Dog Chewing Bed Sheets? Here’s How to Stop It!
You’re getting sick of finding your sheets with holes in them, but you don’t know what to do. Why does your dog chew bed sheets? What if they’re young? Will your puppy grow out of chewing bed sheets? How worried should you be? Can your dog get hurt chewing on bed sheets?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re answering all of these questions for you. We’ll of course also go over how to stop your dog from chewing on your bed sheets. It won’t be long until this is all behind you for good. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Chewing Bed Sheets? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Chewing Bed Sheets
To stop dog chewing bed sheets:
- Be sure that your sheets tucked as tightly as possible.
- Keep the door to your bedroom closed so your dog can’t get in.
- Make sure your dog always has available a safe outlet for their chewing like a toy they enjoy chewing on.
- Spray something to deter them, like a 50/50 solution of distilled white vinegar and water on your sheets.
- The vinegar smell will be gone after around sixty minutes, but your dog will still be deterred.
- The mixture is safe for nearly all fabrics, though you should skip these steps if your sheets are made of wool, silk, or other natural fabrics to be safe.
- Give a calm but firm “stop” or “no” the second when you see that your dog is again biting your bed sheets.
- Do not scream or get upset, because if they’re misbehaving like this stemming from anxiety (which is the most probable explanation), this will only make their issues worse.
- Put them into a short time-out in their crate or a closed-off room for about ten minutes.
- If you notice your dog starting to go towards the bedroom to chew on your bed sheets, point them to a favorite toy.
- Give them a small treat, pets, and praise when they choose a toy rather than chewing on the bed sheets.
- Make sure that everybody who lives in your house is also following these steps.
- Be patient and consistent.
This will get your dog to stop chewing up bed sheets, but you can’t forget that the issues which were causing all of this in the first place (anxiety) will still be present. And you absolutely must address those, because not doing so means that your dog will continue suffering and misbehaving in different (possibly worse) ways.
For us to go over that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick deep down. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog chews the bed sheets, they are clearly showing you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t chew up your bed sheets repeatedly, despite being told to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable and deserving one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these great changes a reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety problems are currently placing on their little shoulders every single second of every single day.
Sounds great, don’t you think?
“Absolutely, yeah, but how am I supposed to do this then?”
You should watch an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains all you’ll need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog before things escalate any further.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your dog. Dan never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
Why Does My Dog Chew Bed Sheets?
Your dog chews bed sheets because they are feeling stressed and anxious. Chewing releases endorphins that help them feel better, and your bed sheets are a great target because they smell like you, which also comforts your dog. Even freshly cleaned sheets will carry your scent (remember that your dog has an extremely good sense of smell).
Obviously, though, you can’t allow this to continue because you don’t want to constantly be replacing your bed sheets because your dog chewed them up. If your dog is chewing up your bed sheets and continues to do so even after being told to stop, then they are blatantly ignoring your commands which means you also have a dominance issue on your hands.
You need to get a handle on this problem right away. If you don’t, not only are you losing money due to the destroyed bed sheets, you’re also giving your dog the idea that acting like this is okay. Even worse, you’re giving them the idea that they are in fact the dominant one, and can continue to do absolutely anything they want, regardless of what you say.
Your problems with misbehavior will then get even worse. Your dog will become more defiant, and your dog will begin ruining even more things around your home. Your dog will bark when you tell them no, your dog will chew up your pillows, your dog will chew up your rugs, and your dog will chew up your door mat.
I’m sure you can see how obnoxious (and expensive) this could quickly get. To learn how to stop your dog chewing up your bed sheets while also addressing the root causes of their behavior, go back to the first section now and we’ll walk you through exactly what to do.
Will My Puppy Grow Out of Chewing Bed Sheets?
Your puppy will not grow out of chewing bed sheets unless they’re under six months old and still teething. Even then, it’s important that you redirect them to a proper outlet like a chew toy because allowing them to continue chewing your sheets give them the idea that it’s okay. The behavior could then continue into adulthood where it will be even harder to stop.
Your dog will also be a more destructive chewer as an adult. And no, they’re not guaranteed to stop just because they get older, since chewing is still going to be something that’s fun and feels nice even when they’re grown. Go back to the first section now and we’ll teach you how to get a handle on this before it becomes a learned behavior for your puppy.
Can My Dog Get Hurt Chewing Bed Sheets?
Your dog can get hurt chewing bed sheets. Your dog has very strong teeth which can easily rip through your bed sheets, with small pieces of fibers breaking off. Your dog will then swallow these, which could easily become lodged in their digestive tract. They would then need expensive and painful surgery, which obviously no one wants.
Prevent your dog from being in pain (not to mention, the pain to your wallet) by not allowing your dog to chew bed sheets. Immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” if you catch them in the act. Put them in a time-out, then redirect them to something proper like a chew toy. Give them praise and pets when they chew on this instead. Go back to the first section for full instructions.
I’m sure you’re ready to quit finding chewed up bed sheets when you get home, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck with all of this, and we hope you found our article “Dog Chewing Bed Sheets? Here’s How to Stop It” helpful!