All I keep is a crate mat and the original little blanket that the breeder made, that smelled like his family. On occasion, depending on how long we’ll be gone, I used to throw bones or a squeaky toy in it. But it always makes me nervous that if something happens, I wont be there for it.
I totally agree, especially with that last statement. Dogs can choke on toys or bones, and I’ve always been too afraid to leave anything with them if I’m not going to be home to know. I don’t even put blankets or beds in their crates. I used to keep crate mats in them, for a bit of comfort, but they end up getting chewed to pieces and even that can be a hazard!
I have a relative whose Toy Poodle once ate a blanket, and from what I heard, he had to have surgery to get the blanket removed. You have to imagine what it’s like to have your body trying to digest a blanket. Can’t be good for the intestines! You would think a dog would know not to eat a blanket, or to at least throw it up, but sometimes this is just out of our control.