05th July

How do you stop your dog from chewing their bed?

Chewing their bed is something every dog owner comes across but chewing is a natural habit of dogs both old and young.

If taught correctly they will keep just chewing their toys and treats and there will be no issue. However, if they’re not trained properly or aren’t under the supervision of the owner they have a tendency to chew their beds. Dogs chew their dog bed for two reasons, anxiety-induced chewing or boredom-induced chewing. Both of these can occur when the owner is in or out of the house or away for long periods of time.

How to resolve Anxiety-induced dog chewing?

The main form of anxiety that can lead dogs to chewing their bed is separation from their owner. When we leave our dog by itself for periods of time, this can cause the dog to become stressed. In order to relieve this stress, they tend to either bark, whine, pace around the house or chewing. When they don’t have enough toys to chew then they will turn to the bed or other pieces of furniture around the house.

The first step in reducing your dog's anxiety would be to remove anything that gives your dog stress. If it’s a specific room that tends to stress out the dog then restrict them from going in there when you’re out. If it’s people foreign to your dog then you will have to set boundaries on what people can do with them, for both your dogs and their sakes. 

Another method that’s easy and effective is a dog pheromone product. These are used to treat an array of nerve and anxiety-related issue when it comes to our dogs. They release a calming pheromone similar to what mothers release to soothe their puppies. These can come in the form of wipes, collars, sprays and plugins. This method can be effective but does take time to have an effect.

Leaving the TV or radio on whilst your away is the easiest solution for you to calm your pet down. The sound of a busy house can make your dog feel a lot more comfortable when they’re alone and allow them to relax and sleep whilst you’re away.

How can I resolve boredom-induced dog chewing?

Boredom is the other key cause of your dogs chewing up their bed. As chewing is a natural habit of dogs, if they’re not getting enough entertainment then they’ll resort to chewing objects.

The best way to make sure that your dog isn’t bored and chewing up its bed is toys. Alternative things to chew that are designated for the activity is the best solution for the problem. When it comes to buying toys however you need to make sure that you get the one suited to your dog's preference. 

Head over to your local pet store with your dog and see what they’re excited by. Another tip is to make sure that the toy is durable, it’s pointless getting your dog toys that they’ll rip to shreds in a couple of days.

Will exercise stop my dog from chewing?

Another is to tire your dog out. Whether it’s to give them an extra 10 minutes on their walks, find a more challenging route or a vigorous workout, tiring them out will have positive benefits. It allows them to get proper rest and sleep without laying around and chewing. To avoid this during the days you should avoid leaving your dog in its bed for any longer than 8 hours straight. This is to avoid boredom in bed as stationary toys can only entertain your dogs for so long.

Our final tip is to dog-proof your dog bed. Whether it’s through boredom or anxiety, the best way to keep their bed intact is to get one that can withstand it all. If all else fails then a durable dog bed will be the answer. Luckily for you, our range of dog beds are highly durable with dog proof stitching and zipper so your new dog’s bed can withstand even the toughest treatments.

By Raised By Humans