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Soft Bedding in Crate for new puppy?

I am new here to the forum. I am very excited to join the community. I have found this format the most beneficial to learn and share. I think because people care and want to help others!

Anyway - we have not yet received our new puppy until mid December - we are first time puppy owners. I have read both to put a soft towel or blanket in the little crate (or not) to because they may chew and injest fabric.

I want the new puppy to be comfortable and warm but not have dangerous fabric to chew.

I need advice as how to proceed. I thought to put a "self warming" pad in the xpen and a modest "dish mat" type floor covering in the crate to start.

What should I do? I am going to keep the ex-pen area small to begin - with a crate and litterbox, then slowly expand the ex-pen.

Thanks so much in advance.

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I think it depends on the puppy. Both my girls were fine with any fluffy dog bed. Kodi was a “dog bed menace” after spending a fortune on nice dog beds that he immediately tore up, (often in “rough sex" sessions) I decided that he was sleeping on old towels until he learned not to destroy bedding. Fortunately, his destruction had nothing to do with eating or swallowing bedding, so in our case, that was not a problem. He ONLY destroyed them and cost me lots of money! LOL! He did eventually grow out of it, thank heavens!

So, I guess what I’m saying is, play it by ear. If you are lucky, your puppy will be a good one, and not destroy bedding. If you get one like Kodi, don’t be stupid like me and throw good money after bad. Just go straight to old towels until he learns to take care of nice things! LOL!


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I would go with things that can be easily laundered at first. Even though dogs donít like to potty where they sleep, accidents happen, especially with new puppies!



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I agree about easy to wash. I used thicker blankets at first but then realized he actually liked laying on the hard floor, so I didnít feel at all guilty about switching to receiving/swaddle blankets. They are thin and easy to wash well. Mine doesnít like the warmer beds and pads. He loves to sleep on cold floors and the breeze from the air conditioner. If you start with something you already have, or an inexpensive pack of baby blankets, then you can see what your puppy likes best. Since you mentioned in another thread that your breeder is indoor potty training, you might find you can go to a bed pretty quickly (I started to reply to your other thread but the page refreshed).
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Welcome Peter. you have come to the right place!

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I am waiting patiently to find out which one the breeder chooses for us. I would be blessed with any one of them.
Wise decision. Let the breeder select the puppy that will best fit in with you family personality. All Havanese are the same, all Havanese are different. How can that be? Havanese share certain breed characteristics - intelligent, inventive, active, sturdy, etc. yet each individual Havanese manifests those characteristics in different ways. Gender and coloring are unimportant, the individual personality to fit your family is important.

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we are first time puppy owners. I have read both to put a soft towel or blanket in the little crate (or not) to because they may chew and injest fabric. I want the new puppy to be comfortable and warm but not have dangerous fabric to chew.
Don't waste your money on fancy blankets. Any old, worn towel will do the trick. Our Ricky doesn't care where he sleeps - warm bed or cold tile floor - he is comfortable. We live in a mild winter area, so we don't leave the heat on at night and the temperature may get down to the low 50's at night inside the house. We require that Ricky sleep in his crate at night and we cover the crate with a medium weight blanket, birdcage style to keep him out of drafts at floor level. The blanket keeps his body heat inside the crate. Ricky wakes up each morning, nice and warm, energetic, and ready to start a new day.

As far as wives accepting a new member of the family, my wife was dead set against getting a dog when we brought him home in November 2014. She said, "he's YOUR dog!" After a week she started to refer to him as "OUR dog". A couple of months after that, she started to refer to Ricky is "MY dog." Every day I prepare Ricky's twice daily meals in our utility room. Ricky watches me prepare dehydrated Honest Kitchen, a little bit of dry kibble, and then vitamins and supplements. He watches me eagerly (he is a voracious eater) licking his chops . I then shut him in the laundry room while I take his bowl and hide it someplace in the house. This is the "FIND IT" game that he LOVES. I then open the laundry room door and he waits for my release cue (find it). He then shoots out of the laundry room like he has a rocket stuck up his butt! He uses his nose and air scenting to find the bowl hidden someplace in the house. This morning Momi was watching his search and laughing out loud. I asked, "what's so funny?" She said she never tires of watching his antics and his cute little body. Ricky is now HER dog!

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Thanks!!! I hope the same works out here and I bet it will!! This IS the place to be. What a nice community of Havanese owners and great people. Thank you for your feedback on my questions - I have been preparing for 2 months learning everything I can. It will be "gametime" soon so I want to be ready and also cherish the experience!!!

I watch the videos at the breeders and can easily see the different personalities - I am glad I emphasized and explained how we are so the breeder can pick the best pup for us! I am pretty mellow and the breeder will know which one is best. I will be surprised when I finally get the word!

Warmest Regards and Cheers!!!

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Welcome! Shama often chooses the wooden floor over her gazillion beds. I'm looking forward to hearing your stories and seeing your photos.

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I totally agree with waiting to see what type of bed works best after you bring your pup home. I bought Desi a small round bed that he loves to push around the room and play with but seldom actually sleeps in. We also have an elevated cot which he never uses. He likes to chew terry cloth towels so old towels did not work for us either. I bought the following Items on Amazon for
his crate and they worked out perfectly. We take them with us when we travel and they are easy to clean. Hope this is helpful.







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Welcome Peter. you have come to the right place!

As far as wives accepting a new member of the family, my wife was dead set against getting a dog when we brought him home in November 2014. She said, "he's YOUR dog!" After a week she started to refer to him as "OUR dog". A couple of months after that, she started to refer to Ricky is "MY dog." Every day I prepare Ricky's twice daily meals in our utility room. Ricky watches me prepare dehydrated Honest Kitchen, a little bit of dry kibble, and then vitamins and supplements. He watches me eagerly (he is a voracious eater) licking his chops . I then shut him in the laundry room while I take his bowl and hide it someplace in the house. This is the "FIND IT" game that he LOVES. I then open the laundry room door and he waits for my release cue (find it). He then shoots out of the laundry room like he has a rocket stuck up his butt! He uses his nose and air scenting to find the bowl hidden someplace in the house. This morning Momi was watching his search and laughing out loud. I asked, "what's so funny?" She said she never tires of watching his antics and his cute little body. Ricky is now HER dog!

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It is funny how these little dogs worm their way into your hearts. My husband was dead set against us getting a dog after our boxer passed away. It only took him a few days to warm up to Desiís funny antics and playful personality. Desi was a Mommies boy following my every move until Daddy started paying attention to him. In fact he has taken over feeding, walking, etc. and I am now second fiddle. I can see why many people here on the forum have multiples!

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We also have an elevated cot which he never uses.
Faith, that cot will come in handy as a place to send Desi to and/or to have Desi stay on. Shama also does like hers outside on hot days! You may want to teach Desi that it's good to go to that cot because lots of treats appear there!

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