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Dog Destroying Bed

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Lauren_95, Jan 8, 2021.


  1. Lauren_95

    Lauren_95 PetForums Newbie

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    My almost year old Coker Spaniel keeps destroying her beds. I think I have pretty much purchased every bed that Pets At Home sell and whatever bed it is she ends up destroying it, either ripping the zipping off, chewing a hole and ripping the stuffing out or tearing the bottom of it out. I can’t keep replacing her bed, she currently has a cushion which I don’t think she can destroy but with it being cold I’d like her to have a bed. Any recommendations for an indestructible dog bed? She won’t sleep in a plastic bed as they make a noise when she steps in them and this scares her.
     
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    Or just get cardboard box and some blankets from a charity shop (when you can). These are all cheap and disposable until your pup grows out of the destructive stage.
     
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    When does the destruction happen?

    If when left alone it could be anxiety which can be worked on.
     
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    I had to look back at the OP there to see this 'pup's' age!

    When does a pup become a dog? I would be calling this a dog. But, genuine question, when would you say @Linda Weasel ?
     
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    @tabelmabel. I think it differs breed to breed, but when they stop doing idiot puppy stuff. I’ve always gone more by behaviour than age.
     
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    Ha ha well you might know that mrs control freak here had the idiot puppy stuff stopped by about 10 weeks :Hilarious:Hilarious

    In fact, i dont think it ever got off the ground in the house.

    I stopped calling mine puppies by 6 months though.
     
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    I think I didn’t try hard enough !!
     
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    I would try and work out why she’s doing it. Separation anxiety? Boredom? Insufficient exercise? There is almost certainly some underlying cause to this.
    Cockers crave company and they are energetic, ‘busy’ dogs - they need something to do. Is she getting enough stimulation?
     
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    i gave up with beds .. so just used some of our old duvet covers and pilled them in the front room and in his crate and never looked back...

    also have you done any training so the dog associates the bed with settle and sleep? as otherwise the dog may feel its just another toy to destroy :)
     
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    I gave up with beds with mine when he was young, thought he had finished the destructive phase and came into foam everywhere. Used to just give him old duvets and some fleece blankets. He’s grew out of it now, hopefully yours will too if there isn’t underlying issues like separation anxiety, he’s not destroyed a bed since he was about 18 months
     
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    Any feedback op?
     
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    Have you tried Vetbed? Most of my collies have destroyed their beds as puppies/youngsters but rarely chewed Vetbed.
     
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  14. Lauren_95

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    I don’t think it’s anxiety as she sleeps upstairs on the landing, we had her in a crate downstairs to begin with and she absolutely hated it. I might hold fire on getting a bed and try some vet bed until she’s abit less destructive and she’s still really playful so maybe she is seeing it as a toy?
     
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    Yes I'd try the vetbed. My collies just chew their beds up because they like doing it, especially once they've pulled the stuffing out. They do grow out of it eventually.
     
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