As all dog owners know, having a dog that loves to chew can be frustrating. Coming home to torn shoes and ripped sofas is something that no dog owner looks forward to—irrespective of how much you love your pet. It gets worse when you have to buy your dog a new bed every year as he has torn up the old one. In this case, you need to find your dog a chew-resistant dog bed that can handle his destructive tendencies. It may be slightly more costly than regular dog beds but it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
There are three types of beds depending on their durability. There is the chew-resistant dog bed, chew-proof, and those that are virtually indestructible. Chew-resistant dog beds are the least durable from the group but are the most comfortable and probably the healthiest for your dog.
Why Do Dogs Chew Their Beds?
Dogs chew their beds for different reasons. First of all, it may be because they’re anxious. Many pet owners have experienced this behavior shortly after adopting new dogs. A change in the environment may cause anxiety in your dog and he may release it by tearing his way through your furniture and shoes.
Your dog may also chew furniture out of sheer boredom or separation anxiety. In this case, you may need to get him a few toys to play with (as you would if he were kept in a crate). You can also consider letting him meet other dogs for playtime, especially during the evening. Chewing is also associated with separation and different dog breeds react in different ways. If your dog was used to another dog or other animal, your pup will feel anxious after separation.
Puppies also chew when they’re teething. With appropriate training, however, they soon learn to navigate around and let go of the destructive behavior. If they are not trained early enough, however, they will keep chewing and turn into very stubborn adult dogs.
Keep in mind that if you have a dog with a strong bite, you will need to pick something stronger. If there are no other issues aside from the chewing, it is sometimes better to pick out an indestructible bed, rather than one that is only a chew-resistant dog bed.
How to Reduce Chewing in Dogs?
Make sure the dog gets plenty of playtime and exercise.
If you find him chewing distract him and direct the attention to something more appropriate to chew on such as a toy.
Don’t leave him alone for too long.
Get him plenty of toys to keep him busy while you are away.
Spraying bitter-tasting solutions on things that the puppy is very likely to chew on will keep him away from the bed or even lead to chemical reactions and allergic responses.
Features to Look out for When Buying a Chew-Resistant Dog Bed
- Chew-resistant material
Whether you buy a dog bed with memory foam, an orthopedic memory foam bed to protect your dog’s body, or a doggie bed that is heavy duty, make sure that the bed you buy is made with chew-resistant material such as metal, wood, or even chew-resistant fabric like ballistic nylon that is washable.
The bed may also be elevated to create less surface for chewing.
- Specially designed covers
This may have various features that may make chewing hard or impossible. For instance, they may be shaped in a way that makes chewing awkward for the dog. The material may also have an unpleasant taste. The bed cover should also be machine washable (removable from the memory foam part of the bed).
The Best Chew-Resistant Dog Beds
Locally, manufacturers have come up with many creative ways to ensure that the beds are well customized against dogs that love to chew. In this case, you may find yourself spoilt of choice on which chew-resistant dog bed is right for your pooch that has an appetite for all things destructible.
Here are some of the best chew resistant dog beds on the market:
Dogs just love to chew things. And if their bed is one of them, then you may need to choose wisely. Be sure to pick one that is hard to chew and also comfortable for your furry friend. Remember that you can have both comfort and toughness—the goal is to provide your dog a good night’s sleep while also showing him what he can and cannot chew.