How to stop my dog chewing their bed?
Why Does My Dog Chew Their Bed?
Dogs chew on their bed for a variety of reasons, including anxiety, boredom and teething. (Not to mention that it tastes nice...) If you think your dog is chewing your dog bed because he's hungry, try providing him with more food before bedtime. If it's boredom, then try giving him more toys, and some special time with you. (And maybe play some of our recommended videos while you're at it.) If you think teething is to blame, that's a possibility, too. If it's any comfort, not all dogs chew their beds to pieces. Some dogs just have a little nibble – and then they're satisfied.
Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Separation anxiety is a common issue for many dogs, especially if they are left alone for long periods of time, or are separated from their owners for long periods of time. If your dog has separation anxiety, they may refuse to eat, bark incessantly, chew up furniture, dig at doors, urinate or defecate, or act aggressively towards other animals or people.
Teething in Dogs
Have you noticed your dog chewing on everything in sight? Does he wake you up at night with a sore throat from all that barking? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, he may be teething. Dogs usually begin teething at around 3 to 4 months of age, although some may begin earlier. The first teeth to appear are usually needle-like and sharp. These teeth are called "milk teeth," and their purpose is to cut and tear food. After the milk teeth appear, they are quickly replaced by larger permanent adult teeth.
Dogs love to play. That's not really news, but have you noticed that they often become bored with the same old routine? Dogs respond well to new activities, and inventing new games for them can keep them happy and active during the day. Keeping your dog busy and distracted will simply make them healthier.
Compulsive behaviours (fabric sucking)
If your dog likes to suck on things, it may not be a problem unless it becomes compulsive. Compulsive dog sucking is when something in the dog's environment prompts him to suck continuously. The behavior is often triggered by anxiety or stress-related behavior, but it can continue even after the original stressor is removed.
How To Stop A Dog From Chewing Up Their Bed
Some dogs are notorious for destroying their own bed, yours, or even the furniture. Many dogs just like to chew and there isn’t much you can do about it. Dogs need to chew for many reasons. They chew for comfort, for teething, and also to relieve boredom. One thing you can do is get a dog bed that they don’t like to chew. If your dog likes to chew on a dog bed you should try a metal cage. These are very strong and will prevent your dog from doing any damage to the dog bed.
Many dogs like to chew their beds. Why they do it is open to debate, but the most popular theory is that it helps them relax and gives them something to do when they're bored. The right bed can help by providing good support and comfort that helps your dog to relax. Some dogs also like to chew their bedding because they have separation anxiety. This is a condition that occurs when they're separated from their owner, or their owner is gone for a period of time. If you notice that your dog is chewing their bed when you're not around, it's a good idea to consider a crate as a way to provide them with their own safe place to relax when they're alone.
My Dog Is Chewing Their Bed: What NOT To Do
Don’t punish your dog
When most people think of punishment, they think of a dog being punished for bad behavior. But punishment is not just about correcting bad behavior. Punishment can also be used to help a dog understand what is expected of him and to prevent bad things from happening. The main goal of punishment is to stop any behavior that causes harm to the dog.
Don't yell at your dog
The reasons for yelling at your dog can vary, but if you're looking for a solution that won't cause more harm than good, it's important to recognize that yelling at your dog isn't effective and may even be harmful. Yelling makes your dog afraid of you, which can lead to aggression and other negative behaviors. Instead, give your dog the attention he needs by teaching him positive behaviors to replace negative ones and practicing consistency.
Don’t chase your dog
If you’ve been in the world of dog ownership long enough, you know chasing your dog is an absolute no-no. In fact, it’s one of the biggest no-nos when it comes to dog ownership. However, you may not realize that there are other things you shouldn’t do. Dogs are their own beings, and act accordingly. You can’t force them to do anything, so why try? Respect them, and they will respect you.
Chew-Proof Dog Beds: How To Choose The Right Dog Bed
Dogs need beds, just like humans do. The question is, what type of bed do you get for your dog? There are plenty of options out there: you can buy a mat, which makes a good sleeping place for a smaller dog; you can buy a beanbag, which is great for bigger dogs; you can buy a pillow, which is a good for smaller dogs to lie on; or you can buy a pillow, which is good for bigger dogs to sleep on. You can even get your dog a dog bed, which is good for any dog.
Just make sure to:
- Avoid zippers
- Go for all-fabric
- Choose a plush, soft bed