What dog beds can't be chewed?
Let’s start with a bit of a myth-buster. No dog bed is going to be 100% chew-proof, especially if you have a very determined munching mutt on your hands! Whether it’s a feisty little Jack Russell or a chatty Huskie, a tough little Staffie or a demure poodle, nearly every dog is guilty of having a quick chomp on their bedding now and again.
However, there are things you can do to dissuade your canine friend from sinking their teeth into their bed too often. Incorporating both physical and psychological techniques, you can make sure your dog bed lasts longer, and your pup doesn’t chew his or her way through yet another expensive investment.
Pick a tough, anti-chew fabric
The most robust dog beds use thick, tough material that, while it might eventually succumb to the more determined dog-bed chewer, should last longer than cheaper, flimsy material versions. Look for strong stitching and tough edging that will deter your dog from finding a weak spot. Good quality dog beds are often double stitched on the main seams, which means they won’t split and start spewing stuffing all over the floor minutes after you’ve unpacked them. Tough edging can also deter dogs from chewing, as it feels uncomfortable in their mouths (although it won’t harm them in any way).
Treat your dog bed with anti-chew spray
Yes, there are pictures on the internet of anti-chew spray canisters that have been destroyed by a robust set of doggy jaws, but in general anti-chew spray is a good way to stop most casual chompers. The spray, which is totally harmless to dogs, tastes unpleasant, which in turn puts the dog off from chewing their bedding. You can either buy dog beds that have anti-chew spray already applied to the fabric, or pick up a tin of spray yourself and give your dog bed a good covering. Make sure you let it dry thoroughly before letting the dog sit in the bed.
It takes one heck of a tough dog to destroy a bed with a metal frame, so if your pup is a serial bed-killer it might be worth investing in something that will resist the strongest set of teeth. You may have to replace the cushions or covers occasionally, but a metal bed frame means that the main structure of the bed stays intact. Unless, that is, your dog is handy with an angle grinder…
It’s important to understand why your dog chews their bed. It’s not because your dog is ‘naughty’, but is often down to psychological issues such as boredom or anxiety.
If your pup is getting bored then it may be worth investing in some chew toys to keep them occupied. This may seem like you’re reinforcing the negative behavioural pattern, but in fact it can divert the dog’s attention away from their bed and onto something that is actually meant to be chewed. By playing and interacting with your pup you are preventing them from becoming bored. That in turn will make them less inclined to take out their frustration on their bedding.
If your dog is nervous or anxious then this may be another reason for destructive behaviour, especially if the animal is left alone for any length of time. Dogs are pack animals, and don’t like spending time on their own. They can suffer from abandonment issues, and this can often trigger destructive behaviour. If your dog is overly anxious or nervous then make sure their bed is somewhere where they can feel safe and secure, and they will be less likely to destroy it. Make sure they get plenty of positive reinforcement when they don’t chew the bed – which basically translates to the best advice of all: lots and lots of cuddles!
By Raised By Humans