The Best Indestructible Dog Bed - 6 Tough Chew Proof Options
Our #1 Pick
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Ambient Lounge Dog Bed
So, you're looking for the ultimate dog bed, but your pooch is a chewer! It happens to the best of us.
Maybe your puppy is just going through their teething phase as they explore the world. Perhaps your dog is exhibiting more destructive chewing behaviours that you’re trying to solve (1). Whatever the case may be, the unfortunate victim of their wrath is often the common dog bed. If you’re reading this, we wouldn’t be surprised if they have already torn their first dog beds to shreds.
Fear not! We have gathered and reviewed the very best chew proof dog beds Australia has to offer. We’ll explore what makes a great indestructible dog bed and give some waterproof dog bed options too in our buying guide. Hopefully, this guide will help you find the right solution for your little troublemaker.
Considerations whilst searching for a chew-proof dog bed
What are the key materials?
For the ultimate indestructible dog bed, you need materials that will last your dog through the ages.
Ideally, this bed will see your dog past their chewing phase and into the future. Polyester coverings with cheap stitching are not likely to last long. Hardier materials such as polyethylene plastics, waterproof nylon, rubber, and steel are much more likely to withstand wear and tear over time. Taut woven fabrics and strong velvet can work as well.
How fun is the bed to chew?
This may seem like an odd thing to consider but think about it. How appealing would it be for you to gnaw on a steel metal frame, as opposed to a soft, spongey foam?
Taste deterrents are used frequently to stop dogs chewing destructively. (2) The same principles can be applied to the comfort of chewing an object.
The materials used in the lining and exterior can be enticing to chew. Generally, the softer the bed, the more likely your pup will try to dig their teeth in. Orthopedic dog beds with memory foam mattresses are not ideal for this reason.
Now, that is not to say that only hard beds are suitable for chewing dogs. You’ll see in the later reviews that we have soft options there too. Some soft dog beds have robust stitching or a waterproof exterior protecting the uber-cosy “mattress” that lies underneath. This can ensure that even if your dog does try to destroy their bed, they don’t damage the integrity of it.
Would it be suitable for indoor and outdoor use?
Of course, this entirely depends on the main function of the dog bed you are looking for. If you just want a soft place for your dog to lay their head whilst at home, then water-resistant properties are not so important. If you are a camping family and need a more versatile bed, it is worth searching for a waterproof dog bed too.
PRO TIP: Raised dog beds are often made of waterproof (or at least water-resistant) materials that are also light enough to transport when you need to. These are ideal for portability and comfort both indoors and outdoors.
The Best Indestructible Dog Beds In 2020 Reviewed
When searching for a dog bed or a puppy bed for your chew-happy pooch, you have many options available to you. There are even soft beds that are durable enough to stand up to their destructive habit. Here is a round-up of the best indestructible dog beds on the Australian market.
The Ambient Lounge’s is a Luxury Dog Bed and is an outstanding choice for many reasons. It combines both plush comfort with chew proof technology to be the smart choice for owners with chewing dogs.
The manufacturer claims that this bed is 99% chew-proof due to the interwoven nylon base that even the strongest bite couldn’t penetrate. We didn’t choose this as our Best Overall unchewable dog bed solely because of this though. The Ambient Lounge bed has many features we can highlight.
For dogs who sleep in a circle, this bed is perfect due to its characteristic rounded shape. The plush faux fur cover is removable, machine-washable, and cosy. The waterproof fabric on its base makes this bed suitable for indoor and outdoor use. We also love how easy it is to clean with soapy water.
This bed comes in a wide variety of sizes, from small to XXL. All giant breed dog owners know how hard it is to find the best large dog bed options, however Ambient's Extra Large Bed can reportedly suit huge dog breeds like St Bernards and Newfoundlands.
The major drawback of this choice is the cost. It is a luxurious dog bed after all. This option is not great for those on a budget; it is a clear investment. Therefore, we wouldn’t recommend it for puppies that will inevitably outgrow it. Making this kind of investment presumes you’ll be keeping this bed for a long time. That said, the price tag correlates to its supreme quality and high ratings. It is our top choice for a super-comfy, durable dog bed for your Fido.
Raised dog beds are in general thought to be one of the most durable dog bed types given their typical makeup. A strong, mesh, or trampoline-like fabric is stretched over a metal frame to create an elevated sleeping platform. Whilst they may not look the comfiest, these strong dog beds are very pleasant for double-coated breeds who appreciate the extra ventilation, and elderly/disabled dogs with tender joints. The raised platform relieves pressure from the joints making for a more comfortable sleep overall.
The Snooza elevated dog bed is a simple raised model but also one of the most indestructible dog beds sold in Australia. We can say this for two reasons.
Firstly, the woven mesh sleeping platform is built to be tough for teeth and insects alike to sink into.
Secondly, there could not be a more uncomfortable chewing experience. Steel frame and synthetic, stretched fabric sound appetising to you? Even the most rambunctious of puppies won’t have fun trying to chomp on this!
Though this is a rather simple bed, another great feature is its portability. The frame completely flat packs and is surprisingly light - ideal for travelling. It is a breeze to clean with a simple wipe down and air dry.
The con would be that there is no canopy attachment to make this bed waterproof. As a basic bed that is unperishable, however, the Snooza is a stellar solution for you.
The Rosewood Plush Dog Bed may seem like the ultimate appealing feast to naughty, chewing dogs but it is surprisingly tough. The manufacturer claims that the cord fleecing is chew-resistant and water-resistant which makes this little bed very hardy indeed.
Another huge plus is the cost. We mentioned this bed as a great cheap dog bed too because of the quality you get for the price. The plush material is luxurious. The grey cord design is stylish. It doesn’t look or feel cheap at all. The perfect fashionable addition to your home that both you and your pooch will adore.
The con is that this bed only comes in one size that is suitable for small dogs. At just 50cm in width, it is a very limited size. Therefore puppies of larger breeds will likely outgrow it too.
Luckily the low-cost of this bed means it is completely worthwhile as an unchewable dog bed whilst your puppy is teething. Once they have outgrown that stage, you can upgrade to a bed that will suit their adult size. For toy dogs, this is a bed that can last them through infancy to adulthood comfortably.
The K&H elevated dog bed is our pick for most versatile dog bed in this category. Its construction is completely unappealing as a potential chewing post too, so your dog or puppy will likely avoid trying to destroy it.
As far as raised dog beds go, this is an all-rounder. Coming in three sizes, the manufacturer boasts that the largest size can hold a dog of up to 55kg, so most breeds will get on with this bed. With a tight woven surface fabric and strong metal frame, it is built for long-lasting comfort.
The canopy is water-resistant, shielding your pup from UV rays and light rain alike. It isn’t totally waterproof however, so heavy rain and wind will seep through.
The K&H bed is extremely easy to clean and maintain. A simple scrub with soapy water will have it sparkling. The frame is also surprisingly light which makes it a portable option too for those of you who travel with your dogs.
As a long-lasting, strong dog bed, the K&H is versatile and mobile. A top choice all round.
For cave dwellers, the Enerhu Pet Nest is the perfect choice.
Don’t let looks deceive you! Though this bed is soft and snuggly, Enerhu has built this cave dog bed to stand the test of time and teeth. The tight stitch cotton velvet is reportedly chew-proof and breathable whilst being extremely comfortable for your pup.
This bed is cost effective, highly portable and very stylish with its floppy ear design.
Unfortunately this bed is not suitable for all breeds as the sizes are very small. The smallest is just 30cm and the largest is 48cm. This means that only puppies, toy dogs and some small dogs could use this cave bed to rest their heads. Another con is that this bed doesn’t appear to be machine washable like some others on this list, so you’ll need to wash it by hand in order to retain its distinctive cave-like shape.
That said, if you have a mischievous chewing puppy who likes that cave life, the Enerhu is a great unchewable dog bed that won’t break the bank.
As far as puppy crates go, generally you want the cheapest blankets or mats because your puppy will likely destroy anything you put in there. But not the MIXJOY crate mat! This super economical and durable dog bed is ideal for crate training purposes.
This tough mat owes its unperishability to its tight stitching and high-woven fabric. Little teeth will have a difficult time tearing the fabric open to get to the cotton filling. It may be fun for your pup to gnaw on but they won’t break the surface which is what matters most.
The thick, cotton padding is able to take a beating too, meaning that the mat won’t lose shape no matter how much your four-legged friend tumbles, rolls and throws it around.
This crate mat comes in 3 different sizes ranging from 76cm to 100cm, making this bed suit many breeds. If you find that your dog loves the supreme comfort and quality of this bed, then you could upgrade in size to use as a floor cushion.
An added bonus is its machine-washability making it easy to clean should your puppy have any accidents in their crate. Though it is inexpensive, the MIXJOY mat has stellar reviews for its deluxe softness and long-lasting properties. Thumbs up from us.
The Final Verdict: The Best Durable Dog Bed in Australia
For a bed that would require Super-dog strength to destroy, the Snooza Dog Bed is a clear winner. The steel frame and impenetrable sleeping surface are sturdy, long-lasting, and uncomfortable to chew. If you have the cash, however, the Dog Bed by Ambient Lounge is well worth the splurge. The high level of comfort it provides whilst being truly unbreakable makes it a top choice for us.
Most owners think that chewing is just a trait of younger dogs, which it is to a certain extent. The full truth, however, is that dogs can chew for a variety of reasons. The top two are:
Teething is the process of puppies growing into their adult teeth. Like with human babies and children, puppies find this process annoying and painful, so they put all manner of things in their mouths to self soothe. This stage should only last around 6 months.
Liz Donovan of the American Kennel Club writes “Anyone who has ever cared for a teething baby knows this process is painful! You should offer your puppy safe chew toys, like a Kong or Treat Pod toy, at this point in his development. Also, ask your vet to check your puppy’s mouth to make sure everything is moving along as it should.” (3)
Destructive chewing manifests as bad behaviours either from puppyhood or as a coping mechanism later in life. It could be boredom, attention seeking or even separation anxiety that causes dogs to destroy furniture and belongings. (4)
Getting your puppy or dog to stop destroying their bed, furniture or other household items can be a struggle. You need patience and adequate replacement toys for them to chew. With calm discipline, you can teach your dog to redirect their chewing habit to chew-safe toys. It will take some persistence and vigilance on your part but you will succeed if you remain consistent with your training.
Yes and no! As we have discussed, the teething stage ends when your puppy gets to 6 months and has a full set of adult teeth. That said, if you haven’t trained them to direct their chewing efforts to toys, they could take to ripping up other items. Dogs of any age can exhibit these behaviours. Gentle training is the key to curbing this habit.
(1) Heuer. V. June 19, 2009. “Destructive Behavior in Dogs”. Retrieved September 19, 2020. https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/behavioral/c_dg_destructive_behavior
(2) Humane Society of The United States. “Chewing: How to stop your dog's gnawing problem”. Retrieved September 19, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/stop-your-dogs-chewing
(3) Donovan. L. May 3, 2019. “A Timeline of Puppy Teething”. Retrieved September 19, 2020. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/timeline-of-puppy-teething/
(4) Humane Society of The United States. “Does your dog freak out when you leave?”. Retrieved September 19, 2020. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/does-your-dog-freak-out-when-you-leave