Eric Shannon Owner & Founder of Big Barker Dog Beds

Disturbing Pressure Mapping Study Results

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Armed with a state of the art Tactilus pressure mapping sensor, we were able to CLEARLY demonstrate what your dog is feeling when lying on different types of dog beds.  We believe that only job of a dog bed is to keep your dog’s joints from painfully grinding into the floor, and the majority of popular dog beds are miserably failing this job.  The sensors will show precisely what your dog is feeling when laying on these beds.


We placed the sensor on the floor underneath each bed.  Then we had a 190 lb English Mastiff and a 92 lb Lab mix lay on the beds.  The sensors will detect any painful pressure points created if the dog’s weight pushes through the bed and falls to the floor below.

Beds Tested:

  1. A $55 Polyfill bed purchased at one of the big corporate pet stores.  Polyfill is the most common material inside dog beds, it’s the same stuffing as a human pillow.
  2. One of the best selling “orthopedic” memory foam beds purchased from for about $100.
  3. A crib mattress, which is commonly used by DIY enthusiasts as a dog bed for large dogs
  4. The Big Barker

What to look for:

The Tactilus sensor will change colors as pressure is detected.  Red spots show up in the most extreme pressure points.  Orange is slightly less painful than red, yellow is better than orange, etc.  For a dog bed to do it’s job of keeping a dog comfortable and pain free, you don’t want to see any colors besides blue.

Why it matters:

Vets will tell you that at least 80% of big dogs will suffer pain, soreness, and loss of mobility due to joint pain… most commonly caused by joint diseases like canine arthritis or hip dysplasia.  You might notice your dog “slowing down” or walking differently, or not greeting you with the same enthusiasm. This happens because your dog is hurting.  He or she isn’t going to tell you this, of course.  They just want your love and attention.

Our duty as dog owners is to protect our best friends from any unnecessary pain and suffering.  Unfortunately, in many cases, some of that pain and suffering is actually caused by an item that you bought to protect them!

Have you ever slept in a sleeping bag on a hardwood floor?  Or a really bad pull out couch?  Not too comfortable, right? You probably had a spot or two that was grinding right into something hard, it’s painful, right?  That’s how your dog feels on the average dog bed.

This test will show you what’s happening underneath YOUR dog’s bed.  The results will either make you sleep better at night, or you’re going to be quite ticked off at the people that sold you your dog bed.


Well…. watch the video 🙂

Then go here to learn more about the Big Barker, which is the only bed suitable for the needs of a big dog.

Eric Shannon
Eric Shannon Owner & Founder of Big Barker Dog Beds

4 Replies to “Disturbing Pressure Mapping Study Results”

  1. Awesome bed. Just got the x large bed and my 3 rescues along with my moms small dog want the bed. It’s way higher at 7 inches vs the other at 5 inches k9 ballistics dog ortho bed along side. I even sat on the big barker bed. Amazing bed.
    My dogs are big boys. A Blk lab around 10 yrs, a German Shepherd female 12 yrs old and a medium sized English coon hound mix with chow chow.
    I sound like all the other pet parents here. I wish I would have known of this bed and not spent money on cheap beds. This one is for life.
    Thank you for excellent products.
    God bless you.

  2. My baby, Lucy Lu. has had her Big Barker for a while now. She is a 12 year old, 65 pound lab. Let me tell you what I do with her bed. I have the Quick Trigger cover for her bed. However, being a neat freak that I am, I bought a baby crib sheet and placed that over the Quick Trigger cover. Works like a charm. All I do now is remove the crib sheet, wash, and replace. Bingo!

  3. Hey I guess when I say I love the BIG BARKER, I mean my 2 yr old BULL MASTIFF, but I do mean me too I took the opportunity to lie on it when it arrived. My husband stated the dog is sleeping as good as we do……You’re darn tootin
    Cynthia and Big Jake

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