The Best Waterproof Dog Beds In Australia - A Review
Our #1 Pick
The Best Overall
The Barney Bed
So, your dog wet the bed. It’s a pretty normal occurrence in the lifetime of your pup. Or the lifetime of any human for that matter! In puppyhood, the early accidents of toilet training inevitably lead to soggy bedding from time to time.
Then when you get to the twilight years like my dogs are, incontinence could be a sign of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CCDS), or as it’s more commonly known, doggy dementia. (1)
Perhaps you’re looking for a waterproof dog bed because you want to have an outdoor option if you go camping often.
Whatever your reasoning for needing a waterproof dog bed, this is the guide for you.
What To Look For In A Waterproof Dog Bed
Waterproof or Water-Resistant?
It’s interesting how many companies will label their dog beds as water-resistant. It often signals to the buyer that the bed can withstand water right? Well, I’ve made that mistake too. It’s one of those fancy buzzwords that trick you into believing it’s waterproof when it’s technically not.
Water-resistance means it’ll withstand a light spray of water. It probably won’t hold up against a large spill or accident.
In some cases, you might not need more than that. It depends on the situation you’re using the dog bed for.
For example, if you’re looking for a bed to go camping with, the base needs to be waterproof. The top of the bed may not be. Perhaps water resistance is good enough in that case.
However, for incontinent puppies and senior dogs, a completely waterproof solution is probably best.
Indoors or Outdoors?
Where will you be using this bed the most? The properties of the bed change depending on the circumstances.
Most waterproof dog beds are indeed marketed to be both indoor and outdoor solutions for dogs. For the most part, that is true.
However, it’s worth figuring out the primary location that you’ll be using this bed. It will affect your buying choices. For example, severely materials are used when creating waterproof dog beds. Not all of them are as comfortable as the others. An Oxford fabric covering is amazing for indoor and outdoor because it’s completely impenetrable. It’s not quite as comfortable as some of the finer waterproof linings you can see on other dog beds.
Likewise, you may steer away from the softer materials for outdoor use. They’ll probably get dirtier quicker at the base.
If a bed may get wet often, it helps to have a non-slip bottom. You’ve seen these before. It’s typically a black base with small rubber pads or nobs to prevent the bed from sliding around when wet.
This is a safety precaution for your dog. Most waterproof dog beds should have them - particularly if they’re being used outdoors.
Ease of Cleaning
Particularly with incontinent pups in mind, you’ll want to refresh your dog’s bed as often as possible. Waterproof beds in general are relatively easy to clean by nature. However, they can be even easier to clean if they’re machine washable. Not all of them are.
Some waterproof mats can be thrown in the washing machine as they are. For beds, you can slip off the exterior lining for washing. Some beds even have the capability to have the interior filling washed too. This is a great feature with incontinent dogs in mind. Even if pee or poop can’t penetrate the inner filling, sometimes odours do. It can be helpful to wash the cushions or mattress every now and again to keep it as fresh as possible.
What size should your dog’s bed be? There are two ways to look at this. Most manufacturers will give guideline for the beds they create. They’ll indicate the best size for small, medium and large dogs etc. However, it’s still worth doing some measuring to get the most comfortable sized bed for your dog.
In honesty, the size of your dog’s bed has more to do with their sleep position than their overall size.
"If you watch your dog sleep you'll notice they get into lots of different positions: stretched out, curled up, on their back - even on their belly with their legs stretched in opposite directions like Superman!”- RSPCA (2)
It’s best to measure your dog as they are resting to get a better picture of how they’ll use the bed. You may find that you’ll need a larger bed than you first thought. If in doubt, it’s always best to have a larger bed than a smaller one.
Most dogs can get comfortable on a large bed. Few can get comfortable on a small one.
Best Waterproof Dog Beds Australia 2021
Now you know what to look out for, let’s dive into our top recommendations for waterproof dog beds in Australia.
What sets this product apart from the rest?
This Barney Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to extra large dogs like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
The Barney bed is our favourite dog bed of all time on the Australian market. It’s pretty hard to rival such a stellar product that provides comfort and luxury to all dogs of every size.
Speaking of sizing, the impressive size range is one reason we love it so much. The Barney bed comes in five sizes that suit breeds of all kinds. The smallest size is 73cm x 58cm overall, with 50cm x 34cm of interior sleeping space. This is a decent size for a puppy or small breed. The largest size is colossal. It’s called the Epic Barney bed and measures 200cm x 130cm overall, with 160cm x 90cm of sleeping space. This is ideal for giant breeds or multi-dog households.
It also suits every sleeping style because of the way the beds are structured. With a raised outer rim, your dog can comfortably rest their head as they sleep without any neck strain. All five sizes support dogs that like to curl up into a ball as they sleep or sprawl out like a starfish. I have both kinds of sleepers at home!
The orthopedic, high-density memory foam makes this one of the most comfortable dog beds we’ve encountered in all our reviews of dog beds. It’s supportive of elderly joints ad well as young growing bones. The high-quality foam won’t lose shape either so you can trust you won’t need to replace the bed any time soon.
Related: Best Orthopedic Dog Bed.
So how is it waterproof? Well, the bed comes with a water-resistant microfibre lining. If you want a fully waterproof Barney Bed experience, you’ll need to purchase the additional waterproof protection lining kit.
It comes with a soft towel layer that is absorbent and comfortable. On top of that, you slip on the polyurethane lining for complete waterproofing. This is perfect for puppies who are toilet training or incontinent dogs.
The Barney Bed is not cheap by any means. But if you’re willing to spend for premium quality materials and a level of comfort your dog has never experienced before, this is the choice for you!
Verified Review - 25/10/2021
"My pup loves her barney bed, from day one I think she knows it's comfy, she always brings her toys and chew treats there. We bought the large one but she's still a puppy, so we can sit together there with her and we even find it comfy 😆."
This Breinz Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
The Barney Bed is lovely but may be a little pricey for some. If that’s the case for you, the BREINZ waterproof dog bed is a good alternative that won’t break the bank.
The outer lining is made of tough 600D denier Oxford nylon canvas. This is what many raincoats are made of. It’s ideal for outdoor use and incontinence because it’s completely impenetrable. However, the outer lining isn’t quite as flexible as some of the others on this list.
The interior is stuffed with poly-cotton. This gives the bed the cushion it needs to be a comfortable sleeping spot for your pup. It’s a segmented cushion that helps the bed retain its shape over time. No matter what position your dog sleeps in, they’ll get adequate cushioning and support from all angles.
The lining is removable making it simple to wash. You can wash in interior cushions too.
The downside here is the sizing. Unlike the huge range you get with our top choice, BREINZ only has this bed in three sizes. The smallest is 60 x 48cm. The medium is 100 x 80cm. The largest is 100 x 120cm. Most dog breeds will be able to fit comfortably here. But notably, these beds may not be suitable for multi-dog households or extra-large dog breeds.
There’s only one design too, which is black canvas with white trim. It’s quite a neat look but perhaps not suited for everyone.
Overall, these beds are impenetrably waterproof and very well priced!
Related: Best Cheap Dog Beds.
If you’re searching for a portable waterproof dog bed, the Kurgo model is ideal.
This lightweight dog mat was made for those who love camping and travelling with their dogs. No matter how wet the environment is, your dog is safe, comfortable, and dry with this water-resistant bed.
It even rolls up into a bag with a portable handle for easy storage and carrying. You can take this with you everywhere.
The con here is regarding how waterproof the materials are. Because this is built for outdoor use, we don’t recommend this for incontinent dogs. The materials are very high quality. The bottom is lined with completely waterproof Rufftex. But the top has a microtomic ripstop material lining that is only water-resistant. Therefore, it’s not ideal for dogs who have accidents at night, or puppies who are not yet toilet trained.
Instead, this is the perfect travel companion for woodland, beach or outback camping.
Verified Review - 30/05/2020
BETTER THAN OTHER PRODUCTS
"Kurgo makes very durable pet products and this is not an exception. Good quality, quick drying and real moisture resistance. Don't understand the zipper pocket in the corner, that retains moisture more than the rest of the mat? But, still much better than Coleman and other portable mats that I've purchased."
This PetMaker Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
If you want a completely waterproof dog mat, the Petmaker is the one. While it may not look the prettiest, it’s perfectly fit for purpose as a dog incontinence mat.
The exterior is a machine-washable microsuede lining that has a fully waterproof inner layer. The microsuede is soft to touch while still maintaining its water-resistant properties. This makes it a little more comfortable than an Oxford nylon lining for example. Microsuede is a little warmer naturally too. The base is water-resistant and non-slip.
You can easily remove the outer lining for washing, revealing the soft, memory foam filling. You can wash the covers in the machine and air dry quickly.
The polyurethane orthopedic foam is supportive on elderly joints and growing bones alike. Dogs of all ages will love sinking into this mat to rest their heads. This mat is supremely comfortable for such an unassuming exterior.
The Petmaker mat comes in 4 sizes. The smallest is 51 x 38cm. The size up is 76 x 53cm. The size above is 91 x 68cm. The largest size is 111 x 88cm. This is a pretty great size range.
We think the price point is quite attractive too for the quality and simple build.
The major con is the style. If you can’t tell, this reviewer is not a fan of the look of this bed, However, it may be perfect for your interior decor. Or maybe the style isn’t as important to you. If the simple brown, quilted look works for you, this is a fantastic dog incontinence bed for dogs of all sizes and ages.
Verified Review - 26/08/2021
"Seems a good quality memory foam mattress, I certainly sink into it when we cuddle. My dog was initially reluctant to use it because the plastic lining made a rustling noise, okay with a blanket piled on."
This Niubya Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to medium dogs like a Blue Heeler.
Raised dog beds are a favourite among the elderly dog-owning community because of the unique benefits elevated dog beds have. By raising your dog off the ground, the bed alleviates some of the pressure on your dog’s joints as they sleep. This is great for dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.
Most raised dog beds are water-resistant on some level. Typically, they are constructed as a piece of stretched nylon over a steel frame. Both of those materials are by and large waterproof, or at least water-resistant.
The Niubya model is completely waterproof and therefore makes our list.
Made of durable Oxford nylon, this indestructible dog bed is extremely versatile. It comes with a canopy cover that blocks UV sun rays as well as rain. You can remove the cover and use the bed as a simple sleeping platform indoors or outdoors.
The platform raises your dog 23cm off the ground. Ideal for long-term joint care of your elderly dog.
All the materials are completely waterproof and easy to clean, you can scrub this with water and soap at any time. Because the fabric isn’t absorbent, it’ll air dry quickly.
It only comes in one size which is 89.15 x 24.64 x 11.68 cm. That may be a little too small for extra-large breeds. However small, medium and large dog breeds can use the bed comfortably.
The Niubya may not be the cheapest dog bed on this list, but with 2 years warranty, it’s a guaranteed winner for your dog.
Verified Review - 30/10/2021
"Super cute! Super sturdy but after a year of use the legs started fallout very easily if I picked up the bed to move it around NOT W HUGE BIG DEAL. Anyway we got a puppy and she ripped it and yes I’m heart broken but we might get another once she grows out of her crazy faze lol"
This PIPCO Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
Finally, we wanted to throw in an option for incontinence pads that you can place on any bed or surface. These are super convenient while travelling. They’re also helpful for potty training your puppy.
The Pipco Pets pee pads are flexible and easy to use. They are formed with 5 ultra-absorbent layers to ensure they’re completely leak-proof.
They come in 3 different sizes and two different colours. The sizes are 60 x 45cm, 90 x 65cm and 105 x 90cm. These sizes will work in most cases. You can use them to line a dog bed you currently have to create a waterproof layer.
The colours are light charcoal and light mocha. Both are neutral and easy to pair with any dog bed out there.
These are reusable, washable pee pads. Very eco-friendly as opposed to disposable pee-pads. Keep them fresh by machine washing whenever you need them.
The excellent reviews attest to how well these pee pads work. So, if you have a dog bed already that you like and want to waterproof, consider adding a pee pad to it to give it a protective layer against accidents. These can also work excellently as a travel companion. You can line the interior of your car with this pee pad to prevent any spills.
Verified Review - 2/07/2021
Great - easy to clean
"My dog loves his mat, and so do I , saves me heaps of money and time buying them every week now."
The Final Verdict: Best Waterproof Dog Bed
The Barney Bed with the waterproof lining kit is our top choice. It has it all. Comfort, premium materials and excellent longevity. If you want a dog bed that will never lose shape and will provide luxury-level comfort, the Barney Bed is the one to beat.
For waterproof dog mats, the Petmaker is a great option. There’s a decent size range as fully a machine washable lining. It’s pretty good value for money too.
Yes, you can! You may not be able to completely make it waterproof, but you can certainly protect the important parts. If you have a dog bed at home that your dog simply loves, you can use washable pee pads to protect it from any accidents.
To do this you’ll need to:
- Measure the dog bed’s sleeping surface. That’s the interior sleeping part discounting any raised sides, bolster cushions or cave structures.
- Find a disposable or reusable pee pad that will fit on the sleeping surface. Is it malleable enough to be bent into the perfect shape? That could be useful for unusually shaped beds. Most pee pads are rectangular.
- Fit the pee pad on the bed before your dog sleeps on it. Voila! You have protected the bed from accidents.
Pee pads are fantastic tools all around. They work well for toilet training puppies as well as protecting surfaces from accidents.
Some owners also use doggy diapers. These are more common for adult dogs who can no longer control their bowel movements. You don’t see this as often with puppies but they can be used for them too.
- Cohan, M. June 7, 2018. “Recognizing and Managing Dog Dementia”. Hill’s Pet. Retrieved November 3, 2021. https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/healthcare/managing-dog-dementia-canine-cognitive-disorder
- “Choosing the right bed for your dog”. RSPCA. Retrieved November 3, 2021. https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/environment/dogbeds