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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2011, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Towels or bed in crate?

I was wondering if it is a good or bad idea to have towels and/or a bed in the crate? I don't want him tearing something up and ingesting it.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2011, 02:43 PM
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I wouldn't put a bed in the crate ever. Blankets is usually what I used or towels but I am sure some would even be worried about that.
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I didn't put anything in there when I went away, I did however put a towel down when I was home for him to nap on/chew/shred...

Now that Stark is 21 months old and only goes in the crate at his leisure I got him a orthopedic mattress. He loves it.

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He'll poop (or pee) on it immediately... it's how they roll
Even the most avid puppy owners have to figure out what queues their new puppy makes before they're about to go potty, by the time you figure it out, the blanket will be done for
To keep them warm I put the blanket or mat under the crate at first, then it's whatever you can trust them with.
PS... Boys are tricky, they'll just stand there grinning at you and start peeing The pooping was easy to figure out with Jax, he points his tail down to the site he's aiming for... His peeing still confuses me.... Luckily he only goes outside now.
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Depends on your puppy/dog.

Frag didn't get anything in his crate until he stopped chewing at about 10 months. Now he has a nice crate pad in there. Some will pee/poop on their blankets/beds or chew on it. Frag never went in his crate, and doesn't chew anymore.

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I agree, depends on the pup. We started out with a t-shirt of ours so he would have our scent with him when we left, then we graduated to a towel. He's never chewed on either one of them, and since we got him at 8 weeks, he never pottied in his crate. We were sooo lucky with that. Now he just pushes the towel to the corner. I took it out one time because I figured he didn't want it and that was a mistake..he cried like a baby. I was wondering if thats what he was crying about and so I put a towel in there and he stopped crying

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Thanks guys!

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Boys are tricky, they'll just stand there grinning at you and start peeing
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Depends on the dog. Nikon had rags and towels for a long time until he started ripping and chewing and now he has nothing in his crate in the house (but he has foam and a crate pad in his crate in the van, and he has a dog bed in the bedroom....go figure). Pan is 4 months and has always had something in his crates but it can't be the foam b/c he shreds it - doesn't eat it, just rips it into a million pieces and then lies back down. I don't ever buy dog beds, I use old foam mattress pads or foam we get at work for packing laptops. I get towels, blankets, and rags from my mom. She volunteers at a Goodwill type store and they don't sell a lot of the bedding that comes in so she gives it to me. Pan's crates are all packed with bedding and even some little pillows. Coke is good with bedding in his crates but he is not crated at home anyway. I always start the puppies with bedding, mainly so that if they pee it gets absorbed and they can avoid it, rather than it running all over on a plastic crate pan.

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I had old sheets in my puppy's crate till I noticed he would chew on them. Now he doesn't have anything in there.
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I agree depends on the dog. Aspen has never shown an intrest in chewing his blanket (took a twin comforter, cut it in half and folded it in had in the bottom of the crate.). He's 5 mo now and losing the last of his baby teeth. I htink I might be in the clear

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