My Dog is Chewing his Dog Beds

Dogs chew their dog beds for many different reasons.

Boredom, Anxiety, Loneliness, Discomfort, Insufficient exercise, Insufficient mental stimulation, Habit, Copycat behaviour, To relieve itchy sore gums as puppies when teething.

There are several ways you can relieve boredom and anxiety, sooth sore gums, overcome habitual chewing and prevent copycat behaviour while protecting your home and the dog beds that you would like to have for many years.

The following suggestions apply whatever the cause of the chewing/destruction may be and whatever the age of the dog or puppy.

1) Confirm with your vet that your dog is physically fit and well. An underlying ailment can lead to inappropriate behaviour.

2) Ensure your dog’s freedom is restricted to an area (preferably a house cage or kennel) where he/she has sufficient chew toys that are safe for his or her size. In the beginning of the training, your dog should have nothing else in there while you are not near. Not even a dog bed, EXCEPT if you have one of our guaranteed chewproof dog beds, The Really Tough Tuffie.

3) Make sure your dog has sufficient exercise before being left for any period of time.

4) Make sure that the exercise you give your dog is interactive with you, mentally stimulating and rewarding.

5) Leave a radio playing softly.

PLEASE DO NOT PUNISH!

Do not punish your dog for chewing his dog bed. Such behaviour happens within the first 30 minutes of being left so when you return 2 or 3 hours later, although your dog may look guilty he/she has no idea why they are being punished. They do know, however, that their owner’s homecoming his not a pleasant experience and as a result the dog’s anxiety increases and probably so will the chewing and destruction. Remember your dog is a pack animal and it is up to you to teach your dog to enjoy being left alone.

Does your dog have plenty of toys and chew toys? If they are left with your dog constantly they become virtually valueless simply because they are there all the time. If your dog has 10 toys, remove all but 2 of them and CHANGE THEM OUT ON A DAILY BASIS. That way, they retain their value to your dog. Make sure play toys are safe to be left with your dog, such as Nylar bones, hard rubber rings etc. Squeaky toys are too easily “de-squeaked” and cuddly toys too easily lose button eyes etc.This is also the reason why you should not leave a chewing dog with dog beds, except guaranteed chewproof dog beds as this can be dangerous for the dog (ie life danger or large vet bills).

Edible chew toys are great and should be:  Bones (knuckle or shin, raw or roasted. Sterilised bones (stuffed) or Kongs (stuffed with frozen mince or any other stuffing that is hard to get out).

Remember, that in time, when your dog becomes accustomed to being home alone, relaxed, he will be able to have his dog beds back and it is then a great idea to have waterproof dog beds that are easy to clean as they will get rather greasy and dirty with chew toys and food.

UPON YOUR RETURN

When you come home and greet your dog and take him out etc, then remove the toys and chew toys and food toys. Wiggle out those really tasty bits at the bottom that he maybe could not get out (and you will be considered a hero).

Allow your dog to have his dog bed back as you are now around to supervise and distract your dog in case he has a go at the bed. A good long walk with interaction and fun on your return is a great way to make the transition from being home alone and home with you and on to a comfortable dog bed.

BITTER ALOES

If your dog is still trying to chew his dog beds, even in your presence, you can spray bitter aloes on the bed in order to dissuade the chewing. You have to ensure that the spray is totally dry before your dog gets back on his dog bed as the substance can otherwise go on his coat, where he will find it unpleasant if he licks his coat. Your local pet shop or vet may stock this. But this is NOT a guaranteed solution.

Tuffies stock one large Really Tough Tuffie and one small. Both money back guaranteed chew proof dog beds.

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Comfy dog beds.

At last it looks like we have one dog that is not getting wound up about passers by. In all the time we have lived here with our dogs, it has been a set, daily pass time (or sport more like) to go nuts when a cyclist rides past the garden. The dogs leap from their comfortable dog beds and sprint down the garden along the fence line barking furiously. It does annoy me and it just isn’t good for neither dogs nor cyclist. Why, when they have both warm kennel dog beds and waterproof dog beds sitting on the patio, do they have to get off and bark?

Our new Pontus is, however, not like that. When I hear the barking and look out the window, Gaia and Gollum are racing along the fence line in the logical belief that if they bark enough, they will make the cyclist go away. Clearly they get the right result every time and it makes them feel very satisfied when the cyclist reaches the end of the fence and seem to be escaping up the road with his tail between his legs…. All along, Pontus is barely opening his eyes as he is just gassing on his cosy and warm dog bed. He can’t for his life see the point in getting so excited over a bike rider.

The dogs all have nice dog beds to lie on and in fact, if they have been out on long, long walks, they will still have a good go at the bikes.

I took them all to the beach last weekend and they absolutely loved the sea. I was watching how Gaia actually seeks a little surf on a wave. She would dive in to the sea and just wait for a wave that was big enough for her to leap on and she allowed it to take her in. Amazing to see dogs play just like humans.

They all really loved the beach and as it was on a Saturday morning, I allowed them to keep going. I did get a little worried as they just kept running till they were just little dots, barely visible. But they came back, flattening a runners nice Collie dog on the way.

As I drove home, they certainly enjoyed their warm, waterproof dog bed in the back of my pick up car after all that running and swimming.

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Bespoke Dog Beds

If you like nice things, you will probably like the idea of your dog beds fitting beautifully in to whatever space you have allocated to your dogs. Especially if you have opted and invested in one of our top quality dog beds that has a thick and supportive futon mattress inside it. Thick dog beds are not so easy to bend and they tend to look messy if they don’t quite fit in to their space.

Here at Tuffies we can make just about any size of mattress dog bed that you may want. So if you for example want to fit a dog bed in to a special transport box, we can make the bed to fit. All you have to do is to measure your space and tell us what it is so that we can give you a quote for the dog bed.  Philippa Hughes did just that and sent us a photo of her beautiful agility dogs in her car transport box. She wrote:

Hi Team Tuffies,
Attached is a photo of my agility Lurcher, Tansy with Tig, (a wee JRT rescue pup and agility wannabe) trying out their new bespoke Tuffies Durasoft mattress. They certainly approve!
Kind regards,

Philippa

Philippa Hughes' dogs in the bespoke dog bed in her car.

Philippa Hughes’ dogs in the bespoke dog bed in her car.

It seems that many of our customers make space for their dog beds under the kitchen work tops. That way the waterproof dog beds are out of the way and the dogs obviously enjoy that they can be near their masters in the kitchen. And, even better, they can spy any crumbs or scraps falling on the floor during food preparations.

You can, if you want to consider the details in terms of hygiene, whether you want a Durasoft or a Wipe Clean bed. The Durasoft is very strong and a good stable bed, while the Wipe Clean is easier to keep hygienic.

You can also have a cover put on the bed, which you can take off and wash in the washing machine. We make all the bespoke dog beds with an option of extra covers. The Luxury Fleece cover being the most popular. Here is a photo emailed in by Judi Gunning. She had a bespoke dog bed made to fit in this little alcove.

Judi's dogs on their bespoke dog bed.

Judi’s dogs on their bespoke dog bed.

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Must be the Luxury Dog Beds

Here is Pontus, he won his Puppy Class and came second in the Novice class at our Working test last weekend.

Pontus holding his rosettes from his wins.

Pontus holding his rosettes from his wins.

It must be partly due to the training and partly due to the lovely waterproof dog beds that they have. LOL.

I took Pontus to the competition on Sunday and he thought it was great fun meeting all the other dogs. A lot of the competitors also have Tuffies dog beds to sleep on and to travel on their cars, so to be honest, Pontus’ performance was probably mainly down to the training we have put in.

The puppy test was very easy, doing a little hunt in the trees where he turned quietly and kept an eye out for me. I was asked to sit him down at a distance and he duly did so.  He then had to walk out with me where I threw a dummy and walked back with him. He then had to run out and get the dummy, it’s called a memory retrieve. Here is pictures from last week practising this.

Walking out with dummy.

Walking out with dummy.

Throw and allow the dog to mark the fall.

Throw and allow the dog to mark the fall.

Walking back.

Walking back.

In a competition you have to wait till the judge tells you to send your dog.

Looks like he still remembers where we left it.

Looks like he still remembers where we left it.

Picking the dummy.

Picking the dummy.

Triumphant retrieve.

Triumphant retrieve.

There were five exercises in each class and he just managed the split retrieve. As Anne, who judged, said, it is a sign that most of us train dogs without a helper because when one dummy has been thrown, the dog just looks at the handler and does not take any account for the next one landing. I had to handle Pontus out as if it was a blind, so it became a little messy because he is not quite used to that.

The little working test is always a nice occasion and I missed it last year because I was whelping Gaia exactly on that day.

Tuffies always donate one of our luxury dog beds for this competition and it’s a big draw for the raffle.

Always good fun.

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Dog Beds for Very Large Breeds

Time and time again, we receive the most wonderful testimonials both as emails or accompanied by pictures. This is because our customers get so very pleased finally to have a dog bed that lasts. The problem with the very large breeds is their weight. All dogs will spend a considerable amount of their day sleeping on their dog beds and it is therefore important that they get a bed that they don’t trash in a short time.

Very large dog breeds that have a fine coat will be best served with a nest type dog bed as this helps keep the  draught out and keep the dog warm (owners should be vigilant when it comes to the temperature near the floor, as this can be much colder than you might think). The nests are more elaborate than mattress beds and if you buy top quality, then they will be fairly heavy to lift. Certainly, the Tuffies nest in XXL weighs around 20 Kgs, so it will not be dragged round by even the largest dog and it won’t be sliding round on the floor when a Great Dane comes bounding in and jumps on it.

Customers speak more than anything we can describe and here is the latest testimonial from a very happy customer:

Hey guys,
Just a quick message to say thank you for the amazing service and product! I never thought I’d find a bed that could entice Frank off our sofa but this did the trick. He’s had the bed about a year now and it still looks like new. I wish I’d have got one of these to start off with instead of paying £70+ every 6 months for a replacement bed big enough to support the great weight of a Dane. As you can see he has plenty of room in there and likes to roll around after a long day, he can fully stretch out on his side in it too which is great. Thanks again! Charlotte & Frankus

Charlotte Hemmingway' Frank in an XXL Tuffies Nest, Teal Durasoft.

Charlotte Hemmingway’ Frank in an XXL Tuffies Nest, Teal Durasoft.

If you are happier with a more manageable mattress bed, then that is the cheapest and easiest to have. If you do have a dog without much coat, he or she will probably  appreciate a bit of extra fleece on top, such as one of Tuffies Luxury Fleeces for the Large Mattress dog beds.

Here is a lovely testimonial to that effect:

Dog Beds from Tuffies:

Flint doesn’t like his new bed, he LOVES it as you can see! Spoilt rotten but well worth it. Thankyou. JM yorkshire.

Flint on his Tuffie bed with Luxury Fleece.

Flint on his Tuffie bed with Luxury Fleece.

Or you can give your very large dog a bed with a tunnel cover. Here is another testimonial, which tells a lovely story:

Dog Beds from Tuffies:

The tunnel cover arrived today for Sapphire’s bed. She is a blue great dane and we adopted her 10 weeks ago, through Daneline UK.

As you  can see,  she finds the bed extremely comfortable and we are delighted with the quality and workmanship. The fleece is thick and luxurious and will keep her cosy throughout the winter.

Thank you so much for your attention to detail and prompt delivery. We shall gladly  recommend Tuffies to all our friends. Please feel free to use this on your testimonials page, if you wish.

Many thanks
Rosemary Webb.

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Post surgery dog beds

Hopefully one would not be needing perfect post surgery dog beds very often, but when your dog has had an operation, it is very important that you get the right firmness and comfort for the time when the dog recovers after the visit to the vet.

First of all a waterproof dog bed is good if there is some discharge from a wound. Washing waterproof dog beds and keeping the bedding clean is important due to infection risk, so as a start, a waterproof, even wipeable dog bed is a great advantage. Disinfecting the bedding should be done regularly and the Wipe Clean Tuffies mattress beds are ideal for this. To give extra warmth and comfort Tuffies also supply fleece covers for all the waterproof beds. These are easy to change and can be put on fresh and washed every day if necessary. If you are looking at big operations with a prolonged recovery, it would be advisable to have two washable covers so you have one in the wash and one to use.

Tuffies also offer a bespoke dog bed service so if your dog has to be in a cage for restricted exercise, it is good to have a comfortable dog bed that fits the cage exactly. This means that everything is neat and nice and that there are no lumps and bumps as a result of squashing the bed in to a space too small.

Finally, the comfort is absolutely crucial. We know that Tuffies sells waterproof dog beds to many, many veterinary surgeries all over UK. They are used to give the best possible recovery environment in the recovery kennels immediately after surgery. In vet’s surgeries the beds often get a little blanket put over them so that it is extremely easy to take off and change. This is because dogs immediately after surgery tend to be very still and not move their dog beds much. Once they feel a bit better, they will start to dig around a little bit and will soon take off a loose blanket. Fitted covers work much better for that purpose.

So in summary, if your dog is going in for surgery, it is a good preparation to have a well supporting and waterproof dog bed ready for the home coming. With washable dog bed covers in addition, you can keep everything fresh and clean. The thing is, this comfortable dog bed will be a great asset for the dog also when he or she is perfectly well and recovered. Good dog beds with support and durability is what everyone needs for the welfare of their dog.

 

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Luxury Dog Beds

When you think of “Luxury Dog Beds” you might not think of dog beds for travelling, but more of fluffy, padded and overly ornate dog beds. But in a way good travel dog beds are a luxury, because in reality a lot of dogs have to put up with less than comfortable travelling beds. A well padded, good quality travel dog bed is almost a rare luxury. Unfortunately I still see a lot of dogs travelling without dog beds in the back of the car. Some dogs have travelled a long way to attend a show, a shoot or other forms of work, where they are expected to give their best and yet their owner thinks they will be well rested if they have travelled on a mere towel thrown in to a hard base in a cage. It is not really fair and if the dog gets wet during the working day, it will be sitting on a wet towel that will feel cold and clammy for a long time, maybe for an overnight stay or the trip home. A damp, hard surface is really unacceptable as a dog bed. For being cooped up in a car, the dogs should be “compensated” by having nice, warm, comfortable and dry dog beds to sleep on.

Bespoke waterproof dog beds in a car cage.

Bespoke waterproof dog beds in a car cage.

It is very easy to arrange this. If you want the basic waterproof dog beds for travelling, our Wipe Clean beds are perfect. Our standard sizes may not fit in your particular car cage space or the car boot space, but we are able to make our mattress dog beds to fit any space. If you need bespoke dog beds, just call Tuffies on 01888 563288 to get a quote for a bed to your measurements.

A well fitted dog bed is so superior.

A well fitted dog bed is so superior.

If you are driving a car with a bit of draught, such as a pick-up, you might want to give your dogs a nest to protect them from the draught. I was driving somewhere in the winter and a friend jumped in to the cab with the dogs for a short journey on a farm road and he said it was very cold in there. Ever since then I have given my dogs little jumpers on while driving in the winter, but I had also left one of the windows open, so that didn’t help either. It can be much colder in a cab than you think. If you are going long distances in the winter, it might be well worth putting in one of our nest dog beds to help keeping the draught out. This is maybe considered using luxury dog beds because all in all dogs don’t usually spend a lot of time in transit, but you don’t have to buy nest dog beds ONLY for the car, you can put your house beds in the car for the long journey although having dedicated car dog beds is an easier option.

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The Best Dog Beds for Sale UK

The best dog beds are the ones that suit your specific needs AND are made in top quality.

Here at Tuffies we make everything in top quality and then we provide our customer care to advise which type would suit your needs and the needs of your dog.

Perhaps you just want a padding for the floor that does not need much attention for keeping it clean and in that case our Wipe Clean Mattress dog beds are ideal. You simply put this bed on the floor and your dog has a supporting, comfortable place to sleep with full and total insulation from any chill from the floor. The Wipe Clean fabric has a smooth surface so that hairs never stick to it. This means that this has to be one of the best dog beds for sale in UK in terms of hygiene and ease of cleaning. You will never see hairs stuck to it and if it becomes a bit doggy whiffy, you simply take the dog bed outside and scrub it over with hot, soapy water and rinse it down. It dries very, very quickly and is ready for use again.

The next one in terms of cleanliness is either the Wipe Clean or Durasoft Mattress bed, but with an added optional cover. The most popular one we sell is the Luxury Fleece. It is a soft, thick fleece, which goes on the mattress bed and is closed with poppers. It washes well and comes up like new at a 40 degree wash in the washing machine. Easy and cosy.

Then, if you are looking for the best dog beds for sale in UK for your pampered pet, you should look at our Tuffies Nests. This is a step up from the mattress bed as you get perfect draught exclusion and your dog gets what all dogs love: a den. Here you can also get both the Wipe Clean Tuffies Nest and a Durasoft. The features are the same as above in terms of easy cleaning, but because of the sides, there is more surface to vacuum clean or hosing down. Also, the cushion in the middle comes with a fleece cover, which you can take off for machine washing. This then complicates washing, but possibly gives you exactly what you want for your dog.

So from the above, you can see, that there is not just one dog bed that is the best dog bed for sale in UK, it all depends on your needs.

But, as mentioned above, whichever style and type that suits your needs, you should always look out for top quality through and through if you want the best dog beds for sale in UK. At Tuffies we only use the best materials from the stuffing, which is always a thick, supportive futon mattress, to the fabrics, which we have tested regularly for waterproofness and strength. Our Durasoft is a 1,000 denier texturised Nylon with a Polyurithane coating. Most dog beds for sale in UK are just polyester and they do not last. For dog beds that last, you need to look for a Tuffies.

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Woolly Dog Beds

We have been offered some delicious, fluffy off-cuts from local cashmere and woollen mills. It’s still sitting here in the office as we have been too busy getting round to make use of it. Our Tuffies dog beds are famous for being firm and made with a hollow fibre futon mattress inside it. This ensures that our dog beds will keep their shape and never go lumpy. We use that futon mattress in our nest dog beds as well as in our mattress dog beds. But we are very intrigued by this potential wool stuffing. If we used the loose wool, we could make a dog pillow type thing, which you would be able to plump up. In fact we did this in the past as we had access to raw lama-wool, but we didn’t pursue it as the wool was not washed!!! It really smelled of lama. The advantage of wool instead of synthetic would be that it is meant to be just that little bit more insulating. It is also just a nice feeling that your dog is lying on real wool.

So here we are, with our traditional dog beds that we are super famous for, considering making an additional product as a little duvet or a pillow. We would have to make it in a waterproof cover so that it can be wiped over for cleaning.

We get so many pictures from happy customers, who show us photos of the dog beds they bought from us, in particular photos of nests. Our nest dog beds come with a lovely, soft fleece fitted on the middle cushion, which you can take off and wash in the washing machine, but for some reason most users put in an additional blanket for the dog. This always surprises us, but it’s a sort of comfort blanket thing I think. However, a wool-cushion might be a nice thing to add to the nest for those dogs that like something extra to rummage around with inside the nest.

Alternatively we could simply make a well stuffed pillow with the wool, which would of course “go lumpy”, but would be good for plumping up. The problem with beds going lumpy usually is due to the stuffing getting clogged together and not able to separate when you try and shake it.

Basically this is now subject to experiments and it will be the usual Tuffie dogs that will be testing the new Tuffies dog beds.

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Dog Beds for Small Breeds

We have, due to countless requests, started to move in to the area of making dog beds for  small breeds. Tuffies has a reputation of making first class waterproof dog beds for large breeds, but we are increasingly asked if we can repeat that top quality in our dog beds, but for really small dogs. So we looked around for some good fabrics. Most small dog beds are rather overly decorated, yet made in a inferior material. That’s not the way Tuffies operate and we did not want to make dog beds for small breeds out of “naff” stuff because we think those little dogs deserve the absolute top notch. On our travels, visiting suppliers in UK, we came across the most exquisite faux fur material. When you see it, you will think it is actually real mink because of the way it falls and folds. It turns out that this material is manufactured for the fashion industry, so it is super soft and brilliant quality right through. Of course we had to find out it it could wash well, because even little dogs may have an accident or simply will need their beds washed from time to time. At 40 degrees on a gentle machine wash it performs to perfection. So we bought a couple of hundred of metres and set out to make the most amazing small dog beds knowing that small dogs are really just little wolves. They like to be able to climb in to a soft space where they can be warm and snuggly. Our “Mini Wolf Den” consists of a kind of tube with fleece on the outside and the faux fur on the inside. As a daytime bed, your little mini wolf can sit in the middle and enjoy looking out, being part of the world and the family.

Pomeranian in White w Black Watch

Pomeranian in White w Black Watch

At night time you can roll the sides up and allow them to cover him up completely. This will definitely appeal to the mini wolf.

White fur w Burgundy half closed

White fur w Burgundy half closed

 

We brought this new product to our stand at Crufts this year, 2017, and it was a storm!

Our busy stand at Crufts 2017

Our busy stand at Crufts 2017

It was actually hilarious because we had placed them on a table on the corner just where the public were walking past and automatically people reached out to touch this appealing fur and almost everyone stopped as if their hands had got stuck in the fur. It is SO soft and delicious to touch and whenever you looked over at that table, there would be people standing there enjoying having their hands embedded in to the fur.

Needless to say, there was quite a fuss about this on Toy Dog day and everyone wanted to ask questions. We sold heaps of them and are still catching up with production.

 

 

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