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    Bedding

    Whats the solution for a pup that always pulls its bedding out of its kennel to play with it? I screwed a blanket down and he still got it out. Just wanting to sort something before winter. Dog sleeps in a crate indoors this is just in his kennel thats in his 2300x4000 day time run with chew toys rotated in and out daily when we are at work from 8:30 to 4:30.

    I have heard to try hay but not sure about it attracting fleas and is it a fire risk if it gets damp and starts decomposing?

    I looked at cedar chips and just about dropped dead at the price.

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    I used straw with a board across the opening to keep it in.

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    Where do you buy straw in the 'burbs? They had what looked like 1/4 bale for $60 at animates.

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    Hahaha

    Try a garden centre or equestrian supplies

    I had a whippet who would feel the cold.

    She'd bury herself in the straw.

    I'd change it out every week or so.

    Had no worries with fleas.

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    Put him outside in a kennel. Remove the toys and throw a brisket bone in there on every few days.

    Bedding wise, summer I don't worry much about mine, he spends most of his days and nights in the run rather than the box of the kennel unless its pissing down like it has been the last few days.
    I have a padded mattress which I haven't removed from a while ago, I will remove it now because it doesn't do much good especially when I return from my daily walks and the dog is still wet/damp. I don't even remember why I placed it inside, thoughtless move.

    Winter, pea straw is the cure! There is plenty of it in Bunnings, mitre10 or trademe. Throw in a generous amount inside the bedding area of the kennel.
    I fill up the bedding area of my kennel about half way with loose pea straw, then dampen it down with my hands so the dog can actually get inside his sleep box. The first time you let the pup in, you'll hear a bit of rackas but eventually he'll make his den like he wants it to be.

    You may find the dog will push the pea straw out of this bedding area into the run. Fine, push it back in. I did it for a while each morning when I found it outside on the run. Eventually the dog gave up and sleeps in it fine and happy.
    Just keep an eye out on the pea straw regularly during winter if you put the dog to sleep slightly damp after your walks. It dries out fine during the day but the wet straw that gets stuck in the corners of your kennel won't get much air circulation to dry it out so you'll have to remove it before it starts rotting.

    After you are done with it, it makes good additive for your strawberry compost, or if you have 100 pigeons around they take it so they can make their nests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonW View Post
    Where do you buy straw in the 'burbs? They had what looked like 1/4 bale for $60 at animates.

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    keep a sack in your ute and ask a farmer with a stack of big bales for some loose stuff,they normal break a bale or 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petros_mk View Post
    Put him outside in a kennel. Remove the toys and throw a brisket bone in there on every few days.

    Bedding wise, summer I don't worry much about mine, he spends most of his days and nights in the run rather than the box of the kennel unless its pissing down like it has been the last few days.
    I have a padded mattress which I haven't removed from a while ago, I will remove it now because it doesn't do much good especially when I return from my daily walks and the dog is still wet/damp. I don't even remember why I placed it inside, thoughtless move.

    Winter, pea straw is the cure! There is plenty of it in Bunnings, mitre10 or trademe. Throw in a generous amount inside the bedding area of the kennel.
    I fill up the bedding area of my kennel about half way with loose pea straw, then dampen it down with my hands so the dog can actually get inside his sleep box. The first time you let the pup in, you'll hear a bit of rackas but eventually he'll make his den like he wants it to be.

    You may find the dog will push the pea straw out of this bedding area into the run. Fine, push it back in. I did it for a while each morning when I found it outside on the run. Eventually the dog gave up and sleeps in it fine and happy.
    Just keep an eye out on the pea straw regularly during winter if you put the dog to sleep slightly damp after your walks. It dries out fine during the day but the wet straw that gets stuck in the corners of your kennel won't get much air circulation to dry it out so you'll have to remove it before it starts rotting.

    After you are done with it, it makes good additive for your strawberry compost, or if you have 100 pigeons around they take it so they can make their nests.
    He gets a bit brisket every night, 5 minutes flat and its gone, by chew toys I mean antlers and kongs to keep him from destroying the kennel, Id exercise him before work but its too early and dont trust the missus to walk him.

    Ill look into the pea straw thanks.

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    Bedding

    Had a dog that would drag his bedding round the section throughout the day. I found when it got cold enough, he would come out and go search for it
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    Put the straw in a hessian sack or similar, allows you to anchor it in the kennel, replace the straw as needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROKTOY View Post
    Put the straw in a hessian sack or similar, allows you to anchor it in the kennel, replace the straw as needed
    Thats the problem, he loves ripping shit to pieces when nobody is around.

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    Just pout the straw (Barley straw is fine) in there. It's all I use and have done for 30 years. So many dogs arrive in my kennels with flash bedding and bullshit and all I end up will is synthetic fiber all over the bloody show. At least straw breaks down. It's a dog, left on it own it would be using a version of straw... use straw, it will be happy. don;t try and make it a happy human bed. it's a dog.
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    +1 on the straw and board to keep it in .
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    use barley straw not grass hay. Bales are available from Animal Feed Barn etc, Older dogs like a big sack stuffed with it as a mattress and tend not to destroy them, We use it loose with a board across the door of the kennel to keep as much in as possible....first frost the dogs wont come out of their straw nests in the morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    Had a dog that would drag his bedding round the section throughout the day. I found when it got cold enough, he would come out and go search for it
    Had an old dog like that, you knew where the sun was by where her bed was around the house.....The bed was one she picked, a wild sheepskin.....the discussion we had on who really owned it lasted for months till I gave up Best dog I ever had which is saying something BUT man alive she was a fucking shocker with possums.
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