How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing His Dog Bed
Some dogs are so-called “problem” chewers, and for many the dog bed in particular makes an attractive target for destruction. Problem chewers don’t discriminate: shoes, papers, furniture, essentially anything in sight—including the dog bed—can fall prey to this destructive habit.
In the best interest of your pet’s health and happiness it’s important to confront chewing behaviours head on. You bought your dog a bed to give him a comfortable place to rest, not as a chew toy for him to destroy. More concerning still: pieces of chewed bedding may become lodged in a dog’s digestive tract. Ingesting bedding can lead to a number of serious health issues and even death.
Adult dogs chew their bedding for two main reasons: self-consolation for anxiety, or to alleviate boredom. Read on to learn strategies to stop this destructive behaviour.
ANXIETY-INDUCED DOG BED CHEWING
Destructive chewing can be a stress-related behaviour. Whether your dog suffers from separation anxiety , or something in his environment makes him nervous or uncomfortable, these kinds of stressors can easily drive your pet to compulsively chew his dog bed. Redirection, toys, and deterrents alone will not resolve stress-related dog bed chewing:
Quick Tip: Punishment—including muzzling, spanking, or yelling—will not stop bed chewing, and can actually worsen the behaviour, especially in dogs with severe anxiety.
BOREDOM-INDUCED DOG BED CHEWING
Boredom drives many dogs to chew their beds; dogs become frustrated and restless when they don’t have a positive outlet for pent-up energy.
For most dogs chewing is a natural, healthy behaviour limited to their toys and treats. And whilst it’s been said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, you can teach your adult dog not to chew his bed. These strategies have great potential for success but require time and tolerance: be patient with yourself and your dog as you practise them.
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