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Your dog has their own special space in their crate.
They love to nap in it and watch everyone run around the house from the safety of the crate walls.
Dogs have an instinct to value a sheltered, private den, but that doesn’t mean they cherish what’s inside.
Some dogs have a habit of destroying everything they come in contact with.
Maggie definitely went through that phase when she was younger, which meant I came home to lots of shredded pillows and future patch jobs.
Your dog might enjoy doing the same thing to the bedding in their crate, which is frustrating.
You want them to be comfy, but they don’t quite get the purpose of their bed.
Read on to learn how to stop your dog from chewing on his dog bed in the crate.
Soon they’ll love napping on the bed you got for them and you won’t worry about replacing it anytime soon.
Why Your Dog Chews on Things
There are many reasons why dogs chew their bedding apart, along with any other toys and objects that happen to cross their path.
Most of the time, it can be explained away depending on their age, so here are a few age-related reasons your dog might have a chewing habit.
After you bring a puppy home, you’re nearly as excited as they are to become best friends.
While you’re getting used to potty training and exercising them, they’re dealing with teething pain.
Puppies between 12 to 16 weeks old start losing their baby teeth.
They’re so tiny you may never find the teeth, but the irritating pain of teething makes your puppy chew.
The pressure on their gums may relieve some of this pain, which is why they find their immediate bedding so interesting.
Adult dogs who have been house trained for a while and don’t normally chew anything else could destroy their bedding because they have separation anxiety.
While you’re out running errands, they’re panicked and lonely inside their crate.
This results in separation anxiety, which makes them panic and do things they know they’re not supposed to.
Senior dogs can also suffer from separation anxiety, even if they’ve been fine being in their crate for their entire lives.
They may also chew their bedding out of boredom or because they’re uncomfortable sitting in one position in the crate.
How to Stop Your Dog’s Chewing Habit
There’s always a way to keep your dog from chewing on their bedding.
Try some of these tips to see if they help keep your dog’s next crate bed safe.
Remove Anxiety Triggers
Their crate may be next to the front of the house where they hear traffic or neighbors all day.
Try moving their crate to a quiet spot in the house. You can also leave some of your recently used clothes in their crate so they smell you and feel less alone.
They may also associate their dog bed with feeling locked away.
Try laying it out on the floor while your dog lounges around the house.
If they’re more comfortable with it, they’ll be less likely to destroy their favorite bed in their crate.
Exercise Them More
Puppies and adult dogs have tons of energy, so your dog might just be restless.
Try exercising them more with a few extra daily walks. Play fetch or tug in the house when you have free time or let them run around in the backyard.
If they’re tired, they’ll be more likely to sleep and hang out while you’re away from home.
Some owners think their dog gets plenty of exercise when they actually need to move more.
Senior dogs require just as much movement as adult dogs, depending on your furry friend’s normal energy level.
Try different exercise methods to see which one they love the most.
Dog owners commonly exercise their pets by:
- Playing fetch
Research your local area to see if there are new dog parks to explore or an outdoor area with a canine agility course.
There’s always something else you can do to help your dog feel ready to sleep when it’s time to go in their crate.
Give Them Stimulating Toys
Your dog may need something to entertain them in the crate, which is when stimulating toys may come in handy.
They’re designed so your dog has to think to use them, instead of just chewing on a bone.
You might find that your dog likes certain kinds better than others, but they’ll all make your dog focus on the toy and not on destroying their dog bed.
Try a Deterrent Spray
Before I brought Maggie home, I’d never heard of deterrent sprays. There’s tons of them available on the market and they’re all easy to use.
Basically, the sprays are meant to either smell or taste bad for dogs.
While it may have a pleasant cherry or apple scent to humans, your dog will take one lick and leave the sprayed object alone.
It’s best to try a deterrent spray for the first time while you supervise your dog.
There is a chance they may enjoy the taste and chew more intensely or feel panicked when they smell it.
Never leave your dog in their closed crate when they’re anxious or uncomfortable.
Most dogs go through a chewing phase at least once in their life, if not more.
If your dog regularly chews on their dog bed in their crate, there are a few ways you can help.
Try some of these tips to see if they help your dog and consult your vet if you have any remaining worries or concerns.
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