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08-26-2014 04:47 PM
SuperG
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And many people crate their GSD's past a few months. Mine is a bit over a year and still crated when I'm not there. Not so much because I think he'll tear the place apart. He'd probably be fine. But he knows he is supposed to be settled in his crate, so I can trust him not to bark at any random noise and to not get into anything. Even though it's a slim chance, I'd rather not take it. Especially where I'm renting an apartment where him getting into the carpet can lose my deposit and barking too much can get me evicted.
Seems sensible....

SuperG
08-26-2014 04:31 PM
Pax8
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Seriously...."multiple" ??? From ingesting strips of shredded towels or blankets? That seems phenomenal ...or maybe you are a vet or work at a vet office????

I'm curious if the folks who are talking about their dogs shredding towels and blankets are just puppies perhaps ?? Maybe a dog being confined to a crate for hours on end, results in a dog being left to it's own devices and the shredding is a direct result of this ennui ??

Seems odd to confine a GSD to a crate after a month or few...I'd think a GSD wants to have the run of the house and investigate every sound outside the house and go look out the window and bark at whatever it might be.

SuperG
I don't recommend towels either for that reason. I've had about six students now that needed to have obstructions and long swallowed lengths of thread from towels removed because they ate them in their crate.

Some probably are puppies. Others are adults. I don't know if it has so much to do with crate time as it does with what the dog is naturally inclined to do, whether it sees bedding as something to sleep on or something to play with.

And many people crate their GSD's past a few months. Mine is a bit over a year and still crated when I'm not there. Not so much because I think he'll tear the place apart. He'd probably be fine. But he knows he is supposed to be settled in his crate, so I can trust him not to bark at any random noise and to not get into anything. Even though it's a slim chance, I'd rather not take it. Especially where I'm renting an apartment where him getting into the carpet can lose my deposit and barking too much can get me evicted.
08-26-2014 03:48 PM
SuperG
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(I know multiple people who have lost dogs this way).

Seriously...."multiple" ??? From ingesting strips of shredded towels or blankets? That seems phenomenal ...or maybe you are a vet or work at a vet office????

I'm curious if the folks who are talking about their dogs shredding towels and blankets are just puppies perhaps ?? Maybe a dog being confined to a crate for hours on end, results in a dog being left to it's own devices and the shredding is a direct result of this ennui ??

Seems odd to confine a GSD to a crate after a month or few...I'd think a GSD wants to have the run of the house and investigate every sound outside the house and go look out the window and bark at whatever it might be.

SuperG
08-26-2014 03:37 PM
Traveler's Mom My dog has huge elbow callouses. He is never crated. He's rarely on cement/asphalt. He lays around on carpet or grass.

I have no idea why he has these callouses. I use vetericyn and coconut oil on them regularly. It helps but they are still there.

Lynn & Traveler
08-26-2014 02:54 PM
Liesje My adult dogs have calloused elbows and neither are crated during the day or night. One is only crated maybe a few times a year (for rides in the car to/from somewhere) and the other is crated during training and at times during competition/tournaments but otherwise as free reign of the house. Both dogs appear to sleep on the couch or chairs during the day and have dog beds at night (if they chose) but still developed callouses.
08-26-2014 02:50 PM
Pax8 I'm curious. I can understand no towels. Do you guys have the same feeling about unhemmed fleece? I've had towel eaters switched over to fleece and they chew on it a bit, realize they can't really tear strips and give up. Anyone else had this experience? Unhemmed fleece has been my go to crate bedding because of that.
08-26-2014 02:48 PM
GSDlover143
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A towel or blanket? Kymber always seems to be hot so I just have a towel on the bottom of her crate (and a fan pointing on her, spoiled much?) at the moment. I think it's more of a "woobie" to her than something to lay on though; it's never underneath her when she wakes me up in the morning.
I do think it would help him but since hes a chewer thats still out the window sadly. Cause hed have pieces everywhere. 😭 id be scared for him to choke.
08-26-2014 02:47 PM
GSDlover143
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If your dog is a betting eater, do NOT put towels in there with them.... super easy to eat large chunks of, and super easy to get a blockage from (I know multiple people who have lost dogs this way). My dogs are both bedding eaters and I got rubber horse stall mats and cut them to size. They're basically made from the same material as the heavy-duty Kongs and are much more difficult to rip into chunks big enough to do damage. You can get them pretty cheap and are fairly easy to cut up with a jig saw.
Ahh! thats a great idea. Ill look into it 😄 and yea towels are a huge no no. Lol i have also known a couple of dogs who died from it. 😢
08-26-2014 12:28 PM
LoveEcho
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Good to know; Kymber isn't a blanket/bedding eater (yet), but I'll keep an eye out for sure!
Towels especially are really easy to tear into strips... but then they also tend to swallow them :-\ My male started nibbling on the corners of a blanket, just chewing.... then the next day he had shredded whole strips of it. Luckily he hadn't swallowed them
08-26-2014 12:11 PM
jeepgirl Good to know; Kymber isn't a blanket/bedding eater (yet), but I'll keep an eye out for sure!
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