The Benefits of Buying a Chew Proof or an Indestructible Dog Bed
The more difficult your dog’s bed is for her to chew or destroy, the more likely she will be to chew on approved chew items instead. Whether you have a known bed chewer, a puppy, or a newly adopted dog, you want to give her the best chance of success in her life with you. An indestructible bed makes it easier for you to train your dog the proper chewing etiquette, while an easily destroyed bed tempts your dog constantly, making training more difficult than it needs to be for you and for your dog.
Why Do Dogs Chew Their Beds?
It seems so obvious– don’t destroy where you sleep, but many dogs have problems with chewing on their beds. Why? The ASPCA lists a number of reasons for dogs to chew their bedding, from separation anxiety to teething, hunger, or a suckling behavior. Chewing is a normal behavior in dogs, and the solution may be as simple as teaching your dog what is appropriate for chewing and what is not.
Determining why your dog is chewing can help you stop the behavior and prevent damage to beds or injury to your dog. Here are some common reasons dogs chew.
Dogs are clever, curious animals, and bored dogs may begin to destroy in order to find a problem to solve. This may mean that the more chew resistant dog bed you provide, the more your dog will want to figure out how to destroy it. Providing a chew deterrent dog bed is an important step in solving this problem, but it is also important to address your dog’s boredom. Giving your dog puzzle food toys and plenty of complex chew toys can satisfy her curiosity and keep her entertained. Plenty of exercise and mental stimulation before crate time can also encourage energetic, intelligent dogs to sleep instead of destroying.
Rippers and Shredders
Some dogs, especially dogs with high prey drive, may enjoy ripping up their bedding because it satisfies a desire to attack prey. A chew deterrent dog bed without stuffing won’t provide the same satisfaction, and may deter dogs that rip and shred beds. Elevated dog beds are a good solution. Memory foam beds may also deter these dogs, but dogs may get through the cover before they realize that foam is boring, or they may enjoy shredding foam as well. Observe your dog carefully with a foam mattress before leaving her alone with it or play it safe with a hammock.
Some dogs just like to eat things that aren’t food. Whether your dog is on a lower calorie diet than she would prefer or she is missing something in her diet, she may try to eat things that aren’t good for her, like the stuffing from beds. This can be very dangerous, as stuffing can become lodged passing through the digestive system. Addressing this issue can be difficult, especially as the stakes are your dog’s health and not just a bed. If your dog eats stuffing, have your veterinarian rule out physical or dietary reasons before trying to solve the problem yourself.
Thoroughly dousing bedding with a chew deterrent may be effective. Observe your dog closely with any bed that you try for at least a month before leaving her alone with it for any time. Unfortunately, this means your dog may spend some time without a bed, but that is better than getting very sick from eating her bed. Provide food toys and safe chews, as well as healthy treats like veggies and some fruits. A variety of foods and a range of vitamins and minerals can minimize your dog’s desire to eat her bed.
Dogs that feel anxious due to separation or some other trigger like thunderstorms may rip up their beds as an outlet for their anxiety. You may suspect that your dog is anxious if she makes a forlorn sound when you are gone, destroys her bedding and other things, or if you have seen anxious behavior like compulsive digging or pacing on a nanny cam.
Anxious dogs can be some of the most difficult to cure. It is usually not possible to remove the source of the anxiety, and so coping mechanisms must be used. Plenty of exercise prior to being left alone can help a lot, and some dogs are relieved by thunder jackets or anxiety relieving sprays, collars, or supplements. Your veterinarian can prescribe medication for very anxious or destructive dogs.
These dogs are different than bored dogs because giving them a puzzle to solve often won’t alleviate the problem, since a food puzzle or chew toy won’t necessarily provide the outlet that destruction can. The ASPCA suggests some training techniques to help your dog overcome her anxiety. Training can be intensive and time consuming, and your dog may still need to be left alone during the course of training. Removing all bedding can be a bad idea since an anxious dog may turn her anxiety on herself in self-destruction.
If your dog must be left alone in her crate and she does not eat bedding or other non-food items, it may be best to let her destroy for some time until you can find a solution for her anxiety. Cheap stuffed toys, pillows, and quilts can all replace a more expensive dog bed as outlets for destructive energy. An indestructible dog bed, paired with other outlets for destructive energy, can get you and your dog through this difficult time until she overcomes her anxiety.
Which Dogs Need an Indestructible Dog Bed?
If your dog has destroyed a bed, there is a good chance that she will do it again. If your dog has destroyed more than one bed, you have a long road of bed replacement ahead of you unless you opt for an indestructible bed. Dogs are intelligent and determined, and no bed is truly chew proof if a dog decides she wants to destroy it. A chew resistant dog bed, along with a training program, is your best choice at successfully keeping a bed intact.
If you have a new puppy, you may have noticed her tendency to put those sharp puppy teeth on everything. Teething puppies need to chew to relieve pressure and pain, and a variety of materials feel appealing. The chances are good that a soft pillow type bed will appeal to your puppy, who will make quick work of it. A chew proof bed can prevent your puppy from developing bad bed chewing habits and will be more likely to deter chewing, so your puppy will chew on her chew toys.