There can be a few reasons why your dog is chewing on his bed. If it is the first dog bed he’s ever seen, then he might not know what a dog bed really is.
He might see a soft, fabric-covered item that you’ve presented to him, and he may just assume that it is a chew toy because it is made of the same materials from which his chew toys are made. Sometimes, you need to teach your dog that his bed’s true function is for sleeping upon.
You can do this by encouraging him to sit and lie down on it. You can also keep the dog bed next to your own in your bedroom. Your dog knows that the bedroom is the place to sleep because that is whereyou sleep. Therefore, if your bed is where you sleep, then your dog may get the idea that the dog bed is herehe should sleep.
Anxiety and stress can also lead to bed chewing. Whether your dog’s anxiety is related to stress from a new home, new people in the house, separation anxiety or noise phobias, the stress that he feels can contribute to destructive behaviors.
Chewing is one of the most common problems, and anxious dogs will chew on almost anything, from walls and doorways to furniture and upholstery. Dogs may especially prefer to chew on the things that smell the most like their family which explains why some dogs love to chew on our socks and underwear.
Dogs that are bored may also turn to destructive behaviors like chewing. This is especially common for high-energy dogs, so it is important to make sure that puppies and energetic adults get the attention and exercise that they need. Be sure to encourage chewing on items that are safe for chewing such as dental treats and chew toys. Playtime at a doggie daycare long walks, and training and agility classes are all excellent ways for your dog to expend some extra energy.
Bad smells can cause your dog to chew on something unfamiliar. If food or drink has been spilled somewhere, then your dog may lick and chew the area. Dogs may also try to chew on items that smell like other animals, or they may chew simply because they like the smell or the taste.