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Old 02-27-2012, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Blanket chewing - what else to put in crate?

George has recently taken up chewing and swallowing parts of towels and blankets that are put in his crate. Does anyone have suggestions for something else that we can put in his crate so he doesn't have to sleep on a metal crate bottom that he may not want to chew? As uncomfortable as it may be to sleep on a cold metal floor, trying to ingest and pass sections of blankets and towels cannot be any better.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you put something he can chew on in there? Micky will chew on blankets if he cannot access his chewing devices. Also, does this only happen at night? If so, try more exercise to make him sleep instead of chew!
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We have not put anything in there to chew as we like to supervise when he chews on toys, as like all boxers he's a powerful chewer and can do a number even on the strongest nylabones. What do you leave in the crate to chew on?

As for the exercise, George gets probably more exercise a day than most dogs haha. He gets so much exercise it usually tires us out just as much. Plus he falls asleep before we put him in the crate.
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You should get some dried animal ligament, it will let him chew and you dont have worry about him ingesting it
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Right now he has a hoof that he chews on, and he usually has a beef knuckle as well. We buy a chew variety and when one is gone, a few days later he gets a new one.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh George!
My advice- no cloth (blankets, beds, etc) in the crate until the chewing subsides. I know it sounds harsh but better a hard floor than an obstruction in the belly. I've been in on plenty of surgeries trying to un-knot towels and blankets from inside an abdomen...not fun.
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I always give Rex a Kong with Frozen Peanut butter onit everyday with some dog food stuffed inside....Also i leave his Rope in his kennel (its about 24" rope about 1 1/2" thick)
When he was little he would Chew on his Metal Crate, has chewed on his blankets but nothing to much... I usually threw pieces away when I got home... Silly puppies!!
He's ok now though..
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We saw at Pet Smart a bed thats ummm nylony? on the bottom and soft on the top, not blanket material or wool though, It would probably be better to get. I'm going to get it for my boys i think cuz they like to chew there bed they got right now. We give them chew toys in there bed, stuff that they wont chew apart, harder toys or the kongs with frozen peanut butter!
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think there are kong brand dog beds out there which are supposed to be really strong and holds up better than other dog beds for strong chewer. Luckily for me Bella has a blanket and soft toys there which she doesnt even bother to chew. Dont ever leave any bones or rawhides in the crate though. Always give them bones when you can supervise. Kong with frozen treats is the way to go. Good luck!
oh- If he tears up blankets and eats the stuffing, how about just bed sheets which have no fillings?
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Our dogs chew on the antlers when bored....They don't chew on their bedding at all...Also others I know fill the kongs with peanut butter and freeze them overnight....

Maverick chewed his bedding when he first arrived, but found that chewing on the antlers or bullie sticks was more fun and tasted better....We also changed the bedding that is still comfy but not easy/fun to rip; Midwest crate pads...
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