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30 January 2005 @ 01:24 pm
Help please!  
Hey everyone, I am in need of some advice. Kermit is getting bigger everyday and is doing very well. We have basically stopping all the chewing and potty training is almsot perfect. But we have one problem...her bed. Every couple of weeks or so she completely rips up her bed! The first time she did this the bed was not fixable (she broke the zipper) so we bought a new one. The second, third, fourth, and fifth (we have lost count now) we just zip it back up and have her use it. We have tried scolding, ignoring her, taking the bed away, spraying it with Apple Bitter, etc. and nothing seems to phase her. She does not tear up anything else, she absolutely loves her stuffed toys and never even gets a little hole in them. Any advice is appreciated!

 
 
I am feeling: annoyedannoyed
 
 
Loving Life: Boston's Rulellinthesand on January 30th, 2005 10:41 am (UTC)
Oh boy. We are in the same boat... or bed hehehe.
Bubby NEVER chewed up his beds... he had one like Kermits too. Then when we moved here we got him a bigger one - the type that is a big rectangle (more square) - and he was fine with it. Well... we have one like that for Lilo & Stitch and they chewed it up - ripped out the zipper, etc... so we replaced it. They did it again so I decided to leave it like it was. Then I found a cover that I had for Bubby's when he died... we had just got him a new bed a few days before. (I put his old cover on the new bed and buried him with it and his blanket). Anyway --- they haven't torn it up at all! They are now 1.5 - maybe it's age? Maybe since I've said that now they will get to work on messing this one up too! hehehe.

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I am ASSUMING that since they like to "paw" things (like we do to a pillow to get it just right) that maybe since it's shape can't be changed that's why they tear it up - to change it's shape. Just a thought.
trexphile on January 30th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
Then I found a cover that I had for Bubby's when he died... we had just got him a new bed a few days before. (I put his old cover on the new bed and buried him with it and his blanket). Anyway --- they haven't torn it up at all!

That's what worked for us. Daisy tore up every mattress we bought her. Finally I found an old comforter up in the linen closet, folded it to fit the crate and she hasn't messed it up at all. It's much easier to wash too.
Melindamindy1024 on January 30th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks...maybe we will just keep at it then and hope she grows out of it!
Stephanie Scotthotaslava2024 on January 30th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
my dog did it constantly.. I figured out that the texture of her fluffy bed was the same as the texture of her toys. So I went out and bought her a bed that was a different fabric and it solved the problem. Looks like he is tearing apart the outside to get to the foam. Maybe try a bean bag one and see if it changes.

good luck..
<3
Melindamindy1024 on January 30th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
Her bed is definately a different material then her toys...so I don't know. Maybe we should try a different style but right now we are going with whatever is cheapest in case she destroys it! Ha ha..and I can jsut picture "beans" everywhere. But I think if it happens again we might to do that. thanks for your help!
jasminejasmines97 on January 30th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
I wish that I had a good answer for you - we dealt with this a lot early on too. The thing that finally worked? Time. He has now outgrown ripping up his bed (and I think we went through about 9 when all was said and done) and there was no rhyme or reason for him going crazy on it.

Good luck - hopefully you'll be able to get little Kermie out of this stage quickly!
Melindamindy1024 on January 30th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
I hope so :o) Do you remember about how old he was when he stopped? Kermie is just shy of 5 months.
Courtneys0yl3ntgr33n on January 30th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
leeloo does it with COUCH CUSHIONS!
Sheribooksaremyhabit on January 30th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
yikes!!!!
Melindamindy1024 on January 30th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank goodness she only rips up her own stuff :o)
Sara Rae: happy familysarakenobi on January 30th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
do you keep her there when you leave her alone? i.e going out. lucy had a few toys in herlittle kennel when she was a baby and she woule RIP them to pieces but only when they werew there.... i think its an anxiety thing, take your anger out on the toy or bed because mom and dad left us alone...
Melindamindy1024 on January 30th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Well, when we go out she is blocked off in the kitchen by a baby gate. She has her crate open (which is where her bed is), all of her toys, food, water, and newspaper. She sometimes rips up the paper. It is weird though because we can leave her for hours (like all day at work) and nothing, but sometimes we are gone for a few minutes and Boom! shredded bed :o)
Sara Raesarakenobi on January 30th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
weird.... i bet she will just grow out of it. i know that puppies direct their anger energy into destroying stuff cuz they are sad they got left behind :( but Lucy doesnt do that anymore, we just patiently cleaned it up :-p
Angela: harley newangelacm on January 30th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
Harley did that with her first bed too. We ended up getting her one at petsmart that is more similar to one of those cushions you would put on a wooden chair. It is still in one piece, I think the fabric over it and the shape of it dissuade her from tearing it up. They also make crate pads made to go inside them. If all else fails I would try a pillow with a pillowcase sewed on, Harley loves pillows and she never tries to ruin them. You'll find something that works. I think the shape of the bed you (and I had the same) were using is also easier for them to chew up. By the way, Kermit looks so cute in the 1st pic. Kinda like he is saying, "What... I didn't do anything bad!" lol.
Melindamindy1024 on January 30th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
She has a pillow I sewed for her whihc she naps on...which may end up being her "bed". I just feel bad taking the other bed away because it has sides she curls up with or props her head up on. And she LOVES to sleep on her back with her feet up in the air, and on the pillow she can't since there isn't enough support.

And yes, she had a very "I'm sorry, I swear I will never do it again look!" She however lied :o)
Defying Gravity: Tuffystarlit12 on January 30th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
My sister's boston Molly does something similar, she unzips the zipper and pulls out all the stuffing. Every so often someone will be like, someone get Molly, she's eating her bed!!
Melindamindy1024 on January 30th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
ha ha, it is so frustrating. I think though it maybe that she is mad at us for leaving, or just gets bored and gets into mischief...unlike Molly Kermit only does it when we leave her home alone.
stageiistageii on January 31st, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
http://www.thepamperedpetmart.com/thestore/Round.html

Check out the link above for the Snuggle Ball bed. My guys adore them, and they are tough stuff but nice and cushy.