My dog bites his bed, causes and how to avoid it
Do you see your dog chewing his bed? Often our dogs tend to chew on everything in their path and among those things can be found their own bed.
What we ask ourselves when we see our canine doing this is why does it happen? If you want to know how to solve this behavioral problem of your pet, you should read the following article, in which we will help you understand why he does it and how he would stop doing it.
How to react to this behavior of the dog?
You arrive home after a day’s work and you see some pieces of your dog’s bed as soon as you walk through the door. You get to the space where he has his bed and there he is chewing the part that is still intact. The first thing you ask yourself in this particular situation is, what should I do when my dog is doing this?
Your reaction to this strange behavior of your dog is important. Surely the first thing that comes to your mind is to punish or scold him, but that is not something that will make a difference to your dog, who will surely not understand that you are reacting as a reprimand.
The most probable thing if you punish your dog is that he will have a completely opposite reaction to the one you wanted to achieve and he will do it again and again. That is why the most advisable thing to do, instead of reacting in the instant in which this is happening, is to check why your pet is reacting in this way, to be able to solve the problem from the bases.
Why does my dog bite objects?
This particular behavior does not appear in the dog overnight for no reason. There are many reasons why he does not recognize the fact that he should not bite certain things, among which is his own bed. Below, we will show you the most common reasons for your pet to bite everything in its path:
You haven’t taught him
Dogs are not born knowing what they can and cannot do in your home and we are often surprised by this type of behavior, when in fact we should ask ourselves if we have given them the necessary learning, so that they do not carry out this type of destructive actions. Among the possibilities that exist may be that the dog thinks that this is a game.
He expresses his frustrations
If at some point you have punished him for something else or he has been told no with some abruptness for some strange behavior, your dog can channel this feeling of frustration into this erratic behavior of starting to chew on cushions, sofas and even his own bed. Incredibly, what he does and what bothers you so much, calms him from the feeling of frustration he has been experiencing.
Focusing specifically on puppies, you should know that they are experiencing new things every moment and that their behavior can vary and they can behave in different ways, thinking that everything is a game. But you should also know that just as it happens to us as children, their teeth are growing slowly and this can bring them pain.
He is anxious waiting for you
Your dog is aware of every move you make. They are used to seeing you come and go, waiting for a cuddle, for us to fill their food bowl or play with them. The moment of going to work and your dog being alone for a few hours plunges him into a desperation of not seeing you during that time, which may bring him anxiety and need to discharge it through this behavior of biting almost everything.
He is bored
Something that has to do with the previous point is boredom in dogs, something that can lead to this kind of disasters and worse. Your pet needs constant stimulation in order not to feel bored for long periods of time. If nothing around him is motivating him enough, he will find that motivation in using his jaws and teeth to tear apart whatever bed or cushion is nearby.
Does not expend enough energy
There are breeds that are much calmer when it comes to exercise, but others that really need to release all their energies, which are many. There are breeds of dogs predestined for hunting, like the Borzoi, and others that need to run and run without stopping for long periods of time, to have spent enough energy to arrive home tired enough to behave well at home.
How do I stop my dog from chewing his bed?
We have already gone over all the reasons why your beautiful dog becomes a “wild beast” that bites everything in your home. It is time to recognize this and think about the right solution to stop it. There are different options that you can try until your dog does not have this behavior anymore and they are the following:
Let him use the bed only in your presence
One of the most common solutions to this problem is that, when you leave, you remove the bed that your dog uses and usually chews, so that he only uses it while you are there and under your supervision. As we said before, scolding him will not bring any good consequence, so when you see him chewing his bed, you should stop him and quickly give him an object that he can chew, such as one of his toys.
One thing you find in every pet store you go to on a regular basis is chewies. Your dog will never stop wanting to chew on things, so he only has to chew on the right things, so he won’t chew on objects that break. These chewers are usually made of strong fabrics and with these your dog will release all the tensions he needs to release and leave his bed alone.
Are there beds that my dog can’t break with his teeth? The answer is yes, and you will also get them in pet friendly stores. These are made of more resistant materials that will allow your dog to get rid of the urge to bite without generating any problem.
Consult an educator
If all of the above has not been successful, the best thing to do is to consult an educator and ask him how to teach your dog not to bite.
These are all the tips we can give you to stop your dog from biting his bed. Always remember that being more in contact with your pet will make you understand it in a better way and reach a good behavior for a better coexistence.