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Dog Furniture -how To Ensure It Survives A Chewing Puppy

Mar 29, 2008
If you have a new puppy, you may think its time to lavish your new family member with all sorts of great toys and dog furniture. While this can be a fun shopping spree and give your pup many things he will like, you also must be ready to see some of those beautiful dog furniture pieces destroyed.

Puppies don't appreciate that you have spent a lot of time and money in selecting dog furniture for them. They see everything as a teething opportunity. Just like babies who gnaw on everything they can get their teeth around as their teeth are breaking through, puppies go through the teething process. In this case, they are gaining stronger teeth, with stronger jaw power and will be using it on every toy or piece of dog furniture they can get to.

In many respects, if your dog is only teething on his dog furniture and toys, you may want to be relieved. Often young dogs use people clothes, shoes, furniture and other items to chew on. If your puppy understands what his items are and only uses those for teething, you are a step ahead of many animal owners.

If you would also like those new dog furniture items to survive this time period, you need to shop a little more carefully.

Crates

If you put your puppy in a crate for any extended time-period during the day, you need to look at the materials the crate is made of. While you may think they are dog furniture, some crates that have soft sides are great chew toys to a puppy. When you are looking at the construction of crates, make sure there are no easy ways for your pup to get a hold of the seams or any edges of the crate or he will soon decorate them with teeth marks.

Beds

Most people purchase dog beds for their puppies, so they have a comfortable place to sleep. For a puppy that is too comfortable in their bed, this is also a great place to lay around and chew on the edges. Luckily, plenty of manufacturers understand the difficulties associated with bedding and puppies and have started creating chew proof dog furniture and beds. Read carefully how much the beds can handle. Some chew proof dog furniture can put up with a small dog chewing on the edges, but may not be able to survive the jaw of a larger breed.

You should also think of the long term. While many puppies quit chewing as soon as their teeth grow in, there are many dogs that will chew on things for the rest of their lives. These animals will require all their dog furniture to be chew proof, for the duration.

A final way to allow your dog furniture a little more life is that in addition to looking for chew proof dog furniture pieces, also make sure there are plenty of chewable toys and items nearby, so your puppy has something that may be more pleasing to chew on, than his bed.
About the Author
Jesse Akre,author and owner of numerous home decor sites, offers online consumers his thoughts on purchasing pet accessories such as soft and plush dog beds, spacious and cool dog houses and durable and comfortable dog furniture.
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