Say Goodbye to Destroyed Dog Beds!
For dogs who are heavy chewers, the following types of beds are recommended:
- Raised beds: made of metal or plastic and elevated off the ground, which can make them difficult to chew.
- Heavy-duty beds: made of durable, chew-resistant materials such as nylon or heavy-duty canvas.
- Orthopedic beds: made of tough, chew-resistant materials with a solid foam base that provides support and durability.
- Bolster beds: with elevated edges that provide a place for dogs to rest their heads and a barrier to prevent chewing.
It’s important to note that no bed is completely chew-proof, but these types are known to be more resistant to chewing than others.
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Why do Dogs Chew their Pet Bed
Dogs may chew their pet beds for several reasons, including:
- Teething: puppies go through a teething phase where they will chew on anything they can get their teeth on to help relieve pain and pressure in their gums.
- Boredom: dogs who are not mentally stimulated may chew on their beds to alleviate boredom.
- Separation anxiety: dogs who suffer from separation anxiety may chew their beds when their owners are away as a coping mechanism.
- Chewing as a habit: some dogs have a strong chewing drive and may chew on anything they can get their teeth on, including their pet beds.
- Destructive behaviour: in some cases, chewing on pet beds can be a destructive behaviour caused by underlying behavioural issues such as anxiety, fear, or frustration.
It’s important to address the underlying cause of the chewing behaviour in order to prevent it from happening in the future.
How to stop dogs chewing their beds?
There are several strategies you can try to stop your dog from chewing their bed:
- Provide chew toys: Sometimes dogs chew on their bed out of boredom or to relieve stress. Giving your dog plenty of chew toys can redirect their chewing behaviour away from their bed.
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- Use a bitter spray: Some dogs dislike the taste of bitter sprays, which can be sprayed on the bed to discourage chewing. Be sure to use a pet-safe product.
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- Reinforce positive behaviour: When you catch your dog not chewing on their bed, reward them with treats or praise. This will reinforce positive behaviour and encourage them to continue it.
- Supervise your dog: If your dog has a tendency to chew their bed when you’re not around, try keeping them in a crate or confined area where they can’t access their bed.
- Replace the bed: If your dog has already chewed through their bed, it may be time to replace it with a more durable option. Look for beds made of tough, chew-resistant materials like nylon or canvas.
Remember that stopping your dog from chewing their bed may take time and patience. Consistency is key, and you may need to try several different strategies before finding one that works for your dog.