However, if you have a dog that aggressively nests, then rips and tears are likely going to happen, which is why finding a well-made tear resistant bed is essential to preventing the need to replace your dog’s bed every six months.
Also, many beds are chew resistant and can hold up against casual to moderate chewers.
Calvin digs in the beds, and they proved unrippable to him; however, though very muscular, he is only 45 pounds. Conversely, he has ripped my leather couches while attempting to nest on those, which is why I added this bed to the list.
Plus, when it comes to indestructible dog beds, you often get what you pay for.
So, when looking for a more economical choice, unfortunately, you will not likely find one that is made from the most durable of materials, like this one.
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Gorilla Ballistic Orthopedic Dog Bed – Best Unchewable Pet Bed for Large Dogs
The Gorilla Ballistic dog bed is one of the toughest dog beds, and though no dog bed is 100% unchewable, it is one of the best dog beds for heavy chewers.
It lacks any embellishments and is made from heavy-duty material made to hold up against enthusiastic dogs.
For those who are seeking a tough heavy-duty bed for persistent chewers, the Kuranda dog bed is the bed for you. I would caution that since it is unchewable, it may break teeth. Though Sophie wasn’t chewing on a bed, she did chew on a metal dog gate and managed to break her teeth, so that’s why I thought it would be good to mention it.
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K9 Ballistic Tough Orthopedic Dog Bed – Most Durable Orthopedic Dog Bed
However, this is not the bed for those who suffer from severe anxiety with destructive behavior. It is well made and does come with a 120-day one-time store credit option in the event your pup damages the bed.
Sizes: Small 35½” x 25½”, Medium 40″ x 26½”, or Large 44″ x 31″
Colors: Loden, Charcoal Chev, and Charcoal
Material: Micro velvet top layer, 840-denier nylon liner, and CertiPUR-US certified foam
Waterproof: Water-resistant liner
Sturdy CertiPUR-US certified foam
Not available in sizes for extra large dogs
I would 100% recommend the Orvis Toughchew to anyone looking for a durable, orthopedic, bolster tough dog bed. We have had this bed for over three years, and my dogs love it, and there isn’t even a scratch on it! Also, though Orvis does not promote that it is odor resistant, it indeed is. It’s effortless to keep clean and doesn’t attract dog hair like many of the other beds in our home.
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Slumber Pet Heavy Duty Chew Resistant Mat – Best Chew Resistant Mat Style Dog Bed
The Slumber Pet mat is chew resistant and machine washable. It is easy to slide into a crate and has reinforced stitching to help deter dogs from destroying it.
Though this dog crate pad is chew resistant, it is not made for excessive chewers but will hold up well against scratching and digging.
There are a variety of different styles available, and no one type is better than another; it all depends on your dog’s preferences and space you plan to put it.
Some of the more common styles available include:
Pillow – These are the round or rectangle beds with fill or memory foam but lacks sides or a back
Orthopedic – These beds have memory foam mattresses and may even have a self-cooling component to add to your dog’s comfort
Doughnut – Yep, you got it, they look like doughnuts. Sophie prefers this style since she tends to sleep in a ball
Bolster – These often look like tiny couches or armchairs. Most of my dogs prefer this style in the winter or colder months
Raised – Raised beds are great for helping with airflow and are often ideal for outside. We use raised dog beds for camping and outdoors. They drain rainwater off and are very durable. Though, elevated beds are not always the most comfortable; only Calvin will lay on this style
For those of us who have a dog that is a chewer picking a bed that has a warranty is a must.
Most bed warranties offer one replacement.
And, though you are responsible for shipping and handling on the return and new bed, it is still cheaper than buying a new one.
One thing I have learned over the years is that buying the cheapest bed isn’t the best idea, though you don’t need to buy the most expensive one either.
However, dog beds fall into the category of you get what you pay. And investing a bit more for a dog bed that will last is well worth it.
Why Dogs Chew Beds
Dogs do not chew on beds to irritate us, or because they are mad at us. They don’t operate that way.
However, if you have a chronic dog bed destroyer, there is a root cause, and the only way to put an end to their dog bed reign of terror is to get to the bottom of it.
For example, I found that after a dog bed had been in our house for a while, Calvin would no longer attempt to destroy it.
So, when he was Captain Chewer, I would put the new dog bed in the closet when we would leave. Eventually, after the bed lost its new bed smell, say, after about a month, he wouldn’t bother it anymore.
However, when I was fostering I found a lot of my fosters had separation anxiety that manifested in destructive behavior.
After their SA was addressed their bed chewing resolved too.
Separation anxiety isn’t the only type of anxiety.
Sophie destroyed everything in her crate because she had barrier anxiety. As soon as I left her out she never chewed another bed.
Dogs showing signs of destruction is a sign they are in distress.
Sometimes it’s just that they aren’t getting enough exercise, and truthfully, I have found that’s the case more than 75% of the time.
Every dog is different and it is our job as dog parents to ensure they are kept safe, healthy, and happy.
If you aren’t sure why your pup is acting up, then it would be best to call your vet for help.
But I should state that digging and nesting in a bed is normal dog behavior, even when done with great enthusiasm.
So if that’s the case, then finding the most durable bed, like the Bully Bed, is all you need.
Though dogs who destroy their beds are often out of balance, some dogs are just very tenacious nesters and need a dog bed that can withstand that attention.
If your dog keeps chewing up your bedding, try to find out why he/she is doing this. Is your dog bored? Does he/she need exercise? Or maybe your dog has separation anxiety. Try to figure out what is causing the problem, then fix it.