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What's in your puppy/dog's crate?

Wilson will be 17 weeks/4 months old this week and at 33 lbs, he continues to be a big boy! When we first introduced him to the crate I had a fair amount of stuff in there to make it seem cozy. He settles quickly at night but I hear him rearranging things and I wonder whether it's getting a little crowded now that he's bigger. At the same time, I don't want to remove something he likes

In the 36" crate (which has a thin fleece throw on top of it so I can't realy see what goes on in there) are: a crate mat, a thin towel that he likes to "arrange," a large Fluff N Tuff stuffed bear, a GoDg stuffed dino, the huggle heart dog, a miniature sized lamb, and a nylabone. Oh, and a small unstuffed beaver. Those items pretty much live in the crate. Plenty more toys downstairs.

I'm curious to know what others do. Do you rotate the crate toys? Keep those security items in place? Keep it spare?
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If all he does is sleep in there, I would leave a large stuffed toy and take the rest out. My adult dogs still sleep in crates in my room and I typically just have a mattress in the bottom and then a folded towel that they both rearrange to use as a pillow My collie scratches and moves the towel around every single night, my golden not as much. But they both love to have their heads propped up on a pillow. They crack me up.


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I think he uses the big bear as a bolster pillow, lol!
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My Piper is 4.5 months, we have her in a 42" crate. She has a thinner dog bed, two of her favorite "fluffies" and a rubber chew toy. I don't think she uses the chew but it's always been there so it stays.
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I know I probably put too much stuff in there with him! Right now has the Kong, lamb chop, a benebone, a stuffed monkey that giggles. I have so many toys that I rotate putting different ones in. He actually has a kennel in the family room as well as the bedroom and both have several different things in them.
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Nothing currently in Zelda's crate. It's been too warm here in Southern California so we even took her crate mat out. She goes in there at night (on her own!) and sleeps on the cool plastic. She's constantly flipping sides through the night to get the cool side. Definitely helps that her crate is right next to the AC unit. Otherwise, her food bowl is in there (if it's around meal time) or a kong with a peanut butter/kibble mix or some frozen pumpkin to keep her occupied for a bit when she's in the crate if we're leaving the house to go somewhere not necessarily dog friendly.
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Honestly you shouldn't put anything in there with them, especially plush toys. Toys are meant to be interactive. Generally the only way a dog can "play" with them is to chew them. If they open up a play for then can ingest the stuffing or parts of the toys. This obviously is a potential hazard.

The only thing I recommend is something they can't ingest, like a hard Nylabone or maybe a stuffed Kong. Something that is safe to chew and keep them occupied.

It just isn't worth risk. The point of the crate is to keep them from destroying the house and keeping them safe when you're not home. So what's the point of you're just going to put it all in the crate with them with the same potential that they can hurt themselves still?

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I don't leave anything in the crate. Not safe IMO.
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Bonnie’s crate matt is out now, she likes the cold crate floor.
I let Bonnie take what ever she wanted in there she pretty quickly picked sleeping toys and toys for play. So she has one of her tuff stuffed animals in there that she lays with and she’s got a Nyla bone in there. Her gums hurt and sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night sore and wants to chew. She sometimes takes a blanket with her to bed but uses it more as a pillow.

I don’t understand the concept of nothing in the crate. If you know your dog and know she won’t chew open the stuffies at night then let them. Bonnie snuggles hers all night. It has no signs of chewing, yet her play stuffies do. She’s a snuggle bug and wouldn’t sleep if her stuffie wasn’t in there.

Bonnie has also been moved to the downstairs because it cooler down there and she prefers to be by her brother than in our room
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Bonnie’s crate matt is out now, she likes the cold crate floor.
I let Bonnie take what ever she wanted in there she pretty quickly picked sleeping toys and toys for play. So she has one of her tuff stuffed animals in there that she lays with and she’s got a Nyla bone in there. Her gums hurt and sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night sore and wants to chew. She sometimes takes a blanket with her to bed but uses it more as a pillow.

I don’t understand the concept of nothing in the crate. If you know your dog and know she won’t chew open the stuffies at night then let them. Bonnie snuggles hers all night. It has no signs of chewing, yet her play stuffies do. She’s a snuggle bug and wouldn’t sleep if her stuffie wasn’t in there.

Bonnie has also been moved to the downstairs because it cooler down there and she prefers to be by her brother than in our room
Honestly, because out of the blue when a dog decides it wants to chew up a toy, they just will. I don't think anyone wants their dogs to get an intestinal blockage, they happen most times when owners least expect it. Like "oh my dog never gets into trash" or "he's never chewed up and tried to eat a toy before" things like this happen all the time.

We're not telling you or anyone what to do, just pointing out the hazards this post is about. To me it's not worth it.

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