As any loving dog owner knows, it is inevitable that at one point or another your fur baby will chew down your favourite shoe, pillow, furniture or even their newly purchased bed. Puppies might use this destructive habit of bed chewing as a way to soothe their teething, while adult dogs might do so due to separation anxiety, boredom or other underlying health issues. While bed chewing is normal behaviour for dogs of any age, it’s important to understand why this is happening and how you can stop it from becoming a habit.
Why Do Dogs Chew Their Beds?
Separation Anxiety and Boredom
While we try to spend as much time as possible with our dogs, most of us have no choice but to leave them at home due to work commitments. This could lead to separation anxiety and boredom which can trigger bed chewing. Leaving a radio or TV on, while you’re away, is a great way to mimic human company and soothe their anxiety.
If your dog is still a puppy, bed chewing can be related to teething. Teething will happen twice in the lifespan of a puppy, once when they grow their milk teeth and again when they grow their adult teeth. Teething is not a painful process, however your puppy might find some discomfort in their jaw and want to relieve this stress by chewing. Providing them with appropriate chewing toys can help them switch their focus from destroying their beds.
If your dog is on a strict diet, it is possible that their inappropriate bed chewing behaviour is related to hunger. Breaking down their meals into smaller portions and feeding them several times across the day might help regulate their new diet intake and reduce chewing.
If your dog is a compulsive chewer, there might be a possibility that something around them is making them feel nervous or uncomfortable. Supervise your pet whenever you are at home and track the time of the day it happens the most to see if it’s not related to their food intake. If possible, remove the bed and offer a more pet-friendly toy to chew on. This will not only stop your dog from destroying their bed, but also prevent intestinal issues from ingesting bedding material. If these methods don’t work, it is possible that your dog might have some underlying health issues. If you suspect that your dog is a compulsive chewer, we would recommend discussing this issue with your vet to find a more suitable solution to stop your pet’s chewing behaviour.
How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing Their Beds
Redirect them to Chew Toys
If you catch them in the act of destroying their beds, redirect their attention to chew toys. When engaging with their toys, it is important to provide positive reinforcement by praising them so that they link chewing on toys as good behaviour and chewing on their beds as bad.
Dogs often get bored with their toys, so make sure to rotate their toys regularly to keep them entertained. Investing in interactive chew toys, similar to our Food Maze Dog Toy, can also provide mental stimulation to your dog and help relieve boredom.
Exercising your dog regularly and possibly before you leave the house is a great way to burn off their energy, leaving them content and relaxed throughout the rest of their day. Pet owners who ensure that their dogs are healthy and fit are less likely to go home to a chewed up dog bed.
Upgrade their Dog Bed
Unfortunately, while no bed is indestructible, aim to find a dog bed with the highest quality fabric and materials that is designed to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
At Creatures of Comfort, all our dogs beds are created with both durability and comfort in mind. We cater to all sizes of dogs, and our comfortable memory foam dog beds make their daily snoozes so much more enjoyable. Also, thanks to our washable covers, it’s easy to make the bed feel clean and new after every wash.
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