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    Dogs keep eating their beds in their crates!

    Help! I have two Beagle mix dogs, one is a 10 month old puppy and the other is a 6 years old. Both are crate trained. They have toys in their crates to chew on as well as a bone. But they always destroy their beds first. It is getting frustrating, not to mention expensive. We have tried expensive beds, cheap beds, blankets, rugs, and even spraying them down with Bitter Apple. Nothing seems to fix this problem. They do fine at night when they are in there but not when they are home alone and in their crates. My husband is a stay at home dad so he is at home all day long with the dogs. He does leave from time to time and I am thinking maybe they have a hard time being separated from him when is gone for a few hours. He tries to take them with from time to time but the puppy gets terrible car sickness and throws up everytime she is in the car so she doesn't go with very often. She has been crate trained since we first got her at 3 weeks so she doesn't have a problem being in her crate. The older dog, however, we just got about 5 months ago and wasn't crate trained. We crate trained him and does well at night but I think he gets stressed out when we leave him home.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions? They both get plenty of exercise outside and lots of love from us. We are just going broke buying all of these beds! Please help!

    TIA!
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    don't give them a bed...... I just tossed out my rotty's last bed, what was left of it. He sleeps on the garage floor now.

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    When Esther was crated, I had about given up on any kind of bedding lasting more than a a few hours. She had no bedding at all for a while, and it's not the hardship you might imagine.

    Then we ripped out a bunch of avocado green wool carpeting from a house we're remodeling. I cut some of the smaller remnants into crate-sized pieces and she LOVES it. In it's day, it was a premium carpet and very heavy. I certainly wouldn't suggest it's Plott-proof, since I have discovered that's an oxymoron, but she has shown no inclination to chew on it.

    Now there's a piece in the back of my van and a few other strategic places. I had a piece folded up in the driveway while I got some measurements to cut it to size and she curled up on it and went to sleep.

    She doesn't even care that's it's avocado green!

    BTW, I wouldn't ask a dog to sleep on something that I'd sprayed with bitter apple.
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    Actually, the beds lasted about a week longer than the rest when we sprayed them with bitter apple. We tried carpet squares and they shredded them in a few hours. It was a mess! We tried no bedding or blankets and they whined and wouldn't lay down. (very spoiled obviously) The puppy has a metal crate and the older dog has a plastic crate. I bought some canvas and some foam material last night and am going to try to make a bed and this is our last option before we go no bedding again. It is so frustrating!

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    They'll get used to no bedding if you're just firm about it....My pup sleeps just as well with bedding as without.

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    I don't have a problem with it but my husband insists that they need something soft in the bottom of their crates. I keep telling him I don't want to waste anymore money on bedding for them to rip apart. He suggested just buying the cheap $7 blankets at Wal-Mart and if they tear them up, they can sleep in the shredded blanket for a while.

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    Not only are you wasting money but you are risking an intestinal blockage. I would never leave anything in a crate with a dog, not a toy or a blanket, when I am not there to supervise.

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    Shippo wasn't allowed any bedding in his crate until he grew out of the "shredding everything with stuffing" stage. Once or twice, I put in a towel to test him and see if he'd lost interest, and remove it if it got damaged. Now he has a crate pad in there, since he's finally proven that he won't eat it. >^^;<

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