Murphy and dog beds just don’t get along. We have tried numerous times to get him to sleep on a doggie bed, but he’s just not a fan. Murphy either tears them apart or gets a little too “friendly” with them (if ya know what I mean).
We thought the “puffiness” of his first bed made him want to rip it apart/have sexy time with it, so we tried a “flatter” bed. This bed worked for a few days, but Murphy soon realized that he could destroy this one too. It wasn’t long before he ripped the fabric and tore out the stuffing.
Now that we’re moved into a new house, we thought it would be a good time to introduce a new dog bed to Murphy.
Over the weekend, Mal and I wandered around PetSmart for a good 30 minutes trying to decide which bed to buy the pug. Eventually, we decided on one that was on sale for $34.99.
We were hesitant to spend so much money on a dog bed that Murphy could potentially not like (and destroy), so we asked our friend, Steph, who works at the vet next door, for her recommendation.
Steph suggested saving our money and buying Murphy a bath mat!
Of course! Steph is so smart! Murphy couldn’t easily rip up or hump a bath mat. Plus, he already loves chilling on the mat in the bathroom.
Murphy’s first impression of his $2.99 IKEA mat was pretty good.
For the past couple of days, we’ve been rewarding Murph with food every time he sits on his mat. I think he’s sort of getting it. He’s definitely motivated by food!
Hopefully, Murphy will start to like his mat on his own.
A “traditional” dog bed is not likely in Murphy’s future, so I’m glad that we didn’t waste our money!