Destroying Dog Beds!!! Help!

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I am at my witz end :( My (just turned) 10 mo. old dobie (Dozer) is destroying every dog bed I put in his crate. I don't understand, he is very well behaved when my husband and I are there, but as soon as we put him in his crate when we go to work...another dog bed bites the dust.

And it's not like he doesn't get exercise....we walk him and on Monday's I am off work and he plays with me all day. 

Would working on his basic skills everyday help? We only work with him about 10 minutes, is that enought time?

ANY suggestions are welcome....Poor guy is going to be sleeping on hard concrete since he even chews up blankets too.

Thank you in advance!

Kim and Dozer

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Harley had this problem too.  We sprayed bitter yuck all over the edges of his bed every time we left him in the crate.  If we skipped a day, he destroyed the bed.  Eventually, and I mean months, this broke the habit.

We also bought this bed liner: http://www.k9ballistics.com/Tuff-Bed-Crate-Pad-_p_37.html

It got chewed a little, but it was the only one that lasted.

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Thanks HarleyBear! Love the Tuff Bed Crate Pad...I may have to get one of those along with the bitter spray. I was afaid that Dozer would smell the spray and not want to go in his crate....But from what you are saying, it only affect them when they chew that particuar item.

Thank you so much! 

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Miss Copper ate several dog beds when I brought her home a year ago. I gave up on the purchased beds and now just use large bath towels.  She has SIX in her crate, and seems to prefer them to a regular bed, plus they are easy to wash and take care of.  A few have a few "chew" tears, but as a rule this has worked well for over a year now.  The best part is she get's to arrange them however she likes. You can sew two together and stuff with other towels if you want a more padded option, but she is happy with them folded and spread across the crate floor.  Another plus, is if she has an accident, she will cover it up and shove it in the corner until I clean it up.  Luckily that hasn't happened in a really long time.

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We have had Gabby for about 1 1/2 years and have gone through 6 dog beds.  Now it old blankets and towels.  She makes some of them into a pillow for her head.  Charlie has gone through 3 dog beds in since March of this year. So instead of seeing if he surpasses Gabby in the number of dog beds, we have gotten him blankets and towels. Now when they are bored with their toys, they go get one of the blankets or towels and will play tug of war!!

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Do you have a removable bottom piece?  Maybe you can wrap a towel or something around tight, secure it on the bottom so he's not laying on the plastic or whatever, but if you have a dog that eats beds don't continue to put them in there, you may find yourself facing an obstruction surgery one day.

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I too have an 8 month old pup that shreds everything that I put in her crate - except a towel. When I do put a towel in, however, she proceeds to just bunch it up in the corner and urinate on it. Right now I just leave the bottom of her crate empty but feel bad about her sleeping on just the plastic bottom.

Has anyone tried putting one of those nylon muzzles on their Dobie while they are in their crate at night to keep them from chewing? Just curious. I had to do that with a Lab that I had years ago and it worked like a charm.

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My 8 month old boy is shredding and eating all his beds and blankets too.  He cried all night when he didn't have anything in his crate.  We put a few towels in there but he is trying to chew on those too.  He went through a serious sock eating phase when my 2 kids would hide their socks in the couch.  He just really likes eating fabric I guess.  I would leave him out of his crate at night but I don't want to wake up to a shredded couch.  We have no idea what to do.

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My 3 year old drags his blanket down the hall so that he can watch me as he sucks and chew on his "blankey" until it looks like aged swiss cheese!  LOL...It is cute and harmeless enough as he does not digest the pieces he removes, although I have often wondered if it has the same effect on dogs as horses  that suck/crib on wood!  Evidently with horses it is a high?  Any ideas?

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I would never muzzle a dog for longer than a few minutes at a groomers or vet if they requested it.  If a dog was wild, he or she would be sleeping in a dirt hole somewhere.  I don't feel a hard plastic or metal crate bottom will be devastating for your dog, but being muzzled for hours and trying to sleep would be uncomfortable.  The way I see that is....if you wouldn't do that to yourself or your child, why do it to the dog?  Daymian destroyed a blanket, so he went with out for a bit.  Right now his crate has one of these microfibre memory foam bathroom mats in it and he hasn't bothered it.  I tried that after noticing he liked to lay on a similar mat in the bathroom while I was in the shower or tub.  So I bought him his own for the crate.  He sleeps on a big Costco dog bed on the floor next to my bed.  The crate is only for safety when we are out for groceries or such.  

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@Mystical  

 Please do not muzzle a dog over night.  I know my dog has occasionally injests small pieces of what ever unintentionally , he usually spits them out.....toys, sticks, and later throws up.  If you have ever seen a dog vomit, the mouth is wide open when the expell it.  Being muzzled would prevent that action and may cause your baby to drown in his own vomit.  That would be a devastating find in your AM routine!  I couldn't live with the thought of causing my own dog's untimely demise.  

You may have been lucky with your lab being muzzled.  Just experiment with different things or without anything at all.  The risk of surgery to remove blockage is also a big risk.  Years ago, after  seeing a man bring in his lifeless Doberman in his arms to a vet, his blue coloured tongue hanging out and salivating heavily, I try to be careful of what my animals get as playthings and bedding. He burst into the examining room and I whisked my healthy Siamese off the table and rushed into the waiting room out of the way,  as I knew this was a life and death emergency. His dog lived but only because the owner was close by and quickly realized his dog was in distress. 

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Muzzling is way more cruel than letting them sleep on the bare crate bed.  Eating towels and beds can cause serious problems too so either leave it out or find something that works

 

I just ordered these because Rocky also destroys all bedding.  With our new Rescue we are crating them again and I thought I'd give it one more try after I think it was Fitzmar recommended these.  They shipped Monday so they should be here anyday.  I don't like the thought of him sleeping on bare metal but I like the thought of him dying due to a blockage even less. 

 

http://www.primopads.com/index.html

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My Doberman has this problem, only bedding in his kennel and soft/squeaky toys only instead of ripping them he eats the fabric and cotton! I no longer buy beds for his kennel or soft squeaky toys. I only allow the femurs and kongs in the kennel. 

Also my Doberman chooses to lay on the wood floor over rug, bed, dog bed out couch, so I don't feel too bad about him laying on the plastic as long as his kong and femurs is jammed full so he's entertained a while!


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