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    Hi everyone,

    Our two beagles, Chloe and Darcy, started destroying their bed about 4 months ago whilst we were at work. We put this down to boredom and put lots of things in place to give them other distractions. This worked but when we got up this morning we went into the laundry to find they had destroyed their bed overnight. They normally sleep soundly so I am quite perplexed and annoyed! They have a high quality snooza bed but they have worked out how to undo the zipper and they rip open the insert and so the stuffing goes everywhere.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    I don't buy expensive bedding for my dogs for this reason.

    I use crates and put in old sheets or blankets from the OP shop.

    They can't rip them up because there is no stuffing. Also, it's an easy fix if they wet the

    bed, because I just pick them up and pop them in the wash and replace them with clean

    ones.

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    Yes I don't use expensive bedding with my dog either. Just old flanny sheets and dead blankets, and cotton towels and old jumpers or sweatshirts and old pillows or the cheapest ones in the shop with second hand pillow slips. There were some polyester blanky things on sale in coles or target or somewhere for $3 each too.

    These days she doesn't usually rip her bed to pieces but if something freaks her out like a very loud thunderstorm directly overhead - she rips it up.

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    A tired dog is a happy dog. Make sure they're getting at least 30 minutes walking everyday.
    Education not Legislation

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    It might be boredom of lack of exercise yes, but it might just be that it's so much FUN to rip that stuffing out!!

    I'd go with Pugger's suggestion of balnkets etc for a little while, you can maybe see if you can re-introduce the padded beds later, they might forget about the fun stuffing... But they might not!

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    A lot of dogs from all ages just enjoy destroying their beds and pulling bedding out of their kennels. As others have suggested old blankets and towels.
    The op shops usually have a cheaper blanket section for dogs.

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    True Nat.
    Especially Beagles.
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    Hi- we have a 6 yr old beagle- and he is a massive chewer. He chewed his $100 dog bed within 10 hrs of receiving it. He takes the childrens soft toys (teddies etc) and loves to chew them. His obsession is with soft things. We really just restrict him now. He has a bed he cannot chew. He is currently slowely chewing through the sheepskin cover though. I also have a water squirter and often give him a squirt when he starts chewing cushions etc. Its a big beagle trait- and will take a lot of time and consistancy from you to stop....

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    Hunting dogs in town will do that, a half hour walk is nothing to them, just get things you do not mind them chewing and let them go, they will do it anyway.

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    OP shop blankets are the way to go, that way if they chew them you are only wasting a couple of bucks.
    If you want to stop it however, a HUGE walk and throwing toys will help. Dogs chew, dig, bark etc when they are bored and have too much pent up energy. They are like kids. Give them something positive to do or they will find their own entertainment!!

    Good luck!!

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