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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2019, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Pad, Mat, Bed, Pillow?

Hey all, In the year that I've had my Buddy, I've gone through multiple pads, mats, pillows and even several fleece blankets.
He currently has two towels to use as bedding. Actually not tearing those up as fast....

My dog eats them all. Literally, eats them after tearing them apart.
He even tears up my old (14yr old) dog's bed, when we aren't looking of course

Though his skill at shredding is truly amazing (and man is he fast), I can't afford to keep replacing them weekly.

He does the same with toys, but I've found the better options for that problem.

Any recommendations on a bed/pad or on the flip side how to get his aggressive chewing to a low roar (or at least for him to stop eating his beds)?
(and before I hear it from folks, yes he is well exercised)
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2019, 11:19 AM
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My GSD was SO bad at tearing things up...and EATING them!...that to avoid possible expensive surgery for a blocked intestine, she slept in a bare crate for the first 5 years of her life.

Don't take chances...he will be fine! Dogs have slept on bare floors, dirt, etc. for thousands of years!

Towels are more dangerous than beds, because they form long strings when shredded, which are more likely to damage the bowel when swallowed.
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No pad or mat for my pup (7 mos.) and she's fine. Wasn't about to keep replacing the torn up ones.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2019, 11:56 AM
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We have a 6 month old puppy. In the months we have had her, she has destroyed numerous towels, blankets, dog beds, etc. but only while in her crate. She is in her crate about 6-7 hours a day during the work week. I feel bad that she now has nothing comfy in there but she does have indestructible dog toys to keep her busy.

We were also concerned about surgery for intestinal blockage. In fact, when we free all dogs after work, I have to remember to shut the other crates because they do have beds and pillows and such. We will try the puppy again when she is about a year old.

At night, she is on the floor of our room with her older "sister" and they share one of those 6-8 inch thick XL orthopedic dog beds. She can't get her mouth around that.
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My dog is 15 months now. I've never had anything on the bottom of her crate. She has a fascination with pillows & pads in any form. I've never had this issue with a dog before. Bed pillows, outdoor furniture cushions, an entire outdoor chair (with cushion attached) & now couch cushions - it only takes turning you back on her for a minute, to find her trying to drag something out the door and into the back yard.

She never misses an opportunity to try & turn something into a toy or playtime. We recently had some very windy weather & a yard umbrella blew out of it's stand. It was on it's side, in an open position. My attempts to turn the crank & close the umbrella turned into a tug-war with Cassie, as she tugged on the fabric. I just can't accomplish much around the house or yard, unless I put Cassie in her crate.
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These are kind of of pricey and you would be taking a chance on if your dog would use it. It might require some training for the dog to use it. But an operation for an intestinal block cost more and could be fatal.
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This is great. Going strong at 2 years

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Hans destroyed every kind of bedding except for the Kuranda, until he was about 3.

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