If you’ve done some dog-shopping online, then I know you’ve come across dog products that are advertised as chew-resistant or chew-proof. These two terms can be very tricky to understand at times, especially if you’re looking to put an end to all dog chewing.
Chew-resistant and chew-proof are completely different terms, with some overlap. If you’re a dog owner, I highly recommend you become acquainted with the two because it can make your next doggy-product purchase a very disappointing one.
Chew-Resistant Dog Products
Chew-resistant dog products can range from just about anything these days. From dog beds, to dog toys, dog crates and dog clothes, you name it, it’s out there.
Chew-resistant may sound appealing to dog owners who have problems with their dog destroying just about everything into manageable pieces. However, chew-resistant doesn’t guarantee any dog product against serious dog damage. In fact, chew-resistant just gives the dog product more of a durable quality. If a dog decides to chew or tear a chew-resistant dog product apart, it will to a degree, be harder to destroy than an ordinary dog product.
Chew-resistant dog products give dog owners more time to hopefully catch the nuisance behavior. They make for good training aids–giving dog owners the ability to train bad habits out of the dog before going through a couple hundred dog beds.
So, what qualifies a dog product as chew-resistant?
The more money one has wasted on dog products, the more knowledgeable one probably already is on what constitutes a good chew-resistant dog product. Some manufacturers introduced materials that may look penetrable by dog teeth, but prove otherwise. We sometimes have to take the manufacturers word when giving some of these products a try. However, there are some products we know for a fact our dogs will tear right into and should avoided. Only give cheap chew-resistant dog products a try if they are backed by warranty.
Of course, you’ll also have to take into account the breed of dog you own. Dogs are individuals, obviously; breed of dog really doesn’t matter because I remember processing warranties for chew-resistant dog beds destroyed within minutes by dogs with heads the size of an apple. We, dog owners, know best which dog products are truly chew-resistant.
In short: chew-resistant dog products have higher wear and tear qualities for dogs who are a slightly rougher or just a little more dog than ordinary dogs. Chew-resistant is just a quality; a feature for a particular product. These products come with very short to no warranty.
Chew-Proof Dog Products
Chew proof dog products are featured in a vast product range, just like chew-resistant.
But that word: Proof, it’s so reassuring. Sounds like problems are going to get solved buying dog products with that term thrown in there.
Dog products advertised as chew-proof are appealing to dog owners, especially if they own a dog with the habit of destroying everything.
Personally, chew-proofing is the easy way out of things (think “easy-button” commercial). They aren’t necessarily the best dog products, and it’s not that product itself that makes them inferior, it’s the market to whom these products appeal to. Chew-proof dog products have 2 huge cons that greatly outweigh the good, unfortunately.
2 huge cons of buying Chew-proof dog products
- Many dog owners will substitute chew-proof for adult supervision.
Always know, there is no better alternative for adult supervision. Even if that means your dog’s bed or toy is guaranteed to be 100% chew-proof. Dogs will be dogs, and stuff always happens. Instead, use chew-proof dog products to train bad habits out of your dog. Dogs can and should learn to control themselves. Don’t resort to chew-proofing everything just because your dog is a menace to the household. Take the time to teach your dog good habits instead of getting into the bad habit of tossing them an indestructible problem–their bad habits will never die out this way.
- Chew-proof dog products are so tough and strong they can and will wear down dog teeth.
If something is advertised as chew-proof for dogs, then you must already guess it’s pretty damn strong. Too strong in fact. Some chew-proof dog products like, dog toys, can wear down or fracture teeth.
What they’re really for
The purpose of a chew-proof dog bed or toy is so that a dog will come to a frustrating conclusion that their bed or toy isn’t destroyable. The problem with this is dogs can become compulsive with their chewing, almost to the point where they won’t stop until whatever it is they’re chewing is completely destroyed. Even if the dog doesn’t immediately win, they’ll resume as soon as they restore enough energy to continue. This is bad.
Very few dogs come to the understanding that their new chew-proof product isn’t going to let them win the battle. That’s why it’s important to train your dog before physical damage is transferred over to the dog. Chew-proof dog products can and will be destroyed by the toughest of chewers. Period.
Many manufacturers have a limited time or sometimes, rare, life-time warranty on chew-proof products. This is nice, considering there’s a hefty price tag on these particular products. Keep in mind, if you’re having to call a company to report a chew-proof dog product as not being 100% chew-proof, they can, in some cases, just refund you and tell you your dog is just too tough for their product. (I usually tell people to train their dogs.)
In short: Chew-proof is a claim; a guarantee against something. Chew-proof products comes with extended warranties.
So which is better?
It really comes down to the dog owner.
What are YOUR intentions?
If it’s a bed or toy your dog is continuously destroying, are you: trying to treat the root of the problem (train your dog to stop chewing)? Or are you looking for a quick fix (chewing problems will continue, but the product may last forever)?
To the point
Chew-resistant dog products are great because they’ll tolerate some beating. These products will wear down naturally overtime, causing no harm to your dog. They’ll need replacing eventually.
Chew-proof dog products are indestructible. They’re great training aids to correct the issue or solve dog-chewing without having to go through thousands of dollars in a dog’s life. These products are designed not wear down but can harm your dog if they try too hard. They won’t need replacing, but can be destroyed by the toughest of chewers.