(Closed) Bone in the Crate – Yay or Nay?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@howtobeawife:  When we were crate training our lab, he always had to drag something in there with him…they’re mouthy dogs to begin with, so whatever.  It never hurt anything.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Nope. I always worried he might choke on it while I wasn’t home but I am a crazy overprotective doggie mom.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I crate my Australian Shepherd puppy (well she is 7.5 months) with her bone and a kong toy that I put treats in. It is good for dogs to have something to do while in a crate. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Bones make our doggies crate time much happier.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I always leave her in the crate with a frozen kong stuffed with peanut butter. She’s thrilled to get that and if she gets bored, she’ll chew on the kong. It’s the only thing she hasn’t been able to destroy thus far. She’s managed to rip apart every other toy we’ve gotten her and whittles bones down to nubs within an hour, so I don’t wanna leave her with them while we’re gone for a longer period of time. Even Nylabones get turned into daggers with her. Sigh.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I dont leave anything with our dogs in their crates. I worry they will choke. They do have special water dishes that are securely latched to the side of the crate so they can have a drink. Also, soft blankets. Toys and bones should never be given unsupervised. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I second the concern that it can be dangerous to leave a bone (especially if you mean a rawhide versus a large plastic bone) in the crate when the dog is unsupervised. My dog has gotten a small piece of her bone lodged in her throat and it was a terribly scary feeling to have to reach all the way down her throat to pull it out. I leave a large kong with peanut butter for her when I leave the house.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@SweetDeeReynolds:  I was just going to suggest a Kong!

 

Kongs are great, very durable toys. You can get the extra strong tough chewer ones if you have any concerns. You can stuff small treats and peanut butter in them to give the pup something to do when you are gone.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m also in the camp where I don’t leave anything in the crate with my dog for fear he’ll choke. He gets a treat whenever he goes in, I wait for him to eat it, then leave.
I’m also a nervous nellie though!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No. The risk of getting a piece off and choking is too great in my mind. Why take the chance? There are some toys that are crate friendly, like a kong, that you can fill and freeze to occupy your pup.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Too dangerous to leave a bone unsupervised with a dog.

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