I have a large Shep/Malamute X who sleeps in a metal crate in the house
at night or if the weather is unpleasant. He's a maniac in the house
and the energy that I thought might dissipate as he aged has not! He
likes his crate, but as a big dog reaching 4 years of age I am concerned
about arthritis and what the hard metal bottom might be doing to his
joints. I can't put a blanket in there or he will eat it, so I am
trying to come up with other options to soften things up for him. Any
ideas? Anyone with similar experiences? Or is there some way I can
teach him not to eat a blanket or dog bed? (He has PLENTY of chew toys,
just likes the soft, squishy things (blankies, beds, etc) the most.
Thanks for any help - he's a good boy and I feel awfully guilty that he
doesn't have a softer place to sleep.