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Old 04-02-2013, 11:08 AM
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Does anyone have any ideas for keeping your dane entertained in the crate? Emma is crated while we are at work, and even though my hisband goes home at lunch to let her out, she must get really bored. That is when she destroys her blankets, beds, etc.....

Yesterday we came home and found she had completely chewed her brand new harness off her body (the Surgeon recommended we use one during her recovery). (see pic)

I have seen some post about filling Kongs with peanut butter to entertain them, but I fear when the peanut butter is all gone out of the Kong that she will tear it apart and eat it or choke on it trying to do so!! The only she will not destroy that goes in her crate everyday is her "Binky", a pink dragon that she loves and has had since being a little pup!

When out of the crate she doen't mess with anything that is not hers or a dog toy......just in the crate....so I am assuming it is boredom....

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:57 AM
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Try a beef knuckle bone. It's the only bone (or anything for that matter) that keeps them busy for an hour straight, and lasts much longer than that. Unlike long bones they don't tend to splinter, they gnaw on them, so there is less of a chocking hazard with them. I always have them around, and put them up for special occasions. Lucas is the only dog crated and he gets his in his crate to keep him occupied. Although he primarily rests in the crate.
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Get the thicker black Kong, they're heavy duty. Fill with stuff and freeze so it takes longer to clean them out. There are lots of recipes for Kong stuffing on here, try using the search function. I know there was a good thread about it a few months ago.

ETA - found one of the threads I was thinking of: http://www.dolforum.com/forum/showth...=kong+stuffing
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I'll be the group meanie and state that I don't let Rufus have anything in the crate. Once he started destroying what I would put in with him, I simply cleaned it out and let do without. He has done no damage to the crate, and I'm not throwing money in the trash over his form of entertainment.
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Try a beef knuckle bone. It's the only bone (or anything for that matter) that keeps them busy for an hour straight, and lasts much longer than that. Unlike long bones they don't tend to splinter, they gnaw on them, so there is less of a chocking hazard with them. I always have them around, and put them up for special occasions. Lucas is the only dog crated and he gets his in his crate to keep him occupied. Although he primarily rests in the crate.
They love knuckle bones but I only give them under supervision. Hamish choked on the knuckle of a bone and had to have surgery to have it removed.
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I used to put a marrow bone in the crate with my Pit and then a dog at work got one stuck behind his bottom canines and had to be sedated to remove it. I'm terrified to give them now, when I'm not home. I do still give beef rib bones.
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They love knuckle bones but I only give them under supervision. Hamish choked on the knuckle of a bone and had to have surgery to have it removed.
Wow that's terrible. Glad Hamish is okay. Thanks for telling me.
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Wow that's terrible. Glad Hamish is okay. Thanks for telling me.
He's fine now (he is also a HUGE wuss when he's sick) My guys don't get knuckle bones anymore, my bank account can't take it!
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We started giving Stella those big oversized, Kong tennis ball things. She puts it in her mouth and sort of just chews on it through the day in her crate. We also are HUGE supporters of Tuffies, like the ones below. These are Stella's and after I bought the first one, we went back and bought 3 others. These are NOT CHEAP...however, she has yet to destuff one. These toys are PERFECT plush toys for a great dane. I'm not saying it's impossible for a dane to destuff them, but I am telling you these are big, tough, sturdy toys. We have a total of 4 and adore them.

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We started giving Stella those big oversized, Kong tennis ball things. She puts it in her mouth and sort of just chews on it through the day in her crate. We also are HUGE supporters of Tuffies, like the ones below. These are Stella's and after I bought the first one, we went back and bought 3 others. These are NOT CHEAP...however, she has yet to destuff one. These toys are PERFECT plush toys for a great dane. I'm not saying it's impossible for a dane to destuff them, but I am telling you these are big, tough, sturdy toys. We have a total of 4 and adore them.

Can these be purchased at a Petsmart or Petco? Or are they from somewhere else?
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