“But,” you say, “there is nothing there.”
A Lab puppy is a set of teeth with four feet, a wagging tail, and an adorable grin attached. Put a crate pad or dog bed in with a Lab puppy and you’ve just given him a very expensive chew toy. Why? Because your Labrador retriever has been selected, developed, and chosen for the desire to put things in their mouth and, when bored, they will use that inborn urge in many – many – creative and frequently expensive ways.
Yes, your pup needs to be crated when you can’t watch him. (Think of leaving him unsupervised like leaving a toddler alone with a fist-full of indelible markers) No, he doesn’t need a dog bed, a crate pad or a blanket in his crate. Chances are he’ll just push them off to the side and splay out anyway.
Not only is a dog bed in the crate a pricey chew item but it can make things more expensive for years to come because your puppy will have enjoyed ripping up the bed. He may well do it for hours giving ripping fabric a rather high entertainment value. We want to avoid that if we can and make sure there is no Round 2 experience if he’s already had Round 1.
And, if your puppy swallows the ripped bits it can become a really costly bed with veterinarian visits, possible surgery, and all that guilt and worry. Some “chew resistant” beds can be made of especially dangerous fabric as it tends to be stronger than plain cotton. Why is stronger a danger? Because it can cut right through puppy gut if it gets tangled in there.
Most retrieving breeds aren’t ready for a dog bed in their crate (or ready to be left unsupervised for any length of time) until they are approaching two years old. When they are, and it is a glorious day when it comes, look at these fantastic pads.
Want a bed for outside of the crate where you can supervise him?
Have truly hard core chewer? Up his exercise, up his self-control work, up his chew toy access and consider a Kuranda bed . They are the only bed we have found that claims to be truly chew proof and backs it up with a guarantee any Labrador Retriever lover can appreciate.