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 Post subject: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:36 am 
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My dog is crate-trained but she will eat anything that she can destroy. I have paid for so many beds to put in her crate that she ends up chewing the corner off and ripping out the stuffing. She will do the same to comforters. I've tried towels but she LOVES them to death so she chews them up too. One time she ate a border off a blanket and choked on it as she was trying to throw it back up. Ever since then she has been sleeping on the plastic black crate "mat" that came with the crate. She likes it in the summer time but I wish there was something durable for the colder months that she won't destroy. Maybe she doesn't like anything in there with her??

Ugh... she's so complicated! :bang :ROFL

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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:45 am 
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Sarah...

Once my dogs have gotten their adult teeth I use a crochet afghan in their bed. They are nice and cosy warm! Now I must admit that my previous dog wasn't a heavy chewer, she had hers for 14 years and they are in perfect shape for Chesapeake to use too!

I got a couple of those brain balls and Chessie hasn't destroyed those so I would think the afghan will be safe too. Perhaps you could make the less expensive investment in the brain balls first to see if she destroys them and if not you could try an afghan.

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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:28 pm 
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Sarah,

My youngest cocker also chews up all the bedding I put in his crate. I really do not want to put any money into anything because he will shread it... So far he has chewed up 3 crate mats, 5 heavy cotton rugs, 2 snuggies, and I lost count on the towels...

If you find anything let me know, I will try almost anything at this point... :bang

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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:47 pm 
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Kasey was chewing everything too----so I used old towels for a while. As she got older, I was able to get an inexpensive crate pad from Kings Wholesale and so far, she hasn't chewed it up. She has 4 nylabones decorating the living room and she really chomps away on those. Those came from Kings too---watch for their sales!

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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:38 pm 
My dogs used to chew everything until I got beds from Costco. The round kind that come with a pillow. I use the beds on the floors and the pillows in the crates and no chewing! I don't know why, but I don't question it ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:20 pm 
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I tried to get Sasha comfy beds for her crate but she also preferred to chew them up :dk I ended up buying a fleece blanket (baby size at the dollar store) and she hasn't chewed on it in over a year. I really think she likes that she can push it out of her way if she wants...

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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
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Some dogs just don't want something in their crate enough to leave it alone. When the weather gets cold, try draping a blanket over the outside of the crate leaving only the front uncovered.

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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:36 am 
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Where does she like to lay down in the house? During the summer Jasper strongly prefers to lay on hard surfaces. He will hang out in the kitchen and bathroom and will move anything in his crate out of the way so he doesn't have to lay on it. During the winter though he seeks out blankets and pillows to sleep on when loose so I do add several blankets to his crate. However, it still isn't quite cold enough this year for him to be seeking out blankets so his crate is still empty.

I don't know if this helps you or not, but she might just be happier with a bare crate :dk

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 Post subject: Re: Durable bedding for crate
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:03 am 
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These beds are pricey - but are now on sale:

http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx ... =447047035

They offer a "no questions, money back guarantee" if your dog chews through it, so it might be worth a shot. You might lose shipping and handling charges - but then again, you might now. Let us know if you try it. I could have used one of these about 10 years ago with my terrorist, but he finally stopped his destructive chewing when he was about 4.

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