Dogs are the best companions that you can keep as pets. They are also the most active ones. They can go around destroying your furniture as if they were made of crumbly cookie! Most dogs get out of this habit of chewing when they ‘grow up’. Puppies generally do not do as much damage to your household as their teeth are still developing and do not have enough strength.
However, some dogs breeds tend to carry this destructive habit into adulthood and spend their time chewing on everything from a bone to your precious elm wood center table when left unsupervised! Sensible pet owners generally do not want to chain their dogs up just because their furniture is getting spoiled though. That is just cruel on the poor dog. It is wise to get them a piece of furniture which they can claim as their own ~ a dog bed.
Dog beds come in a great many varieties of shapes and sizes. They also come in two distinct qualities:
- Chew proof
- Chew resistant
While buying a dog bed you can check on the fine print to see what kind of material your dog bed is made up of. Chew resistant cots can be costly though (Click for more info). So, if you get the normal wooden or polymer beds however, then you need to train your dog up to a certain extent at least, so that they do not mangle the bed within a few days!
Here are a few simple hacks which will help you keep your dog’s incessant chewing at bay:
- Interact with your dog: Interaction with a chewing-obsessed dog is very important. They need to understand that you are the boss and you have the power to take away their beloved object of fun. Interrupt their chewing as soon as you spot them chewing. Make a sound that is easy for them to understand and use the same sound every time you stop them or rap them on the head with your hand. A simple ‘NO’ or ‘Stop’ is much better than a detailed ‘Take your teeth off the bed, Tiger!’ Dogs remember mono-syllables better than sentences. So, make sure your dog understands a ‘NO’ when it hears that.
- Rub the edges of the dog bed with Oil of Cinnamon: Oil of cinnamon is easily available in the market and is pretty harmless (it is generally used in the manufacturing of candies). It tastes horrible to dogs (they will have a strong burning sensation on their tongues).
- Apply a layer of Bitter apple spray: Bitter apple spray is available online and dogs hate the taste. These are again totally safe.
- Give them a chewable bone instead: There are many types of chewy bones available in the market. Giving your dog an alternate and tastier option will keep them off that bed.
These little hacks will hopefully go a long way in preventing your dog from chewing up that expensive dog bed of yours.