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How to Stop Your Dog from Tearing Up Its Bed

Because no one wants to come home to a pup-related mess of any kind, really.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Dogs are always going to chew, but you can make sure they gnaw on the right things, says ASPCA animal behaviorist Kristen Collins. If your pet is chewing on its bed, redirect it to a bone or toy, and provide positive reinforcement to help it learn what’s permitted and what’s off-limits. Offer several toys and treats, and rotate them to keep your dog interested. Spray taste deterrents, available at pet stores, on the fabric to teach your pet that its bed isn’t to be chewed. Also, make sure your dog is getting enough exercise, so it’s too tuckered out to chew when it goes to bed.

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