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Picked up a pretty much pure bred chocolate lab (Mason) from the local animal control facility at 10 months. Somehow overlooked the previous owner's comment "...randomly destructive behavior".
Before I arrived at the right combination, Mason had chewed off the back of my back seats, and the back of the passenger side seat cover; halfway through the driver's side seatbelt, a half dozen successively cheaper pet beds (the last one the same day it was purchased), a friend's beach towel, eventually dozens of dog toys, artificial and real bones. The only things that have withstood Mason's chewing has been Kongs and Orvis' Tough Chew Dog's Nest. They (the Kong and the Dog's nest) have done wonders 'taming the savage beast'. Our first one will stay in the Subaru's wayback, and the next one will stay at the house.
If only Orvis could stock enough brown beds!!!,Our Great Dane puppy went through about 15 beds in her first year, pulling out stuffing has always been her favorite passtime. We have caught her in the act in the middle of the night, and she tries to get away with it if we leave the room for 5 minutes. These toughchew beds definitely lasted longer than any other brand but she still chewed through the fabric once, and the biggest problem has been the zipper. She is able to pull the zipper apart, not by unzipping it, but actually pulling apart the zipper teeth. It is possible to backtrack the zipper maybe 10 or 15 times, but eventually the zipper teeth bend and you can no longer get it to close. Wish Orvis could improve this issue by stress testing a few more heavy duty types of zippers. Another thing is that inside the bed the stuff is in another zippered case. This case is the thinnest cheapest fabric. We may have spent a little less time cleaning up stuffing if this interior case was made of a higher quality fabric. Don't think these two things are too much to ask when you pay the same amount for a dog bed as a mattress.
All that being said, we have been very happy with the Orvis Customer Service and their guarantee.,The bed starts out bulky and stiff, but it breaks in after a few days. Our dogs usually do their best to get underneath whatever beds we put in their kennels, but they actually seem to enjoy lounging on the ToughChew.
The ToughChew is definitely better constructed than many competitors' chew-resistant beds; however, I was surprised that the zipper pulls, which are quite large, don't completely tuck away. One of our dogs quickly realized that pulling back the zipper was the easiest way to the polyester filling. We finally just cut the zipper pulls off, but both beds eventually gave way to the persistence of our chewers. Still, each bed lasted for a month or so (when other beds lasted only minutes). We just ordered two more, and I plan on getting more if/when the new ones give out. As Orvis says, the bed isn't "chew proof," but it seems to last longer than anything else on the market.,So i received my dogs bed about a month ago as soon as i took it out of the box i knew i wasn't going to like it but figured i would let her be the judge. Well it makes lots of noise just like others have mentioned its like an air mattress. She doesn't seem to be able to get comfortable on it she just kinda hangs her head on it and then her rest of her body on the ground, really not the reason i buy a bed. She was also able to chew threw the cover within minutes I've tried to stop her as soon as i catch her so its not that bad - I would not recommend this bed,This bed is good in that our youngest lab hasn't been able to chew through it. It washes up very well and our dogs like to lay on it.
My only complaint (and reason for 4 not 5 stars) would be that the insert got flat very quickly, our current model is less than 2 years old and pretty much completely flat - and no amount of fluffing can make it soft again.
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