The 8 Best Orthopedic Dog Beds

Are you on your way to the store because your pup chewed up their bed… again? We’ve all been there. Many dogs get into the bad habit of chewing on just about anything they can get their mouths on, and their beds are no exception.

If you’re trying to get them to quit munching on their bed for good, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to help you bust your pup’s bad habits.

Why Is My Dog Biting Its Bed?

For starters, it’s essential to know the reasons why your dog is turning its bed into a snack. Every dog is different, and you know your pup better than anyone else. Typically, if a dog is doing something they know they probably shouldn’t be doing, it indicates that there’s something else going on.
  • Your dog may have anxiety. One of the most common reasons for destructive behaviors is anxiety. Anxiety is surprisingly common among our four-legged friends. Dogs can become anxious when they’re in a new environment, new people come over, you introduce new pets or babies, they’re separated from you or left home alone for a long time, or they’re suffering from a chronic medical condition.
  • Your dog may be bored. If your pup isn’t getting enough stimulation, they may turn to a destructive habit to entertain themselves. And we can’t blame them for finding a boredom buster, but it doesn’t make it any less upsetting when they tear up their beds.
  • It could be an instinct. Many breeds have an instinctual inclination for digging and burrowing, and this could be a way for them to tap into their canine roots. If you have a dog that was initially bred to dig and burrow (like a terrier, dachshund, or husky), keep this in mind.
Even if you train your dog to be on their best behavior 24/7, they may give in to the urge to bite their bed at some point. Let’s explore five options for curbing this naughty habit.

Tip One: Switch to a Non-Chew Bed

If you’re already on the hunt for a new bed, consider investing in a doggie bed designed to keep your dog from chewing on it. These materials will be tougher for your dog to tear into, and they’ll likely give up on trying to rip it to shreds. Options to consider include the Tough Buddy Titan Memory Foam Dog Bed, Titan Slumber Pad Crate Bed, and Titan Defender Bolster Bed.

Tip Two: Try an Anti-Chew Spray

There are numerous non-toxic sprays that you can spritz on your dog’s bed to keep them from chewing. You can opt for a pheromone spray to calm your dog if you think anxiety is the culprit, or you can get a spray that leaves a bitter taste so they won’t want to take a bite out of their bed.

Tip Three: Spend Quality Time with Your Pup

Since your dog’s destructive behavior could be a sign of separation anxiety, be sure to give your furry friend plenty of love and attention while you’re at home. Setting aside fifteen minutes a day to devote to quality time with your pup can make a massive difference in their behavior. Whether you decide to play a game or simply have a cuddle session, they’ll be extremely grateful for the dedicated time with their favorite person.

Tip Four: Use a Stimulating Toy

If you think boredom is to blame, you can try to engage your dog with a stimulating toy such as a puzzle that makes your dog work for treats, a lick pad, or a game. Mental stimulation is every bit as important as physical activity for dogs, and enriching their minds can be an easy way to curb bad habits.

Tip Five: Help Them Release Their Energy

If your dog has a bunch of pent-up energy, they’re more likely to take it out on their bed. A quick fix is to increase the amount of physical activity they get in a day. Adding more time to their daily walk or taking them to a dog park might be precisely what you need to do the trick. Or, if you know you have a hectic day coming up, you can always drop your pup off at doggie daycare at one of our three campuses, so they come home tuckered out after a long day of play.

And, if anything, you can always sign your pup up for one of our obedience courses to help them say bye-bye to bad habits for good.