How to Make an Indestructible Dog Bed
Yup this Looks About Right. Thanks Discovery.com for the Photo
First off let me restate that… mostly indestructible. I don’t believe anything is “Indestructible”, but some things are more resistant than others.
Which means if you have a “shredder” NEVER, EVER leave your dog alone with any bed… or you could be rushing him in to the vet for obstruction surgery after he eats it…
They have started to rate dog toys 0-5 star rating of toughness.
They even rate dog beds!
You can find out more at www.indestructibledog.com if you too have a “special” destructive dog!
You can even purchase beds and bed covers here if you don’t mind paying upwards of 60 to 200+.
They even make aluminum dog beds although I can’t imagine those are comfortable and beds make out of ballistic materials (yes think “bullet proof”).
I Am A Genius
But I think I am a genius 😉
Okay, so maybe “Genius” is a bit much… but I am pretty proud of myself.
I have a very destructive puppy, well he is a year old now, but he acts like a puppy! Watch this to see how I taught him to control his puppy “impulses”.
He has eaten through crates, and shredded numerous toys and beds.
Elk antlers keep him entertained better than anything else! For the cheapest ordering I have found check out Elk Antler Chews LLC and Deb Nevins at www.elkantlerdogchewsLLC.com. My dogs prefer the XL (they have to have XL split chews).
In fact at one point I had to take away all of his beds and blankets because they wouldn’t last more than 5 minutes with him.
Even under a diligently watchful eye, he can shred an object faster than any other dog I have ever owned.
But I felt bad for him because he then has to lay on hardwood floors…
So I was at a dog event and there was a vendor selling homemade dog beds. They were felt and looked super soft, but I knew after feeling how thin the fabric was that my dogs would never be able to keep one of these long.
Even my other dogs like to vigorously scratch and circle before laying down and so they can put a hole in a commercial dog bed very quickly; and then I have cut foam, fluff, or even wood shavings all over my house.
Not to mention most beds (even these homemade ones) were upwards of $50 for my size of dog.
So I Decided to Do Something About It
I tried to think about tough materials, and canvas came to mind. Canvas isn’t soft… but it is better than hardwood and could take a serious scratching. It is even hard to rip with teeth (not impossible).
So I bought a large canvas painter’s drop cloth and I gave it to my baby whom I have nicknamed, Zippy (because I sing “Zippity Do Da to him every morning) to see how it would fair.
It has lasted many weeks and he loves laying on it… and it has been washed many times making it much softer.
So I gathered some old pillows and some old sleeping bags (my husband’s kids had when they were little) and I sewed them into his canvas drop cloth.
I did the sewing by hand and used dental floss to make sure the stitches would be STRONG and would last through some humping and grabbing and possible ripping.
And, I didn’t stuff it FULL so that it would have a little bit of give when he grabs it, making it less likely to rip.
What You Need
- One Canvas Painter’s Drop Cloth (from about $12-$20)
- Dental floss ($2)
- Old T-Shirts, blankets, pillows, towels (anything soft to fill it)
- Cedar Chips (if you so desire for their flea controlling properties $8)
- Heavy Duty Velcro ($20) if you want to get fancy
- Zipper (if you want $5)
I’m no seamstress, so I kept it simple by hand sewing with no amenities, I can still throw it in the washer if I need since everything I put in it is washable!
Happy sewing my friends!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.