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Dogs are a person’s best friend, or so the saying goes. If you have ever owned a dog, then you know that to be true. There is nothing better than coming home to your dog after a long day at work, the tail wagging as you walk in the door. In an ideal world, that would happen every day, and most days it does.
There is only one problem. Dogs can be rascals at times. They are wild creatures, domesticated to live in harmony with people, but wild creatures none the less. You are sure they did not mean to destroy their new toy, dog bed, or your furniture, but somehow, they have.
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Choosing the best dog bed for your wild friend is about choosing the toughest dog bed. You may not be able to protect your furniture but you can protect the place they sleep every night, and that is by choosing a dog bed which is virtually indestructible. Doing so is going to save you money in the long run and keep your frustrations at bay.
We went looking for the toughest dog beds out there and found some great ones. Here is how we made out decisions.
We are going to talk about two forms of weakness here and what you can do about them. The first is attached to your dog and the second is attached to your dog bed.
When you are looking for an indestructible dog bed, you want one which is chew proof. Dogs have been known to chew through all types of material, so if your dog is a chewer, then you need to get a tough dog bed which can resist this. Of course, you may want to address this chewing at the source. Dogs chew for many reasons; they could be bored, anxious, scared, and stressed. If your dog chews more than normal, then it may be a good idea to consult an expert. Having an indestructible dog bed starts with a happy pet.
When looking for a tough dog bed, you also want to think about weak points. Dogs chew for many reasons, but they also like to dig to sleep. Dogs love to dig holes and lie in them. They do this with their dog beds. You want a dog bed which can hold up to chewing and clawing, and this starts with minimal weak points. Look for dog beds which do not have a lot of seams, zippers, removable parts, etc. Look for materials which are tough and durable and will hold up to being chewed, ripped, clawed, pulled, stretched, and dragged.
You may think that you can choose a durable outer material and be done with your choice, but the interior fill makes as much difference to the longevity of the product as the outer material does.
Small dogs benefit from a softer support system. If they are not comfortable, they are going to try and dig at the bed until they are. Dense memory foam will only be uncomfortable for them. Small breeds benefit from a loose fill.
With large dogs, a memory foam interior is ideal. The foam will support them, much like it does on our beds, and will take their weight.
If you can find the right interior material to bring comfort to your dog, they are going to be more satisfied and less likely to dig and rip at the fabric.
Once you have the interior bringing comfort to your dog, it is time to think about what material you want for the outer cover. Depending on your dog breed and behavior, you can get away with certain fabrics.
Canvas and other durable fabrics will hold up to gentle dogs and can be an affordable option, but if your dog is tough, then you want to go tough with the fabric.
Military-grade fabrics will fight the good fight against even the most ferocious chewers. Remember to keep in mind the accidents that your dog will also have from time to time. A fabric which is easy to clean will save you from a lot of headaches later on.
Seams are a weak point on a dog bed as are fasteners. You may not be able to avoid choosing a dog bed with a removable cover, and they are easier to clean than ones which do not have a removable cover. When choosing your dog bed, think about the weak points and what you can do about them. If your dog leaves its bed in one place and the zipper is on the bottom, then you may not have a problem with them chewing around it. Look for concealed closures that your dog cannot get into.
Dogs love to chew on what they can grab onto. If your dog bed has corners which taper to a point, then that is going to be an easy place for your dog to grab hold of and repeatedly chew on. Try to find dog beds which have rounded corners. This stops your dog from chewing on the bed and also stops them from dragging the bed around, as they do not have anything to hold onto.
The price is always a factor when you are choosing durability. The toughest dog beds cost a little more than regular dog beds, but they also last a lot longer. When we set out to find the most rugged dog beds on the market, we set out to find affordability too. These beds will last a lifetime, saving you from having to replace them. Let’s check out our tough and affordable dog beds.
Kuranda Ultra-Duty Dog Bed
Your dog will find it almost impossible to chew this dog bed. You only need to look at it to know that they are going to have trouble (and wonder if they make them in adult sizes). The bed looks great. With a tubular aluminum frame and raised solid vinyl fabric, your dog is going to have trouble doing anything to this rugged dog bed.
The patented aluminum frame is not only chew-proof but is extremely light (crafted from aircraft-grade metal) and can support up to 250 pounds (maybe you can fit on there after all). The heavy-duty 40oz solid vinyl is one of the most durable fabrics which you will find and is not only strong (holding up well to scratching, digging, and weight) but is also extremely easy to clean. The frame and fabric are also perfect for outdoor use. Take your dog camping and place the bed next to your own cot in your tent.
This tough dog bed comes in a variety of sizes and colors so you will find the exact size you need for your dog and the color to match your home.
Blueberry Pet Heavy-Duty Pet Bed
This dog bed gives your pet a mix between durability and comfort. The sleeping surface is supportive, the sides are bolstered, and the micro suede is both rugged and reliable.
The fiber batting is overstuffed into the cover to provide comfort for both small and large dogs. The seams are then stitched to provide a durable dog bed which is going to hold up to gnawing and scratching. The result is a bed which is supportive and enclosed, giving your pet a well-deserved sense of security.
The dog bed also comes in a variety of colors and sizes and is the type of item which will not look out of place in a room. In fact, it looks so good that it will elevate the room which it is in.
The bed comes with a hidden zipper which is hard for your pet to get at but is easy for you to use. You can remove the cover and machine wash it between sleep.
We like that Blueberry Pets cares about animals. All of the stuffing is crafted from polyester fibers which are healthier for you and your pet.
DogBed4Less Premium Durable Orthopedic Dog Bed
This large dog bed (which can easily double as a pillow) is a wonderful way to bring your dog comfort during the night. A lot of thought has gone into the design of this dog bed, and a lot of that thought has been invested in making as comfortable a bed as possible. The poly-fill and polyurethane foam used to stuff the durable dog pillow is not only resilient but provides optimum support and balance for even the largest dogs.
The inners are then covered in two separate layers. The waterproof internal cover is breathable to allow the air to circulate and regulate your dog’s temperature as they sleep, and it allows for easy cleaning. The nylon fabric outer cover is tough and resilient. Your dog will have a hard time chewing or scratching through it, and you can easily remove it for cleaning.
The overstuffed insert also provides orthopedic support — a great dog bed for all dogs but especially those who are a little older or bigger.
PetBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam Durable Pet Bed
Memory foam is not just for people; it is also great for supporting dogs as they sleep too. Being memory foam, this is a great bed for larger dogs and will give them the support they need to have a peaceful night’s sleep. If your dog suffers from any hip pain, arthritis, or anything similar, then this dog bed will help to relieve that as they sleep. The foam is also hypoallergenic, so you do not have to worry about mold, mildew, or dust mites.
This dog bed comes with a zipper on the outer cover so that you can wash it at your leisure, and that zipper comes with a zipper cover. The zipper cover is chew-resistant, tear-resistant, and water-resistant while remaining soft and comfortable. Never worry about your dog targeting the weak point of the bed.
When you do remove the cover, you can easily machine wash it. Inside you will find a waterproof liner which can be wiped clean and protects the memory foam below. Once you are done, the dog bed is easy to reassemble for your pet. We like that when you order this product, you get replacement liners and covers included. This is one of the toughest dog beds out there and made more durable with included replacement parts.
K9 Ballistics Tough Dog Bed
This is a chew-resistant dog bed, percent for diggers, scratchers, and chewers. Anything which has the word ballistic in the title is going to be reliable and durable. The cover is bite, scratch, and water-proof, along with being chew resistant. On top of that, the cover is also comfortable and soft.
Underneath, you will find non-toxic, shredded certiPUR foam mattress, made in the USA. This material is great for a range of dogs, no matter their size or breed. Your dog will sleep peacefully and wake rested and ready for the day.
When you purchase this dog bed, you also get a 120-day chew-proof warranty. If your dog damages the cover pithing the first 120 days, then K9 Ballistics will replace the cover for your free of charge. There is almost no risk when you invest in this dog bed.