– With Winter coming on quickly across much of Australia, the Daily Dog has several suggestions we hope will inspire our readers to think of inexpensive dog bedding options for their four-legged friends.
Recently we wrote on the topic of designer pet beds that are on offer – with the accompanying expensive price tag of course! As we mentioned in that Post, there is no need to waste many hundreds of dollars on a designer label bed for your pooch, when they can be made just as comfortable and at a fraction of the price – simply by using your imagination.
For instance, at pups4sale we have turned our $25 dog cooling clam shell from Summer into a cosy $25 dog bed for Winter! Pictured in this Post is Kim, our Bull Arab bitch, who is very comfy in her clam shell bed (courtesy of K-Mart) and some donated flannelette bedding. She has been using this bed for the past week now the weather has started to cool off here in Southern Queensland, and we are yet to receive any complaints from her that the bed in question doesn’t have a designer label!
Another advantage of the clam shell is its tough plastic is very chew resistant – even with larger dogs. Eventually it may succumb to the ravages of a determined “chewer” (which Kim is not), however at the price of $25 for two shells, it is still an economical investment.
One of the common reasons dogs chew their bedding of course is separation anxiety. One of our regular readers, Luise. C, has kindly written the below account of how her family overcame the issue of dog bedding being ripped, shredded and/or completely destroyed by an anxious dog – an account which is well worth while reading. Luise writes:
Our pup lived with her mother, granny, and auntie for most of her young puppy life. Sadly, grannie had cancer and it got to the stage that life was obviously a great struggle for her – faithful to the end even so. Pup was 4 months old at this stage. All her siblings had gone to their new homes too. So she lost 5 brothers and granny in just 4 months. Also at this stage her mother had become paralysed in her back legs. Mummy lay around whilst we sought vet advice – cause and treatment – world wide to no avail. So when pup was 7 months old we made the “big decision”. Until then she had slept with mummy and aunty in the laundry quite happily. But after mummy died she became quite “naughty” – chewing bedding in particular. Fortunately our dog beds are cheap but collecting up stuffing and torn fabric was not my idea of fun each morning. But no matter how cheap, the cost of a dog bed each night soon mounts up. We didn’t think about anxiety syndrome as such at this stage, but thought she was just missing her mother. It wasn’t until more recently that we thought – we took her granny away and didn’t bring her back, and then her mother, so perhaps she was afraid that we would take her away and not bring her back too!! So instead of stuffed cushions we just use easy to wash blankets.
Anxiety syndrome is not limited to humans as most pet owners know. After her mother died and she wouldn’t settle at night, my husband and I moved to a bedroom closer to the dogs so they had their beds in our room (not on our bed!!). That continued until Christmas last year when we went to Melbourne for family Christmas. The pup and auntie slept in the back of our 4-WD on their familiar rugs. They were happy as it smelt like home!! Then when we got home pup was happy to sleep on the same rugs with auntie in the laundry again. So we are back in our own room!!!!!! And there are no more ripped cushions!
At pups4sale we have used the trick of a piece of clothing with the owner’s scent on it to calm anxious dogs for many years now – and it definitely works. If you are the owner of a dog with a tendency towards anxiety, dig an old shirt out of your closet, wear it for several hours before putting your dog to bed, and then put the shirt on top of their bedding. Apparently the owner’s scent assures the dog the owner is indeed coming back for them – even though they can’t see the owner at that time. We find it works a treat in most cases, and would love to hear feedback from our readers on whether this tactic has worked for you too.