The Absolute Best Dog Beds

….. are the ones with flexibility. If, for instance, you want a dog bed that can be a simple, waterproof dog bed in the warm summer and a cosy, snug dog bed in the winter, you can use the Tuffies waterproof dog beds on their own or fitted with covers. There are two types to choose from: You can get the Wipe Clean mattress, which is an exceedingly easy to clean dog bed by simply scrubbing it with hot, soapy water, rinse off and towel dry OR you can, if there is just a smaller accident on the bed, spray it with a normal household cleaner and wipe. No hairs will ever stick to the Wipe Clean fabric dog beds, so if you have a dog that casts a lot of hair, it is ideal for this as the Wipe Clean Tuffie will look clean all the time.

The other type is the Tuffies Durasoft Mattress bed. This is a stronger version as it is made from 1,000 denier texturised Nylon and has a extra thick polyurethane coating on the reverse. The advantage of this one is that it seems more appealing to the dog because it is more like an upholstery fabric and therefore perceived as softer and warmer. Dogs that cast a lot of hair will end up with dog hair sticking to the Durasoft, but only very lightly and they are easily vacuumed off. Washing the Durasoft is as easy as the Wipe Clean Tuffie mattress, but you can’t towel dry it and you can’t wipe it over with a household surface cleaner, you need to wash these dog beds on a warm day so that you can leave them out to dry in the sun and wind. It only takes an hour on a nice day, though.

In terms of the flexibility, Tuffies offer a fabulous range of covers to add to the basic dog bed. So if you feel that some more warmth and cosyness is needed, maybe in the winter, you can find just the right cover for you and your dog. The thick, warm ones are the Luxury Fleece covers and the Fluffie Tuffie covers. The Luxury Fleece is by far the most popular one and there are more, new designs in the pipe line. This one can be used on both sides and washes beautifully in the washing machine. Most dogs will, given the choice, pick the mattress with the nice fleecy cover on.

You can also use one of the lighter, summery covers for the mattress dog beds. This gives the beds a new, fresh look and if you prefer cleaning by machine washing, it is an ideal way of keeping things looking great without the thick, warm pile on the cover. Dogs are different and some dogs are hotter than others. A Labrador usually has a great, warm coat and may even find your house a bit too warm, which will make him prefer a cooler bed arrangement, not with a thick pile. A skinny Whippet will always go for the warmer bed.

If you have dogs that love water and swimming, you will benefit from using the Wicking cover. This cover is made from a so called spacer fabric, which is used in off-road vehicle seats so you don’t feel clammy sitting in wet clothes. The same happens with the wet dog: The water from the dog’s coat goes through the fabric and wicks away from the dog, leaving the dog comfortable and off the wetness.

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Brilliant Dog Beds

…….are made to last and they are made just like brilliant cars and brilliant pianos: quality ALL the way through, starting from the inside. There are dog beds out there with very little value because they simply look pretty and fluffy, but when your dog uses them, they soon reveal that there is not much substance and that they are all looks and no quality. Many bad products hide what goes on at the inside and it is only in the short use of them that you realise how important the back-bone of the item is and how important the unseen quality can be.

The dog beds made by Tuffies are quietly brilliant. At Tuffies each dog bed for dogs to sleep and rest on are made with unrestricted attention to the quality details right from the inside and all the way out. We start off by making the “stuffing”, which is actually a misleading term because we don’t STUFF the dog beds, we produce a standalone futon mattress, which is then covered. This means that the inside of each of our fantastic dog beds is able to hold its own and won’t disintegrate or go flat. When your dog uses a Tuffies dog bed, he won’t find that in a few weeks all the stuffing has migrated out to the sides. He will be enjoying top quality because the futon mattress holds its shape. Just like our own mattress (the human one you sleep on), our dog beds are firm, but very supportive and perfectly insulating instead of being of the smothering kind. If you imagine a dog’s natural den, it would have a firm base covered with a little bit of grass and plants and feel just like our mattress. Well, never quite a lovely as a Tuffies dog bed mattress, but the same principle. The den will have sides just like our Tuffies nest dog beds, providing total draught exclusion and of course a sense of security. In the wild a dog will feel more secure with solid walls round him (from where no enemies of predators could suddenly appear). This appeals to the domestic dog’s natural instincts.

Many dog owners start off with the new dog or the puppy being trained to stay in a cage till they are “safe” from chewing the furniture and till they are fully house trained and accustomed to being left on their own for short times. We often speak to customers, who seem slightly embarrassed that they “keep the dog in a crate”, but if you train the dog or puppy in the right way so he is not “shoved in the crate” for prolonged and unnecessary periods of time and if he has a lovely made to measure dog bed with a good futon mattress inside, he will LOVE his crate, especially if you put a blanket over the crate to make it feel even more like a den. You will actually find that the dog seeks the crate and even prefers the crate to a dog bed sitting out on the floor. You will often find that in time you take the crate away and the dog is perfectly happy to have a good quality dog bed, especially a nest dog bed on the floor, enjoying life as being in the midst of the family. But then, here comes dog number 2 for the household, often as a puppy, and is given the old crate. What happens? The old dog is delighted to see his crate reappear and goes straight in there, sharing it with the new puppy.

Where ever you keep your dogs, just make sure that they have great dog beds made with quality as number one priority and “prettyness” as second. Here at Tuffies we can of course handle both and we take great care, not only with the futon mattress inside, but also with the waterproof dog bed covers. More of that later.

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Images and dog beds

When we offer dog beds for sale, we are acutely aware that it is important for customers to be able to see the beds as well as possible. We do exhibit at shows, which certainly helps a lot of buyers to really see, touch and feel the dog beds, but on line it can be more difficult. Last week we showed you our new designs in fleece, which will be for sale in a month or two.

Red Swifts

Red Swifts

 

Images also convey the culture and the back ground of Tuffies. That is why our galleries on the web site are so popular. We can see in our statistics that you are spending a lot of time viewing our gallery photos.

This week I got Pontus out again on grouse and he performed his first, really positive point on four birds. Great to see, after so much training, that the dog starts coming together. Well, not quite together, because it will be a long time before he will have the full hunt, point AND retrieve. He will need to do the first bit on it’s own and then perhaps get a retrieve later in January.

Pontus on one of his first grouse points.

Pontus on one of his first grouse points.

I found this image in amongst all the images of waterproof dog beds and Luxury Dog Beds in our files, of Gollum seven years ago. What a smart dog.

Gollum as a youngster pointing some of his first grouse.

Gollum as a youngster pointing some of his first grouse.

And Gaia is not JUST a model for all our great dog beds, here is one of her early points.

Here is Gaia's first proper working season, on point.

Here is Gaia’s first proper working season, on point.

They all sleep really well inside in their dog bed nests or on their kennel beds in the outdoor kennel. Working dogs need good dog beds.

 

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New dog bed designs

By far our most popular optional covers for the waterproof dog beds is our Luxury Fleeces. For several years we have found that the Autumn Check is the most popular along with the classic Black Watch tartan. These are both very colourful, but that also helps to cover up all manners of wet, dirty paws and dog hairs.

However, we do like to look at designs and in fact we engaged with two professional designers, but they could not come up with anything nice that we felt was contemporary and in the right style for dog beds. There is also a limit to what colours are available in the polyester that the fleeces are made from. Mixing some of them can obviously give a wider range of combinations as is seen in the Autumn Check design, but bottom line was that we felt we had to take action ourselves. Here at Tuffies there is no shortage of creativity and we played around with the colour possibilities first of all to get some practical, yet contemporary colours on the go. Next, it was a question of designs. For a long time we have wanted to use birds and swifts or swallows are a special favourite because they are easy to recognise and they represent summer and freedom. Grey and a splash of strong colour is very vogue, so here is what we settled for:

Red Swifts on Slate Grey.

Red Swifts on Slate Grey.

We were also missing some blue in our collection and we have a navy blue with Fleur de Lit on the go to be produced shortly, but today we took delivery of a beautiful design of a delicate blue-and-grey check. We wanted it to be Petrol Blue, but this one is a little bit lighter in colour than Petrol and it gives it a very summerly feel of sea and blue sky and water. Here it is:

Blue and grey check.

Blue and grey check.

The factory is shut now for the summer break, but we shall certainly get going and have these two new designs available by September.

Dog beds are more than just a perfect place for a dog to sleep, it is also an item that has to fit in with your interior designs and styles.

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Easy to Clean Large Dog Beds

It is the biggest dilemma of large dog beds: how to keep them fresh and clean. Some dog owners simply capitulate and buy new, cheap dog beds as frequently as every couple of months. It’s a choice, but for many of us, and in the general culture in our developed world, it is not the right thing to do. In our developed world, educated people try to move away from filling our bins unnecessarily with stuff that goes to landfill. It seems much more attractive to own good quality and to keep washing and even repairing it so that not much gets chucked away. Good quality dog beds is all you need in order to keep them for years and only wash smaller parts and only replace smaller parts. That is the essence of Tuffies dog beds. We offer a range of waterproof dog beds with fantastic and lasting stuffing, which your dog can use as it is (either the Wipe Clean type, which you can hose or wipe down or the Durasoft type, which you can hose down and leave to air dry).

Wipe Clean Tuffie mattress

Durasoft mattress bedHowever, if you prefer to give your dog a more luxurious dog bed, you can simply get one of our covers to put on it. This makes life a lot easier and possibly it makes life, for the dog, a lot cosier.

We have a range of covers. The Luxury Fleece is by far the most popular. It is cosy and warm, but is very easy to wash in a washing machine.

Luxury Fleece w Gollum

There are plenty of other styles in Luxury Fleeces and there are several other types of covers too.

For the summer, we have a very popular product called the Summer Cover and we have sourced some beautiful designs.

Summer mattress cover w TippexIf you want to go to the extreme of luxury, we have also sourced a fabulous range of 100% wool tweeds from Moon fabrics. These covers can only be washed at 30 degrees, but that is ok because it is amazing how this totally natural material is less likely to get dirty and sheds the dirt very willingly in a gentle wash.

So do NOT buy cheap throw-away dog beds that are never nice and thick. Buy top quality dog beds which can be hosed down. For extra comfort, add a machine washable cover if this suits you.

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Fantastic dog bed sales at Scone.

Last weekend we had a record Scone show. We have been going to The Scottish Game fair at Scone for around 15 years, selling our popular dog beds. It is a wonderful game fair full of happy people and happy dogs. I do sometimes wonder if we are trying to sell our waterproof dog beds to a saturated market because it does seem like everyone passing by already has a Tuffies dog bed. However, while it might be the case  that a lot of visitors already have our luxury dog beds, we experienced a record year of sales at Scone.

Jodie, our chief workshop manager, came along for the first time this year (her first game fair with Tuffies ever) and we had a great time. It was such a pleasure to have Jodie along. No fuss, no hassle and she courteously served all our customers. Here at Tuffies we do not believe in hard selling, we simply show our products and they then speak for themselves. 75% of our sales are through word of mouth and re-orders anyway, so we have an unbeatable reputation.

The dog bed stand a Scone game fair.

The dog bed stand a Scone game fair.

The dry weather allowed us exhibit right outside the marquee.

The dry weather allowed us exhibit right outside the marquee.

At Scone there is other stuff going on apart from us selling warm, supportive dog beds. There are various exhibits from the Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust and there is a main ring, where there is a daily, non-stop programme of shows, all something to do with the wonderful life in the country. There are falconry displays and somebody herding ducks with his well trained Collie dog (who incidentally has a bespoke dog bed in the pick up car that they use).

There are also craft tents and a large food marquee where everyone is selling food and drink, mostly Scottish produce.

Next door to our stand is the scurry ring and the queues are NEVER ending. It costs £3 to have a go and all the money goes to the Game and Wild life Conservation Trust. We donate three mattress dog beds with Fleece Covers, one for each winner each day. This is a great way of show casing our Durasoft, very strong and durable dog bed sporting a thick Luxury Fleece cover as it sits right where the queue is forming for the scurry. Everyone gets a chance to see it and feel it while they wait.

Lots of visitors (dogs also) come visiting and even little ones try out what they may be treated to sooner or later.

Labrador puppy testing out a Small Tuffies Nest.

Labrador puppy testing out a Small Tuffies Nest.

Some dogs you see at the show look slightly fed-up being taken along, but it is still good for them to be exposed to all the people and commotion. And some meet new friends to have a wonderful play-fight with. These two Border Terriers met for a fab fight at the end of their respective leads.

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No doubt they slept well on their dog beds on the way home.

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Making dog beds for the game fair

We are currently preparing for the Scottish Gamefair at Scone Palace. This is a yearly event for us and Tuffies has been selling dog beds at this show for the last 15 years.

The Scottish Gamefair must be the friendliest show of them all. People who shoot and who are genuinely interested in the country side and the animals living there, all come to this show. Maybe not every year, but it’s a place most will go to on a regular basis.

Apart from looking at which luxury dog beds or maybe chewproof dog beds to get, everyone is shopping for food, shooting gear and fishing equipment.

There is also a ring with all sorts of entertainment, showing hawks, gun dogs, horses, pipe bands of course.

Dogs are very welcome and next to our stand is the famous and much visited scurry. People queue up waiting to take their dog to this competition on speed. It is all about how fast your dog can retrieve two dummies. The first one is thrown only about 30 meters away, but the grass has been left to grow and it is not always easy to find the dummy in this tall grass. Once the dog has brought it back, you put it in a bucket at which point the clock stops. Then, when you are ready, there is another dummy thrown at the other side of a small fence and again the dog has to run out and fetch this one. The scurry competition has more to it than this simple exercise. The fact that dummies have been landing all over the grass for the whole day makes it harder for the dogs to scent them for locating them. Also, for male dogs, once someone has been cocking his leg, they are all at it. Further, the fact that there is an audience watching all the time all around the ring makes it a different experience for the dog and it can be challenging, especially for a young dog.

Tuffies sponsor the scurry every year and we give a beautiful Durasoft mattress dog bed complete with a Luxury Fleece Cover for the fastest dog every day for the three days. One year one dog won two waterproof dog beds at the event because it managed to be handled by a lady on the lady’s day and a child on the junior day, hence going home with two brilliant, washable dog beds. A happy dog.

The Tuffies stand at Scone gamefair last year.

The Tuffies stand at Scone gamefair last year.

Do come and visit us and the fair, it is a lovely venue and you might find a durable dog bed you like….

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Cooling Dog Beds for hot weather

Your dog may be suffering a bit in the heat wave. Imagine having a coat like a Labrador or even like a Newfoundlander and never be able to take it off! It is a miracle that dogs don’t die from heat stroke more often than what is the case. If a dog is in a warm dog bed, he or she will be able to get off to cool down, but he can’t take his coat off. If you plan to strip or shave your dog, this is a good time to do it. At this time of the year the farmers shear the sheep and it is probably only in our minds, but it looks like the sheep are so much happier when they come back out on the grass after the shearing with their heavy jumpers off.

The danger of leaving a dog stuck in a hot car is something we are all aware of and every effort is made by dog owners to ensure that dogs don’t cook in the cars in the summer.

Taking all this in to account, there is still the question of which type of dog bed you should get for your dog in the summer. During an acute heat wave you will kind of need to allow your dog to lie where ever he is most comfortable. If that is the tiles in your utility room, then he should probably be allowed to lie there. It is a hard floor and not the best for joints and elbow callus, but even during a two week heat wave, the tiles are not going to do him any harm.

However, as a standard dog bed for the summer, it might be a good idea to change from a cosy, warm nest dog bed that your dog enjoyed in the winter to a flat mattress bed that allows air to flow and cool around him.

If you prefer to have covers that can be machine washed, we have now got two types of covers: The Twill Cover in a 100% cotton:

Tuffie Twill cover with stars

Tuffie Twill cover with stars

And the Summer Covers that are 100% Polyester:

Tuffie Summer Cover

Tuffie Summer Cover

Both of these light, airy covers are great for helping your dog to stay cool during a normal, warm summer.

The best idea is to allow your dog to have a choice between the mattress dog beds and the nest (if you have the space for this).

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Dog Beds for the Summer

Just like when we kick the heavy, high TOG, winter duvet off and eventually put it away for the summer, our dogs are also benefiting from a lighter version of their dog beds during the warm summers. Should a dog get really hot during the night, he will of course just flop on to the cool floor and be happy, but the truth is that he will be better on a supportive dog bed if you can get him one that gives him the right amount of freshness during the summer.

If your dog is treated to a Tuffie nest usually, he might find that it is a bit hot and a plain mattress bed in Durasoft or Wipe Clean is likely to give him just the right sort of dog bed, where he is supported and comfortable, but not smothered in heat. It might seem a bit extravagant, but to give the dog the choice of bedding is a good idea and at the end of the day, dogs spend an awful lot of time on their beds, so dog beds are an essential part of dog owners’ equipment with little else of much importance. Just the food, food bowl, lead and collar seem to be what is needed. Dogs are not demanding creatures, but they do spend all their idle time on their dog beds, so they deserve the best.

You might have one of the mattress beds with a warm, cosy Luxury Fleece cover, which is fantastic for winter use and all you need to do is to take the cover off, wash it and leave it off for the summer. Your dog then has a cool place to sleep if he is hot.

For travelling in the holiday period, the Tuffies Puppy Tuffie/ Travel Tuffie is ideal. First you can of course use it as a puppy bed, but it is designed to be folded out to double size when puppy has grown. In the out-folded version it is light and easy to put in the back of the car and take along with the dog. You can take it to the holiday house or friends’ and again, you can use it with or without the Luxury Fleece cover depending on the weather.

Finally, most dogs prefer to be outside on their dog beds and when the weather permits this, they love to spend the whole day outside. If you give them a comfortable bed, it is best for them. There might be a sneaking cold draught, so it is advisable to still have a dog bed with sides on. The Tuffies Raised Bed is fantastic for this. The warm liner makes it cosy and the surrounding walls give draught protection.  Just perfect.

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From Puppy Dog Beds to Big Dog beds

Nothing is more delicious than taking the new little puppy home. It is almost like taking the new baby home from hospital as you kind of set aside everything else in your normal, busy life and devote the day to take in this next chapter where the new little being is going to be part of your future life and your house. You reluctantly let go of the puppy in your lap and place it on the puppy dog bed that you have bought in advance in order to give him a little time to sleep on his own. You might even have left the new, soft dog bed with the puppy’s siblings for a while to bring the smell home with you. Friends come round to see the new arrival and there is no end to the warmth and excitement. You will always remember this day as a very special day.

You have most likely got a crate for your new puppy. The ideal puppy dog bed to have in there, is the Tuffies Puppy/Travel Tuffie. The clever thing about this dog bed is that it starts off as small and exceptionally soft and cuddly, fitting your infant exactly. It is a thin, waterproof dog bed with a beautiful, thick fleece cover, which you can take off for washing. The cover washes and dries very quickly, so if puppy has an accident it is swiftly dealt with. The best trick about this dog bed is that it is designed to be opened up to double the size once puppy has grown out of it. There is very little point in buying a dog bed small enough for a puppy, when it will only be used for perhaps three months. With the Puppy/Travel Tuffie, you will find that this bed is useful, especially in the car, as a light travel mat for years to come.

Pontus, the GWP, was 26Kgs at six months old and 30Kgs at 12 months. This shows how fast they grow into almost adult size, where they will need a bigger bed.

As a folded-out bed this is very practical solution because it won’t fill up your boot so you can’t get much else in. It is not a permanent dog bed because it does not give nearly the support that our Tuffies Mattress dog beds give, but it is fine for a week away or during the daily trip somewhere, maybe to come with you to work or the long, muddy walk.

As you progress and puppy becomes a big, adult dog, you may like to offer him a more cosy and draught proof nest dog bed. This is especially welcomed for dogs in any kind of cold or draughty room. The Nest dog beds provide security and warmth at the same time.

 

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