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« on: April 29, 2010 12:05:38 AM »

My Goldendoodle puppy Henry started power-chewing a while ago.  We were forced to have him sleep on a folded up towel for a while (because he started to eat his crate pad), until I improvised a cover that goes over both the bed and the tray underneath.  Because the whole thing fits tight inside his crate, he cant get at a corner to chew. 

Found a great fabric by the yard from Ikea, measured and cut, sewed two hems, and snipped slits into the hem (on the long sides), evenly spaced apart.  Then I crocheted a long chain with mercerized cotton yarn to make a cord.  After wrapping the cover around both the tray and the bedding, I laced the cord through the hem (kind of like with shoelaces) and tightened it.  Finally, I took another cord (triple ply of the same yarn) and drew it though the middle of the short sides, and tied that tight. 

Success!  Very comfy for Henry, and he has slept on it for a whole month without chewing it once.  It looks cool, and the pattern camouflages dog hair.  The fabric machine washes and dries (with about 10-15% shrinkage, which I accounted for), though it's a bit of work to put it back on because of the lacing. 

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010 12:57:46 AM »

LOVE IT! Next time you take it off can you take pics of the underside (by chance)? I would love to make one for my big chewing babies Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010 05:04:00 AM »

I too am curious about this lacing you describe. Sounds like it works well. Congrats on outsmarting the puppy!
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010 08:35:08 AM »

Congrats on successfully stopping the chewing on the first try.  My husband and I have a lab puppy, who started having hip troubles not long after we got him.  He was originally an outside dog but was relegated to a crate per vet's orders after his hips started bothering him.  It took me 3 or 4 tries to make a cover for his crate pad that he couldn't/wouldn't chew on.  I wanted mine to be easily removed, so I used zippers and quickly found that he loves chewing on zippers! 

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010 08:41:55 AM »

Great idea! And it looks great too

We have a rotti/staffi mix who chews (well used to, not so bad anymore) and Dh wanted me to get a piece of plywood for her enormous cage, padding and fabric and staple it to the bottom. Great idea DH except I can't wash it if it's stapeled. A few blankets are now more than a few, but she has pretty much out gorwn that lovely stage (she turned 1 in Jan) She did manage to "Kill" the shared dog bed before she outgrew it though Sad .

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010 09:22:32 AM »

That looks very comfy. What a happy pup!

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2010 11:28:28 AM »

This is really great. We've had to resort to buying blankets at the thrift-store for one of our Great Danes. He chews through every pad we've ever tried to put in his kennel. I think I'll try to make something similar for him.

I especially love the fabric you chose. It's nice and looks like it would hide the dirt Smiley.

« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010 12:42:52 PM »

This is fantastic!
Your pup is adorable too.

« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2010 03:56:59 PM »

thats so smart!
my puppy chewed the zipper off hers!

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2010 12:45:32 AM »

Good for you for finding solution to chewing problem right from the start.  Nice bedding, too. What did you do with the underside?  It is so fitted, it looks so nice.

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