How do I clean my dog's bed?

dog asleepQ) I would like to know the best way to keep my dog's bed clean. I have a Springer Spaniel and he comes in from walks quite wet and often his bed smells. Any easy answer?!

A) Of course there is the very easy answer to pop your dog's bed in the washing machine, providing it's small enough to fit! But choosing the right dog bed in the first place can help make life easier.

Beds made from a collection of old towels and blankets are best washed at high temperatures and regularly treated for fleas. Fabric beds purchased from pet stores can also be cleaned in the same way. A longer laster alternative – and arguably easier to clean – is to invest in a waterproof bed. The initial cost may be higher, but its higher durability should last a lot longer.