Many pet parents have been faced with this very question over and over again. How do I stop my dog from destroying their dog bed? After buying dog bed after dog bed and literally wasting hundreds of dollars, many just give up. They refuse to buy dog beds or just use blankets and towels to solve the problem.
The problem with giving up on this situation comes down to the health of your dog. Dogs have support needs just like humans do. Especially true if your doggy is dealing with any types of joint problems or arthritis (according to the APPA 90% of them will). So we can't just give up on them. We need to find a solution. Although I do not think there is a magic end all be all solution to the problem, there are many things you can do to discourage destructive behavior.
Often times destructive behavior is exhibited by puppies. These dogs are simply exploring and do not know the right from wrong. Correct the behavior but cut them a little slack as they are still learning. Chewing their dog bed is most likely just a phase they will grow out of.
It is important first to understand that in order to solve a problem, you have to address the root cause. What is the root cause of the destructive behavior behind your dogs? The #1 culprit is usually separation anxiety. If you think your pup turns to this destructive behavior due to anxiety, it is important to try to solve this as well as finding soothing alternatives that may make their life better. We recommend speaking with your Veterinarian on how you should address the problem.
The other major cause of dog bed chewing behavior is boredom. Make sure your dog is entertained while you are out. Leave plenty of toys for them to play with where they can direct the all the playful chewing their little heart's desire.
Many experts believe the majority of chewing issues can be solved by leaving the dog utterly exhausted. This will absolutely make a difference. Play a rigorous game of fetch with a Frisbee before you leave the house. You can take the long way home on the walk that morning. There is a lot you can do to ensure your dog's mind and body are thoroughly exercised enough to rest through the day.
Our last suggestion is to look into an indestructible dog bed. The word indestructible is thrown around a lot in marketing circles. You will also hear a lot about chew proof dog beds. The truth of the matter is that nothing is chew proof. Dogs have been known to destroy everything and have even chewed through steel. So it is important to have measured expectations with these products.
We suggest one of our Tough Buddy Titan dog beds. These beds use a 1680 denier ballistic nylon fabric. Ballistic Nylon was invented during WW2 by the Dupont corporation. It was originally made for flack jackets to keep our airmen safe in the skies (an interesting little tidbit the history nerd in me likes to share).
We also use Kevlar thread to sew all of the seams together. This provides a minimum of 5 times the seam strength you will find in any other dog bed. These beds also feature hidden openings and are engineered to be as strong as possible.
You will find with the right combination of solutions, your dog does not need to be bedless. This is especially important for older dogs who are ailing, and that are not able to have the support they need and deserve simply because they get anxious or bored. At the end of the day, a chew resistant dog bed is not the solution, but it is a good place start and absolutely needs to be part of the solution.
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