The Indestructible Dog Bed
Finding an indestructible dog bed for crate training your canine friend can be exhausting. First off, let me restate that… mostly indestructible. They have started to rate dog toys with a zero to five-star rating of toughness.
They even rate dog beds! I don’t believe anything is “Indestructible”, but some things are more resistant than others. Which means if you have a “shredder,” then you should NEVER, EVER leave your dog alone with any bed… or you could be rushing him into the veterinary clinic for obstruction surgery after he eats it…
Beds that are chew-resistant are a great idea if you have a dog that simply won’t stop chewing.
The last thing you want is stuffing and wood chips scattered everywhere because your dog ripped its bed open.
When it comes to finding or making the perfect chew indestructible dog bed for crate training, we have all the answers in this guide!
Does your dog like to gnaw on his bed?
Are you fed up with buying him lovely new bedding only to find it destroyed moments later?
Well don’t panic! You aren’t alone, and there are solutions!
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 made out of ballistic materials (yes, think “bullet proof”).
Is Chewing Normal?
Destructive chewing is pretty common in some breeds of dogs, and especially among many of the working-class breeds. Constant chewing can sometimes be caused by pain, anxiety, hunger, illness, or boredom. However, it can also be a perfectly natural thing with no underlying cause.
This means that you need to choose your dog’s bed taking into account his chewing.
You may be wondering why dogs chew their beds.
Young dogs will chew to relieve teeth pain and to keep their teeth clean, but older dogs may continue to chew because it is part of their learned behavior.
This can be because it helps them relieve stress and anxiety, or simply because they enjoy it.
Beds are simply one of the most accessible places for them to relieve their stress and a place where they feel comfortable. It’s their space, so even if you have taught them not to chew on your stuff, they may still feel comfortable chewing on their bed.
We’ve found a selection of the best indestructible dog beds for chewers, gnawers and general bed eaters!
You may assume that your dog will grow out of their chewing phase as they get older, but this isn’t always the case. The worst may be over by the time your dog turns two, but it’s still a good idea to have plenty of chew toys, bones and other things that your dog can sink their teeth into.
Chewing Into Adulthood
Destructive chewing may be a symptom of a larger problem, but it could also be a result of boredom.
One of the key skills of a working dog is their ability to find and retrieve things that they will carry back in their mouths.
Large dogs, in general, are very oral animals, as are many other hunting breeds.
In fact, all dogs have a natural disposition towards using their mouths.
They tend to like carrying objects around in their mouths. That is what they have been bred to do and it’s normal.
Chewing is perfectly natural, but it becomes an issue when your canine friend starts eating your shoes, furniture, dangerous items like electrical wires. It also is an issue when they’re chewing on their own possessions – such as their dog beds.
How Do Indestructible Beds Work?
Dog beds that are described as ‘indestructible’ are normally designed for the most destructive chewers.
These beds are meant to be able to withstand anything your dog tries to do to them.
Indestructible beds often come with metal frames, non-grip and/or tough material, and elevated surfaces.
There are a number of chew-resistant and indestructible dog crate pads, as well.
The crate pads will resist your dog’s destructive efforts, but remember – even the best “indestructible” dog crate pads and be destroyed with enough force!
These beds are almost always made of materials that can withstand your dog’s jaws or make it very difficult for your dog to bite into the bed at all.
If your dog realizes they are unable to chew on their bed then they should eventually give up and go back to their chew toys instead.
A List of Popular Indestructible Beds For Your Dog
Dog beds are one of the most commonly chewed household items. How many times have you bought a lovely new dog bed just to see it destroyed in a matter of days? You want your pet to have a nice place to sleep, but it can be really expensive to keep replacing dog beds all the time.
There are a lot of dog beds on the market that are described as ‘indestructible’, but the quality and style widely vary between different products.
Chew Proof Dog Bed
The terms indestructible, chew proof and chew resistant are often used interchangeably by retailers.
Loosely-speaking, however, a chew proof bed is a type of dog bed which cannot easily be chewed up.
Your dog may be able to get a grip on them with their teeth, but the bed should be able to withstand some amount of chewing.
Yes, this is ballistics, as in the vest that police officer wears. The K9 Ballistics Dog Bed has a likeable circular shape and can be bought in a variety of colors and sizes. It should be tough enough to withstand a moderate amount of chewing.
Blueberry Heavy Duty Pet Bed
The Blueberry Heavy Duty Pet Bed will stand up against the efforts of moderate chewers.
It is a pretty good-looking bed for one with chew resistance.
It should also provide plenty of comfort to your canine friend.
Chew Resistant Dog Bed
Although chew resistant dog beds are not indestructible, they are sturdier and tougher than regular beds. Chew resistant beds can still be chewed, but as the name suggests they are much harder to destroy because of their durable material and chew guard features.
There are orthopedic beds for chewers, as well.
These beds offer comfort and durability to your dog while also being resistant to destructive tendencies.
In general, however, they won’t stand up to chronic chewers. Orthopedic beds are a solid option for your dog if it’s a light to moderate chewer.
These beds are designed for less destructive chewers as highly destructive dogs are still likely to break them. Raised beds are a popular choice because it is harder for your dog to firmly grip and thus completely chew/rip the material. These beds also have the added benefit of keeping your dog cool during the summer.
A number of owners have found elevated dog beds a great solution to chewing. Pets seem to be more inclined to chew the metal frame. They find it harder and less appealing to get their teeth around the excess material, as it is stretched tight. Although they aren’t manufactured for this purpose, we find that they can really do the trick.
Below, we have a list of several elevated or raised dog beds that might be worth giving a shot.
Amazon Basics Elevated Cooling Bed
The Amazon Basics Elevated Cooling bed comes in several sizes and two different colors.
Not only is it a great, and cool, place to lay down, it’s portable too.
It also comes in a variety of sizes, as well as having the benefit of being waterproof and easy to keep clean.
K&H Chew Resistant Pet Bed
The K&H Pet Cot is a great choice if you want to go for the raised bed option.
Furry dogs can overheat fairly easily, but luckily this bed is elevated and features a mesh center which will keep even the fluffiest dog cooler during hot temperatures.
This bed can be used inside or outside the house, it is water resistant, and it has been tested for its durability.
This bed also comes with a one year warranty, so you can always get your money back if it turns out to be flimsy or poorly made.
K9 Ballistics Chew Resistant Dog Bed
The K9 Ballistics Dog Bed has been made for light or moderate chewers, so it is not the best choice for extreme chewers who require a totally indestructible bed.
The cover is made out of a durable, water-resistant material which can be easily cleaned by hand or machine.
It has an odor resistant polyester mattress, you can use It indoors or outdoors, and the company will replace the cover if it is damaged within 90 days of ownership.
goDog Chew Resistant Dog Bed
This goDog bed is chew resistant. This bed is not designed to be indestructible, but it does come with chew guard technology which should make it last longer than regular dog beds. This bed is best suited or moderate chewers. The goDog bed also includes a plush bolster border, a durable mesh liner, and a non-skid bottom.
Kuranda Indestructible Dog Bed
Kuranda Dog Beds is a pet bed manufacturer which specializes in chew resistant and chew proof beds. The Kuranda dog bed bed has a high chew proof strength and features a strong aluminium frame that is ideal for heavy dogs. This is a raised bed that will keep your fluffy dog cool during hot weather, the bed is easy to clean, and the material they use is abrasion resistant.
This bed also comes with a one-year warranty so you can get It replaced or refunded if it does not meet your expectations. However, not every dog needs the toughest bed.
Some people like to buy anti-chew furniture sprays that are designed to repel your pet.
You can use these sprays on your dog bed provided the ingredients aren’t dangerous for your dog.
Always double check that ant anti-chew spray you buy specifies it is ‘pet safe’ and ‘child safe’ if you have any non-furry babies.
Make sure any spray that you buy is alcohol free as alcohol can be toxic for dogs Anti-Chew sprays are a good option if you are looking to train your dog not to chew on the furniture.
It works as a safe repellent which should in time condition your pet to avoid the items they associate with the unpleasant taste. If you do choose to spray your dog bed with an anti-chew spray then make sure that it’s not so strong and repellent that it will stop your dog using their new bed.
There’s no point in having a perfectly preserved dog bed if your dog doesn’t want to use it! And it’s worth noting that some dogs don’t mind the taste, and will happily chew away anyway. But for those dogs that don’t like repellent spray, here are some options.
Bitter Lemon Spray
This Bitter Lemon anti-chew spray is a good choice.
It is a safe and gentle deterrent which tastes nasty but won’t harm your pet in any way.
This spray uses a non-toxic formula which is made out of natural bitter and lemon extracts.
It is also safe to spray on objects, although keep in mind that it may make them smell afterwards!
This spray is safe to use on wood, curtains, electrical cables and clothes.
Chew Proof Dog Bed Cover
There’s no point in having an indestructible frame if you still have to keep replacing the dog bed cover, sheets, and pillows! Some of the cover materials you should look for when buying a dog bed include various types of nylon. Such as Codura and ballistic, vinyl weave or vinyl 40 oz, or material which is classed as ‘military-grade’.
Memory foam is a good mattress choice for your pet because it is a comfortable material which will support your pet’s weight and ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. Memory foam is also fairly thick and durable. Memory foam mattresses provide maximum comfort while also being harder for your dog to chew than your typical mattress. If your dog is a chronic chewer, however, memory foam might not be the best choice for you.
Chew resistant, machine washable bedding is another great option for your dog’s bed. This bedding will protect the bed from direct wear and tear by your puppy friend.
Firm, round, slippery material covered pillows are another popular choice for moderate to light chewers. These pillows are slippery so it will be hard for your dog to grab onto them with their teeth. Try to avoid beds which have obvious zips as they tend to get ripped very quickly. You’ll want to go for something firm, slippery or hard to grip, and something that is both comfortable and durable, with perhaps foam on the inside. Memory foam is extremely comfortable, and is also chew resistant.
Stain-Proof Dog Bed
This stain proof pet bed cover is durable, easy to clean and should be able to withstand determined chewers. The cover is made out of synthetic polyester fibers, it is machine washable, surprisingly waterproof. On the interior, the bed may contain foam, pillow liners, or wood chips. And, most importantly, the cover incorporates stop rip technology to stop the dog tearing it to shreds.
Choosing the Right Dog Bed
When it comes to choosing the proper bed, think about your dog and your specific situation. What special needs may your doggie have? How much space do you have available? What room is your dog sleeping in? Does it have a doghouse in the yard? Will it be sleeping in its crate? How big is your dog? How thick is its fur? Are you looking for a dog crate pad? Do you want foam in your dog’s bed? These are all important things to look at when you’re purchasing your dog’s bed.
There are a lot of dog beds out there that are described as ‘indestructible’. However, many of them have bad ratings and a string of dissatisfied customers.
It is essential that you look at the average rating of any bed before you buy it. As it is a good indication of how good the bed is in real life. It’s important that you buy a strong and durable bed that your dog can’t rip apart in the first five minutes. However, it is just as important that your dog is comfortable in their bed. There is no point buying a dog bed that your dog doesn’t want to use!
Unable To Purchase A Dog Bed, Or Just Want A DIY Option? We Have A Solution For You!
I Am A Genius
Or, well, I think that I’m a genius. Okay, so maybe “Genius” is a bit much… but I am pretty proud of myself.
You see, I have a very destructive puppy – well, he’s actually 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 every single one 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…
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 lying 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).
Due to this fact, 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 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. 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!
Whether you’re making the bed or buying it, getting memory foam or canvas, just remember that it’s most important that your dog is comfortable. A bed that isn’t used is a waste. You want your dog to be both comfortable and safe. Dogs are like children. We need to do our best to love them and care for them!
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.