Many dog owners know the frustration of buying an expensive dog bed, only to have your little buddy tear the thing to shreds within a few days (or hours!). Do not worry, there is nothing wrong with your dog. In fact, this is a fairly common problem that can be addressed with some training and a good chew toy to take their gnawing tendencies out on.
However while you are weening them off it, you need a bed that can survive all the chewing. We have broken this down into beds that are tough and cheap enough that you will not go broke replacing them, but still do the job.
The one that will work best for you is down to how big your dog is and how much they chew, but below we list our favourites of these three types and link to the full reviews with other alternatives and our criteria.
Our Pick of the Best Dog Beds For Chewers 2018
It shouldn’t be hard to find the right bed for your little chewer. To help you out, we have compiled a list of 4 of the best chew resistant beds on the market.
Toughest Bed For Chewers – Me & My Large Raised Dog Bed & Frame
While no bed is truly indestructible, this gets pretty close! The frame is powder coated steel – which is not only tough, but no fun for dogs to try chewing. Stretched over this frame is an anti-mildew & mould coated canvas fabric cover, which is twin needle stitching on edges for extra strength.
Not only does the tension on the cover make it difficult for a dog to get any purchase on, there are not many edges they can try. If they do manage to get their teeth into it, then new covers are easy to fit and pretty cheap
The raised platform is also allows plenty of ventilation, so it will also keep your dog cool in the summer months and can easily be made warmer with the addition of an old blanket.
The frame is pretty easy to assemble (I am a DIY klutz, so it must be!) & easily wiped clean. The one main downside is that it will only support dogs up to 30KGs, so owners of larger breeds may need to look elsewhere.
Overall this is the best solution if you have a dog that just will not stop chewing. The frame is going to take almost any abuse and the cover is tough and cheap to replace, making this our best overall choice.
- Very durable
- Cheap replaceable covers
- Not suitable for larger dogs
Tough, cheap and comfortable, this is an excellent bed for your worst gnawing offenders. If only they did a frame for larger dogs…
Best Plastic Dog Bed For Chewers – SONNY Classic Plastic Dog Bed
This was easily the best plastic bed we found. It is available in a few different colours, and between 50cm and 110cm, so you should easily be able to find one that meets your (or your dog’s) preferences.
The shape seems to be very comfortable for dogs and the plastic tough enough to take quite a beating from your dog’s gnawing. Sonny do a waterproof mattress for this bed which is pretty tough, but if your dog is a heavy chewer, add in a cheap mattress or old blankets it will be more comfortable and probably distract your dog from chewing the bed (and bits of blanket are easier to hoover up!!)
Overall this is the perfect shape for your dog to snuggle in, especially if your dog prefers to curl up when they are sleeping. While the 110cm basket is pretty large, it is not big enough for the largest breeds but is perfect for smaller dogs.
- Pillow is not chew resistant
- Too small for large dogs
The actual bed is made of heavy-duty plastic and should be near indestructible. So, if your dog chews the pillow up, they can sleep in the outer shell. It should be a while before they break through that!
When you consider the toughness, the ergonomic shape, and the price, it all makes it a great buy.
Best Padded Bed – P&L Superior Pet Beds Heavy Duty Softee Bed
While no padded bed is ever going to resist the attention of a determined chewer, this bed is made from a heavy-duty material that cannot be ripped easily. The design does not have too many obvious bits for your dog to grab hold of either, which is why we picked it as our top padded.
In addition, the material is waterproof and sheds dirt quickly, so easy to keep clean and does not retain odours. The bed was also manufactured in the UK…whether that is a good or a bad thing, I will leave you to decide 😉
The one thing I would suggest is to put a blanket inside it if your dog does not immediately take to it as the noise of paws (or the texture) seemed to worry a few dogs, although they soon seemed to get used to it.
Overall this is a great bed as long as your dog is not too destructive – it is comfortable, well made and tough enough for most.
- Durable material
- Comes in various colours and sizes
- A padded bed is never going to be indesctructible
It is hard to find anything bad about this bed. In terms of quality, it is great. It is tough and also very easy to clean the bed, all you need is a wet cloth to wipe it down.
Otherwise, the bed delivers a comfortable night for your dog and will endure most dogs chewing.
It might be a little pricey, but in the long run, you are buying something that should last for a long time.
Best Orthopedic Bed for Chewers – The Dog’s Bed Premium
Orthopaedic mattresses are also never going to be indestructible, however, the exterior material is durable Oxford fabric with an added coating that makes the bed waterproof, tough and hard for a pooch to get their teeth in to.
This is also good news for general wear and tear outside of chewing attacks as the fabric is resistant to abrasion and chemicals, so lasts well. The material also sheds dirt well too he bed can also be wiped clean with ease. The outer material is also removable, making it very easy to wash so it is pretty practical.
All the materials have been carefully chosen to minimise any choking hazards, although the foam could be a problem if your pooch gets through the cover. The zip is a weak spot. Although covered it may be found by your dog and seems to tear within a few days of extensive chewing – the piping around the edges seem to be particularly tempting!
Inside is a dense foam mattress that supports even the heaviest dog and has become a favourite among boarding kennels since it is so durable and comfortable for most dogs.
It is available in a bunch of different colours that will suit your interior décor and fit into your living space. It is available in a few different sizes, so you can find the right fit for your dog.
Overall this is a great bed for a dog that needs more support, either for their size of ailments, and who chews occasionally, but not for a chronic chewer.
- Comes in different shapes and sizes
- Sturdy interior
- Easy to wash
- Very large and bulky
- Poor quality zip
- Won’t stop a determined dog
Many owners like this bed because it is a comfortable bed for large dogs, which can be hard to find. Heavy dogs usually squash regular dog bed mattresses, but this bed has a sturdy interior that supports even the heaviest body. It is as attractive as a dog bed can be, but it will not stop a determined dog.
The first question you need to ask yourself is if you really need a “chew resistant” bed. These beds tend to be more expensive than normal beds since they are durable and comfortable. If your dog is destructive though, then it might be cheaper for you in the long run.
Your dog may be chewing for other reasons. They might be bored and frustrated, training them to do tricks should solve this problem. Even if these tactics do not solve the problem, keep in mind that chewing is totally normal.
With that in mind, what should you look for when buying a chew resistant dog bed?
Any dog bed made from fabric will not be totally indestructible. Most dogs are determined, and the bed will eventually be decimated. If you want an indestructible bed, get a raised or elevated bed made from durable materials such as PVC, aluminium or something similar. This might not be the most comfortable beds, but they will not break easily.
A few useful tips
- A good bed will not have loose flaps of material that your dog can grab a hold of.
- A waterproof bed will last much longer.
- Zips are useful, for dogs too if they can latch onto a zipper, it will be easier for them to destroy the bed. So, zips are not a good idea.
- You need a bed with a heavy duty cover such as Kevlar or ballistic nylon.
- Make sure that the internal filling is protected.
Support: Orthopaedic dog beds will help with your dog’s joint pain and will provide support for the entire body. Poly-filled beds will also provide support and are cheaper, but they are not as good as orthopaedic beds.
Shape: Beds come in different shapes. Choosing a shape depends on your dog. A rectangular bed is usually the best shape, but there are doughnut and nest shaped beds for dogs who like to curl up. But nest beds are usually easy to chew up. Elevated beds provide wonderful ventilation.
Size: Your dog should be able to lie on the bed without their feet hanging off.
Chewing dogs are a pain! Most are not too bad and you can get away with just buying them a bed that is a little tougher than usual and distracting them with toys or blankets to chew on. If this sounds like your pooch, then any of the above will work for them.
I particularly liked the design of the SONNY plastic bed, which was also shared by the dogs we put it in front of, who curled up in it with little encouragement.
The P&L Softee bed was also good, but the high entrance made it a bit of an effort for smaller, or arthritic dogs to get into. Some were also less impressed with the noise their claws made on the fabric until I put a blanket in there. Havincozyid that, none of them refused it and all seemed to find it very cosy.
I am a fan or othopaedic beds for dogs, especially larger breeds, at the Dog’s Bed Premium featured here is pretty good as an otho bed. However the tough cover is what makes it. So if your dog is not a chewing terror and you want some peace of mind over their joint health, this is the one to go for.
Finally we feature our overall winner. Raised beds are not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want a bed that can stand up to the worst chewers, this is it. Steel and tightly stretched canvas are not much fun to chew, so you should be able to ween your pet onto a suitable toy instead. Even if they do manage to get their teeth in, it is pretty cheap and easy to replace the cover, which is why we picked this as our best for those heavy chewers.
- 1 Our Pick of the Best Dog Beds For Chewers 2018
- 2 Toughest Bed For Chewers – Me & My Large Raised Dog Bed & Frame
- 3 Best Plastic Dog Bed For Chewers – SONNY Classic Plastic Dog Bed
- 4 Best Padded Bed – P&L Superior Pet Beds Heavy Duty Softee Bed
- 5 Best Orthopedic Bed for Chewers – The Dog’s Bed Premium
- 6 Buyer’s Guide
- 7 Conclusion