Does Your Dobie Tear Up His Bed When He's In the Crate? Here's What You Can Do!

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Tearing up bedding is not only a nuisance, it can be potentially dangerous if your dog ingests stuffing from a bed or string from a towel. if your dog has this issue, here's what you can do to fix it!

First, make sure you Dobie is getting enough exercise, attention, & mental stimulation. Dogs that have pent-up energy or are bored or lonely often act out destructively. Walk your dog twice a day for as far & long as you can, ideally 45 minutes minimum. Play stimulating nose games like find the hidden ball or hide treats throughout the yard & send your dog to find them (supervised, of course) or give your dog a puzzle toy.

Step One. Measure the exact length & width of your dog's crate. The measurements must be as accurate as possible.

Step Two. Find a foam pad, like the ones used for padding beds, or an egg crate mattress. You might be able to find one at a fabric store on occasion if you look real good or ask a clerk if they carry any. You might also find one at a garage sale (maybe) or a chain store, like Wal-Mart. It's far better to get a pad/mattress that is too big for the crate than one that is too small, you can always trim the pad/mattress down with a very sharp, strong tool like a box cutter. If the pad is too small, once the cover is placed on, frequent movement on the dog's part can cause parts of the cover to ride up & be exposed to your dog's eyes. Once you've got a pad or mattress that will fit your crate measurements as closely as possible, move on to the next step.

Step Three. Place the pad/mattress in the crate. Get some fabric & cover the pad/mattress with it, stretching & tucking the fabric so there are no wrinkles in the fabric. Now, you have a crate bed that can be washed! Next, place your Dobie in the crate with an appropriate chew item.

The foam pad/egg crate mattress is comfortable, yet firm enough to give adequate support for your dog, & the dog has to try to pull the cover off (usually by sitting up & working at the fabric; best to supervise your Dobie closely & see if they try to pull the cover off).

Hope this keeps your dog from tearing up his bed!

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My trick is newspaper. LOL she loves to tear it up  but so far doesnt seem to eat it and if she does it wont hurt her. I gave newspaper to my goats even. Least I havent read that it hurts anyone. actually now I put nothing in crate but im afraid of sore hocks. she has a hard rubber bottom in the new crate I belive maybe its for being soft to there elbows but maybe as she gets grown I will try a bed. but for now nothing.

 

 

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If you do, let me know how it goes!

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Oh when she was little she slept on a huge bunny I took out the hard eyes and sewed it shut and she never tore it up. She still sleeps on that occasionally but of course she bigger then the bunny now.

 

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Step Four:

Deposit remnants of said bed and neatly tucked sheet into a large container.

Rinse

Repeat

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Step 5: Trust doberdude 4 months later and give him another try. Go back to step 1 -4. 

 

hahaha! Lady kate. Thanks @powerbreedtrainer. I heard the same advice and it does work for some! Just not my special boy. :) 

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I know. Tat went throught like two or three beds. After sleeping on a hard surface for a while, she didn't tear up the bed we gave her. Weird

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I gave up on HRH Princess. Most of her pads would up as white fluff in the back yard after the rains washed the other stuff away. I went with 4 to 6 towels. She doesn't consume them as fast, the current set has been in her crate for several months (washed every other week or so).

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What other stuff? Do I want to know?

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Well, the stuffing passed through her digestive tract. Does that tell you what "other stuff"?.

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Ew. Yes, it does.