovers after the visit to the vet.

First of all a waterproof dog bed is good if there is some discharge from a wound. Washing waterproof dog beds and keeping the bedding clean is important due to infection risk, so as a start, a waterproof, even wipeable dog bed is a great advantage. Disinfecting the bedding should be done regularly and the Wipe Clean Tuffies mattress beds are ideal for this. To give extra warmth and comfort Tuffies also supply fleece covers for all the waterproof beds. These are easy to change and can be put on fresh and washed every day if necessary. If you are looking at big operations with a prolonged recovery, it would be advisable to have two washable covers so you have one in the wash and one to use.

Tuffies also offer a bespoke dog bed service so if your dog has to be in a cage for restricted exercise, it is good to have a comfortable dog bed that fits the cage exactly. This means that everything is neat and nice and that there are no lumps and bumps as a result of squashing the bed in to a space too small.

Finally, the comfort is absolutely crucial. We know that Tuffies sells waterproof dog beds to many, many veterinary surgeries all over UK. They are used to give the best possible recovery environment in the recovery kennels immediately after surgery. In vet’s surgeries the beds often get a little blanket put over them so that it is extremely easy to take off and change. This is because dogs immediately after surgery tend to be very still and not move their dog beds much. Once they feel a bit better, they will start to dig around a little bit and will soon take off a loose blanket. Fitted covers work much better for that purpose.

So in summary, if your dog is going in for surgery, it is a good preparation to have a well supporting and waterproof dog bed ready for the home coming. With washable dog bed covers in addition, you can keep everything fresh and clean. The thing is, this comfortable dog bed will be a great asset for the dog also when he or she is perfectly well and recovered. Good dog beds with support and durability is what everyone needs for the welfare of their dog.

 

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Luxury Dog Beds

When you think of “Luxury Dog Beds” you might not think of dog beds for travelling, but more of fluffy, padded and overly ornate dog beds. But in a way good travel dog beds are a luxury, because in reality a lot of dogs have to put up with less than comfortable travelling beds. A well padded, good quality travel dog bed is almost a rare luxury. Unfortunately I still see a lot of dogs travelling without dog beds in the back of the car. Some dogs have travelled a long way to attend a show, a shoot or other forms of work, where they are expected to give their best and yet their owner thinks they will be well rested if they have travelled on a mere towel thrown in to a hard base in a cage. It is not really fair and if the dog gets wet during the working day, it will be sitting on a wet towel that will feel cold and clammy for a long time, maybe for an overnight stay or the trip home. A damp, hard surface is really unacceptable as a dog bed. For being cooped up in a car, the dogs should be “compensated” by having nice, warm, comfortable and dry dog beds to sleep on.

Bespoke waterproof dog beds in a car cage.

Bespoke waterproof dog beds in a car cage.

It is very easy to arrange this. If you want the basic waterproof dog beds for travelling, our Wipe Clean beds are perfect. Our standard sizes may not fit in your particular car cage space or the car boot space, but we are able to make our mattress dog beds to fit any space. If you need bespoke dog beds, just call Tuffies on 01888 563288 to get a quote for a bed to your measurements.

A well fitted dog bed is so superior.

A well fitted dog bed is so superior.

If you are driving a car with a bit of draught, such as a pick-up, you might want to give your dogs a nest to protect them from the draught. I was driving somewhere in the winter and a friend jumped in to the cab with the dogs for a short journey on a farm road and he said it was very cold in there. Ever since then I have given my dogs little jumpers on while driving in the winter, but I had also left one of the windows open, so that didn’t help either. It can be much colder in a cab than you think. If you are going long distances in the winter, it might be well worth putting in one of our nest dog beds to help keeping the draught out. This is maybe considered using luxury dog beds because all in all dogs don’t usually spend a lot of time in transit, but you don’t have to buy nest dog beds ONLY for the car, you can put your house beds in the car for the long journey although having dedicated car dog beds is an easier option.

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The Best Dog Beds for Sale UK

The best dog beds are the ones that suit your specific needs AND are made in top quality.

Here at Tuffies we make everything in top quality and then we provide our customer care to advise which type would suit your needs and the needs of your dog.

Perhaps you just want a padding for the floor that does not need much attention for keeping it clean and in that case our Wipe Clean Mattress dog beds are ideal. You simply put this bed on the floor and your dog has a supporting, comfortable place to sleep with full and total insulation from any chill from the floor. The Wipe Clean fabric has a smooth surface so that hairs never stick to it. This means that this has to be one of the best dog beds for sale in UK in terms of hygiene and ease of cleaning. You will never see hairs stuck to it and if it becomes a bit doggy whiffy, you simply take the dog bed outside and scrub it over with hot, soapy water and rinse it down. It dries very, very quickly and is ready for use again.

The next one in terms of cleanliness is either the Wipe Clean or Durasoft Mattress bed, but with an added optional cover. The most popular one we sell is the Luxury Fleece. It is a soft, thick fleece, which goes on the mattress bed and is closed with poppers. It washes well and comes up like new at a 40 degree wash in the washing machine. Easy and cosy.

Then, if you are looking for the best dog beds for sale in UK for your pampered pet, you should look at our Tuffies Nests. This is a step up from the mattress bed as you get perfect draught exclusion and your dog gets what all dogs love: a den. Here you can also get both the Wipe Clean Tuffies Nest and a Durasoft. The features are the same as above in terms of easy cleaning, but because of the sides, there is more surface to vacuum clean or hosing down. Also, the cushion in the middle comes with a fleece cover, which you can take off for machine washing. This then complicates washing, but possibly gives you exactly what you want for your dog.

So from the above, you can see, that there is not just one dog bed that is the best dog bed for sale in UK, it all depends on your needs.

But, as mentioned above, whichever style and type that suits your needs, you should always look out for top quality through and through if you want the best dog beds for sale in UK. At Tuffies we only use the best materials from the stuffing, which is always a thick, supportive futon mattress, to the fabrics, which we have tested regularly for waterproofness and strength. Our Durasoft is a 1,000 denier texturised Nylon with a Polyurithane coating. Most dog beds for sale in UK are just polyester and they do not last. For dog beds that last, you need to look for a Tuffies.

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Woolly Dog Beds

We have been offered some delicious, fluffy off-cuts from local cashmere and woollen mills. It’s still sitting here in the office as we have been too busy getting round to make use of it. Our Tuffies dog beds are famous for being firm and made with a hollow fibre futon mattress inside it. This ensures that our dog beds will keep their shape and never go lumpy. We use that futon mattress in our nest dog beds as well as in our mattress dog beds. But we are very intrigued by this potential wool stuffing. If we used the loose wool, we could make a dog pillow type thing, which you would be able to plump up. In fact we did this in the past as we had access to raw lama-wool, but we didn’t pursue it as the wool was not washed!!! It really smelled of lama. The advantage of wool instead of synthetic would be that it is meant to be just that little bit more insulating. It is also just a nice feeling that your dog is lying on real wool.

So here we are, with our traditional dog beds that we are super famous for, considering making an additional product as a little duvet or a pillow. We would have to make it in a waterproof cover so that it can be wiped over for cleaning.

We get so many pictures from happy customers, who show us photos of the dog beds they bought from us, in particular photos of nests. Our nest dog beds come with a lovely, soft fleece fitted on the middle cushion, which you can take off and wash in the washing machine, but for some reason most users put in an additional blanket for the dog. This always surprises us, but it’s a sort of comfort blanket thing I think. However, a wool-cushion might be a nice thing to add to the nest for those dogs that like something extra to rummage around with inside the nest.

Alternatively we could simply make a well stuffed pillow with the wool, which would of course “go lumpy”, but would be good for plumping up. The problem with beds going lumpy usually is due to the stuffing getting clogged together and not able to separate when you try and shake it.

Basically this is now subject to experiments and it will be the usual Tuffie dogs that will be testing the new Tuffies dog beds.

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Dog Beds for Small Breeds

We have, due to countless requests, started to move in to the area of making dog beds for  small breeds. Tuffies has a reputation of making first class waterproof dog beds for large breeds, but we are increasingly asked if we can repeat that top quality in our dog beds, but for really small dogs. So we looked around for some good fabrics. Most small dog beds are rather overly decorated, yet made in a inferior material. That’s not the way Tuffies operate and we did not want to make dog beds for small breeds out of “naff” stuff because we think those little dogs deserve the absolute top notch. On our travels, visiting suppliers in UK, we came across the most exquisite faux fur material. When you see it, you will think it is actually real mink because of the way it falls and folds. It turns out that this material is manufactured for the fashion industry, so it is super soft and brilliant quality right through. Of course we had to find out it it could wash well, because even little dogs may have an accident or simply will need their beds washed from time to time. At 40 degrees on a gentle machine wash it performs to perfection. So we bought a couple of hundred of metres and set out to make the most amazing small dog beds knowing that small dogs are really just little wolves. They like to be able to climb in to a soft space where they can be warm and snuggly. Our “Mini Wolf Den” consists of a kind of tube with fleece on the outside and the faux fur on the inside. As a daytime bed, your little mini wolf can sit in the middle and enjoy looking out, being part of the world and the family.

Pomeranian in White w Black Watch

Pomeranian in White w Black Watch

At night time you can roll the sides up and allow them to cover him up completely. This will definitely appeal to the mini wolf.

White fur w Burgundy half closed

White fur w Burgundy half closed

 

We brought this new product to our stand at Crufts this year, 2017, and it was a storm!

Our busy stand at Crufts 2017

Our busy stand at Crufts 2017

It was actually hilarious because we had placed them on a table on the corner just where the public were walking past and automatically people reached out to touch this appealing fur and almost everyone stopped as if their hands had got stuck in the fur. It is SO soft and delicious to touch and whenever you looked over at that table, there would be people standing there enjoying having their hands embedded in to the fur.

Needless to say, there was quite a fuss about this on Toy Dog day and everyone wanted to ask questions. We sold heaps of them and are still catching up with production.

 

 

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Dog Beds for Sale at Crufts

Four gruelling, but wonderful days at Crufts. Each year we set up our dog bed stand at Crufts in NEC, we are overwhelmed by the “cult” status our dog beds are taking.

Our busy stand selling dog beds at Crufts

Our busy stand selling dog beds at Crufts

This year we had record sales, which of course is great, but the best thing is the reception we get from everyone. We have so many customers coming in with their fantastic dogs, just to say hello and to say that they LOVE Tuffies. Many times every day we find people taking their friends to the Tuffies stand to show them our waterproof dog beds and explaining how fabulous they are. Not only our mattress beds, which is our “Work Horse” for kennels and in the back of the car, but also our Nest dog beds.

Happy customers visiting our Crufts stand

Happy customers visiting our Crufts stand

The Mattress beds come in either the Wipe Clean or the Durasoft version. The Wipe Clean type is very, very practical and easy to clean with a surface cleaner and you will never experience dog hairs sticking to it.

Our Durasoft mattress is also a completely waterproof dog bed, but the waterproofing is on the reverse of the fabric and this fabric feels very much like a top quality upholstery fabric. When you wash it down with hot soapy water and rinse it clean it will take about an hour for the surface to dry off completely. Learn about the fabric we use for our dog beds for sale in UK here.

Beautiful lurcher trying out a nest dog bed at Crufts

Beautiful lurcher trying out a nest dog bed at Crufts

The most excitement at Crufts when we are selling dog beds, is however the nests. Everyone LOVES the nest that we do. We make nest dog beds in both the Wipe Clean and the Durasoft mattress as described above and our nests are extremely sturdy. Dogs love to rest their heads on the side of the nest and this is fine because the sides stay up for all the years that you have a Tuffies nest dog bed.

We had a new product this year, which is for very small dogs and this was received with huge enthusiasm. We will elaborate on this later as it is not yet on our online sales.

A VERY small poodle trying out our new MiniWolf Den

A VERY small poodle trying out our new MiniWolf Den

Crufts has finished, but we still have dog beds for sale all year round on our page.

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Raised Dog Beds

Raised dog beds are brilliant in the garden. Dogs love having a comfortable place from where they can observe what goes on around them. The garden is a great place to do so as there is normally something going on. It might be people walking, driving or biking past or it can be a bit of wild life entering. Birds are normally looked at with a smaller degree of excitement than furry wild life. I once came out to find my Wirehaired pointer finishing off the last bit of a young rabbit. I also once saw one of my other dogs chase a cat across the garden. She leaped off her dog bed and set off in full sprint. She caught up with the cat and just at the point of the cat being very vulnerable, it turned round and whacked the dog across the face and nose with its paw and extended claws. So yes, lots can be happening in the garden and dogs love taking part in it all.

At Tuffies we supply just the perfect Raised dog bed for garden use. Below is a picture showing the height above the ground. The bed has a double skin so that there is still air under the bedding area for the dog, meaning that there is as much insulation as possible.

 

White Labrador in Raised Dog bed with Black Watch liner.

White Labrador in Raised Dog bed with Black Watch liner.

The raised beds come complete with a cosy fleece liner for comfort. The high sides provide draught protection, which is crucial outdoors. We all know what it is like when the warm spring sun starts shining and you start to feel cosy and warm sitting outside. Before you know it, you have got really cold feet and back because you got the cold spring/winter draught sneaking in on you. In our raised dog beds your dog can enjoy the sun rays while having his back protected from draught.

Further to this, the bed is lined with a warm, washable fleece, which is easy to take off in a few seconds by unhooking the draw string. The liner can then be washed in your washing machine and dries quickly and easily.

The raised dog beds are also good in the house as your dog is feeling slightly more part of the family life by being higher up, a bit like being allowed on the sofa.

Ideal bed to keep your dog happy and safe outside as well as inside.

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Travelling on business with Pontus

Travelling on business away from home is always a bit lonely, but it just has to be done from time to time. When you have working dogs in training it is even more annoying to be away for a long time as the dogs are not being stimulated in all that time. Usually you come back and things have piled up, so there seem to be even less time to train the dog and before you know of it, all they have done is to lie on their dog beds and playing in the garden for a week with no training. This is not good for a young dog and if you ever had a chewing dog, the dog bed will be the first thing he takes his frustration out on if you are gone.

My dogs don’t chew, but they still miss the action if I am away on business with my dog beds. So to make myself feel better, I took Pontus along this week. What I, most embarrassingly, had not thought of was that we needed a dog bed for the front seat where he was going to sit. So I took a dog bed cover quickly and tied it on to the top of the seat so it could be protected a little from all the white hairs. With his harness fitted, he was quite interested in the Perthshire countryside:

Pontus on his hastily put together dog bed in the car.

Pontus on his hastily put together dog bed in the car.

But of course it got too boring after a few hours, so he mastered the art of sleeping (upright) in the car seat. A far cry from sleeping in a proper dog bed!!

Pontus sleeping in his car seat. Not as good as a dog bed.

Pontus sleeping in his car seat. Not as good as a dog bed.

As training is a MUST, I could not get time to do much on the first day and all he got was a “hunt” on the way up to the Wallace Memorial. It is not that important what you do with a nine month puppy, as long as you get it out and expose it to new situations.

Pontus visiting the Wallace memorial.

Pontus visiting the Wallace memorial.

Pontus will be a working dog and hunting strange ground is one of the things he needs to do so as I drove over the Pennines on A66, I stopped in a layby and took Pontus out for a hunt. No sheep and no nesting birds at the moment, so it was OK. We saw a hell of a lot of rabbits, so that was a good opportunity to teach him to behave. Here he is with the A66 lorries in the back ground.

Pontus just off the A66, you can see the lorries in the back ground.

Pontus just off the A66, you can see the lorries in the back ground.

We got to Leeds and Manchester and while I was in the meetings, he had to go in the back of the car on the big, bespoke dog bed. I didn’t want him to be in the front. We did have a quick dash in to the city where I was struggling to find a wee piece of grass where he could do his business. Very build up all over and the country boy was feeling a little out of place.

Pontus feeling out of sorts in the big city.

Pontus feeling out of sorts in the big city.

 

If you pay a little extra in some hotels, you can bring your dog and I did so, bringing a travel dog bed for the purpose. The lift was in itself something Pontus found very easy to adjust to.

Pontus takes the lift ride in his stride.

Pontus takes the lift ride in his stride.

 

Needless to say, we also took an hour just off the A66 on our way home, to hunt the ground.

IMG_0968 xxxxWe got home late Wednesday night and didn’t feel guilty having been away, my dog had had a fabulous and stimulating time. He is now with his friends in the garden on their waterproof dog beds.

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