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The BEST Crate Bed for Your Labrador Retriever Puppy


Best Dog Bed for Labrador Puppies ImageHere you have the very BEST crate bed for most Labrador puppies (and Golden Retriever and Doodle and Husky puppies, as well).

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?

Great idea! Go buy the Kuranda, Bowsers or Orvis Dog Bed of your dreams!

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.


Author: Sarah

Sarah Wilson, Dog Expert, offers experienced-based dog info with humor. Author of 8 books, seen on PBS, Sarah knows all about dogs. {Pip} is her rescue dog.


  1. you would need : bowls, food, doggy bed, crate (if u wanna crate train them), leash, collar, flea cntrool (advantage or frontline), toys, treats, training pads(depends on your view) and for grooming, hair brush, toothbrush and for me, pet wipes, depends on how you wanna clean your pet since you cant bathe them everyday. you also need shampoo. I’m pretty sure I don’t have the complete list but other people would provide them for yah..As for the food, they eat about 1/2 a cup a day to maybe 3/4..depending on the puppy. I didnt really keep track of how long an 8lb bag of food will last, maybe 2 wks or so.. feed the pup solid gold, canidae or innova and whenever you introduce new food make sure you mix the new one with the old food for maybe a week to aviod tummy upset.A dog is not fully house broken until 6 months old so be patient. Lots of love and attention!! So excited for yah..goodluck and congratulations!

  2. I’m late in the game for this – but my trainer sent something out regarding the retractable leashes which made me want to peruse this site. I have a 6-month old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who is crate trained. My fiance and I were just talking about how we think that she has graduated from nothing really in her crate to getting a bed for her crate. So when I saw the picture of nothing – I literally chuckled out loud 🙂 Thanks 😉

    • Yup, not yet. Try a bed in her crate on her second birthday. See how that goes. 😉

      I’m a huge fan of Chessies. Love the breed. Enjoy her!

  3. Totally agree, Sarah. My GSD had 18 months of no bedding and careful crating before we allowed him short, unsupervised access to the house. I’m pleased to report that he passed with flying colors and, a month later, he stays out and about while we’re at work. And he’s not chewed a thing! I think it helps that we have a doggie door, which allows him to potty as needed and patrol the perimeter when he feels like it. It sometimes felt like he was never going to graduate from his crate but I’m so glad we followed the advice of our trainer and waited.

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