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Do dogs dream?

Dogs sleeping on an Omlet nest bed

Have you ever watched your furry friend drift off into a deep slumber, legs twitching and softly whimpering, and wondered: do dogs dream? It’s a question that has intrigued pet owners for centuries, sparking curiosity about the inner workings of our canine companions’ minds. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of dog dreams and uncover the truths behind those mysterious nighttime adventures.

The science of dog dreams

Even though our dogs can’t awaken and tell us all about their dreams, scientists have long studied the sleep patterns of dogs to understand if they experience dreams similar to humans. Research indicates that dogs undergo similar sleep cycles to humans, including stages of deep sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is associated with dreaming. 

During REM sleep, brain activity increases, resembling that of a waking state, suggesting that dogs in fact do experience dreams. But, our canine companions only experience REM sleep in 45 minute cycles on average. And depending on your dog’s breed and size, their dreams can last anywhere from 1 minute to 10 minutes. 

While scientific evidence strongly suggests that dogs do dream, the specifics of their dream experiences remain elusive. Just like humans, dogs process their daily experiences and memories during sleep, leading to vivid dreamscapes that may involve familiar places, activities, or interactions. So the next time you see your furry friend twitching their legs in their sleep, they may just be dreaming about the game of catch you played with them earlier. 

What do dogs dream about?

While dogs and humans share similarities in their dreaming experiences, there are also notable differences. Dogs’ dreams may be more heavily influenced by sensory stimuli and instinctual behaviors, reflecting their unique perspective on the world. Additionally, the duration and frequency of dreaming episodes vary among individual dogs, adding further complexity to the comparison.

Although we can’t peer into a dog’s subconscious, behavioral observations provide clues about the content of their dreams. Dogs often exhibit movements and vocalizations during sleep that mimic behaviors seen while awake, hinting that they may be reenacting past experiences or engaging in imaginary scenarios.

As cherished members of our families, it’s natural to wonder if our dogs dream about us. While there’s no definitive answer, studies suggest that dogs likely incorporate familiar faces and interactions into their dream narratives. So yes, it’s entirely possible that your dog dreams of bounding through fields with you or receiving belly rubs on lazy afternoons.

Dreamiest dog sleep solutions

When it comes to ensuring our furry friends get the dreamiest sleep possible, Omlet has you covered with our innovative dog bed solutions. We know sleep is important to dogs – like, up to 18 hours a day (or more) important. So we set out to ask the right questions to invent better ways to care for our beloved pets. Providing your dog with the perfect bed is key to their well-being and their dreams. 

For the snugglers out there, the Nest dog bed is like a cozy cocoon, offering a warm and secure haven for those who love to curl up tight. Meanwhile, the Topology dog bed is ideal for leg splayers, providing ample space and support for dogs who sprawl out in all directions. And let’s not forget the Cushion dog bed, a versatile option perfect for on-the-go naps or as a comfy spot in any room of the house. With Omlet, you can rest assured that your furry friend will be dreaming in style and comfort, no matter their sleep habits.

Omlet and your dog

As you watch your beloved pup peacefully snooze, it’s fascinating to consider the vivid dreams they might be experiencing. Understanding this aspect of their lives is just one more way to deepen the bond between you and your furry friend. At Omlet, we’re passionate about enhancing the lives of pets and their owners alike. That’s why we create a range of products that cater to every aspect of your dog’s needs and desires, from luxurious dog beds for the coziest dreams to stylish designer dog collars for those daytime adventures. Because when it comes to your canine companion, only the best will do.

Dachshund sleeping on Omlet Topology dog bed

 

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Best dog crates

Dachshund asleep in Omlet Fido Nook Dog Crate

Finding the best dog crate is a crucial decision for pet owners, regardless of whether you have a small, big, high-stress, or elderly dog. It’s an essential tool for their safety, comfort, and overall well-being. With the vast array of options available, the quest for the ideal dog crate can be overwhelming. Thankfully, we’re here to help you navigate this very important decision with various options of Omlet dog crates that are suitable for all pups in all situations. 

How to choose the best dog crate for your furry friend

Choosing the best dog crate for your beloved furry friend is like selecting the perfect home – it should be cozy, safe, and tailored to their unique personality. There are three main things to consider when choosing the perfect crate for dog:

  • Size
  • Storage
  • Movability

First, consider the size; your dog crate should be spacious enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and stretch comfortably, regardless of their size. And remember to also account for your dog’s growth if they’re still just a puppy – as your dog grows, so, too, should their crate.

Next, think about storage. Where are you going to put your dog’s crate? Will it stay in your bedroom? Or will it be front and center in your living room? Whether you’re using the dog crate just for training purposes, or for a safety spot for them to relax, you will need one that is strong and durable. If you plan on using it as a doggie den for your furry friend, you may want to consider a dog crate that is built more like furniture and can complement your decor.

Lastly, you need to think about how you are using the dog crate. For many pet owners, a dog crate is only used for safety reasons, i.e. traveling in the car to the vet or on vacation. In this case, a dog crate that is easy to collapse and fold is ideal and will make both you and your dog’s lives easier! In addition, an easy-to-transport dog crate also means no hassle, and you’ll be able to move it around your home should you decide to change its location.

Best dog crates for large dogs

Big dogs need big things. And that includes dog crates. So if your furry friend is large like a German shepherd, Labrador, or Bulldog, you’re going to need a dog crate that will fit their size and stature. Our top choice is the Omlet large dog crates as they are designed with larger breed dogs in mind, providing ample space for them to stretch out comfortably and move around in. Its double doors not only allow for easy access, but flexibility of placement as well. 

Best dog crates for small dogs

When it comes to small dog crates, Omlet has a range of design options engineered to cater to both the comfort of your smaller dog’s needs and the design of your home. The Fido Studio is a standout choice for petite breeds like the chihuahua, dachshund, or papillion as it offers a cozy den-like enclosure that also doubles as a piece of furniture. With its modern design, your pint-size pup will feel secure and safe in a comfortable spot that blends seamlessly into your home. Store your small dog’s favorite accessories in the optional wardrobe and create a room all their own.

Best dog crates for puppies

When it comes to puppies, dog crates are an essential part of parenting. Not only are dog crates crucial for their safety and puppy training, but for their comfort as well. The Omlet Fido Classic crate is an excellent choice for several reasons. Firstly, it provides a secure space where your puppy can’t get into mischief or danger. Which, in turn, also helps reduce the risk of destructive behavior!

Second, a dog crate for your puppy aids in-house training by leveraging a dog’s natural instinct to not use their sleeping area as a potty. Consider it a “bladder controller” that helps prevent indoor accidents.

To use a dog crate effectively for your puppy, ensure it’s appropriately sized, allowing them to move around in it freely and comfortably. Introduce positive associations, such as dog treats and dog toys, to make the crate a welcoming space. Then, gradually increase crate time so they become familiar with and used to using it as a spot for security. After a while, you can add a comfy puppy bed inside the crate to make this their designated spot.

Puppy in Fido Studio Dog Crate with green Bolster dog bed

Best dog crate for senior dogs

You may be asking, “why would my senior dog who has lived their whole life without a dog crate suddenly need one?” Great question – we’re glad you asked. As dogs age, their needs change, and a dog crate can become a valuable addition to their life. Some senior dogs start to experience mobility issues or incontinence in their later years, and a dog crate becomes a safe and manageable place where they can rest and recover. 

But can you teach an old dog new tricks? At Omlet, we know you can. Training a senior dog to use a dog crate is no different than training a puppy – it takes consistency, patience, and time. When it comes to reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with senior dogs, look no further than the Omlet Fido Nook. Curated with luxury and comfort in mind, this modern dog crate has been meticulously designed to give your dog a sense of comfort and priority in your home. 

Best dog crates for travel

Embarking on a pet-friendly vacation should be easy. That was our thought process when we designed the Omlet dog crates to be versatile for travel with your favorite furry friend. Whether you’re road-tripping with your dog in the car or jet-setting across the country, our thoughtful design features help to give you and your dog a hassle-free travel experience. The tool-free assembly of the dog crate makes setup a cinch and your dog will love the cozy interior that keeps them safe during transit. Vacationing with your four-legged family member has never been so convenient.

Best dog crates to calm anxious dogs

Finding the perfect dog crate to soothe your furry friend’s anxiety is like discovering a cozy hideaway for their heart. The Omlet dog crates are not just enclosures, they’re ergonomically designed havens of hushed tranquility that transform anxiety into calm. Many dogs will whine or bark as a show of their unease but using a dog crate as a calming tool will help give them a safe place where they can feel less overwhelmed.

Best dog crate furniture

At Omlet, we believe dog crates should provide a space of comfort and peace for your dog while simultaneously not distracting from your decor. We asked ourselves, why can’t a dog crate be both functional and modern? And then we made it. Meet the Fido Nook Dog House – where dog crates are elevated to luxury that your dog deserves. Crafted with precision and style, we transformed the mundane dog crate into a statement piece, making your home a sanctuary of style and warmth for both you and your dog. 

With the option to add a removable classic crate or just place your dog’s bed directly inside, the Fido Nook is truly the only dog house you’ll ever buy. The integrated closet acts as a storage unit for all of your dog’s accessories and helps to keep your house clean and tidy. This dog house serves as more than just a retreat, it’s a conversation piece in your home that is a testament to your love for your furry friend.

Create the ultimate den for your favorite canine

Now that you’ve settled on the perfect dog crate, it’s time to make it comfortable for them to settle into. Start by adding a cozy dog bed where they can rest and relax. Using a dog bed in your dog’s crate will help train them to know that this is a safe place to be and feel calm. Next, top off their coziness with comforting dog blankets that keep them warm and snuggled. It won’t take long for your favorite canine to learn that their dog crate is the ultimate den where they can feel secure, comfortable, and at peace. 

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we go beyond the ordinary to invent the extraordinary, creating remarkable designs that last a lifetime. Whether it’s our dog crates, washable dog beds, raised dog beds, or designer dog leashes, we have the products your dog needs and deserves. Our mission is simple: make pet products better so you can spend less time worrying about them and more time with the furry friend you love. 

Dog in the car boot sat in their Omlet Fido Classic Dog Crate

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Tips to help your canine companion through their terrible teens

Nikki Mather canine behaviourist

Canine behaviorist, Nikki Mather, explains our dogs’ adolescent phase and provides useful training advice on how to work through this stage successfully. Nikki, founder of Positive Steps Dog Training, is a qualified, force-free dog trainer (IMDT) and behaviorist (BCCS), predominantly working on cases including dog reactivity, separation anxiety and fear/anxiety-related behaviurs. 


Most new puppy guardians prepare well for bringing home a new puppy, from toilet training to mouthing to sleeping through the night. And, just when you feel like you’ve mastered this stage of your puppy’s life, they turn into a teenager! 

The teenage phase is a testing period of your puppy’s life, bringing new challenges and frustrations to you as a dog guardian. During this time, your dog may seem like they are purposely ‘ignoring’ your requests, they may become a little more anxious than before, or they may completely fly off the handle – but let’s take a look at what is really going on for our pups during this stage, as well as training tips to help you navigate this challenging time. 

What is adolescence in dogs?

The transition from puppyhood into an adolescent “teenage” dog can happen anytime from around 6 months, lasting until your dog reaches anywhere between 18 – 24 months. During adolescence, dramatic hormonal changes take place within your dog’s body, resulting in a rewiring of their brain. 

During your dog’s teenage months, you may notice an increase in their confidence, becoming increasingly motivated to explore and interact within the external environment. Alternatively, your once seemingly confident pup may begin to exhibit more anxious, fearful behavior. Regardless of the change, it’s important to remember that although older, your pup still lacks the experience and skill set to appropriately navigate our world and, therefore, is sometimes unable to rationally manage their emotions and reactions. 

Behavioral changes you may notice 

1. Increased anxiety (and therefore reactivity)

Most new puppy guardians are well aware of the importance of appropriately socialising your pup between 8-16 weeks. However, most aren’t aware that our dogs enter into a second fear period generally between 6-14 months. 

During this stage, you may notice your once confident pup has become a little more anxious and fearful, which could result in an increase in reactive behavior towards external triggers they once may have been comfortable around, such as people and other dogs. 

In order to work through your dog’s second fear period successfully, it is important to continue their socialisation training to ensure they are continually exposed to triggers at their pace. This will help continue to build positive associations that will create the foundations of a well-adjusted, confident adult dog. 

2. Regression in training

We’ve all been there – we bring home a little puppy and immediately begin working on their loose lead skills and recall training. All goes seemingly well…our pups don’t want to leave our side so their lead work is perfect, their recall is second to none and they hang onto every word we say! 

Then, the teenage stage hits, and it feels as though everything goes out of the window and our young dogs know nothing!

You’re not alone in this – ‘regression in training’ is completely normal. During the adolescent months, our dogs’ hormone levels change, and they can become much more confident in themselves and their environment. You may notice they listen to you less, they run over to distractions outdoors and they don’t come back when you ask – super frustrating! During this stage, our dogs are often conflicted when asked to do something, driven predominantly by their uncontrolled impulses.

When you begin to notice this regression, don’t panic! You just have to go back to basics in your training – in other words, you need to make it easier for your dog! This might mean you go back to working with a long training lead when teaching recall, or you may give your dog a little more distance from distractions to help them focus on you more. Take the time to work through your dog’s regression, training at a pace they can handle, and you’ll come out the other side with an adult dog that is an absolute dream to have! 

3. Ignorance! 

During your dog’s adolescent phase, you may become increasingly frustrated by how much they are choosing to ignore anything you ask of them – you may even call this stubbornness! Whilst this may seem like your dog is actively choosing to defy you, it is more effective to try and understand where this ‘ignorance’ has come from. 

When they were pups, YOU may have been the most exciting, rewarding thing for them. Now that they’re a little older, their motivators and preferences will change, and you’ll need to up your game in order to keep their attention in a stimulating world. 

To do this, you can try using high-value treats to reinforce behaviors you like, such as fresh meats, doggy pate or cheese (within moderation). You can also use chase toys, tug toys or balls to better engage your dog and reward behaviors you like. The more you reward a behavior, the more likely that behavior will be repeated! 

4. Increased energy levels

As a pup, your dog will have needed around 16-18 hours of sleep per day. Now that they are a teenager, their sleep requirements will reduce, so they may become more active around the home for longer periods of time (more time to get up to mischief!)

Now more than ever, it is important to ensure you are meeting all of your dog’s needs, including physically, mentally, socially and breed-specific. Consider the quality of your dog’s walks, how often do they engage their brain in stimulating activities such as sniffing and problem-solving, do they have ample opportunities to engage in play with you and other dogs (when suitable), and are their breed-specific needs to chase/dig/search etc. being met? 

If your dog is restless and exhibiting unwanted behaviors, there is probably an unmet need that needs to be addressed! 

5. Nuisance behaviors 

The adolescent developmental stage is when most young dogs begin to show troublesome behaviors, such as excessive barking, jumping, lunging, destruction or biting/nipping. Such behaviors are typically a result of your dog working through some pretty big emotions, frustration sometimes making top of the list. 

If you notice your dog showing unwanted behavior, ask yourself WHY? There’s always a function behind our dog’s behavior – is there something they want, is there a need not being met, are they bored, tired, frustrated etc. Once you understand why the behavior is occurring, you’re better equipped to implement efficient training solutions! 

Quick tips to help satisfy your adolescent dog:

  • Let them sniff on their walks as this will tire them out mentally.
  • Provide indoor mental stimulation such as enrichment boxes, snuffle mats and treats rolled into a towel!
  • Balance high-energy activities with brain work-outs e.g. 5 minutes ball throwing followed by 10 minutes sniffing to help reduce adrenaline. 
  • Ensure you’re engaging with them through games, training or just cuddles – our dogs are social creatures! 
  • Teach them how to settle using a settle mat and ensure they have a quiet, undisturbed space to relax around the home. 

Remember, your dog’s adolescent period will not last forever. Be patient and guide them into making more appropriate choices to help them co-exist peacefully with you. ‘Bad days’ are inevitable, but your hard work and consistency will pay off, and the relationship you’ll build with your dog along the way will be the most rewarding of all. 

If you’re struggling and would like some professional help, please do get in touch with us at Positive Steps Dog Training. 

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“Naughty” dog behavior explained

Dog on the Omlet Nest Dog Bed in Patterpaws

Is there anything more irresistible than those puppy-dog eyes? However mischievous, we love and forgive our dogs unconditionally, even if that means the occasional missing pair of socks. Pet parenthood is far from perfect, but it’s our pups’ mischievous little ways as well as their sweet ones that brighten up our days and make it all worth it. But, when does their behavior become a bigger problem and what’s the science behind their naughty nature?

Loveable rogues

It’s fine, they’re still so little, or perhaps your backyard needed a new hole dug anyway…Whatever your excuse for your dog, we’ve all been there. But sometimes there are genuine explanations as to why Fido is acting up. Here are some of the most common naughty dog behaviors and why they happen.

Just one more treat, please

Dogs beg for a number of reasons. Whether it’s to jump up on the couch, for a piece of your food or just for a bit more attention, they definitely know how to make it known when they want something. It’s easy to be fooled by the pitiful whines and pawing of a pooch but this tactic can be a nuisance when it becomes a habit. 

If this attention-seeking behavior has spiraled out of control, it’s important not to reinforce it by giving in to what they want. Instead, try redirecting them to something else to keep them occupied such as a dog toy that they can be alone with, or creating physical barriers such as a baby gate if your dog is begging at the dinner table.

Dogs that dig

The backyard should be somewhere for all the family to enjoy but can quickly become the opposite should Fido get their paws dug in. Digging isn’t uncommon, especially for certain dog breeds such as the Airedale terrier, Border terrier and Australian shepherd. While it might be in their DNA, you can deter the digger from your yard and instead, divert them to a more controlled indoor environment with this boredom-busting digging game from our previous blog.

For some, it’s in their genetics, but other dogs dig to relieve stress, to escape or to store their food. Ensure you’re providing them with both physical and mental stimulation and rule out any medical conditions via your veterinarian.

All paws on the floor

Being greeted by a jumping puppy is undeniably cute, but as our pint-sized pups grow into much heavier adult dogs, this behavior can not only take us by surprise but can also be dangerous. For dogs, a face-to-face greeting with their favorite people is simply a way to get attention as well as to show their affection, so should never be punished. 

However, with a bit of persistence, your pup can learn that having all paws on the floor is a much better way to get what they want. Any time they decide to jump up at you or anyone else, turn your back and ignore them. Once they’ve sat nicely, reward them with plenty of dog treats and fuss. 

Shoes for chews

From shoes to table legs and even bed frames, a chewing dog is a persistent one and this habit can soon see your entire house gnawed. Before dealing with this issue, let’s first recognize what normal dog chewing behavior is. 

Puppies explore the world through their mouths, which is why they’re notorious chewers. This is perfectly normal, although it’s essential that you provide them with plenty of enrichment, including chew toys so that they don’t nibble what you don’t want them to. 

Older dogs, however, may chew due to canine separation anxiety, boredom or an unbalanced diet. Just as with puppies, offer them plenty of toys and dog-appropriate chew bones (not rawhide) while addressing any medical concerns with your veterinarian such as them becoming stressed when left alone. 

Fido the thief 

Being chased around with something they’ve stolen is a pretty fun game for dogs. And what’s even more fun for Fido, is the chase ending in a game of tug of war with said stolen item. Dogs steal for attention and when we engage with them, it’s simply reiterating that they can take whatever they please and it will result in a play session. Items that smell like us such as socks are firm favorites but disaster can strike when something more valuable is taken. 

Teaching your dog the “drop it” and “leave it” commands is a good place to start. With consistency, they’ll soon learn that not taking what you don’t want them to, will earn them an even better reward such as their favorite treat or game.   

Yorkshire terrier on the Omlet Cushion Dog Bed in Doodle Dog

Naughty by nature or nurture?

It’s no secret that some dogs are more naughty than others. Age, for one, is a huge contributing factor, with puppies being the most mischievous of them all. But, it isn’t always a lack of training that leads to naughtiness.

Dog breeds such as the energetic Jack Russell terrier, Siberian husky, Border collie and beagle are also ranked highly on the naughty scale either for their playful nature, apparent inability to resist food or becoming most destructive when not provided with enough stimulation. 

The best beds for naughty pups

Muddy carpets. Trash trained from basement to bathroom. But look at that face. Those eyes. We wouldn’t have it any other way. How, we wondered, to tell the story of the mad love and mortification that comes with being a dog parent? With the Mischief Collection we celebrate the ‘shake your head in despair’ delight that only dog lovers understand.   

Our in-house textile designer Victoria took it to the drawing board, and so started our latest, limited edition Mischief dog bed collection. 

Three on-trend yet timeless prints, inspired by the ‘oh crikey, what now’ moments of sharing your space with a four legged bundle of relentless love, loyalty and face palming frustration.  

Evocative of wet pawed, tail wagging wanderers, Patterpaws brings our dogs’ happy-go-lucky optimism to life with an upbeat energy that’s bang on trend. 

The frenetic, graphic print in earthy tones of Zoomies traces the invisible tracks they follow as they race and swerve. Seasonal shades of ochre and chartreuse perfectly balance zippy, zany zig zags.

This minimalist, single line sketch design has a Scandi vibe. On closer inspection, Doodle Dog tells a tale of dogs of all types, their movement and motion vividly captured with deceptive simplicity.

Mischievous or more?

A playful pup who has you wrapped around their paw is often nothing to be worried about. But when mischievousness crosses the line, it can become an issue. For example, resource guarding may occur if a dog has stolen an item they deem valuable. Signs include your dog growling, baring their teeth or lunging when approached. Or perhaps what was once a reliable recall has seemingly disappeared. Should you be concerned about your dog’s behavior, it’s important to seek training from an accredited, force-free professional.

Omlet and your dog

Trouble-making hound or angelic canine, Omlet has the best products to support all dogs and their owners. From easy-to-clean dog beds, to dog toys and dog crates, find out how caring for your pet in a better way is possible through the wondrous world of Omlet.

Terrier lying on the Omlet Bolster Dog Bed in Zoomies

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Dog boredom-busting ideas

Cocker Spaniel on Omlet Nest Dog Bed in Honeycomb Slate

It’s no secret that dogs are smart, but with such intelligence comes an innate need to be stimulated. While your post-work weekday walks might occasionally seem a chore, our canine companions thrive when tested both physically and mentally, so finding activities to help bust dog boredom will prevent them from causing mischief. Here are some ideas to try and keep Fido out of trouble.

Bored dogs – spotting the signs

A bored dog is actually quite simple to spot. If you notice any of the following, then your pup could be trying to tell you they’re in need of more fun.

Destructive behavior

Chewed-up shoes, gnawed chair legs and loose stuffing dotted around your home… sound familiar? Destructive dog behavior is frustrating, but behind it all, the cause is often boredom. But with no other outlet for their emotions, dogs often turn to destroying your and their own property.

This being said, some behaviors, such as chewing, are also associated with canine anxiety, as well as puppyhood, which you can read about in our previous How to redirect your puppy’s chewing blog.

Whining and woofing

Notice your dog whining and woofing a lot more than usual? It’s not unusual, especially for certain dog breeds, to make a lot more noise than others, but if you see that it’s becoming more relentless with no apparent reason, this could be another sign of boredom after you’ve ruled out any illness or injury.

Getting dizzy?

Watching Fido chase their tail might initially be entertaining for us to watch, but if your dog is doing so obsessively, this could indicate an underlying problem. In younger dogs, this behavior is most likely nothing more than a playful pup discovering what that thing attached to them is! But, if you suspect your dog’s tail-chasing is becoming a habit, contact your veterinarian. Should there be nothing of concern, you could simply have a bored canine who needs a little more attention.

Persistent pacing

Restless dog behavior can include pacing. If your dog is going up and down your home in a frantic manner on a regular basis, then boredom could be to blame.

Off I go!

Got a Houdini hound on your hands? A dog that is frequently attempting to, or successfully, running away from home could be off to find entertainment elsewhere. Losing sight of your dog is a terrifying experience for any owner and when you’re providing such a loving home, it can be puzzling as to why they’d want to leave. Fortunately, most will find their way back and it’s important never to direct your frustration at them. Rather, see this as an opportunity to provide some more stimulation. 

Commanding attention

Other than whining and barking, dogs can seek attention in any other way they know that will get their owners to make a fuss (even if it means when they’re getting into trouble!). This can include pawing and nudging, jumping up at you, dropping a toy on your lap and even stealing your favorite pair of shoes. A bored dog is a needy dog, so making sure you provide them with enough stimulation is key to putting this behavior to bed.

Boredom-busting solutions

Now you know what to look out for, here’s how your furry friend can be on their way to living a more fulfilled and happier life. 

Get digging

Dogs love to dig, especially terriers such as the Border terrier, Jack Russell and fox terrier. But, finding them digging up the backyard isn’t so fun for us. Instead, encourage their digging instincts by creating a digging box they can use inside the home. All you need is a cardboard box, some scrunched up paper and a few of their favorite treats to bury inside. Or, you can even use a dog ball pit, hiding treats at the bottom.

Fido fit for purpose

Working dog breeds were originally bred to take on tasks such as guarding, herding and retrieving. Huskies, for example, were bred as sled dogs, while the Bernese Mountain dog was bred as a working farm dog to drive cattle and guard the farm from predators. 

Today, many breeds are kept as loving family pets, so it’s inevitably not possible for every dog to fulfill needs they were originally bred to meet. Enrolling them in an activity that resembles their intended “job” can help keep boredom at bay. Finding toys, hide and seek, rounding up toys and throwing their ball in the water to fetch are just a few fun activities you can incorporate into their routine, depending on your dog’s breed.

Back to school

They might have already graduated from puppy training but there are plenty of groups available for adult dogs. This could be further sessions to brush up on their tricks or even agility. If you’re not sure that a class is right for your dog, you can also set up a dog obstacle course of your own at home.

Doggy brain training

With their intelligence akin to that of a child between 2 and 2.5 years old, dogs can really benefit from brain training as part of their boredom-busting routine. Brain training toys, which encourage them to locate their treats such as snuffle mats or Kongs are readily available or can be made at home. 

You can try using a muffin tray filled with tennis balls and treats hidden underneath. Or, why not use a few empty yogurt pots or cups for them to work out which one the snack is under? 

Pup playdates

Puppy play dates can be a great way for your dog to exercise. Perhaps you have a friend with a similar-sized dog that gets along with yours, or you can even join local groups of like-minded pet parents. But before you go ahead and unleash your dog, be sure to read our advice on how to make your dog’s play date a success

Rethink your route

The same scenic stroll might be enjoyable for you but it’s important not to forget that a walk is for everyone involved – Fido included. Exploring a new walking route will give your dog new territory to explore with their nose and also the opportunity to try out training in another environment. 

Alternatively, you can even try changing up the pace of your walking or letting your dog lead you. While letting your pup take the lead isn’t a habit you want to fall into, especially for leash pullers, occasionally allowing them to choose where they want to go can be a good way to switch up walks. 

Omlet and your dog

And after all that exercise, what better for your pooch to relax than on an ultra cozy Bolster dog bed? A tired dog is a happy dog after all. Continue to discover the wondrous world of Omlet with our range of other dog products such as our dog crates that double as furniture, cozy dog blankets and luxury dog collars and leashes.

Spaniel relaxing on green Omlet Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed

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Turning recycled bottles into designer dog beds

Cavalier King Charles spaniel outside on the Omlet Nest dog bed in Honeycomb Pollen

It all started with a dog walk, which inspired our first-ever limited edition signature prints. In this video, hear from our in-house textiles designer, Victoria, the ideator behind our designer dog bed prints and learn more about our steps towards a more sustainable dog bed.

Our latest collection, Gardenia, draws inspiration from our canine companions’ favorite places to wander, sniff and play. Available to shop now.

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What’s the best dog bed for your dog?

Labrador on the Omlet Bolster dog in Prism Kaleidoscope

Whether it’s a post-walkies siesta or a full night’s recharge to power up for the next day’s adventure, dogs love to sleep. And with so many hours spent snoozing, where Fido decides to get their shuteye is crucial to getting in those all-important ZZZs. Whilst your dog might enjoy a cuddle on the couch or sneak into your bed as nighttime arrives, having a bed of their very own means a space that supports their specific needs. But with no two dogs quite the same, how do you find the best dog bed for your dog? At Omlet, we’ve made things easy and taken out the guesswork. Here’s our guide to finding your pup’s perfect sleep solution. 

From puppy to prime

The standard dog bed only lasts between 6-12 months. We knew we had to do better, which is why we designed a dog mattress to last a lifetime with the Topology dog bed. But, we also understand that a dog’s needs change as they age, which led us to create a range of toppers to support every life stage of your four-legged friend. The Topology toppers can simply be zipped off from the Topology mattress, placed in the washing machine, and then zipped back on for that oh-so-fresh sheets feeling. Or, for when your dog reaches a new life stage, zip on a brand new topper to meet their adjusted needs, all while the memory foam support of the Topology mattress remains the same. 

For playful pups

Recently got a puppy? We recommend the Topology dog bed with the Quilted topper, also known as the Topology puppy bed. The durable material of the Quilted topper is great for those inevitable accidents and razor-sharp pirana puppy teeth. Not convinced? We’ll even replace your topper for free with the Omlet 180 Day Puppy Guarantee scheme in the unlikely event that your pup manages to chew through their topper to the extent it can no longer be zipped onto their bed within 6 months of your purchase*. 

Super for seniors

For senior canines, opt for the Topology dog bed with the Sheepskin topper. As dogs age, they struggle to regulate their temperature, meaning they need extra support to stay warm. The faux sheepskin fabric not only provides an extra layer of comfort to keep them cozy, but combined with the memory foam mattress of the Topology bed to support aging joints, creates a recipe for a dog bed of dreams.

Dachshund moving on to their Sheepskin topper on the Omlet Topology dog bed in a bedroom

Best for your breed

It’s not just age that affects choosing the right dog bed. When it comes to beds, one size definitely doesn’t fit all and your dog’s breed can also play a part in finding the right sleeping solution for them.

Separation support  

All dogs can struggle with canine separation anxiety, but some breeds such as the border collie, toy poodle and bichon frise are more prone to struggling when separated from their owners. Alongside seeking professional help from a behaviorist, having the right dog bed can help, though. The Bolster dog bed was expertly engineered to support the needs of anxious pups, with raised, wrap-around sides creating a pillow for your dog to rest their head and feel cocooned in for when they’re feeling on edge. 

Mucky pups

It’s no secret that some dog breeds create a little more mess than others. Whether it’s the flying fur of a golden retriever, a slobbery trail from a bloodhound or muddy paws dotted around the home, our dogs have their own special ways of showing us their love. But, these tokens of love, can come at a cost. With a build-up of dirt, debris and hair, dog bed odors can soon spread to the rest of the home.

Fortunately, the Bolster dog bed has been designed with easy cleaning and home hygiene in mind. The covers can be removed in seconds and put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. And when the covers are back on, your dog’s bed will feel and smell brand new.  Plus, with the option to customize the dog bed with a range of designer feet, the Bolster can be elevated for easy cleaning and 360° airflow.

Suits you

Something else to consider when finding a dog bed is your lifestyle. But finding the perfect fit for you and Fido without compromising on their comfort can be a challenge. We asked ourselves, can we design dog beds that meet their needs and ours? Our answer: Yep, for sure. Whether you’re an avid adventurer who loves globetrotting with your canine companion at your side or a homebody interior expert who wants to match their dog bed to their furnishings, we have a dog bed for you. 

Adventure ahoy

The Cushion dog bed is the go-anywhere dog bed. The lightweight material means taking your pup’s bed on your travels is a breeze. Keep it in the car for your next adventure, and bring it out when you’re ready to bed down at your destination. And filled with the just right amount of plump stuffing, the Cushion dog bed ensures your four-legged friend stays comfortable wherever they are. 

Brown dog lying on the Omlet Cushion dog bed in Gardenia Sage

Here for the homebodies 

Perhaps a slow stroll with your dog followed by a cozy evening in your beautifully decorated home sounds more appealing than a camping trip with Fido? We’ve got a dog bed just for you, too. Our Nest dog bed has been designed to give your dog the ultimate night’s sleep with dual-side cushion inserts, whilst looking amazing in any home as well. 

Choose from a range of sustainably sourced covers in signature prints, exclusive to Omlet. For those who want a bold pop of color, the abstract Kaleidoscope Prism or Shaded Spruce prints will work great. And to complement any minimalist interior, the subtle tones of the Corduroy Pebble and Corduroy Moss covers are ideal.

Omlet and your dog’s bed

No two dogs are the same, so we don’t expect them to have the same needs and desires. That’s why we’ve designed a comprehensive collection of dog beds that meet their needs – and yours too. From the Bolster dog bed for extra support, to Topology dog beds for those all-important life stages, to the sustainable and beautifully designed Nest dog bed, or the Cushion dog bed to travel anywhere, we believe the perfect dog bed makes life with your dog that bit more magic for you both.

Dog resting on their Omlet Nest dog bed in Honeycomb Slate

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7 tips to help your rescue dog establish a routine

Rachel Spencer is a freelance journalist specialising in writing about pets and the pet industry and an award-winning pet blogger.

She welcomed her first rescue dog Daisy, a terrier cross, into her life in 2009, and this inspired her to start The Paw Post pet blog, writing about animals and the difference they make in people’s lives.

Rachel rehomed her second terrier, Patch, in 2018 and together they enjoy traveling to dog-friendly destinations and trying out the latest in doggy toys, treats and technology.


Rachel Spencer with her rescue dog

Welcoming a rescue dog into your home and your heart is a wonderful thing to do. You gain a faithful companion to give you unconditional love, and your dog gains a second chance at happiness. As a new pet parent, it’s key that your dog settles in your home and these seven tips will help you establish a routine.

1. Buy the basics

Stocking up on the following items ahead of your furry friend’s arrival will help them feel right at home.

  • Food – ask the rescue or former owner what they are used to eating.
  • Food and water bowls
  • Collar, lead and tag with your contact details on – you’re legally required to include your name and address on and consider your phone number too.
  • Toys
  • Bed and blanket – the Omlet Topology Luxury dog bed is ideal, with washable and removable toppers and the option to pop a blanket over the top. 
  • To help your dog settle, snuggle under the blanket before they arrive so it carries your scent. 

2. Give them space

Welcoming a new furry family member is exciting, but they will likely be tired and a little overwhelmed. They might be shy at first too, so be patient. Given time, they’ll interact and become more confident and playful.

They’ll need some peace and quiet so set up their bed or a crate, treats and a toy in a quiet room or area so they can retreat if they need some time alone.

3. Start exploring

For the first few days, take short walks in your local area and allow your dog to sniff and explore their new surroundings.

Avoid busy places with lots of dogs and leave their lead on to ensure they’re safe, then build up to longer walks in new places.

4. Monitor their progress

Consider keeping a doggy diary, so you can record how they settle in, their likes and dislikes, training progress and behavior when left alone.

Rescue dogs may experience separation anxiety, so consider using a pet-cam to watch how they react when you leave them.

5. Connect with local pet professionals

Book an appointment with your local vet for regular checks, worming and vaccinations. This will help your pet get accustomed to the vet.

If they require regular grooming, you could also visit your local salon with your pup to discuss their grooming routine. During these visits, feed your dog treats to make it a positive experience.

6. Begin training 

Dogs love to learn. Find a local, accredited, force-free trainer to teach you kind and ethical ways to communicate and bond. Choose from classes or one-to-one for professional guidance, and a chance for your dog to meet other dogs. 

7. Look forward to years of happiness

There is a wonderful quote from psychologist Emma Kenney, “Opening up your life to a dog who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.”

Whatever their past, your rescue dog can look forward to a new life by your side, from walks in the woods to cuddles on the couch. By taking these simple steps to help them settle, you’ll be paving the way for shared adventures for years to come and a lifelong bond that’s hard to beat.

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Best dog beds to suit your fall decor

Labrador lying on Omlet Bolster dog bed in Corduroy Pebble

As the vibrant colors of autumn begin to paint the world outside, it’s only natural to want to extend the cozy ambiance to your home interior. While you let the warmth of the new season take center stage in your decor, don’t forget to upgrade your dog’s bed to suit your fall interiors. At Omlet, we found the best way to enhance your dog’s comfort and your home’s aesthetics is with the timeless comfort of corduroy. Discover your dog’s next and last bed to suit your fall decor with our new Corduroy dog bed collection.

Pebbled perfection

Influenced by the flexing of dog paws on the smooth stones of a beach walk, the Omlet Corduroy Pebble dog beds were purposefully curated to embrace your dog’s feeling of comfort. The beautiful color of this limited edition design creates a calm space for your dog within any space of your home. As the colder temperatures of fall find their way into our lives, the Corduroy Pebble dog bed offers a swaddling cuddle for your favorite furry friend and a peaceful palette of beauty to your decor. 

Matched in moss

The hues and tones of fall can vary from state to state. But the colors of the first rays of sunlight as it beckons over your morning walk with your dog remain the same. And that was the inspiration behind the Omlet Corduroy Moss dog bed design. The subtle green shade reminds you of the morning dew sniffed in gratitude by your canine companion and reflects a soft and warm embrace in your interior. A timeless design with the tactile luxury of corduroy, the Moss dog bed will comfort your dog from mid-morning nap until post-walk bedtime.

Labrador lying on Omlet Nest dog bed in Corduroy Moss

Pick a cover, pick a bed

Having a dog bed that looks good is one thing. But having one that comforts, supports and, more importantly, lasts is another. At Omlet, we believe both are equally important and essential to your dog’s care so we designed our products that way. The Corduroy Collection was inspired by the effortless connection between human and canine with colors and materials that reflect comfort and beauty. 

Both corduroy covers can seamlessly be used on the Omlet Bolster dog bed, Nest dog bed, and Cushion dog beds. Designed with the same easy-to-clean and durable features, these luxurious fabrics are the perfect way to give your dog that fresh clean sheet feeling. Whether you’re changing up your interior style completely, or just washing muddy paw prints off another cover, the Corduroy Collection by Omlet is sure to add style to both your dog and your home. 

Accessories to suit

Fall decor is all about creating a multi-layered and textured environment. Whether you choose the Pebble Corduroy or the Moss Corduroy, you’ll need accessories to match. As the temperatures outside begin to drop, chillier nights call for added comfort for your furry friend. In these early days of fall, the Omlet Super Soft Dog Blanket is a great addition to give your dog more warmth and comfort in their slumber. And as you make your way further into the season when the temperatures really begin to plummet, use the Luxury Faux Sheepskin dog blanket that will not only add that extra needed layer of warmth, but will look great amongst all your autumn decor.

Fall is also the gateway to the long, dark days of winter where feelings of hibernation sit on the horizon. Give your dog the gift of a more comfortable sleep as you move into this season with stylish dog bed feet that raise their comfort and happiness. The transition into fall means more muddy walks in the forest amongst fallen, crunchy leaves. Which for you, means more time cleaning up messes. That’s why we created our exclusively designed dog bed feet for the Omlet Topology and Bolster dog beds to help improve airflow, prevent build-up of dirt and debris, and create a more healthy and hygienic environment. 

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we’re pet people, and we bring our personal experience into every design solution we create. No matter what season you’re in, we make products that cater to the needs of your dog while ensuring they will always look good in your home. From super comfy dog beds that match your fall decor to cozy dog blankets and stylish dog bed feet that add warmth to everyone’s surroundings, Omlet has designed the products that you and your dog can enjoy for the rest of the year ahead.

Dog lying on Omlet Cushion dog bed in Corduroy Pebble

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Which Topology topper should you get for fall?

Dachshund moving on to their Sheepskin topper on the Omlet Topology dog bed

When it comes to your furry friends, we believe they deserve nothing but the best. This is why we created the Topology dog bed – a revolutionary pet bedding solution that has already changed the way pet parents care for their four-legged companion. The Topology dog bed isn’t just an ordinary dog bed – it’s a commitment to comfort and versatility that will last a lifetime. Crafted with precision and love, our unique interchangeable toppers allow you to tailor your dog’s sleeping experience to match the ever-changing weather and seasons. So as summer is fading into a new season, let us help you decide which Topology topper you should get for fall.

How does the Topology dog bed work?

Quality and longevity are at the heart of our design philosophy with the Topology dog bed. Built to withstand the rigors of your dog’s life, our exclusive memory foam mattress base provides a supportive and dreamy sleep that molds to your dog’s body and creates unparalleled comfort. But our designers went even further in perfecting the ultimate dog bed. In order to perfect comfort, we created a dog bed that would look great in homes as well by not compromising on style. 

Say goodbye to constantly replacing your dog’s bed as the seasons shift. With the Topology dog bed, you can effortlessly switch between our wide range of topper options all year long to give your dog, and your home, that new fresh feel. Our range of toppers provides the perfect balance of comfort, temperature regulation, and durability, ensuring your pup stays content and relaxed year-round.

We also thought beyond the confines of the ordinary dog bed to create custom options that allow you to raise your dog’s comfort – literally. The exclusive Omlet dog bed feet are designed to bring new heights of style and relaxation to your dog’s sleep while simultaneously increasing airflow, eliminating dust build-up, and creating a healthier sleeping environment. The Topology dog bed is more than just a place for your dog to sleep – it’s a custom-created sleep environment that’ll always make them feel at home.

Brown dog sleeping on Omlet Topology dog bed with Microfiber brown topper

Which Topology topper is best for fall?

As the leaves begin to change colors and the warm air turns cool, we welcome the changing of weather into fall. But how do you make sure your dog feels the same comfort of this new season? The Topology dog bed is a fall essential for any dog and choosing the right topper means considering their comfort, needs, and preferences that accompany this new weather.

Beanbag Topology topper

The Topology Beanbag topper is a plush, yet hard-wearing, topper that’s the perfect autumn companion for your dog as they start to spend more time indoors. Constructed with unparalleled comfort that mimics the softness and warmth of a bean bag chair, the Beanbag topper provides a nest-like feel that envelops your dog in a cocoon of coziness. Opt for the crisp yellow shade, and this color will add beauty and warmth to your interior fall decor, making this the perfect choice for a new season and new dog bed topper.

Microfiber Topology topper

When fall brings rain and dampness, your dog deserves a comfortable and dry place to rest. The Mircofiber Topology topper is the perfect option with its fast-absorbing material that easily soaks up water and mud from damp fur and paws that accompany fall walks. There’s no more soggy bedding with this quick-drying topper,  that keeps your dog will keep comfortable and ready to snuggle in no time. And just like every Topology dog bed topper, the Microfiber topper is easy to remove and toss in the washing machine for hassle-free dog bed cleaning and care

Sheepskin Topology topper

The Sheepskin Topology topper is the ultimate choice to keep your dog cozy and comfortable this fall season with its luxurious softness and insulating warmth. Create a welcoming haven for your furry friend with this topper that allows them to curl up in a peaceful slumber. Beyond its functionality, the Sheepskin topper adds an element of sophistication to your dog’s domain. Choose from three different sizes and multiple shades to complement your home decor. For the fall season, we recommend soft beige or damson purple as two colors that perfectly reflect the feelings of the outside.

Fall dog bed accessories

Creating the perfect fall retreat for your canine companion includes more than just a bed. At Omlet, we believe everything is better with accessories. So in an effort to elevate your dog’s comfort during the autumn season, consider adding a luxurious, soft dog blanket to their bed for increased layers of warmth and coziness. 

Want to give your dog a domain all their own this fall? Place their dog bed and blanket inside a dog crate to create a safe space that will be their personal sanctuary for comfort and warmth all season long. The Omlet Fido Nook dog crate is the perfect option as it not only gives your dog a feeling of security, but adds style and beauty to your interior decor. 

Omlet and your dog’s bed

This fall, Omlet is your one-stop destination for ensuring your dog stays warm and comfortable throughout the changing of leaves and weather. Start your dog’s fall season off right with the Topology dog bed which is the heart of our collection. Next, choose a versatile Topology topper from our wide range of styles and colors to match your dog’s specific level of comfort and needs. Add a Luxury dog blanket to go on top and – voila – you just created the ultimate fall-ready doggy comfort zone. All that’s left to do is enjoy the new season with your favorite pup.

Dachshund lying on yellow Beanbag topper on Omlet Topology dog bed

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The best dog bed to travel with

Spaniel dog lying on Omlet Cushion dog bed in Corduroy Moss

It’s easy to underestimate how much you’ll need to pack for a family vacation, especially if your four-legged friend is joining the adventure too. And just as you’ve finally jammed the trunk of your car shut, you realise something is missing! Sound familiar? But what if that something is your dog’s bed? Big bulky beds aren’t easy to cram into a full car, but your pup’s prized possession is the last thing you want to leave behind. So, let’s find out what the best dog bed to travel with is for when you’re short on space. 

Why do dogs need a bed to travel?

A change in environment can be overwhelming for dogs. For one, you might be joined by additional family members and friends on vacation, which means a change in routine. Not only do dogs then have to adjust to new sights and sounds, but their heightened sense of smell also means exploring somewhere new with their nose too. Having something such as a dog bed that smells familiar provides them with an element of comfort for when they’re staying away from home. In turn, this sense of familiarity will help make your trip away as enjoyable for them as it is for you.

Introducing Omlet’s Cushion dog bed. The ‘go-anywhere’ bed has been designed to travel from place to place with no fuss. The lightweight material means the mattress can simply be packed away in the car before heading out and placed down again when you reach your destination. But what else makes this the best dog bed to travel with?

Pillowy-soft sleep support

The Cushion dog bed may be made of lightweight materials, but we’d never compromise on comfort. We know that the perfect dog bed is key to a guaranteed good night’s sleep, especially for getting in those extra ZZZs after a long day of walkies on vacation. Filled with stuffing, the Cushion bed has been expertly crafted to balance pillowy-soft sleep support with just the right amount of plumpness to offer the perfect dog snoozing spot

Beautifully designed prints

We knew that a dog bed that felt amazing wasn’t enough, which is why we created a range of designer covers to make our beds look amazing too. Choose from a selection of patterns, inspired by the beauty of nature to remind you of the outdoors when you step inside. The Morning Meadow and Gardenia Sage prints are perfect for going away on a doggy adventure, as a beautiful nod to nature. You can even find a matching dog collar and leash from our Dog Walk and Gardenia collections for your furry friend to look stylish on vacation and back home, too.  

Dog-proof fabric

Chewing, digging, scratching and mouthing can be normal canine behaviors, but can also sometimes be elevated in stressful situations, such as traveling and being away from home for some dogs. Before heading on an adventure with your dog, though, you should assess whether they’re ready to do so, or if you need to work out an alternative. 

This being said, unexpected situations can arise, which can equal stress and anxiety for you and your canine companion. We wanted to create a dog mattress that could withstand any of these behaviors, and did so with the Cushion dog bed. Nearly all of our beds are made from 100% recycled bottles, making them super tough and rip-resistant from dog teeth and paws.

Easy cleaning for the messiest of pups

A few hiking adventures and beach walks later, your dog’s bed is bound to be covered in at least a few muddy pawprints. But throwing your dog’s bed away after every vacation isn’t the answer. Fortunately, the Cushion dog bed was made to last, with removable covers that can be zipped off and thrown into the washing machine to get rid of any dirt and odor. 

Getting your dog used to their new bed

It’s a good idea to have your dog used to their bed before taking it on your travels. This will give them time to adjust to not only how the new bed feels, but how it smells as well.  Regardless of how comfortable a new dog bed is, it can initially take time for Fido to get used to it. The scent of their existing bed might be super stinky to you, but this odor isn’t quite so foul-smelling to them. This means it can take some time for them to love their new mattress as much as you.

To get your dog used to their new bed, you’ll need to associate it with being a positive space. Use plenty of praise when they lie on their mattress, or if they’re more food-motivated, offer some tasty dog treats instead. You can even add a dog blanket on top so that your pup can be assured that they’ve got the coziest spot in the house. For more advice on how to get your dog used to their new bed, read our previous blog.

Omlet and your dog’s travels

Make traveling with your dog as stress-free as possible and your vacation great fun with the help of Omlet dog products. Our Cushion dog bed is the perfect travel bed for you to use at home and away, and paired with a super soft dog blanket, your furry friend won’t be able to resist. 

Two small dogs on the Omlet Cushion dog bed in Pawsteps Electric

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Rescue dog checklist

Golden Retriever dog lying on Omlet Bolster Dog Bed in Morning Meadow print

Our rescue dog checklist can help guide you to what to consider before adopting and the essentials you’ll need for your new pup. These four-legged furballs are superheroes in disguise who inevitably bring endless joy, love, and laughter into your hearts and home to create an incredible tail-wagging adventure. But before you embark on this journey, it’s essential that you are prepared for their arrival. In order to be the best rescue dog superhero parent, you need to have the best products. Let’s take a look at this epic rescue dog checklist that will ensure you’re ready to welcome your canine hero home with happiness.

Why rescue a dog?

It goes without saying that one of the best reasons to rescue a dog is to save a life. But did you know that by adopting a rescue dog, you’re not only saving the life of that dog, but another as well? When you bring a rescue dog home, you’re making space at the shelter for another rescue dog to take its place, in turn saving yet another life. 

4 important reasons you should consider a rescue dog:

  1. Unconditional love: Many people worry about adopting a rescue dog because there are several unknowns associated with it. But the truth is, whether you get a new puppy from a breeder or a rescue dog from the shelter, there will be a lot of uncertainties for everyone. Rescue dogs have grateful hearts and an appreciation for their new life that is shown through unmatched and unconditional love.
  2. More exercise: No matter what dog breed you rescue from a shelter, all dogs need exercise. And as their new pet parent, you just became their exercise companion. Whether you’re looking to lead a more active lifestyle or not, adopting a rescue dog means you now have the ability to get out and enjoy the great outdoors more often.
  3. Social outings: Dog people like to hang out with other dog people – it’s a thing. So when you adopt a rescue dog, you’re given the opportunity to interact and socialize with new people. Meetups at dog parks or dog-friendly restaurants are a great way to make new dog friends for your rescue and new human friends for yourself.
  4. Built-in bestie: What’s better than a lifelong friend that showers you with love and joy every time you’re around? That’s what it’s like with a rescue dog! A constant playmate, confidante, and snuggler, rescue dogs are not only your friend for their life, but they also become a beloved family member. Who could ask for anything more?

What to consider before rescuing a dog?

When it comes to rescuing a dog, knowledge is power. So before you dive headfirst into the furry adventure of pet parenting, there are a few things you should consider.

  1. First off, assess your lifestyle. Dogs, especially rescue dogs, require time, attention, and care. Are you ready to commit to walks in the rain, cleaning up hair and potential messes, and dealing with the occasional chewed-up shoe? Adding a rescue dog to your family needs to be a family decision so it’s important that all members of your household, two-legged and four-legged alike, are on board and ready to welcome a new member to the brood.
  2. Next, consider your living arrangements. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but small apartments may not be best suited for large dogs and large homes may have too much space for small pups to feel secure. Understanding different dog breed personalities and energy levels will also help you better decide which rescue dog would be the best fit for your family.
  3. Lastly, the financial obligations that come with rescuing a dog should be on your radar. Just like humans, dogs need the basics such as food, dog toys, and regular vet visits. But it’s important to factor in all costs associated with dog parenting so you are prepared for any unexpected costs that may arise. Just remember, owning a dog may be an investment in your bank account, but the investment you receive in love is far greater.

Choosing the right bed for your rescue

Finding the right dog bed for your new canine companion is an important step as it will quickly become both a sleep spot as well as a familiar friend. Keep in mind that many rescue dogs may be nervous or scared during their first few weeks in their new home, so having a comfortable dog bed that gives them a sense of security can make all the difference.

Importance of supportive beds

The Bolster dog bed, by Omlet, is uniquely designed to create that sacred space that any rescue dog will love. The supportive cushioned surround emulates a safe, cozy spot where your rescue dog can retreat to if they’re feeling overwhelmed or shy. Or, they may just curl up there often because it’s so comfortable

And speaking of comfort, the Bolster Dog Bed is designed with a premium memory foam mattress that is luxuriously supportive. While rescue dogs come in all ages, many are in, or closer to, their senior years and may have more sensitive joints. The Bolster Dog Bed gives them that comfort assurance they need to rest on well into their golden years.

Easy-to-clean dog beds

But what you’ll love most about the Bolster Dog Bed are the customizable color options and ease of cleaning. Choose from a variety of covers in different colors or limited edition prints that best match your decor. When they get too dirty or smelly, simply zip it off and toss it in the washer for a like-new clean. Finally, a dog bed that every member of the family will love!

What else you’ll need for your rescue dogs

Once you have the perfect dog bed, you can add on to your rescue dog’s comfort with additional items to make them feel more at ease and settled in. 

4 products to make your rescue dog’s homecoming the best one they’ll ever have

  • Blanket: Your rescue dog will still be getting to know you during their first few weeks at home. And one of the best ways to create a strong bond with them is by allowing them to know your scent. Adding a soft dog blanket to your rescue dog’s bed not only gives them an added layer of comfort, but another way to get closer to you. Simply wrap the blanket around yourself before placing it on the bed so your scent stays with them always.
  • Crate: If your rescue is showing signs of uneasiness, you can help them feel safer and settled by adding a dog crate to their routine. The Fido Nook, designed by Omlet, is a great option because it feels less like a standard wire crate, and more like a personalized home within a home. You can even place their dog bed directly into the nook to create the ultimate rescue retreat.
  • Dog bowls: With meals served 2-3 times a day, the dog bowls your rescue eats out of are important. Make sure you buy one that is easy to clean and sturdy – neither you, nor your rescue wants spilled food at dinnertime.
  • Dog toys: One of the best parts of being a rescue dog parent is getting to spend time playing together. And while walks outside or in the park are super important, nothing beats the one-on-one engagement that comes from playing with your dog. So be sure you have plenty of dog toys on hand so you and your superhero hound can spend lots of time getting to know each other better.

Omlet and your rescue dog

At Omlet, we value the bond between pet parent and pup above all else. We create our products based on our own personal pet parenting experience and understanding of not just what your pets need, but what they want. And rescue dogs are no different. Our Bolster dog bed will welcome your new canine companion home with comfort and ease and allow you to focus on what matters most – connecting with your new best friend. 

Terrier lying on Omlet Luxury Faux Sheepskin Dog Blanket on Bolster Dog Bed

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How long do dog beds last?

Puppy tugging on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper

Ahh, the eternal question: how long should a dog bed last? It’s a topic that’s stumped pet owners for ages. As humans, we typically change out our mattresses every 6-8 years depending on brand and usage. But with dog beds, there are a lot more factors to consider. Should a dog bed last a year? Five years? Ten years? Or should it last until the end of time itself? At Omlet, we think dog beds should last forever! So let’s take a closer look at your dog’s bed and what you can do to keep their comfort going for life and keep their bed out of the landfill.

Why standard dog beds don’t last

Let’s be honest – dogs are known for many things, but being gentle with their belongings is usually not one of them. They love to chew, dig, and drool on anything they can get their paws on, including their dog beds. In addition, most dogs sleep on their beds for all naps and nighttime sleep, incurring lots of usage and extra smells. It’s fair to say that dogs use their beds more than humans use their mattresses.

As a result, standard dog beds simply can’t withstand the normal wear and tear of any dog breed. Most standard dog beds are constructed of non-durable and non-washable materials, making them unable to provide quality comfort for your dog for very long. So if you’re expecting a standard dog bed to last forever, you’re barking up the wrong tree. But rest assured – there are other dog bed options from Omlet available that will keep your canine comfortable for life.

How long should a dog bed last?

On average, most standard dog beds last anywhere from 6-12 months. If it’s not the rips and tears from your dog’s natural behaviors that prematurely send it to the landfill, then the build-up of odors and hair will. At Omlet, we believe that dog owners should be able to buy one dog bed that will last their furry friend from puppyhood to prime.

Our product designers set out to challenge the standard dog bed norm and create a dog bed that would not only provide the highest quality comfort to your dog, but would last their lifetime as well. Their solution – the Topology dog bed.

3 ways to know it’s time for a new dog bed

How do you know when it’s time to buy yourself a new mattress? More than likely, it’s when you start having consecutive nights of uncomfortable sleep or can see defined lumps and dips throughout. But how do you know when it’s time for your dog to have a new bed? Here are 3 ways you can determine if your dog needs new digs:

  • Do a thud test

The two most common dog bed fillers are stuffing and memory foam. So in order for any standard dog bed to stay supportive of your dog’s joints and comfort, the interior filling needs to be uniformly thick across. But how can you tell? By performing a quick thud test. Simply take your flat hand and hover it a few feet above your dog’s bed. With a swift motion, drop your hand onto the dog bed to mimic your dog plopping onto their bed. If you hear a ‘thud’ when it hits, then it means the supportive filling has gone flat and it’s time for a new dog bed.

  • Use your sniffer

No really, we mean it – smell your dog’s bed. And we don’t mean from the other room. We mean get down on the ground and give your dog’s bed a good whiff. Any bacteria or other microbes that may have started to build up inside your dog’s bed may only be fragrant up close. But guess what? That means this smell is transferring to your dog every time they snuggle up for a snooze. So if you sniff a bad whiff it’s time for a new dog bed. 

  • Give a complete inspection

At first glance, most standard dog beds may appear to be in perfectly good shape. But give it a closer look and you may see something else. In order to really know if your dog needs a new bed, you need to give it a thorough inspection. If the cover is removable, take it off to look at the insert. Mold and mildew can hide in seams and crevices from excess drool, making your dog’s bed worse for wear. And if the inside of your dog’s bed looks that bad, imagine how uncomfortable it must be.

Omlet’s Topology dog bed

As the pet company that does things differently, we set out on a quest to create a comfort solution that would be your dog’s sleeping companion for life. We’re pet owners, too, and like you, we’re tired of worn-out, uncomfortable dog beds filling up our landfills. So we decided to do something about it. We decided to engineer the last dog bed you’ll ever need to buy.

The Topology dog bed, designed by Omlet, is a completely customizable dog bed that will literally transform your dog’s sleep. The luxurious memory foam mattress is completely encased in a water-resistant cover to give your dog high-performance sleep without the worry of bacteria build-up. And with Topology, you can also customize your dog’s comfort with one of the multiple different topper options so you can give your dog the exact sleep they want.

The best part? Every single topper is easy to remove and completely machine washable. Simply pop a new topper on the bed while the other is in the wash, or if a topper gets worn out, simply replace it with a new one without having to buy a new bed. 

In fact, we know this bed is so durable and high-quality that we guarantee it can withstand the harshest of critics – puppies. Yep, that’s right. With the Omlet 180 Day Puppy Guarantee, we back the Topology dog bed and Quilted topper, AKA the Omlet Topology Puppy Bed to withstand the shark-like chewing of every dog bed’s worst nightmare. If within 180 days your puppy chews through the Quilted topper of the Topology bed, we’ll replace it for free. How’s that for the last dog bed you’ll ever buy?

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we don’t just assume we know what your dog needs in a dog bed. We use our personal experience and unparalleled understanding of the best products available to engineer dog beds that deliver quality, comfort and ease of care so your dog not only gets what they need, but also what they want. After all, our dogs deserve the best, right? With the Topology dog bed, your dog will be laying in the lap of luxury from puppyhood to prime and giving you many tail wags of thanks in return. Let us do the work, so you can reap the rewards.

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Why do golden retriever puppies chew so much?

Golden Retriever puppy lying on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper
Golden Retriever puppy lying on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with black Hairpin Feet and Quilted Topper

Golden retriever puppies are undeniably adorable with their fluffy coats and playful personalities. But there’s one thing that can drive their pet parents crazy: their propensity to chew on everything in sight. From shoes to furniture, these pups seem to have an insatiable desire to gnaw on anything they can sink their teeth into. But why do golden retriever puppies chew so much? And, is there anything you can do to stop them? 

Let’s get to know the goldens

Sweet, loyal, lively and incredibly good with kids – it’s no wonder golden retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. But what makes this breed so, well, golden? Let’s go back to the 19th century when they were first bred to find out.

In 1868, Lord Tweedmouth of the Scottish estate of Guisachan was interested in sporting and hunting dogs and finding one that could handle the Scottish climate and terrain. After failing to find any existing breeds that could keep up, he decided to create his own. By breeding a flat-coated retriever with a tweed water spaniel, Lord Tweedmouth helped create what we now know as the beloved golden retriever. 

As seen in their medium to large size stature and solid, athletic build, the golden retriever has the sporting and retrieving genes all through their DNA. Coupled with their high canine intellect and effortless ability to learn commands, it’s easy to see why the golden retriever has long since been known as the preferred dog for hunting.

But even though the sport has been domesticated out of the golden, the instinct to catch and carry is still strong in this breed. Hence the reason these dogs, especially as puppies, like to put everything in their mouths. 

Do all puppies chew?

Puppies use their mouths to explore the world around them, so it’s fair to say that there’s a method behind the madness (and destruction) of this natural behavior. Here are some of the reasons puppies chew.

  • Stress relief: Puppies, in particular, use their mouths to help them cope with stress. And when they come home with you, dog separation anxiety can continue when they see you leave the house or even just the room. Chewing helps to soothe their anxiety and provides a source of comfort.
  • Pain relief: Chewing is also an essential part of a puppy’s teething process. As puppies grow, their baby teeth fall out, and their adult teeth grow in. This can be a painful process, and chewing helps alleviate discomfort by massaging the gums and providing an outlet for the growing teeth. It’s not uncommon for puppies to chew more during this time to seek pain relief.
  • Exercise relief: All puppies require plenty of exercise and stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. When they don’t get enough run and play time, puppies can become bored and restless, and chewing becomes a way to alleviate that boredom. Providing plenty of dog toys, exercise, and attention can go a long way in curbing unwanted chewing behavior.
  • Communication relief: Dogs don’t speak human. So in order for them to tell us something, they have to find a different way to communicate. Puppies use chewing as a way to signal to their owners that they need help, are frustrated, or just want some attention. By observing your puppy’s body language and chewing habits, you can better understand what they are trying to communicate so you can respond accordingly.

Thankfully, chewing is predominantly a puppyhood behavior and should subside considerably with age. If you notice that your older puppy or teenage dog is still chewing things around the house once they are out of this stage, it may be time to visit your veterinarian to make sure there are no underlying causes. 

How do you stop a golden retriever puppy from chewing?

The short answer is you don’t. Chewing is a natural part of puppyhood, no matter the dog breed. But, there are ways you can redirect this destructive habit so your puppy can find healthier outlets for their instinctual behavior.

Not all chewing is created equal 

While it’s natural for golden retriever puppies to chew, it’s important to make sure they are chewing on appropriate items. You don’t want your new shoes, your favorite piece of furniture or even worse, their own dog bed to become your puppy’s new chew toy. 

One of the best things you can do is provide your puppy with plenty of appropriate chew toy options. Look for toys that are specifically designed for puppies, as these will be softer and gentler on their developing teeth. You may also want to try a variety of textures and shapes to see what your puppy prefers. The more they chew their toys, the safer your furniture will be.

Smart dogs need stimulating

Golden retriever puppies are clever dogs, and they need plenty of opportunities to learn and explore. So one of the best ways you can try and curb your golden’s chewing habits is by increasing their exercise habits.

Keeping in mind that puppies are still not able to manage hour-long walks at these young ages, you can still keep them active during wake times with short walks around the block, energetic games of fetch or even just a stroll around the backyard to get lots of sniffs for mental stimulation. When it comes to puppies and chewing, it’s good to remember that a tired puppy is a happy puppy. And tired puppies are more likely to sleep in their bed than chew it.

Puppy patience

It’s essential to remember that golden retriever puppies are still learning and exploring the world around them. They’re not intentionally destructive or trying to be difficult. Instead, they’re simply trying to understand their surroundings and find their place in the world. By providing plenty of love, patience, and training, you can help your golden retriever puppy learn appropriate chewing behavior and become a happy, healthy, and well-behaved member of your family.

The best bed for a golden retriever puppy

When it comes to choosing the perfect dog bed for your perfect golden retriever puppy there are a few important factors to consider. First and foremost is the size. Puppies grow…fast. So you want to get a dog bed that’s large enough to accommodate their growing body and give them the comfort to stretch out at any age.

But even more important than size is the durability of the dog bed. Did we mention that golden retriever puppies like to chew? The best dog bed for a golden puppy is one that is made from high-quality materials that are not only able to withstand constant chewing, but easy to keep mess and muck free.

The Topology Puppy Bed, designed by Omlet, is a first-in-class dog bed that can comfortably meet all your golden retriever puppy’s needs. Not only is this durable and high-performance dog bed comfortable and machine washable. It’s also claw and tooth-proof. If within the first 180 days, your puppy chews through their Quilted Topper, we’ll send you a replacement, as part of our 180 Day Puppy Guarantee.

Omlet and your golden retriever puppy

At Omlet, we believe puppyhood is one of the best hoods to be in. Yes, it comes with its share of frustrations and destruction, but the love and happiness you get in return is unmatched. As the ideators and new benchmark makers of the pet products industry, we’ve taken our expertise to the next level and designed dog toys, dog beds and every other dog product you need to keep your golden retriever and you happy together – and your furniture intact.

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Using a Topology dog bed with a puppy

Black Labrador Puppy on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper

Choosing the right dog bed for your puppy can be tricky – or at least it used to be…Omlet’s Topology dog beds tick all boxes for your new best friend’s nap time needs, meaning you no longer need to compromise on what your puppy truly wants. Say goodbye to flimsy mattresses, chewed-up toppers and bad bed odors and discover why Topology is the perfect solution.

Comes in three different sizes

Depending on your dog’s breed, your puppy might be super small at the moment, but they’ll quickly grow up to be a full-sized dog before you know it. And since the Topology dog bed is the last you’ll buy, we recommend buying a bed based on their predicted measurements as a fully-grown adult dog. You want to make sure that your dog will be able to fit on the bed in all possible sleeping positions. The bed might look comfy when they’re curled up into a furry little ball, but would they be able to stretch out their legs if they wanted to? As they grow older you’ll find which positions they tend to sleep in, but for now, it’s best to go slightly bigger to be on the safe side.

The Topology dog beds come in three sizes to accommodate all breeds and are designed to fit snugly into standard-sized crates, avoiding any gaps along the sides. Just be sure that if you’re planning on dog crate training and want to put your bed in the crate, check your dog’s crate dimensions to ensure it fits. Take a look at our dog size guide so that you can match your breed to the right bed.

Choose from a range of removable toppers

The genius of the Topology design means that you can choose a range of versatile dog bed toppers which can all easily be removed to put in the wash, reducing odors and improving home hygiene.

For puppies, we recommend the Quilted topper, designed by Omlet with razor-sharp puppy teeth in mind. This super soft topper means optimum comfort for dogs of all ages and the durable fabric with the option to zip a puppy pad underneath, makes this style perfect for growing dogs. We’ll even replace your Quilted topper or mattress cover for free should your puppy chew through it within the first 6 months under our 180 Day Puppy Guarantee*.

Whilst your Quilted topper is being washed clean, you can choose an extra topper to zip onto your Topology dog bed. The Sheepskin topper is ideal for smaller puppies that might need a bit of extra warmth, transforming their bed into a cloud of tranquillity. Plus, you can pick from five different colors of this luxurious topper to match your home decor.

Minimise chewing damage

All puppies will chew – there’s no way around it. Dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers that are bred to use their mouths to fetch and carry are more likely to destroy anything that comes in their way, as well as breeds with a high prey drive. 

You can of course train your puppy from an early age to only chew appropriate dog toys or other accessories, but if they do manage to get those sharp teeth into their bed, the design of the Topology Puppy Bed means they’ll likely be unsuccessful in getting through the topper or mattress.

No need to worry about dirt and accidents

Puppies get into all sorts of mess, so being able to zip off the topper and put it in the washing machine will make your life a lot easier, and your dog will appreciate having a fresh bed to return to. 

This goes for puppy toilet accidents as well. If there’s a leak, the mattress under the topper has a waterproof cover that you can easily remove and wash with the topper. If this becomes a recurring problem, you can even put a puppy training pad on the mattress before your zip on the topper to soak up any accidents.

Provide premium comfort

Puppies sleep up to 20 hours a day, and it’s super important to give their growing bodies extreme comfort and support. Keeping your dog off the ground on a sufficiently padded surface can prevent severe arthritic pain in the future, so make sure you choose a good-quality bed.

Topology dog beds have a memory foam mattress that moulds around the body as the dog lays down on it, and provides amazing support for tired legs after vigorous play. The toppers all add extra comfort, either by super softness against the body, like the Quilted or the Sheepskin, or by extra padding like in the Beanbag or Bolster toppers.

Pick the perfect extras

If you decide not to place your puppy’s bed in a crate, you can elevate your Topology off the ground with a range of stylish feet. Raising your dog’s mattress reduces drafts and improves the airflow under the bed, which helps minimise a build-up of mold, mildew, dust and debris.

It’s also a good idea to add a blanket to the bed to make your puppy’s Topology dog bed for an even better night’s sleep. Simply place your Omlet Luxury Faux Sheepskin dog blanket on your puppy’s bed and they’ll soon learn to associate it with a safe and calm environment. This means that if you go away on holiday or have to take your puppy to the vet for their jabs, you can bring the blanket and give him or her an extra sense of safety. 

Omlet and your puppy

We’re confident that your new puppy will love their Topology Dog Bed, and you can be confident knowing you’ll have a dog bed to last a lifetime with our 180 Day Puppy Guarantee. Plus, with accessories such as designer dog bed feet and super snug dog blankets, your furry friend will be sure to have their own puppy paradise for years to come.

*Click here for full 180 Day Puppy Guarantee T&Cs.

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How to settle in a new puppy

Puppy using Omlet’s Topology dog bed with Quilted Topper

So you’ve added a new puppy to your family? Congratulations! Settling a new puppy into your life comes with all the highs of precious puppy snuggles as well as the lows of “Did they chew my shoes again?!” To help you make this transition easy, we’ve gathered everything you need to know on how best to settle in a new puppy. From simple steps to puppy products, Omlet has the advice you need to make the adjustment period smooth for everyone.

Puppy’s first 24 hours

Here’s the thing about adding a puppy to your family – it’s a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Before you bring your new furry friend home for the first time, you need to make sure your home is prepped and puppy-proofed and that you have stocked up on all the new puppy essential products

The first 24 hours at home can be an unsettling time for both of you. Everything is new to your puppy – your furniture, the space and even the smells are all foreign to your new bundle of joy. So it’s normal to expect lots of sniffing, pouncing and even some potty accidents. Likewise, you may feel a bit unsettled having a new living, breathing bouncing playmate running around. Especially if you have never owned a puppy or dog before.

While the first day together may feel uneasy or unfamiliar, fear not – it’s temporary and you both will start feeling settled in, in no time. Here are a few steps you can take in the first few weeks to make the homecoming less stressful and more enjoyable.

Introduce your puppy to their bed

Just like you have your personal bedroom where you sleep every night, you want to make sure you designate a spot in your home that is specific to your puppy as well. Having a familiar place to go to will allow your puppy to feel more comfortable and secure as they’re settling in.

The easiest way to create the perfect puppy place is with a dog bed. Not only will this be their spot for rest, but it will soon become their safe haven from any disturbances or distractions that might make them feel uncomfortable. 

The Topology Customizable Dog Bed designed by Omlet is the perfect bed for a new puppy as it will not only grow with your puppy into adulthood, but you can customize it to their needs along the way. Engineered with a solid base and superior memory foam mattress, the Topology offers a wide selection of toppers that are easily zipped on and off the bed. This not only allows you to pick a personalized topper from a variety of fabrics and colors, but it makes cleaning the dog bed as easy as one, two, zip.

Each topper is made from durable, hard-wearing materials so even the toughest of new puppy teeth can’t chew through them. Our recommendation for puppies is the Quilted Topper as the soft, plush feel will give them unbeatable comfort while also maintaining the strength to resist a hard teething session – and it’s covered by our 180 Day Puppy Guarantee

Keep visitors to a minimum

When you bring your new puppy home, it’s tough not to invite your mom, cousin, neighbor and even your local grocer all over to see your adorably cute new furry friend. But try to resist too many visitors over the first few weeks. 

While socializing your new puppy is important, having too many visitors at once can actually become overwhelming and cause stress. So when it comes to meeting new friends, slow and steady is the best rule of thumb.

And when you do welcome visitors into your home, be sure your puppy has a safe place they can retreat to in order to feel secure, such as their dog bed or even a dog crate. Nothing makes a puppy feel more settled than the comfort of their own space.

Show your puppy where to go potty

Potty training your puppy is easy with these two simple steps: start early and be consistent. Whether you use puppy pads or the great outdoors, establishing a potty routine early on will make the process much easier on you both.

Keep in mind that your puppy is learning so much at this young age, so patience is key in potty training. Accidents will happen along the way, but with a regular schedule that starts the day they come home, your puppy will be potty trained in no time.

Let your puppy take it at their own pace

Having a puppy is kind of like having a toddler. Simple moments of playtime are filled with endless hours of excitement and it’s hard not to want to engage and play all day. But just like a toddler, all that play can make a puppy tired and knowing when to give them space is super important.

So make sure every family member is on the same page and knows how to give proper boundaries to the new addition. While it’s exciting to play with a new puppy, not all puppies want to play all the time. Every breed is different and your puppy will settle in at their own pace so long as you give them the space and time they need to do so. 

Signs of a restless puppy

Imagine being transported to a completely new place you’ve never been to before and being surrounded by people and things you’ve never laid eyes on before. That’s exactly what it feels like for a new puppy when you first bring them home. All the new smells and sights can make a puppy feel restless but it’s important to make sure there are no underlying causes if the restlessness continues. Here are some signs of a restless, unsettled puppy:

Pacing

It is completely normal for your puppy to quickly traverse every room of your home during the first few days as that is how they learn about their surroundings. However, if you start to notice your puppy pacing back and forth in one particular area, this could be a sign that they are unsettled or even have some puppy separation anxiety

When you notice this behavior, try to limit your time away from home to frequent short getaways as opposed to long periods, if possible. And when you do have to be away for hours at a time, make sure they have a comfortable dog bed and dog crate where they can feel secure and comfortable.

Regularly waking up at night

In the first few weeks, puppy sleep is very similar to baby sleep – it’s sporadic. And while you can expect to be up a few times each night for the routine potty breaks, you want to make sure that your puppy can settle back to sleep easily for more rest. 

When you start to notice they are up for more of the night than they are asleep, this could be a sign they’re unsettled. In order to help your puppy get their much-needed sleep, get them a Topology Customizable Dog Bed so they can rest with comfort, support and ease.

Panting

Unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies. So in order for them to cool down, they often pant as a way to try and cool themselves off but panting can also be another way you can tell if your puppy is unsettled. 

If you notice your puppy panting, first check the temperature and make sure they are not just hot and need a doggy cool down. Sometimes a nap on a dog cooling mat is all that is needed to keep the panting to a minimum.

Puppy teething 101

If you’ve ever had your finger in the crossfire of puppy teeth you know all too well how sharp those tiny canines on your canine can be. Between three and eight months of age, puppies begin to have an uncontrollable urge to chew as a way to help relieve the discomfort of their gums.

And while teething is a completely normal part of puppyhood, it’s also one of the main reasons why your puppy may feel unsettled. For some puppies, the development of teeth is painful and confusing and the only comfort they can get is in biting and chewing on things. So in order to help your puppy through this unsettling process, make sure you have plenty of puppy-approved dog toys around so they can chew away on something other than your shoes and furniture.

Omlet and settling in your new puppy

There are few things in life as exciting and soul-filling as owning a puppy. Not only are you establishing a bond with your new best friend from the very beginning, but you get to experience all the wonders of puppy smells and snuggles along the way. At Omlet, we curate our products to care for and comfort your dog from puppyhood and beyond. With custom solutions like the Topology Puppy Bed, we strive to be your one-stop resource for all things pet related. We know what it takes to make your puppy grow into a healthy and happy adult dog. So we make the products you need so you can focus on your incredible relationship with your puppy.

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How to redirect your puppy’s chewing

Two puppies chewing on their Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper

For puppies, the whole world is just one big chew toy. In order to explore their surroundings and everything in it, they use their mouths and teeth to chew through their curiosity. While this behavior is extremely normal and expected, that doesn’t take away the fact that it can also be frustrating and destructive – especially to your furniture, shoes or even their dog beds. So if you’re a puppy parent wondering when the bite marks and chewed socks will end, keep reading. Omlet has the advice and products you need to help redirect your puppy’s chewing.

Normal puppy chewing behavior

Just like babies, puppies experience pain and discomfort when teething. For the first 6 months of a puppy’s life, they spend much of their time chewing and biting as a way to help give their mouth and teeth some relief. It’s perfectly normal for puppies to chew as a way to strengthen their jaws, stimulate their brains and relieve anxiety – they literally can’t help it!

While some dogs can be mouthier than others, if you’re noticing your puppy chewing and biting excessively, there could be some underlying reasons to keep an eye out for. In the states, most puppies can be adopted by a human family as early as 8 weeks old. However, sometimes these precious pint-sized pups are separated from their mother much earlier than they should, causing them severe separation anxiety and a heightened tendency to suck on fabric. As a result, puppies in this instance could display more chewing habits for longer periods. 

In addition, puppies who are bored or not receiving enough attention once they are in your home could exhibit more chewing as well. But regardless if your puppy is a mild, moderate or mega chewer, this behavior is only temporary and there are ways it can be redirected and eventually resolved. 

Puppy-proof the house

The first golden rule of puppyhood that should be followed at all times is this – never leave your puppy unattended to roam free in your house. We promise it will lead to mass destruction! So the best thing you can do before you bring your puppy home is designate which room in the house will be the temporary puppy pad. We suggest a room with tile and not carpet.

The second golden rule of puppyhood is to remember to have patience. While the natural behavior of chewing and biting can be redirected, it is a slow process that will take time and inevitably have many ‘slip-ups’ along the way. So be prepared to deal with several chewed-up socks, shoes and even dog beds. 

Fortunately, Omlet has solutions as we know puppy chewing is nothing to be messed with.

That’s why we created our Puppy Bed to be durable enough to withstand the power of puppy teeth. In fact, we’re so confident in the engineered resistance of the quilted topper that we have a 180-day puppy guarantee on this style. In the unlikely event your puppy chews through the quilted topper in less than 180 days from purchase, we will replace it for free*. 

Tips to redirect puppy chewing

While we do know that your puppy won’t be able to chew through their Omlet Topology bed, we are certain that they will find something else to chew on. After all, puppies will be puppies. So here are some ways you can help redirect your puppy from chewing anything else in your home.

  • Exercise is key

Did you know that puppies can get bored? Kind of hard to believe given their bubbly and inquisitive nature. But it’s true, and puppy boredom can lead to a lot more chewing. So the best way to combat this is with exercise. Because after all, a tired puppy won’t chew as much. 

Just keep in mind that at their still very young age and susceptible systems, puppies can’t go on long walks or romps at the dog park. So finding ways to play with your puppy indoors is key to keeping boredom at bay. Any type of physical or mental stimulation will help alleviate the need for excess chewing.

  • Chew toy essentials

Just as toddlers need lots of toys for added stimulation, so do puppies. So be sure you have several dog chew toy options on hand for your puppy to use. Just don’t give your puppy old socks or shoes as chew toy options – that will only cause confusion when they try to chew the new shoes left at the door. 

You can also rotate chew toys every few days so your puppy has something new to clench their chew with. When selecting toys for your pup, keep their size and age in mind so that you choose ones that are appropriate for their specific needs.

  • Kongs are king

How about taking those puppy chew toys to the next level with Kongs. These super hard plastic chew toys are a great way to redirect your puppy’s chewing. Designed to stand up to the sharpest of puppy teeth, a Kong toy is a great replacement for a shoe, sock or even a piece of furniture your puppy has become fond of.

As soon as you see your puppy chewing something they shouldn’t give them a Kong toy to chew instead. In time, they’ll pick the toy over the furniture. You can even stuff the Kong with one of these easy-to-make Kong recipes. Just make sure the ingredients are suitable for your puppy before serving.

  • Redirect with repellents

What do you do if your puppy is more attracted to electrical cords instead of shoes for their chewing regularity? That can be dangerous! In the event you see your puppy going after cords or really anything that is an absolute ‘no chew zone’, you can use a repellent as a way to redirect.

Dogs hate the taste of anything bitter, so spray a bitter apple spray on the items that you want them to stay away from completely. Just make sure your spray is natural and non-toxic and it will be a safe measure to take in redirecting their chewing. 

How NOT to redirect puppy chewing

It’s really important that you avoid any negative reactions or consequences as a way to redirect their chewing. You have a lifetime to look forward to with your new furry friend and if you try to stop their innate chewing behavior the wrong way, it could lead to less trust later on. So here are a few tips on what not to do in redirecting your puppy’s chewing.

  1. Never place a muzzle on your puppy’s mouth
  2. Never try and clamp their mouth shut with your hand
  3. Never use a dog crate as punishment tool for chewing

Omlet and your puppy

As the experts on puppy behavior, we know all too well how normal and frustrating the first few months of puppyhood chewing can be. That’s why our Omlet designers create products that are both beneficial and durable to withstand the power of puppy teeth. From a wide range of dog chew toys that are a perfect replacement for shoes and socks to our perfect puppy bed, which is engineered to go up against any good puppy chew session, Omlet has what you need to settle in your puppy.

*Find out more about Omlet’s 180 Day Puppy Guarantee here.

Black Labrador puppy chewing on Kong on their Omlet Topology Dog Bed with Quilted Topper

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Adopting an older dog

Elderly Golden Retriever dog lying on Omlet Morning Meadow Bolster Dog Bed

If you’ve ever visited a shelter or rescue, you’ve likely seen a wide variety of dogs of different ages looking for their forever home. But if you’re looking for a canine companion that’ll provide you with lots of love, fewer growing pains and a chance to slow down and enjoy life more, look no further than adopting an older dog.

Caring for a dog of any age requires work and patience. And while older dogs may come with a few more responsibilities than other rescues, don’t let those gray muzzles deter you. Adopting an older dog will save their life, but the rewards you get in return will be far greater. Let’s take a look at everything you should consider before adopting an older dog.

At what age is a dog considered old?

When it comes to a dog’s age, does it really matter? There are many misconceptions about how old a dog is when they reach their ‘senior’ years because a lot of the aging process is heavily dependent on the specific dog breed. Many believe that a dog is technically an older dog by the time they reach the age of 7 because of the infamous 7 to 1 human to dog years rule. In other words, a 7-year-old dog would equate to the age of 49 in human years by comparison. But we’re betting there are a lot of people in their late 40s who would argue they’re not yet old!

To really try and understand if a dog is an older dog, you can look at their breed-specific average age span and then calculate the last 25% of their life as being their senior years. So, for example, if a dog’s predicted life span is 11-12 years, then their senior years would likely start around age 8 or 9. Keeping in mind that these numbers are all averages and that every dog is different even among like breeds.

Why adopt an older dog?

The better question to ask yourself is why NOT adopt an older dog? Puppies and younger dogs are great, too, but with an older dog, you receive some extra benefits that are truly worth considering when looking to add another furry member to your family. Here are some reasons you should consider adopting an older dog:

  • Already potty-trained: It would be rare to find an older dog that’s not already potty-trained. These dogs have been around awhile and ‘know the ropes’ better than their younger counterparts. So right out of the gate, you have one less basic skill to teach your new friend as they have likely already mastered it.
  • Deeper connections: With age comes the knowledge of what it means to be loved by their person. Older dogs have a much better understanding of this concept, and as a result, are usually quicker to form a strong bond with you. 
  • Calm temperament: If you’re seeking a chilled canine companion who would rather snuggle on the sofa than chase you in the yard, then an older dog is where you should look. While older dogs still have energy to run and play, their puppy years are far behind them and they tend to be more relaxed and calm.
  • Second chance matters: You can rest assured knowing that by adopting an older dog you will not only be rewarded with love and appreciation, you will also have the gratification of knowing you gave them a second chance. Every dog deserves a home filled with love and great care, and older dogs should be no exception to that. 

Teaching an old dog new tricks

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the truth is, you absolutely can! The amount of training an older dog has under their belt will vary, but they almost all have the basics covered. Training any dog requires patience and work, but chances are with an older dog, they will pick up on new tricks quicker as they tend to retain lessons faster than younger dogs and puppies.

Keep in mind that older dogs do come with older bodies, so they could get injured more easily if given new tricks that are too challenging or difficult. For that reason, make sure you really know what you are getting yourself into before adopting an older dog. Take time to research the specific dog breeds and ages that are best suited for your lifestyle before bringing home your new best friend.

Gentleness and patience are the keys to helping an older dog settle in. For many, these dogs may have spent the last few weeks, months or even years in a shelter so they will be entering your life with some expected nervousness or anxiety. Ensuring they have an easy transition into your home will require patience and time to let them get used to their new surroundings and routines.

Senior dog essentials

While every dog breed is different, most older dogs want to spend the rest of their best years doing what they love most – relaxing! So in order to make sure your older dog is as comfortable as they can be, here are some essentials you should have:

  • Supportive dog bed: Just as mattresses are important to us as we age and change, so too are the beds that our dogs sleep on. And that is especially the case for older dogs. To give your older dog the most comfortable sleep, you need a supportive memory foam mattress that will provide the utmost comfort for their joints and muscles. The Topology dog bed, designed by Omlet, is not only a practical and stylish bed for your older furry friend, but it’s engineered with versatility for you to customize specifically for your dog!
  • Temperature regulators: Like us humans, dogs tend to become more sensitive to temperatures the older they are. These senior pups are more susceptible to heat stroke and heat exhaustion as they age. So ensure they have a way to cool down fast when the temperatures rise by getting them a cooling dog mat that can be placed on their dog bed or directly under their bodies for immediate relief. And to keep them extra cozy and warm in the winter, make sure you have plenty of soft, snuggly dog blankets to snuggle with.
  • Easy clean options: All dogs like to sleep but older dogs like to clock in a few more hours each day than their younger canine counterparts. Because your older dog will be spending more time snoozing, you want to make sure you have a dog bed that is easy to clean and care for so as not to disrupt their coveted nap times.  The Topology dog bed toppers are a great option as they are machine washable and easy to clean. Keep an extra one on hand so you can make sure your dog always has a fresh set of sheets to zip on.

Omlet and older dogs

There really is no better gift you can give to a dog or yourself than by adopting. Whether you choose a puppy or an older dog, the rewards you receive in giving these amazing animals a good life are priceless. At Omlet, our mission is to make products that help bring you and your canine companions closer together. From dog beds, to dog bowls and every dog product in between, we want the designs that we create to be just as comfortable, supportive and enjoyable for your dog as your connection is with them. 

Elderly Labrador dog lying on Omlet Sheepskin Dog Blanket

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Reduce your dog’s carbon pawprint

Spaniel outside on their Omlet Cushion dog bed in Prism Kaleidoscope

Every day we make choices that impact our environment and our carbon footprint. But what exactly does this mean? Without getting too scientific, the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from the everyday things we do all equal up to an individual carbon footprint. Even our dogs have carbon footprints, or rather, carbon pawprints.

And just as you can make changes to your everyday routines to be more sustainable and reduce your carbon footprint, there are also ways you can help reduce your dog’s carbon pawprint as well. Even just small swaps here and there can have big positive impacts on the environment and those around us. So let’s take a look at some ways you and your dog can start living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

What if a dog bed could live forever?

One of the biggest culprits to our planet’s carbon footprint is landfills. When waste piles up, over time, the disintegration of the trash combines to create gasses that are harmful to our atmosphere. One way we can do our part to reduce that negative impact is to throw less stuff away. And do you know what is one of the most common pet items thrown away each year? You guessed it – dog beds.

So we asked ourselves, what if a dog bed could live forever? What if we could make a product that would not only NOT end up in a landfill, but could stay comfortable and durable for the life of your dog? And then we crafted the solution. Designed as the forever sleeping solution for your dog, Omlet dog beds are not only curated with luxurious comfort, but they’re sustainably made to last a very long time.

With Omlet dog beds, you and your dog have a variety of options to customize your pet’s perfect sleep solution. When you purchase one of these dog beds, you receive a superior quality memory foam base that has the ability to be changed out with a selection of different fabric and color toppers. All toppers are machine washable so instead of throwing the bed away when it gets too dirty, simply wash the topper and your dog bed is back to new. 

Reducing your dog’s plastic use

Raise your hand if you like to drink out of paper straws. Well, like them or not, the fact is that making a simple swap of paper for plastic in our drinking straws has a massive positive impact on our environment. And guess what? There are simple plastic swaps you can make for your dog as well to help reduce their carbon pawprint, too.

So the next time you need a new dog product, here are some more sustainable choices you can make:

  • Dog bowls: What your dog eats and drinks out of is important not only to the environment, but to their health as well. Choosing a ceramic or melamine dog bowl, like Omlet dog bowls, allows your dog a cleaner way to consume their food and water. Keep them clean with frequent washing to keep the bowls around forever.
  • Dog bed: We’ve already discovered a few dog bed options that allow you to clean the sheets and keep the bed. But what if there was a dog bed that stopped plastic going to waste? There is! Meet the Gardenia Collection dog beds designed by Omlet. With covers made from 100% recycled bottle fabric, these dog beds offer the ultimate environmentally friendly sleeping solution.
  • Dog toys: Every dog loves to play with toys! But unfortunately, many dog toys are made from plastic. So try swapping even just one of your dog’s toys for a rubber dog toy option that is better for your dog and the environment! While these rubber toys aren’t 100% recyclable, they can be broken down into smaller pieces to be reused again!

Dispose of dog waste correctly

Owning a dog is one of life’s greatest treasures. Except when it comes to picking up their poop… While it may not be the most pleasant task, picking up after your dog is a task that must be done nonetheless. So how exactly can dog waste be eliminated differently to reduce your pup’s pawprint? 

When out on a walk with your dog, what do you use to pick up their waste? Like most people, we’re guessing either a small plastic bag from your bag roll or just a plastic grocery bag. But guess where all of these plastic poop-filled bags end up? That’s right – back in the landfill. So to do your part in helping the environment and reducing your dog’s pawprint, simply choose different bags. You can pick from several options to include biodegradable, compostable and even leakproof paper bags. This simple swap may not make the task more enjoyable but it will make a huge difference to the environment.

Reconsider your dog’s grooming products

Sustainable and environmentally friendly products are not reserved exclusively for the items your dog uses every day. You can take the reduction of your dog’s carbon pawprint one step further by changing out the shampoo and conditioner you use next time you give your dog a spa day. By making small changes in your dog’s grooming routine, such as dog washes that are kinder to the environment, you will help your dog reduce their carbon pawprint even more!

Omlet and your dog’s carbon pawprint

At Omlet, we believe the connection between people and pets is something to celebrate. The products you buy your dog should matter to them, to you and to our planet. With a focus on quality and sustainability, we are able to make products that are both environmentally friendly and high quality, without compromising on comfort. From our Gardenia Collection designs, to our Topology beds to our selection of other sustainably made dog products, we continue to do our part to reduce carbon pawprints all over the world.

Dog asleep on Omlet Sheepskin Blanket next to Omlet Dog Food Bowl

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Crate training tips

Dog relaxing in Fido Studio Dog Crate with Omlet Bolster Bed

Considering crate training for your puppy or dog? While many people view dog crates as cages with cruel intentions, it’s actually been proven that dogs love a calm, safe place where they can rest and be by themselves. When introduced properly, crate training is an excellent way to give your dog a comfortable space of their own and help them learn new behaviors in the process. We’ve uncovered all the benefits and tips you need to know on when and how to use crate training as a tool and resource. Keep reading to learn more about crate training.

Why crate train?

Crate training is an important process in your dog’s life. Not only is it really helpful in potty training, but it’s also a great way to provide them with a secure space where they can retreat to in order to feel safe. So if you have a dog or new puppy in your life, take a look at all the ways crate training can be a useful tool in raising your new family member:

  • Security: In the wild, dogs are naturally denning animals, which means they instinctively seek out small spaces to create a den-like feel. Offering your dog a crate to use at any age actually appeals to their innate behaviors and desires.
  • Self-confidence: Think of how proud a toddler is when they learn how to use the ‘big potty’…the same is true for dogs! Through crate training, you set your pup up for success by helping them learn to reduce their wee and poop accidents.
  • Self-reliance: As much as we wish we could spend every waking hour with our furry friends, the fact remains that sometimes we have to leave them at the house alone. When you crate train your dog, you give them a stronger sense of confidence to be ok by themselves when you have to be away from them for a while.
  • Privacy: A dog crate can serve as a very useful time-out device for overtired puppies who need a break. It’s also a great place for your adult or senior dog to escape to when they want to be alone.
  • Practicality: Being comfortable with a crate is important for dogs as they will be exposed to one eventually. Whether at the vet, the groomer or traveling in a car, crates are often used in other places to keep your dog safe and secure. So best to get them comfortable with a crate at home first.

Make crate training an enjoyable experience

A dog crate is meant to be a positive environment for your dog to see as an enjoyable place to be. The best way to ensure they have this association is to create that positive feeling from the moment of introduction to the crate. Here are some ways you can make crate training a truly enjoyable experience for everyone.

Choose the right crate

Finding the best dog crate is key to the success of your dog learning to love it. Depending on what dog breed you have, you want to make sure the crate fits your dog’s size and ability to turn around while in it. Other features your dog crate should have are durability, comfortability and transportability. The Fido Nook dog crate is a wonderful option as it provides all of these features while also doubling as a sleek piece of furniture in your home.

Create a positive association

One of the fastest ways to a dog’s heart is through their stomachs. So in order to encourage a positive association with the dog crate, use food and dog treats as tools. You can even move their dog bowls closer to the crate so they see the positive connection of eating and crate naps so close together!

Create a comfy spot

Some dogs prefer laying on hard surfaces and might be quite content just napping on the bottom crate tray. However, most dogs (and their owners!) prefer a more cozy spot to sneak away to. Try a comfortable plush dog bed that fits inside the crate so they can have more padding to snooze on. Or, just lay down a few cozy dog blankets so your dog can create the nap nest they desire. 

Play crate games

It’s completely normal for dogs and puppies alike to be uncertain of a crate at first. How would you feel about seeing something so foreign and new for the first time? One of the best ways you can make crate training a less scary experience is by making it fun – and what is more fun than playtime? Get on the floor and use different dog toys to throw in and out of the crate to encourage a fun and playful game that makes your dog more comfortable with the new space.

Have patience

Any dog can learn new tricks and that goes for crate training, too. But only if you have patience and take it slowly. Like anything new, if you rush the process it is unlikely to stick, which can lead to frustration for you both. So take your time and allow your dog to warm up to the crate in their own time. Before you know it, they will be sneaking away to it all on their own!

Omlet and crate training

At Omlet, we believe having a dog is more than just owning a pet, it’s a relationship that is to be fostered. So we design our products to cultivate that connection so you two can spend more time together building those bonds. We believe crate training is an invaluable tool and while we didn’t invent the dog crate, we did perfect it. The Omlet Classic Dog Crate is engineered with durable welded steel and two door options for easy placement and openings. Use it by itself or place it inside the Fido Nook, for a more sleek and modern design that complements your interior. Whichever option you choose, Omlet can help make crate training your dog an easy and enjoyable experience.

Brown Dachshund in Fido Nook Dog Crate with its tongue out

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