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The best extra-large dog beds for your gentle giant

You want your gentle giant to have a comfortable place to nap or settle down for the night. With an extra-large dog bed, you can take back the couch or your bed without feeling guilty. Moreover, we’ve already done the work and researched the best models on the market to help you find the perfect fit.

Extra-large dog beds should be equipped with things you look for in a typical doggy bed: a soft cover, a body-hugging mattress, and other special features like bolstered sides or waterproof qualities. These beds typically measure about 40 inches long and 30 inches wide, give or take a handful of inches between different companies. We recommend memory foam mattresses for senior dogs, especially since larger dog breeds tend to experience joint conditions later in life. Removable, machine-washable covers are also preferable so you can clean them easily on a regular basis. Let’s go ahead and see which bed works for your pet.

PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed

Best Overall

PetFusion’s extra-large bed is an orthopedic memory foam pad with polyfill bolsters and a waterproof liner. The 6-inch foam alleviates joint problems and feels like a comforting hug for dogs with separation anxiety. A non-slip bottom keeps the bed in place. If your fur baby enjoys snuggling under the covers, we recommend purchasing a matching pet blanket from PetFusion.

Furhaven Sofa-Style Dog Bed

Best Color Variety

Furhaven’s extra-large bed looks like a traditional sofa without the legs, making it stylish and comfortable. The sofa is available in 13 different colors and three geometric patterns. An egg crate orthopedic foam bottom eases pressure on joints while ensuring proper circulation. Wash the cover in your dishwasher as needed.

Bedsure Large Dog Bed

Best for Older Pets

The Bedsure extra-large bed is a simple orthopedic foam mattress that’s ideal for older dogs. The short, 3-inch height makes it easy for senior dogs to get on and off, while the removable cover makes messes easy to clean up. One side features a cool oxford cover while the other is a warm, fleece fabric best used for the colder months.

Extra-large dog beds are fundamental to homes with gentle giants. If your sweet St. Bernard is no longer the sprightly pup she was, an orthopedic foam mattress is the best way to go. Added features like bolstered sides and reversible tops are nice to have, though a short, simple mattress is best for fragile bones. Luckily, any one of the beds on our list is a certified orthopedic mattress that supports joint health and dog comfort.

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Valentine’s Day celebrates love. Whether you’re single or with someone special, let’s share a secret between friends: Your dog is your main squeeze. Your pooch’s unconditional love and snuggles have helped you get through challenging times, and their one-of-a-kind personality has improved your brightest days.

Showering your dog with love on Valentine’s Day is a no-brainer. However, what should you do for the dog that has given you everything and so much more? Even these days — where news of shortages dominates the headlines — there are so many dog Valentine’s Day activities you and your furry best friend can enjoy this year. Choose one, or consider ditching work and treating your pup to a day of dog pampering and memories.

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As football fans from across the country gear up for Super Bowl Sunday, you might find yourself getting swept up in the hype. We get it! The NFL championship game is a big deal, and it's fun to get together with loved ones to mark the occasion. While you're planning your football-themed menu and decor, we encourage you to consider inviting furry friends, too. At the very least, make sure your own dog is well prepared for a fun day, too.
2023 pet trends revealed that more and more owners treat their dogs like their children, so we wouldn't be surprised to see a rise in dog-friendly Super Bowl parties this year. That's why we've compiled six important ways anyone can accommodate pets at their Super Bowl party -- from finding the right snacks to finding the right space.

Don't forget to provide snacks for dogs, as well as people
There are two key components to a successful Super Bowl party -- watching the game and enjoying the food -- so once you've got your location decided, make sure to plan a menu that accommodates everyone you've invited. That means feeding the dogs, too!
Most owners will have their own plan for feeding their pup dinner, but when it comes to snacks, it doesn't hurt to be prepared. When in doubt, ask ahead about your canine guests' preferences and restrictions. That way, other pet parents can bring food for their pups -- and no one is excluded.
A classic homemade dog biscuit is always a safe snack to have on hand, and they last for a long time as leftovers, too. Since most recipes will have you making and baking dough, you can use a football-shaped cookie cutter or silicone mold to add to the day's festivities!

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It can be a time to go on an important date or to stay at home with a bottle of your favorite Napa cab, but Valentine's Day also offers the opportunity to focus on the other important "people" in your life. This year, celebrate a different kind of love — the lasting bond between human and pup (no pricey chocolates included).
You don't have to have a human partner to observe Valentine's Day in style (though they can always tag along to your pet-themed activity). Here are a few things to do with your dog for a different kind of holiday experience.

Have a dinner date
Pick out a special dinner for you and Fido to enjoy together at your home or find a pet cafe or pet-friendly restaurant to dine out as a "couple." Most dogs can eat cooked meat in small quantities, so perhaps you want to share a chicken or steak on this special day. Of course, don't change up their diet if they have a sensitive tummy and cut only a piece that includes the same number of calories you'd ordinarily give them for dinner.
Go for a hike
OK, this isn't a classic Valentine's Day with your dog, but it's one your pup is sure to love. Enjoy the great outdoors together for exercise and scenic views, away from the noise of the day. Make it special by picking a unique destination and bringing some extra special snack.
Take your pooch on a date with their one true love
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Watch romantic movies
All dogs love to snuggle on the couch with rom-coms. Find a couple of flicks that you've had on your list (or want to rewatch) and indulge in treats together in front of the TV. Your beloved pup won't judge if you tear up at the end when the couple finally gets together. Extra points if you pick out a dog- or cat-themed movie that might pique their interest with pet sounds.
Volunteer together
If your four-legged friend has the right temperament, consider training them to volunteer at a nursing home. It can be tricky to get approved for this; and only dogs that truly have a personality suited to the environment should try it. But if you can get them through the training, you'll both have a blast and brighten the days of everyone who gets to give you dog pats and biscuits.

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