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I know this has been a topic previously discussed because I searched the forum but I still feel like I have no solution.

 

Kevin now chews up (and swallows) pieces of his blankets when he's in his crate.  We know he swallows them because the past two mornings (at 4:30am both days, on the dot, strangely) Kevin has vomitted and there are small shreds of the blankets in it.  Obviously very concerning because the last thing we want is an obstruction.

Now, Kevin is crated AT MOST 4 hours during the day.  But in reality, he's crated even less.  He's fortunate to be able to go to work with my husband and because we have opposing days off, Kevin is rarely alone.

 

When he is crated, he has toys and chews and peanutbutter.  I think the behavior is new because he used to inflict this pain on his stuffed toys.  Now that he has his adult teeth and super strength, he destroys his stuffed toys, so we've had to leave those out of the crate.  Without the stuffed toys, he's turned to the blankets.

 

We don't want to leave him without bedding, but we don't want him dead either.  When I've read previous posts it seemed like everyone was saying "Oh yeah, my dog does that too..." but no suggestions to stop it.  I've gotten supposedly tear-proof stuffed toys and Kevin poked holes in the like the Chupacabra.

I saw someone said something about "sucking" behaviors, and that's exactly what Kevin did when he was smaller.  Now like I said his adult teeth do more damage.

No blankets?  Does anyone make Kevlar blankets? 

 

-Jessica

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no blankets!  Some of my dogs will eat bedding and some won't.  I do use good pads in the crate - they are not totally indestructable - but my dogs do pretty well with them.  It isn't as good as a soft blanket, but better than being dead.

 

 http://primopads.com/

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Daymian destroys toys too.  Every thing but Kong so far.  He will chew rags out of a box in the garage too.  Just the clean ones.  And sometimes small pieces are swallowed.  We don't have anything in the crate because he scrunches everything into one corner.  So to make a long story short.  We don't bother with blankets in the crate.  He seems to prefer it that way.  I think your little guy will be fine without the blanket.  ( they usually don't get one staying over night at the vet either )

The rags and toys are put away where he can't find them.  We'll try again months later.  He sleeps on a dog bed beside my bed at night & doesn't bother it.  I'd love for him to have more toys, but can't take that chance.  Maybe they will outgrow this, maybe not.  I plan on at least 6 months without toys he could destroy.  

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I agree with Fitzmar, no blanket, you might try patio chair pads, the material is fairly strong and they are not as easy to bunch up.

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Thanks everyone.  We're going to order a primo pad (thanks Fitz) and meanwhile have only the plastic tray in the crate.  I'll let you know if the pad "works".  I bet we'll have more new puppy owners needing the same advice soon.  I think with the blankets gone, he'll be able to concentrate more on his brain toys because they won't get tangled in the bunches of fabric and lost.  He's almost 6 months old and becoming quite the handful.

 

Thanks again!