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Why you might need an indestructible dog bed

Why you might need an indestructible dog bed

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 25/04/2014   Category: Owners Guides

Dogs are animals, so it’s only natural that they love to chew, dig and scratch at things – it’s in their instincts. However, this doesn’t help you when you’re left to pick up the pieces every morning because your dog has yet again destroyed its own bed.

Instead of buying a new dog bed every week or forcing your pet to curl up in the corner of the room on an old towel, you can purchase an indestructible bed. These types of beds are very hard to destroy or damage, which will hopefully help chill out your dog and stop you from repeatedly wasting your money.

Why do dogs chew their beds?

Dogs don’t destroy things because they are simply naughty or want to make you angry, they do it out of frustration. This may be because they’re bored or stressed; dogs who are left alone for long periods of time will often chew or scratch at their beds, toys or your furniture in frustration. Highly intelligent dogs are more likely to wreck things because they are bored and don’t have enough mental stimulation because you’re not there to walk them or play with them.

Dogs that don’t get enough exercise will sometimes turn to chewing or digging at their beds and other objects to work off any built up energy. Taking them out for walks regularly can help fix this problem but this can be impossible to do if you work all day and have to leave them alone in the house for long periods of time.

Another reason is they might just simply be too young to understand. It’s not uncommon for puppies to chew and destroy things as they haven’t yet been taught what they can and can’t chew. Some simple training can help them realise that toys are okay to chew, but beds aren’t. Alternatively a chew-proof bed will also help show your pup he or she can’t chew the bed.

Some dogs dig at their beds too. Again, this is completely natural; when dogs were wild creatures they would have to dig leaves or dirt out of the way to create a comfortable place to sleep. This is similar to when your dog walks in a circle before lying down – they’re trying to flatten out the space. However, some dogs dig too hard and over time the fabric can wear away, meaning it won’t be long until your have to replace the bed or cushions.

Type of beds to avoid

If you have a digger, avoid beds made from softer materials, as they are much easier to damage. Particularly hard diggers combined with soft beds mean you could soon see bits of the bed flying all over the room, leaving your dog with nowhere to sleep and you with a lot of mess to clear up.

If your dog tends to chew, avoid any sort of bed with chewable parts. Zippers, straps, buttons, pleats and piping can all be chewed and pulled apart. Not only will this cause damage to the bed, it also means your dog risks swallowing (and choking) on any small parts. So for the sake of your dog’s health and to prevent any unnecessary vet visits, avoid beds with loose parts.

Suitable types of beds

Raised beds are often a popular choice with owners who have dogs that either dig or chew. These beds are off the ground and usually consist of a hard metal frame that can’t be chewed and a mesh surface to sleep on. As it’s raised off the floor, it’s much more difficult for a dog to dig at, as they have no way of supporting themselves.

Floor beds, i.e. the equivalent of a dog-sized mattress, are also good for diggers. They have to be made out of a tough man-made fabric though, such as nylon, to prevent any damage occurring to them.

You should also look out for beds made with other types of dog-resistant materials, but each type has its own individual benefits. Cordura nylon is a material similar to canvas which is abrasion resistant. If you prefer something a bit smoother, ballistic nylon might be a better choice than Cordura as it’s easy to clean and hair doesn’t get trapped in it.

For dogs that like to get wet, vinyl weave is waterproof. It is commonly found in raised dog beds, as it allows air to flow underneath the dog whilst they sleep.

However if you have a big dog that is a particularly aggressive when it comes to trying to damage his or her bed, you might want to opt for heavy duty 4oz vinyl, which is the most durable material on the market. It too has the added benefit of being easy to clean, as dirt or moisture cannot get caught inside it.

Buying the right type of dog bed isn’t always an easy experience and it can be even harder if you have a dog that is destructive. If your dog is a chewer or a digger, the best thing to do is to try to work out why they destroy their beds. Although an indestructible dog bed will stop them from wrecking it, if they still suffer from emotional issues they’re likely going to turn to chewing something else instead.