help! i need an indestructible dog bed

zora

Our one-year-old mastiff keeps destroying her dog beds. It doesn’t seem to matter if she’s had a lot of walks, or new toys, or lots of attention that day; she’ll randomly decide to tear a bed apart like it’s a toy. Even the Ruff Wear beds I enthused about last year aren’t safe. Apparently a zipper can be a bad thing for a dog like ours — she usually goes for that first, and once that’s destroyed, it’s a pretty short trip to tearing out all the bed’s stuffing. After losing three expensive beds to this, we’re wondering if our only solution is to have the dogs lie on bare ground! No, I’m not serious — that’s not good for their joints, and not good for doting dog owners. But this is getting expensive. Someone suggested the Dura-Bed — anyone tried it? Any other solutions? –Mary T.

That’s not my dog in the photo above; it’s the adorable Zora by Flickr user Joyful Abobe.

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Keren

Have you tried using old blankets/quilts, folded and stacked until there is enough padding? I added an old foam mattress topper (wrapped in a blanket) at the bottom. You can put it all into a basket, or a box that you build or cut down from a big cardboard box. I throw in old pillows, cushions. My dogs generally dig around and turn the whole stack into a nest. If something gets torn up, it stays in the box and still adds to the softness. The expensive beds do more for the human’s sense of aesthetics than for the dog.

Ellie

Sorry not tried the Dura-Bed, but my airedale has also destroyed many beds. Fatboy, doughnut, to plain lambswool crate liner.
I, ever optimistic, bought her the LL Bean therapeutic denim bed it is not even frayed after a year and a half. It has a zipper to wash the cover, but for some reason she is not interested. I might have been extra vigilant about keeping this bed a calm not playful place I don’t really remember, but that’s where she goes every evening to crash. I think it helps that the bed cover fits so well that it doesn’t move. She used to try and dig it up like crazy, but it never shifted so she gave up. I put a blanket near the bed that she can dig and move around instead if she feels like it. Once in a while she gets the urge to drag or throw the whole bed somewhere, but after a short period she gives up and just lays on it where it landed. I tease her about rearranging the furniture to change her view. Good Luck!

Sara

Our dog leaves her bed alone, but goes for the throw rugs. After replacing several nice rugs that got unraveled while we were out, we turned to a widely available dog training spray called “Bitter Yuck” and sprayed the edges of all our rugs with it. I guess it tastes very bad to dogs and is very discouraging to them though it is non-toxic and safe to eat. It also doesn’t appear to harm the fabric of the rugs (though it couldn’t hurt to do a test patch first). It has worked like a charm for us. Since your dog sleeps on the bed, you wouldn’t want to douse the whole thing because she might not want to lie on it, but it might help if you just hit the zipper and edge seams (if that’s what she goes for first). We got the Bitter Yuck at Petco, but I’m sure you can also get it at PetSmart and various big box discount stores. Good luck!

I have large dogs – German Shepherds, and “normal” big dog beds are really expensive, like $150 each. I can’t imagine what a durable bed would cost. One of my dogs also likes to rip up her bed and pull the fluff out. Not to mention she’s clutzy and spills her water all over her kennel.

What I did to solve the problem was to use a queen-size comforter from a second hand store, folded, as a dog bed and sew a giant case for it from a durable material. I used upholstery material, but denim or even heavy wool might work as well. There’s no zipper, velcro, or buttons. The ‘top’ of the bed is one solid piece, the bottom is two pieces that overlap in the center of the bed by about 4″.

It’s worked really well so far. It’s easy to take out the comforter and clean everything. And it was CHEAP:
second-hand comforter – $4
2 meters discount upholstery fabric – $ 14
thread – cost is too negligible to care about

Best of luck!

my mom has been doing this for years- buying twin size foam (“egg crate variety”) mattress toppers- and cutting them to size and filling fabric liners- (a store bought that the fluff is gone from -or- a custom sewn. The benefit is being able to replace it cheaply. and its not a terrible poly fill mess..

my other thought (and this is especially great in warmer climes) is the dog cot no fluff, fabric or foam to destroy- just good for the joints!

http://www.petco.com/product/102108/Pet-Gear-Portable-Pet-Cot.aspx?cm_mmc=CSEMGooglebase-_-Dog-_-Pet%20Gear-_-1052683&mr:trackingCode=51E8EB15-8381-DE11-B7F3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

Just an example! my mom got hers at Costco- and she trained the Lab to use it by putting the nasty yet beloved bed on top, and then weaning the bed out the door and the she keeps using the cot!

I am sadly dog-less- but we have a long history of big dogs and bed problems in my family-

Elka

We have this one for our two dogs: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,99890_Kimlor-Round-Dog-Bed-50-Jumbo.html

It’s a great deal, and since one of the pups is a puppy, who bites at it and regularly scratches at it A LOT before lying down, I’ve been impressed with how it’s held up over the past year.

laila

I buy plush fleece and fake fur fabric and sandwich them and sew the edges together to make a large, washable bed. I generally sew it so that the bed is created when I fold it in half (it’s more cushion-ey that way) – then, I unfold for washing. I like washing the whole thing – after some wear, just washing the cover doesn’t get the whole thing smelling clean anymore. Even when cedar chips are in play. There’s nothing to rip open and un-stuff, so the bed stays intact.

It requires a bit of work, but it’s very easy (sewing straight lines) and it’s inexpensive.

I have two english mastiffs titus (160 lbs) and chester (240 lbs) and the only beds that worked out for us are crib mattresses. they cost 40 bucks each and have lasted two years and counting. if it’s good enough for a baby, it’s good enough for a dog, eh?

Our pup chewed his pad up last month and we haven’t replaced it yet (a dog trainer we know said to wait until he’s at least a year so he’ll be less likely to chew it – but I guess that age is just arbitrary!) but when we do I’m going to look into the Molly Mutt duvet covers. I really like the idea of putting old clothes and towels and such into a bag and then covering it with a cute cover – dunno how durable it is though. (Does anyone else know?)

http://mollymutt.com/

AMM

Another fan of LL Bean beds here.

The thing about LL Bean is that, no matter what you’ve done to an item that they sold you, “if it didn’t meet your expectations” in terms of longevity, they’ll take it back and replace it. (This was what the customer rep told my mom when I, as a teenager, had a backpack of theirs fall apart after many years of abuse.)

sarah

Our Lab never met a dog bed he wouldn’t make “friends” with. After that, he’d chew it to bits. Only thing that he ever left alone was the thick, waffle rug pads and a braided rug. We’d do the rug pad double thick, then put the braided rug on top of it. It kept it in place and once he couldn’t move it around, he didn’t chew it either.

gwendolyn

I have the solution. I have a lab AND 2 small terriers. Previous dog beds became a contest between them on who could destroy it faster.

So when I had my couch reupholstered (lab puppy incident) I seplaceed for a sturdy fabric. That fabric is CRYPTON. Its pricey. So look around on the www for deals. I found a discontinued line for $10 a yard!!! It went well with my 60s era couch. I bought extra for the future dog beds. The lady who reupholstered the couch easily made the dog bed. I just had to fill it with foam. She brilliantly avoided zippers in her wisdom. Its sewn like a decorator pillow. Where its a flap in the underside where you can slide in the foam. Im sure there is a fancy sewing term.

Not even a thread loose on this dogbed which is attached daily and used all day long. It has been 6 months. I wouldve gone through about 6 dog beds by now. AND the fabric wipes clean!!! Its perfect for the couch. Everyone is happy.

PlantingOaks

Honestly, I would talk to your vet and/or get a referral to a behaviorist on this.

I don’t think there is a material on earth that would not yield to a determined mastiff, and I don’t like the idea of treating the beds as ‘disposable’ either, since you could wind up with a very bad day if she decides to eat the filling as well as rip it out.

If it were my dog, I would weigh intestinal blockages worse than joint problems, and not leave her unsupervised with a soft bed until she could be trusted. In the meantime I would work with a vet/trainer/behaviorist on a more long-term solution.

Of course, my dog will seek out the two square feet of hard floor in a carpeted house to lie on, so beds aren’t much of a concern for us. Of course, her coat is practically a mobile bed, and it’s been summer. I do wonder whether she will be more interested in soft surfaces once it gets colder.

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Sarah

Well idk if anyone is still checking this, but we had a doberman years ago that just tore everything up, dad got a big square of carpet and used a couple old couch cushions(that the dog and ripped up), and made a raised frame and a platform and just used a staple gun and stapled the carpet over the cushions and that thing was around after the dog died (dad used it is his shop as seating, after his legs started to go {was his excuse} he just couldn’t let it go) The dog couldn’t chew through the carpet and it was all reused stuff in the project (knowing my father, he hasn’t bought any of his project stuff in years)

anni

My husband and I have three dogs- two big Akitas and a half coyote/half demondog. They will chew up everything. Except kongs (because if the point is to chew on something they won’t do it). I recently found a triangular shaped toy at walmart made from used firemans hoses with a squeeker inside and they LOVE it and haven’t been able to tear it up. There’s a company that makes clothing-pants and jackets- out of old firehoses as well (duluth trading i think). I wouldn’t buy a pair of their pants or a jacket just to use the fabric for a dog bed, but if the stuff was on clearance? Definately. Anyway, that’s a direction to look towards as well.

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Den

Hi check out our dog beds which might be of help to you on http://www.snoozydogbeds.co.uk the site is still under construction but it will give you the jist of the dog bed

Nancy Tower

Try a horse blanket.

ami

trianing. tearing chewing or destroying things are a sign of anxiety. its not about how may walks they ve been on or how many toys they got. you need to create a calm enviorment for your dog. talk to a trainer

jo miller

I use a toddler bed with crib mattress with my danes,they will tear up dog bed in 1 day,They have not torn up these at all,i use crib sheets that just need removed and thrown in washer.In the kennels i buy rubber mats from tractor supply that are for horse stalls they cut easy to fit and add a little cushy with just blankets on top of them.

Missi

I got a used toddler bed with heavy orthopedic mattress from my brother for my Saint Bernard. He loves it and because there are side rails, the mattress stays contained. If your dog does not eat your bed, he should do fine with the toddler bed. My saint loves it. Luckily I have a huge living room and it fits in there with no problem. And even matches the other furniture! :)