Big Barker receives Fear Free "Preferred Product Program" designation


Orthopedic dog beds designed for larger dogs promote physical wellness and quality of life

Big Barker, makers of the orthopedic dog beds for big dogs, has earned the Fear Free Preferred Product Program designation. Eric Shannon, founder of Big Barker, a majority-owned brand of Tenth Avenue Holdings, made the announcement.

"The reason we exist is to enhance big dogs' lives with hand-crafted, American-made beds, so we are thrilled to receive this recognition from veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners," expressed Shannon in a company release.1 "Hundreds of veterinarians in more than 25 states have endorsed and recommended Big Barker beds for their patients."

In a clinical study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania,2 pet parents reported that the Big Barker bed decreased joint pain and stiffness, improved joint function and gait, and resulted in improved nighttime restfulness in large dogs with arthritis.

Each Big Barker bed is handcrafted with a proprietary blend of triple-layer foam that's certified by CertiPUR-US to meet its rigorous standards for emissions, content, performance, and durability.1 This intentional scientific calibration offers a more comfortable existence for big dogs, by supporting their pressure curve, preventing joints from sinking into the floor, and relieving pressure points.

"The decision to give Big Barker the Fear Free Preferred Product Program designation was a no-brainer," said Marty Becker, DVM, known as "America's Veterinarian" and Fear Free founder, in the release.1 "Big Barker beds are used in clinics across the country, providing a comfortable and safe space for patients to relax in high-stress environments, such as the waiting room and exam room. Due to its size, the patient and the patient care team can be on the bed together during treatments, helping the patient to feel at ease and relaxed. Whether it's for a yearly checkup, vaccinations, acupuncture, or lasering, the bed provides superior comfort and support no matter the circumstance."

Big Barker products mainly recognized by Fear Free include the Orthopedic Headrest Edition Bed, Sleek Edition Bed, and Sofa Edition Bed, as well the Orthopedic Crate Pads and Orthopedic Backseat Barker Beds. Each bed is handmade at Big Barker's Pennsylvania workshop; has a 10-year warranty and a 1-year risk-free trial. Prices range from $119-$499 and can be upgraded to include temperature regulation and customization.1


  1. Big Barker awarded Fear Free "Preferred Product Program" designation for its American-made orthopedic dog beds. News release. Tenth Avenue Holdings. April 17, 2023. Accessed April 17, 2023.
  2. New University of Pennsylvania Study evaluates Big Barker dog beds. Big Barker. Accessed April 17, 2023.
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