If your dog likes to chew and beds don’t last more than five minutes, check out our roundup of our favourite indestructible dog beds to keep you and your dog happy.
Some dogs love to chew. Most dogs experience of the world through their mouth, especially when young, and while it’s understandable and manageable in puppies who may be trying to relieve the pain of teething, an adult dog who chews may need a whole new level of understanding.
If you have an aggressive chewer, you know how frustrating it can be to wake up to yet another destroyed dog bed. Luckily. You do have options.
There are now lots of excellent, durable dog beds out there, designed to withstand the attentions of even the most determined of chewers, but where do you start?
Right here, with our guide to the 5 best indestructible dog beds.
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The Top Indestructible Dog Beds Compared
Before we get onto our in-depth reviews of each product, see how they compare in the comparison table below.
Indestructible Dog Beds Reviews
Take a closer look at the five indestructible dog beds that we recommend over all others.
We'll start with our favourite.
OUR TOP PICK
P & L Heavy Duty Dog Bed
This tough dog bed is a great all-rounder.
First of all, it looks really comfortable and cozy with its high sides, something often sacrificed in durable dog beds.
This bed is perfect for your active dog who loves to get into bed wet and dirty.
It has a resilient 100% polyester cover, with a waterproof coating and is easy to wipe clean – you can even gently pressure wash it.
Available in a range of sizes, you can choose the perfect one for your pooch to keep warm, comfortable, and cozy.
The removable base cushion and the sides of the bed filled with thermal polyester fiber will also help.
Ginger Ted Durable Dog Mattress
This stylish cushioned mattress comes in a variety of sizes and colors to suit you, your home, and your dog.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, or in a crate or kennel, this tough dog bed is covered in hand washable waterproof fabric and has a thermal inner to protect your dog from cold, hard floors.
This is the perfect bed for dogs who like to ‘lay out’ rather than ‘curl up’ to sleep, and you should choose the size slightly larger than your dog’s length from nose to tail, to ensure their comfort.
This bed is tough, too. With one Amazon reviewer writing “despite her best efforts, our Labradoodle hasn’t been able to rip it up!”.
Maximum Pet Products Dog Matt
This anti-chew dog bed is designed specifically to go in the bottom of your dog’s crate, they even provide a handy size guide, so you know which of their Small to XXL cushions will best fit your crate.
Easy to clean, with a waterproof covering, this tough dog bed comes in a range of colors, is odor and dirt repellant, with an anti-fungal coating, making sure any ‘uninvited guests’ don’t also call this cushion home.
It has a soft to medium density filling inside, so your dog will be comfortable and protected from the hard base of a crate.
All Pet Solutions Hard Wearing Bed
This chew resistant dog bed comes with some great features. It has a non-stick coating on the bottom, so it won’t slide around on hard floors, and the entire cover is removeable and machine washable.
Available is a range of sizes and colors, this is a really luxurious looking, comfy, yet hard wearing, option for your dog.
High sides keep them comfortable and warm, and the cooling fabric suitable to use outside when the weather heats up.
Pet Living Elevated Dog Bed
This is the only elevated bed in our list and is probably the most robust and hard wearing.
With nothing soft about it, there is less for your aggressive chewer to sink their teeth into.
A steel frame, topped with a tightly stretched anti-mold, anti-mildew, breathable fabric, this bed would be perfect in a kennel or outdoor doghouse as your dog will be lifted off the cold hard floor to sleep.
Indestructible Dog Beds Buyers’ Guide
Now you know which hard wearing dog beds are our favorites, what should you look out for when researching and choosing an indestructible dog bed for your chewing pooch? Check out our buyer’s guide for more.
When you’re looking for an indestructible dog bed, this is probably going to be your first priority.
It’s important to note though, that nothing is truly indestructible when it comes to your dog.
If they love to chew, they will find a way with all of those sharp teeth designed for tearing into flesh.
All you can do is research as much as you can, make the best choice for you, and make it as difficult as possible for your dog.
Check what your bed is made from.
Softer beds are always easier for your dog to sink their teeth into, so if your dog is particularly determined, you might need to look out for tough dog beds with a harder construction.
Even softer beds, like many in our list, have toughened, chew proof fabrics, coated with all kinds of dog-safe extras like anti-mildew, waterproofing, or anti-fungal treatments, and should pose a challenge to most destructive dogs.
Of course, indestructibility isn’t just about chewing.
It can be how the bed stands up to dirt, mud, and washing. So, if your dog is a lover of all things wet and muddy, check out the cleaning options of the strong dog beds you like.
Remember removable covers are great for just throwing in the washing machine, but might have zips to tempt your chewing pup.
Anything that’s waterproof will be easy to wipe down, whilst repelling dirt and insects.
Again, this is important – it as a bed after all – and you want your dog to be safe, comfortable, and inclined to use it.
Some of the soft beds in our list look really comfortable, whilst some of the harder ones might need softening up with a blanket.
Elevated beds are great for keeping your dog off hard, damp, cold floors – especially outside - and could also be easier for senior or arthritic dogs to get onto.
Beds with sides provide extra protection from draughts and a feeling of security for your dog.
If your dog is prone to destroying their beds, you might be inclined to go for the cheapest option, but like anything in life, sometimes you get what you pay for.
Compare a range of prices and reviews and don’t just go for the cheapest or the most expensive option you find. There might well be the perfect hard-wearing bed for you nestled somewhere in the middle.
Recommended Reading: Check out our guide to dog showers for dirty dogs next.
The Main Reasons Dogs Chew
There are lots of reasons why dogs chew. They start out as puppies exploring the world with their mouths and teeth, often trying to deal with the pain of teething by chewing pretty much anything they can get their teeth into.
As they get older, they instinctively chew things to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy, which is why it’s important to provide your adult dog with plenty of mouth hygiene chew toys.
Often, however, when chewing tips over into being a destructive, rather than healthy activity, it could mean your dog is bored or anxious.
The chewing is a way to relieve boredom or provide comfort during times of stress.
If you often come home to find your dog has chewed the place up while you were out, then separation anxiety could be the issue.
Dogs love to spend time with us – they are pack animals - and most crave company.
When separated from you for long periods of time, they become anxious and ‘act out’ looking for ways to soothe and calm themselves until you return.
Some medical conditions can lead to dogs chewing non-food objects, either as a way to make themselves vomit due to stomach issues, or because of problems with their teeth or mouth.
If your dog suddenly starts chewing, check with your vet that there isn’t an underlying problem.
None of us likes to think of our dogs as being uncomfortable, anxious or bored, so luckily there are plenty of things you can do to address these behaviours in your dog. Here’s our pick of the best.
How to Prevent Your Dog Chewing
Puppies are special cases and will always be looking for something to chew. It’s your job to teach them early on what it is OK for them to chew and what it isn’t.
Provide plenty of safe toys for them to chew and keep an eye on them. If they are teething, let them chew on a damp tea towel you have frozen – the cold is great for their sore gums and will provide some relief.
Keep your dog stimulated.
Dogs who get plenty of physical and mental exercise are much less likely to engage in destructive chewing behavior due to boredom.
Make sure your dog is getting enough outside time and the appropriate amount of exercise for their age and breed.
Stimulating dog toys are a great way to keep your dog’s mind active, you can check out some of our favorites here.
If the chewing is related to separation anxiety, you could try giving your dog one of these toys to play with when you’re not home.
Interactive Food Dispensers
Interactive Food Dispensers are a great way to create positive associations with toys they are meant to chew.
Kong Toys are particularly great for this, and many of their toy options allow you to feed a whole meal this way. This encourages your dog to associate food and chewing with a particular ‘safe’ toy.
Get them checked at the vet.
As we mentioned earlier, there may be a medical reason for an adult dog chewing inappropriate items.
Pica is a condition which results in dogs eating non-food substances and gastric problems might make your dog want to induce vomiting.
Either of which could result in chewing. Rule out a medical issue before settling on a behavioral cause.
Make it unpleasant.
You can buy sprays online or from your local pet shop, which you can squirt on furniture and other no-go areas which your dog will find particularly unappealing.
These can be effective in preventing your dog chewing things they shouldn’t.
Make a swap.
You can offer your dog something better in return for dropping the item they have. Offering a treat and reinforcing it with the command ‘drop’ is a great way to teach your dog better behavior.