If only their teeth were made out of rubber, am I right? Well, alas, some things in life we cannot change. So, we must endure and conquer? That’s right. In this article, I will enlighten you on Why your dog CHEWS EVERYTHING, some tips on how to prevent him from doing so, and share with you some of the best chew proof dog bed.
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Though the list of reasons why dogs chew is quite lengthy (teething until 6 months old, bored, nesting, separation anxiety, pain, hunger, illness), I’m just going to focus on 3: Anxious, Need Exercise, and Just Because.
You are on bed number ten, and 5 of your pairs of shoes are no more, and you are staring at your dog, no staring down your dog, wondering what to do with his chewing problem. If your dog is anxious, there may be several reasons why. Is he a rescue and he’s still trying to figure you out (whether you’ll hit him or forget to feed him for several days), did you move into a new home (he’s wandering around, wondering where the green room is with the white flower painted on the wall).
Is he merely lonely (left alone in the house eight hours a day, with no music or conversation, or anyone to play with)? The answer to all of the above possibilities is consistency, patience, and love. Keep to a schedule, don’t hit your dog for chewing up your stuff, just reprimand him, and when he obediently chews on his toys instead of your valuables, offer him praise with a head pat.
- They Need Exercise
If you work, like most of us do, you probably want to come home, drop onto the couch with some takeout, and flip on the TV…not set the takeout on the table, leash up your dog, and take him for a 20-minute walk. But that is what he needs. If your dog is chewing up your pillows, and eating your laundry (talk about significant health risk for him.
It could cause blockages in his digestive tract), maybe that is the only form of exercise he gets, and he feels he needs to do it.
Set aside a specific time of day to take him for a walk, even perhaps once a week to play fetch, and you’ll see a difference in his actions. Re-heated take out, or nice furniture? Decisions decisions! There are many chew proof beds that you should research to ensure that you and your pooch have the best bed for their needs.
- Bored/No Reason
Puppies are supposed to stop teething by six months, but some dogs are die hard, and are still chewing into grandparenthood…all those beginning years just helped make his jaw stronger. Sooo…keep your nice stuff out of reach. Yes, just move it. Don’t leave your nice shoes next to his bed, don’t leave your bedroom door open where you lay yours/his favorite jacket.
There is also the re-direct spray, where you can spray items with a particular combination that may include lemon juice, and your dog is deterred by that specific smell.
The best way to resolve any reason why your dog might chew is to offer distractions. Give him clever puzzles, hard rubber bones to chew on, and Kong-type toys filled with treats (if you’re really kind, you’ll lather them with peanut butter). Keep him guessing too, by rotating his toys out every couple weeks.
Do not confuse him by offering old laundry (a shirt or sock) to rip apart, because he cannot tell the difference between a stained striped red shirt and a silky blue polka dot blouse. Clothes are clothes. Rawhide and tennis balls too aren’t good.
Evaluate What Your Dog Is Doing & Why
We’ve discussed why dogs chew, how to help them stop eating, and will now talk about some sturdy chew-proof dog beds. If your dog cannot chew his own bed, perhaps he will finally give his munchers a rest, and rest his head on his undefeatable bed.
Before we get to the beds, I want to mention that it is essential to keep your dog clean and keep your dog bed clean. Bacteria, oils, odor, dirt, and hair can accumulate on your dog’s bed. Wield your lint roller first, then vacuum the bed/cover, before washing.
Always adhere to the cleaning instructions, but if possible, use the hottest water to sanitize it best. The following chemicals should be avoided in your laundry detergent: chlorine, formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, phenols, dyes or fragrances. If your bed is too large for your washer, hit up the laundromat.
Beds for chewers need to be purchased with specifics in mind. Specifically, have heavy duty material to start with, and preferably double layered. Materials like ripstop nylon, canvas, Cordura, denim, ballistic nylon or kevlar thread.
Make sure the sturdy metal zippers are well hidden, and no extra straps or buttons are visible…just ready to tease your poor dog into bad behavior.
Elevation helps to deter your dog from lazily munching on his bed when he’s not sleeping in it. Some beds also have a cot-like frame made out of aluminum or PVC tubes, which are not chewable.
Well, now you know more about the eccentricities of your dog, and have a few helpful hints at how to help you both get to less saliva home. Good luck!