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How To Choose The Best Dog Teepee

By now, we're sure you've heard of the Dog Teepee - these stylish and trendy decorative dog beds have seen a huge spike in popularity in the last 12 months, and for good reason.

Not only do they look great, but this charming dog bed also gives your companion their very own space to rest and relax, in a comfortable, safe and calming place where they can hide away when they are feeling anxious, shy, or just want to have a snooze. Also known as Pet Teepees, Dog Tents, or Dog Teepee Beds, this fantastic idea comes in various sizes and styles to suit your furry friend, no matter their shape size or shape.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that finding the right dog teepee for your pup is the same as buying any old dog bed, but unlike traditional pet bed options, there are a few hidden aspects that you need to be aware of. That's why we've created this in-depth guide to help you find the right dog teepee for your home, as share with you several of our favorite options.

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Contents:

1) Why Buy A Dog Teepee?

2) Does Your Dog Need A Dog Teepee?

3) How To Choose The Right Dog Teepee For You

4) Some Of Our Favorite Dog Teepees

     

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    1. Why Buy A Dog Teepee?

    There are many reasons why a dog teepee may be perfect for your pooch. Many dogs suffer from stress, anxiety, and even depression, and this can take a huge toll on your pup's well being and happiness (as well as your own sanity at times!). Enter the Dog Teepee. Not only are they a comfortable place for your dog to rest, but by having a calming space to hide away, they can feel safe and free to relax without any feelings of danger. Dogs are naturally drawn to den-like spaces, so these luxe dog beds offer an enclosed and sheltered place for them to hide away when they feel like they need a break.

    Teepees also offer the perfect way for a young puppy to transition smoothly to a regular dog bed after crate training. Another great aspect is that as the tent covers are usually made of a high-quality cotton canvas, the teepee will be breathable enough to keep your companion cool in summer, but create a perfect sheltered environment to keep them warm during those colder winter months.

    Most teepees have been created with style and aesthetics in mind, letting them effortlessly blend in with any interior décor setting. Without compromising on design, they are quick to set up and easy to clean, making them perfect to become your dog’s main sleeping bed, or just one in which they can relax throughout the day. Also simple to take apart and fold down again, your dog teepee can be easily stored away in the cupboard when not in use, and it's soft structure makes it highly portable and perfect for taking with you when going on an outing to a barbeque or sports match with your companion, offering them a little shade and comfort.

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    2. Does Your Pup Need a Dog Teepee?

    Dog teepees are great, there is no doubt in this, but before you go buying your pup a brand new teepee, you need to first ask yourself "Does my dog actually need a dog teepee?". This all comes down to a few simple questions. Firstly, does your furry friend enjoy having it's own private and cozy little spot to rest and relax? You might have noticed him curled up in a corner, or even under the couch before, and if so the teepee will be perfect for them. Next, how big is your pup? Most dog teepees are only recommended for dogs up to 15kgs/33lbs in size, so make sure you weigh and measure your dog before making any purchase decisions. And finally, is your dog one to have lots of excess energy, and get bored or restless easily? Does he have the strong desire to tug and pull things around? If so, then you may have to rethink if a dog teepee is right for you, as it may end up becoming more of a distraction than a quiet calming spot for them.

    Estilo Tip: "Your pup may be wary of new spaces, so encourage them to enter their brand new teepee by using treats, or placing their favourite toys and blanket inside to help make them feel right at home. Or if your pal likes lounging in the sun, you can try placing the teepee in a warm sunny spot, inside or outside."

     

    If you've answered all of these questions and you still think a dog teepee is right for your pup, then let's jump in and find out how to find the perfect option for you!

     

     

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    3. How To Choose The Right Dog Teepee For You

    When it comes to finding the right pet teepee for your dog, there are some factors to consider first. Such as what else does a dog teepee do besides giving your pup a calming den-like space to relax? What should we keep an eye on when considering a teepee? And what we should look for when buying a dog teepee bed.

    Below is a list of the features and attributes that come together to make a great dog teepee, along with things to look out for, along with a few of our expert tips.

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    I) Types of Dog Teepees:

    There are a few different types of teepees available. These vary in size and shape, and the one you choose will essentially come down to your own aesthetic prefences and the size of your dog. The first to mention here is the regular teepee, which has either four or five support poles and has been styled on the design of the traditional Native American teepees that you will surely be familiar with. Another fantastic option is the Dog Tent, which looks much like the type of cloth tent that you may have seen in some old Western movies, and which has a sturdy triangular frame at the front and back, and another running down the center of the roof for support.

    II) Size Matters:

    The size of the dog teepee or dog tent that you choose is important. The teepee has to be the correct size to fit your dog comfortably, while not being too big for smaller dogs. It should be small enough so that you pup feels safe and cozy, similar to their own personal cave or den; but then also large enough for your dog to be able to turn around in. We suggest first weighing and measuring your dog, so that you can check which size teepee is right for your pet. Look for the dog size guide and teepee's dimensions on the item's product page to find out if it is suitable before purchasing.

    III) Dog Teepee Materials:

    The materials that are used to make your dog teepee is also an important aspect to consider, and our suggestion is to always choose the option with the highest quality materials.

    Most teepees are made from Cotton Canvas, which is not only durable and hard-wearing, but also light and breathable during in the warmer months, while still keeping your pup shielded from cold air and drafts during Winter, keeping them warm and cozy. Cotton is also quick and easy to clean and wash, making it versatile in a dog product like this. The only downside to most teepees usually being made from Cotton is that they will not be waterproof. Therefore, we advise to only take your new dog teepee outdoors during good weather when it's a nice day.

    Many teepees feature natural materials, such as 100% cotton canvas and real natural wooden poles and supports, which not only look great, but also add an air of true quality to the teepee. The natural materials will be much safer for dogs that are prone to chewing on things, as they should be chemical-free and therefore pet-safe for your companion. As a rule of thumb, if the teepee canvas is white, it usually means that it will be free of any artificial dyes.

    IV) Cushion Comfort:

    Many dog teepees will come equipped with a fitted soft dog bed cushion, which is removable and easy to clean. Thick and plush, these bed inserts will let your fur baby snooze in ultimate comfort til their heart's content. If the teepee or tent that you choose does not come with a pet bed cushion included, then we would highly suggest purchasing one separately. Make sure to find the right type of cushion that your dog will enjoy the most, and which is also the right size to fit inside the teepee properly.

    V) Curtain Call:

    Curtains are one of the major reasons why dog teepees are so perfect for making your dog feel safe and secure. A good teepee or dog tent bed will have two curtains (one on either side of the door) that can be pulled together to create an enclosed space for your dog when he/she is feeling anxious or just wants to rest, and can then be opened up and tied back again to let in some airflow. This will also let you keep an eye on what your dog is up to inside the teepee, while giving them a chance to see what's going on around them. Always look for built-in curtain ties when buying a dog teepee, which can be anything from pegs, to straps, buttons or any other type of ties that will help to keep the curtains up.

    VI) Floor Covering:

    A floor covering inside the pet teepee is also a great idea. Many options come with a built-in floor inside the teepee, but not all depending on the design you choose. A floor covering will not only save you lots of time vacuuming, but will keep also keep your dog's hair, food crumbs, or any other type of litter they might leave behind. It also makes for a fully immersive space for your pup, helping to create the perception of their very own little den or cave, hidden away from the rest of the world.

    If your chosen teepee does not come with a floor covering, not to worry. Another great option is to buy a non-proof floor mat. This will keep the teepee from sliding accross the floor when your dog jumps into it with a little too much vigour or when rolling around inside, and will also dissuade them from dragging the tent around when they get bored and are feeling a little destructive.

    VII) Easy to Clean:

    Dog's are not always the cleanest of pets, and often have the tendency of easily dirtying much of what they touch. So naturally you want a teepee that is made from easy to clean materials that can be washed. A good teepee will quickly come apart for washing purposes - simply remove the wooden poles and then undo the cord from the top to slide the canvas off the structure. Most teepees will be fine to place into the washing machine on a cold wash, and then simply hang to drip-dry. If you'd like to ensure it's quality and keep it looking new for longer, you can also hand-wash it as a safer option.

    VIII) Easy to Setup & Fold Down:

    The great thing about most teepees is that they are easy to assemble, however we still suggest to look for a one that is simple to set up with clear instructions, and comes with easy to assemble parts. And if a teepee is easy to assemble, it means that it will be even easier to take apart again to fold down. This is especially important when you are trying to take the teepee apart for cleaning; when storing it away when not in use; or when you want to take it out on the road with you when taking your pup for a day out.

    Other Cute & Useful Design Features:

    As they say, "It's all in the details", in in this case it is most definitely true. Some great extra features that come with many of our favorite dog teepees are both cute and useful, adding those fine details that really make this product stand out from the rest. These include a cute little blackboard that lets you write your dog's name with chalk to create a personalized sign on top; extra storage pockets for any number of pet accessories; decorative flags; and even a string of lights.

     

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    4. Our Favorite Dog Teepees

    Below are some of our favorite dog teepee options, each of which has been chosen for it's popularity, it's stylish design and aesthetic, and the great features that each includes.

    I. The Modern Boho Dog Teepee with Plush Dog Bed Cushion

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    Small: $69.95, Medium: $79.95, Large: $99.95 (USD)

    Make your furry friend feel comfortable and safe in their very own Tiny Home. Perfect for dogs and cats alike, the Modern Boho Dog Teepee with Plush Dog Bed Cushion offers your pet their own space to rest and relax, giving them a calming place to hide away.

    Features:

    • Made from high quality 100% Cotton Canvas tenting.
    • A sturdy Natural Pine Wood pole frame.
    • Equipped with a removable thick Plush Cushion Dog Bed, letting your fur baby snooze in ultimate comfort til their heart's content.
    • Sealable Curtains, with stylish Cattle Pickup Buckle curtain ties, giving you the opportunity to store your pup's toys away and out of sight when not in use.
    • A Small Chalkboard Sign on top lets you add your pup's name for a cute finishing touch.
    • Easy to assemble, and even easier to disassemble to pack away for travelling or take apart to clean and wash.


    Note: Small and Medium sizes are suitable for pets of 7kgs or less; the Large size is suitable for pets of 7kgs to 15kgs.

     

    II. The Large Dog Teepee with Removable Dog Bed Cushion

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    Regular Price: $149.00, Sale Price: $99.95 - (Save $49.05) (USD)

    The Large Dog Teepee with Removable Dog Bed Cushion is the perfect option for larger dog breeds.

    Features:

    • Made from high quality 100% Cotton Canvas tenting.
    • A sturdy Natural Pine Wood pole frame.
    • Comes equipped with a removable thick Plush Cushion Dog Bed.
    • Sealable Curtains, with stylish Cattle Pickup Buckle curtain ties.
    • A Small Chalkboard Sign on top lets you add your pup's name for a cute finishing touch.
    • Easy to assemble, and even easier to disassemble to pack away for travelling or take apart to clean and wash.
    • Available in seven unique patterns.


    Please Note: suitable for dogs of 7kgs up to 15kgs.


    III. The Farmhouse Style Indoor Dog Tent

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    Regular Price: $189.00, Sale Price: $129.95 - (Save $59.05) (USD)

    What better way to make your dog or cat feel right at home than with a chic and stylish Tiny House all of their very own? And that's exactly what the Farmhouse Style Indoor Dog Tent offers!

    Features:

    • Made from 100% Cotton Cloth Canvas, which is durable, flame retardant and mildew resistant, but still soft, breathable, and easy to wash.
    • Supported by beautiful and sturdy Natural New Zealand Pine Wood Support Beams.
    • The frame is bound and finished with stylish Faux Leather Rope.
    • Duel-curtains are held open with Faux Leather Curtain Ties, which can be released to give your pet some privacy in their own little space.
    • A stylish Natural White color scheme adds the perfect finishing touch to complete the rustic and charming Farmhouse look.
    • Quick and easy to assemble, and even easier to disassemble again to fold down when not in use, saving valuable space when living in a small home, such as an apartment or Tiny House, or making it easy to pack it away at a moment's notice to take it on the go with you.


    Please Note: Recommended for small to medium sized pets of 10kgs or less.

     

    IV. Black and White Striped Dog Teepee with Dog Bed

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    Price: $127.95 (USD)

    Let your furry friend enjoy a relaxing nap in style with the Black and White Striped Dog Teepee with Dog Bed. Much like the Modern Boho Dog Teepee, this option is also perfect for dogs as well as cats.

    Features:

    • A chic Black and White Color Scheme makes this teepee a stylish addition to any home.
    • Made from high quality 100% Cotton Canvas tenting.
    • A sturdy Natural Pine Wood pole frame.
    • Equipped with a removable thick Plush Cushion Dog Bed.
    • Easy to assemble, and even easier to disassemble to pack away for travelling or take apart to clean and wash.


    Please Note: Size suitable for pets up to 15kgs.

     

    V. Forest Leaves Dog Teepee with Soft Dog Bed

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    Small: $69.95, Medium: $79.95, Large: $99.95 (USD)

    Bring a little piece of nature inside the home for your pup with the Forest Leaves Dog Teepee with Soft Dog Bed. The perfect escape, these pet teepees will provide a calming sanctuary for your pal. Designed with style in mind, this dog teepee will make a charming addition to any room, no matter the décor setting.

    Features:

    • Made from high quality 100% Cotton Canvas.
    • A sturdy Natural Pine Wood pole frame
    • Equipped with a removable thick Plush Cushion Dog Bed.
    • Sealable Curtains, with stylish Cattle Pickup Buckle curtain ties.
    • A Small Chalkboard Sign on top lets you add your pup's name for a cute finishing touch.
    • Easy to assemble, and even easier to disassemble to pack away for travelling or take apart to clean and wash.
    • Available in Three Sizes, in Two Unique Colors.


    Please Note: Small and Medium sizes are suitable for pets of 7kgs or less; the Large size is suitable for pets of 7kgs to 15kgs.

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