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As a pet owner, you know how essential it is to keep your furry friend's belongings clean and fresh. Among these items, dog beds are a haven for our beloved companions, offering comfort and security. However, over time, these cosy spots can accumulate dirt, pet hair, and odours, making regular cleaning a must. Thankfully, many modern dog beds come with removable covers or are machine machine washable, making them easy to keep clean. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of washing a dog bed in a washing machine, ensuring that your four-legged friend's bed stays clean and comfortable.   Are Dog Beds Machine Washable? Before we dive into the washing process, it's crucial to check if your dog's bed is machine washable. Look for tags or labels that indicate whether the bed is machine washable and if there are any specific guidelines you need to follow. Here at Lords & Labradors all of our Core Collection is machine washable, our Core Collection crate cushions and bumpers even have removable covers to make washing easier. Our Essentials Collection, however, is hand wash only. For more information on how to clean your Lords & Labradors Bed why not check out our L&L bedding guide? Or speak to our Customer Care team, who are happy to help.   Preparing Your Dog Bed for Washing: Remove the Cover: If your bed has a removable cover start by unzipping or unfastening the removable cover from the bed's filling. Some beds may have a separate inner liner that encases the stuffing, so make sure to remove both the outer cover and the inner liner if applicable. Shake Off and Hoover Excess Dirt: Before tossing the cover into the washing machine, give it a gentle shake outside use a lint roller or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove any loose fur, dirt, or debris. If your bed has an inner cushion make sure to take this out and clean underneath, crumbs and hair often end up collecting underneath there! Pre-Treat Stains: If you notice any stains or particularly stubborn spots on the cover, spot-treat them with a pet-safe stain remover or a mixture of mild detergent and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could be harmful to your pet.     Washing Your Dog Bed: Read the Care Label: Always read and follow the care label on your dog bed's cover before washing. This label will provide specific instructions and precautions for washing and drying. Select the Right Washing Machine Settings: Set your washing machine to a gentle cycle with cold water. For L&L beds we recommend a 30 degree wash on a gentle cycle. Avoid using hot water, as it may cause the fabric to shrink or fade. Always opt for a pet-safe, hypoallergenic detergent to wash your dog bed. Regular detergents may contain harsh chemicals that could irritate your pet's skin. Additionally, avoid using fabric softeners, as they can leave a residue that may also irritate your dog. Load the Machine Properly: If you’re washing a bed cover to prevent the washing machine from becoming unbalanced during the cycle, balance the load by adding a few towels or other soft items. This will ensure that the cover is cleaned evenly.If you’re washing a bed with out a cover, they often have a removable inner cushion. If the bed is too big for your washing machine you can always try washing the two parts separately to avoid overfilling your machine. Washing The Dog Bed: Place the cover or bed in the washing machine and start the cycle. Once the cycle is complete, remove the cover promptly to prevent wrinkles and avoid over-drying.     Drying Your Dog Bed: Air Drying: For best results and to prevent any damage to your dog’s bed, we recommend air drying. If it’s a cover you can hang it outside on a clothes line or lay it flat on a clean surface indoors, we recommend putting it back on the inner cushion to prevent shrinkage. For dog beds without removable covers, we recommend either putting it outside in a clean spot to dry off or in a warm area of your house whilst it dries. Avoid using a dryer or putting it over a radiator as high heat may cause shrinkage or damage to the cover. Fluffing and Reassembling: Once your dog’s bed is dry, give it a gentle shake to fluff up the filling, it may clump together during washing so will need a bit of a shake to redistribute it evenly.  Reassembling: If your dog’s bed has a removable cover, it’s now time to reassemble, putting the cover back on the inner cushion. If the bed has zippers, ensure they are securely closed before returning it to your pup.   Tips for Maintaining a Clean Dog Bed: Regular Vacuuming: To prevent excessive dirt and hair from accumulating on your dog's bed, make a habit of vacuuming it regularly. A quick once-over with a handheld vacuum or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment can do wonders in keeping the bed clean between washes. Spot Cleaning: For minor spills or accidents on the dog bed, opt for spot cleaning instead of a full machine wash. Use a pet-safe, mild detergent mixed with water and a clean cloth to gently clean the affected area. Blot the stain rather than rubbing it, as rubbing can push the stain deeper into the fabric. Air Out the Bed: Whenever the weather permits, take advantage of sunny days to air out your dog's bed. The sunlight will help to naturally eliminate any odours, and fresh air circulation can reduce moisture buildup, which can cause mould or mildew over time. Using Pet-Friendly Odour Eliminators: If your dog's bed tends to hold onto odours despite regular washing, consider using pet-friendly odour eliminators. There are various options available, including sprays and powders designed specifically for pet bedding, ensuring a fresh-smelling bed for your furry friend. Invest in Quality Dog Beds: When purchasing a dog bed, consider investing in high-quality options that are designed for easy cleaning. Dog beds with removable, machine-washable covers not only simplify the cleaning process but also provide a durable and comfortable resting place for your pet. Here at L&L our luxury dog beds are made with upholstery grade fabric so you can be sure they will stand the test of time. Regularly washing your dog's bed is essential for maintaining a clean and healthy environment for your furry companion. By following this step-by-step guide on how to wash a dog bed in a washing machine, you can keep your pet's bed fresh, cosy, and odour-free. Always remember to check the care instructions, use pet-safe detergent, and avoid high heat when drying to ensure the longevity of the dog bed and the comfort of your four-legged friend. Happy washing!

By Megan Willis

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As a pet owner, you know how essential it is to keep your furry friend's belongings clean and fresh. Among these items, dog beds are a haven for our beloved companions, offering comfort and security. However, over time, these cosy spots can accumulate dirt, pet hair, and odours, making regular cleaning a must. Thankfully, many modern dog beds come with removable covers or are machine machine washable, making them easy to keep clean. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of washing a dog bed in a washing machine, ensuring that your four-legged friend's bed stays clean and comfortable.

 

Are Dog Beds Machine Washable?

Before we dive into the washing process, it's crucial to check if your dog's bed is machine washable. Look for tags or labels that indicate whether the bed is machine washable and if there are any specific guidelines you need to follow. Here at Lords & Labradors all of our Core Collection is machine washable, our Core Collection crate cushions and bumpers even have removable covers to make washing easier. Our Essentials Collection, however, is hand wash only. For more information on how to clean your Lords & Labradors Bed why not check out our L&L bedding guide? Or speak to our Customer Care team, who are happy to help.

Black Labrador laid in a herringbone tweed box bed with its tongue out

 

Preparing Your Dog Bed for Washing:

  1. Remove the Cover: If your bed has a removable cover start by unzipping or unfastening the removable cover from the bed's filling. Some beds may have a separate inner liner that encases the stuffing, so make sure to remove both the outer cover and the inner liner if applicable.
  2. Shake Off and Hoover Excess Dirt: Before tossing the cover into the washing machine, give it a gentle shake outside use a lint roller or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove any loose fur, dirt, or debris. If your bed has an inner cushion make sure to take this out and clean underneath, crumbs and hair often end up collecting underneath there!
  3. Pre-Treat Stains: If you notice any stains or particularly stubborn spots on the cover, spot-treat them with a pet-safe stain remover or a mixture of mild detergent and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could be harmful to your pet.

Black and white great dane puppies sleeping in a grey and white spot dog bed 

 

Washing Your Dog Bed:

  1. Read the Care Label: Always read and follow the care label on your dog bed's cover before washing. This label will provide specific instructions and precautions for washing and drying.
  2. Select the Right Washing Machine Settings: Set your washing machine to a gentle cycle with cold water. For L&L beds we recommend a 30 degree wash on a gentle cycle. Avoid using hot water, as it may cause the fabric to shrink or fade. Always opt for a pet-safe, hypoallergenic detergent to wash your dog bed. Regular detergents may contain harsh chemicals that could irritate your pet's skin. Additionally, avoid using fabric softeners, as they can leave a residue that may also irritate your dog.
  3. Load the Machine Properly: If you’re washing a bed cover to prevent the washing machine from becoming unbalanced during the cycle, balance the load by adding a few towels or other soft items. This will ensure that the cover is cleaned evenly.
    If you’re washing a bed with out a cover, they often have a removable inner cushion. If the bed is too big for your washing machine you can always try washing the two parts separately to avoid overfilling your machine.
  4. Washing The Dog Bed: Place the cover or bed in the washing machine and start the cycle. Once the cycle is complete, remove the cover promptly to prevent wrinkles and avoid over-drying.

Black Labrador puppy sleeping in a charcoal and cream striped dog bed 

 

Drying Your Dog Bed:

  1. Air Drying: For best results and to prevent any damage to your dog’s bed, we recommend air drying. If it’s a cover you can hang it outside on a clothes line or lay it flat on a clean surface indoors, we recommend putting it back on the inner cushion to prevent shrinkage. For dog beds without removable covers, we recommend either putting it outside in a clean spot to dry off or in a warm area of your house whilst it dries. Avoid using a dryer or putting it over a radiator as high heat may cause shrinkage or damage to the cover.
  2. Fluffing and Reassembling: Once your dog’s bed is dry, give it a gentle shake to fluff up the filling, it may clump together during washing so will need a bit of a shake to redistribute it evenly. 
  3. Reassembling: If your dog’s bed has a removable cover, it’s now time to reassemble, putting the cover back on the inner cushion. If the bed has zippers, ensure they are securely closed before returning it to your pup.

Norjack terrier curled up in a grey high wall dog bed

 

Tips for Maintaining a Clean Dog Bed:

  1. Regular Vacuuming: To prevent excessive dirt and hair from accumulating on your dog's bed, make a habit of vacuuming it regularly. A quick once-over with a handheld vacuum or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment can do wonders in keeping the bed clean between washes.
  2. Spot Cleaning: For minor spills or accidents on the dog bed, opt for spot cleaning instead of a full machine wash. Use a pet-safe, mild detergent mixed with water and a clean cloth to gently clean the affected area. Blot the stain rather than rubbing it, as rubbing can push the stain deeper into the fabric.
  3. Air Out the Bed: Whenever the weather permits, take advantage of sunny days to air out your dog's bed. The sunlight will help to naturally eliminate any odours, and fresh air circulation can reduce moisture buildup, which can cause mould or mildew over time.
  4. Using Pet-Friendly Odour Eliminators: If your dog's bed tends to hold onto odours despite regular washing, consider using pet-friendly odour eliminators. There are various options available, including sprays and powders designed specifically for pet bedding, ensuring a fresh-smelling bed for your furry friend.
  5. Invest in Quality Dog Beds: When purchasing a dog bed, consider investing in high-quality options that are designed for easy cleaning. Dog beds with removable, machine-washable covers not only simplify the cleaning process but also provide a durable and comfortable resting place for your pet. Here at L&L our luxury dog beds are made with upholstery grade fabric so you can be sure they will stand the test of time.

Regularly washing your dog's bed is essential for maintaining a clean and healthy environment for your furry companion. By following this step-by-step guide on how to wash a dog bed in a washing machine, you can keep your pet's bed fresh, cosy, and odour-free. Always remember to check the care instructions, use pet-safe detergent, and avoid high heat when drying to ensure the longevity of the dog bed and the comfort of your four-legged friend. Happy washing!

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They come in all of our most popular fabrics so there’s sure to be one your puppy will love Puppy Pads or Vet Bed - Your puppy won’t be able to hold their bladder through the night at first, encourage them not to go on their bed by giving them space to go with a puppy pad or a piece of vet bed Comforter or blanket - It will be a big adjustment for your puppy to go from sleeping with their mum and litter every night to sleeping on their own so it’s worth giving them something such as a scent blanket which smells of their mum or a heartbeat sheep which replicates their mums heartbeat to help settle in them first few nights! Crate training top tips Safe Haven: Introduce the crate as a safe and comfortable space for your Deerhound puppy. Make it cosy with blankets and toys. Gradual Introduction: Gradually introduce your puppy to the crate, starting with short periods and gradually increasing the duration. Positive Association: Associate the crate with positive experiences, such as meals and quiet rest time. If you want to know more about crate training check out our Ultimate Crate Training Guide, our Pet Experts have put together their top tips and tricks for successfully crate training your puppy. Deerhound Dietary Needs A well-balanced diet is essential for the health and vitality of your Deerhound. Consider the following factors when selecting food for your pet: Nutritional Requirements: Choose a high-quality dog food formulated for large breeds. Ensure it provides essential nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Avoid Overfeeding: Deerhounds can be prone to obesity, which can exacerbate joint issues. Monitor portion sizes and avoid overfeeding. Hydration: Provide access to fresh water at all times, especially during hot weather and after exercise. For both puppies and adult Deerhounds we recommend looking at really high quality brands who prioritise a protein rich formula, for this we particularly love brands such as Orijen, Acana and Carnilove. How Much Exercise Does A Deerhound Need? Deerhounds are active dogs that require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. However, their exercise needs may vary based on age, health, and individual preferences. As a general guideline: Adult Deerhounds Aim for at least one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise per day but preferably around 2 hours. This can include brisk walks, runs in a secure area, and interactive play sessions. Puppies and Seniors Adjust exercise routines to accommodate the age and energy levels of your Deerhound. Puppies may require shorter, more frequent bursts of activity with plenty of interactive activities to stimulate them and a gradual buildup of walking time to help their bones and joints to develop properly. While seniors may prefer leisurely walks and gentle play in their older age. Best Walking Accessories For A Deerhound When taking your Deerhound for walks, consider investing in the following accessories to enhance comfort and safety: Collar and Lead: Choose a sturdy collar and lead combination that provides control without restricting movement. We recommend looking at our padded leather collar and lead sets, the padding in the collars is super comfy for your deerhounds neck, whilst the lead is sturdy and durable due to the fine, Italian leather that they have been crafted in. Harness: If you have a puppy or your Deerhound pulls a lot, a harness can distribute pressure more evenly across your their body, reducing strain on the neck and preventing injuries. We particularly love the Ruffwear Front Range harnesses for big dogs like Deerhounds, they have a strong construction and are adjustable at both the neck and chest so you can get the perfect fit for you dog. Best Toys For Deerhound Deerhounds enjoy a variety of toys that cater to their instincts and preferences. Consider the following options when selecting toys for your pet: Chew Toys: Provide durable chew toys to satisfy your Deerhound's natural urge to chew and prevent destructive behaviour. If your Deerhound is a chewer look at both the KONG extreme range and the GiGwi duraspikes range which have been designed with chewers in mind Interactive Toys: Puzzle toys and treat dispensers can engage your Deerhound's mind and provide mental stimulation. We love the Nina Ottosson range for some really fun interactive toys Soft Toys: Plush toys can offer comfort and companionship, especially for Deerhounds that enjoy cuddling. The KONG cozies are both cute and cuddly! Best Beds For Deerhounds Give your Deerhound the gift of sleep with one of our luxury dog beds. Our Rhino Tough range is perfect for them, the beds come in a large range of sizes and colours. They are stuffed with deep-hollow fibre so are supportive for your Deerhound’s joints, and they come in our 3 most popular bed shapes so your Deerhound can get really comfy however they sleep. Deerhound Grooming Tips and Best Grooming Products While Deerhounds have a relatively low-maintenance coat, regular grooming is still essential to keep them looking and feeling their best. Here are some grooming tips and recommended products: Brushing: Use a soft-bristled brush to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Brush your Deerhound's coat at least once a week to keep it clean and healthy. Bathing: Bathe your Deerhound as needed, using a mild dog shampoo to avoid stripping natural oils from the skin. The PetPlex Dirt Defeater shampoo and conditioner is both gentle on their coat and smells like tropical fruits, it’s our go-to for washing our dogs with. Nail Trimming: Keep your Deerhound's nails trimmed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort. Use a quality nail trimmer designed for dogs. Ear Care: Check your Deerhound's ears regularly for signs of infection or irritation. Clean them gently with a veterinarian-approved ear cleaner. In conclusion, Deerhounds are magnificent creatures that bring joy, companionship, and grace to any household. They are gentle giants so make great family pets and are super easy to love. Looking to shop for your Deerhound? Then look no further than our Deerhound shop, we’ve carefully curated our top picks for your Sighthound to make shopping for them easy - shop here.

    By Megan Willis

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