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Whats a good type of blanket for dogs who rip things up?

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Luna Tuna Coyote

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Barked: Sat May 5, '12 3:54pm PST 
I keep my 4 huskies in their own separate kennels when I'm gone, all lined up in a row in the dog room. We have never been able to keep any kind of bed or blanket in there for them, because they will rip apart anything they can get their paws onto. They occasionally try to swallow parts of blankets or clothes as well. Miss Balto will swallow a sock whole if she gets 5 seconds alone. So obviously blankets with stuffing inside it is a no-no for them. I would really love to make it more comfy for them in their kennels. But I don't want them to have material around that could be dangerous to their health if pieces are eaten. A type of more durable, and if possible, water resistant blanket, in case of accidents, would be awesome to find. Does anyone know of anything like this?
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Ripley

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Barked: Mon May 7, '12 9:42am PST 
Is just using straw an option?thinking
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Hucky and- Ringo

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Barked: Mon May 7, '12 9:45am PST 
Would they chew a carpet remnant?
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Luna Tuna Coyote

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Barked: Tue May 8, '12 5:22am PST 
Hmmm I think they would chew and/or swallow straw as well. Not sure about carpet remnants. If its something that would be "stringy" when pulled apart then it wouldn't be good. But if not then I'll give it a go. It's so difficult to find something they won't hurt themselves by eating. A bone or toy only keeps them occupied for so long, and they get bored quickly.
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Jasper

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Barked: Tue May 8, '12 2:30pm PST 
Kevlar? laugh out loud big laugh

Seriously...I'd try straw...it's better than them swallowing fabric or carpet pieces.
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Kodiak

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Barked: Wed May 9, '12 6:28am PST 
Is it possible to have someone walk them in the middle of the day? Chewing blankets and having accidents sounds like they're stuck in a kennel for long enough to get stressed and uncomfortable.
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Bella

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Barked: Wed May 9, '12 3:17pm PST 
Our dog also loves to chew. She especially loves stuffed things, so toys or pillows or beds or comforters would just be so quickly destroyed. We don't think she purposely ingests things, but we know she does swallow pieces from time to time.
We like the cheap fleece throw blankets. The thinner the fleece, the less she chews. This means replacing them less often.

I know that many say this behavior can be "fixed" with exercise or attention. Our dog chews blankets after a long run, walk, or chasing one of us on a mountain bike for 8 miles. We shower her with attention and she continues to chew, even in front of us. While I could see it being a habit from previous nervousness (she was a shelter dog for a while), I don't think there is more we can do to keep her from chewing, short of keeping her crate empty.

Friends have recommended these crate pads, but we haven't tried them:
http://primopads.com/
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Luna Tuna Coyote

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Barked: Thu May 10, '12 3:30pm PST 
The only accidents they have are if they get an upset stomach & loose stool, or if they drink too much. Which is rarely. They've been great recently with that. It's more of the chewing that I'm worried about. It probably is a behavioral issue (which would be better off in the behavior section of the forums) but I just wanted opinions on the material options. (Miss Balto is the only one who I'm concerned about swallowing dangergous things whole, the rest just nibble on the corners of the blankets and such.)

Another thing I'm realizing about straw suggestion, is that my mom would have a fit if there was straw pieces all over the house. They would end up dragging pieces everywhere. Its not something I want to be cleaning up all the time. If it were an outdoor kennel I wouldn't be opposed to the idea. I just gotta find something durable enough so that if they got extremely bored and chewed on it, a bunch of pieces wouldn't be falling off easily and getting eaten. Something that they would have to really realllly work at to get pulled apart.


Bella: Sounds very similar to our pup's behavior. I've come to that conclusion as well. Leaving the crates empty prevents the chewing. But I will try putting in a thinner fleece sometime & see what they make of it.
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Sara

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Barked: Mon May 14, '12 9:12pm PST 
Some dogs are just chewers, no matter the age. Sara is now approaching 2 and a half and still has to be watched with towels which she loves to chew pieces from. I watch her closely and take things from her. She has also only now stopped chewing the heads off her toys. I worry because large amounts can clog a dog's intestine, but just getting older seems to have really helped my chewer. If only small bits of blanket like a corner is getting chewed up it probably won't hurt, but if your female is really chewing things up it won't hurt to wait on putting a blanket in her crate; most cloth doesn't show up on x-ray and having paid for a barium study to rule out intestinal obstruction is unbelievably pricey, I opted for not allowing her access to cloth, stuffed toys and similar items without supervision and she has gotten better with age. Sara is a hunting dog mix, and I've wondered if this ripping and shredding activity is worse in hunting and work mixes.
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Tuna

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Barked: Tue May 15, '12 6:51am PST 
Tuna has just started chewing as well, even though i walk her about 20 times a day and we are constantly at the dog park. she has chewed the stuffing out her new bed, but I am going to try the Kong beds. They are made extra durable with chewers in mind. they have a removable cover, so they can be washed, and still look super comfy, only thing is they can be a bit expensive but if you are willing to wait petsmart has deals on them and you can use coupons. I would give something like that a try thoughsmile best of luck

http://reviews.petsmart.com/4830/3999456/kong-kong-chew-resi stant-dog-bed-reviews/reviews.htm
here is the petsmart link, it seems to get mixed reviews but its better then having straw in my housewink
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