A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, March 10, 2008

Chew Toys

She shredded stuffed toys. She gnawed the Kong to rubber shavings. She eats bones. She doesn't just chew them, she consumes them. They said the fire hose toy was so tough no dog could destroy it. Five minutes........

Maybe I should get her a radial tire.



Blogger GuitarGirlRN said...

We gave our superchewer a tire--we got it at the pet store, and it has a rope attached. It's the one thing she hasn't completely wrecked!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Laughingdog said...

Our lab hasn't destroyed her Kong yet. But she has been hell on nearly everything else we give her. She's smart enough to figure out most toys (such as the Everlasting Treat Ball) in a matter of minutes. Not surprising, since she knows how to open doors if they aren't locked.

The things we've found that occupy her well are as follows:

1. Cheese Kong: we smear 1/4 slice of american cheese in each end of a dumbbell kong. This gives us about 15 minutes of pure peace as she tries to lick it out.

2. Boingo Ball (available at www.jbpet.com): it's a hard plastic ball with foam bands around it. She can't really get leverage to destroy the foam, so it just gets tossed around instead.

3. Tug-a-toy (www.animalbehaviorassociates.com): This one is almost cruel. She can smell treats in there, but has to toss it around to get them out. Sometimes we put in food, others we throw in a dog biscuit, since it won't actually come out.

4. Everlasting Fun Ball (www.jbpet.com): We were surprised at how long one of these has lasted. You put in one or two dog biscuits, and your dog has to squeeze down on it and shake it around to get the pieces out.

The last thing we have for her is a large (12" - 16") hard plastic ball for play in the back yard. She runs it around the yard with her head, and then pins it with her head and front legs when we're near her to play keep away.

We go through a Kong and an Everlasting Fun Ball every year or two. The other toys have been nearly indestructible, which says a lot considering the types of things our dog has destroyed in seconds.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Justin Buist said...

We've had good luck with our black Kong toy made for power chewers. The red kind just got tore up in short order. The black one has lasted for almost a year now.

Any time we give our critter rawhide he starts thinking that it's OK to eat my leather belts... so we've had to stop that.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Zane said...

All I can say is: Welcome to the wonderful world of German Shepherd Dogs. I have always had this breed around; and all of ours have been strong chewers as well. The only toy that we have ever found that has (up until now, at least) lasted indefinitely is a fairly small ball make out of some kind of radioactive-isotope-doped-glow-in-the-dark-ball.
I don't remember who made it or where we got it but if you find a ball about the size of a grapefruit made out of that stuff, grab it. They are great and it is our current 80 lbs. of flying fury's favorite toy.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Chris Byrne said...

My two both do exactly the same thing. 'COurse one is half pitbull half rotweiller; and the other is half akita half border collie; all known as chewers.

2:36 AM  
Blogger red said...

Have you tried the black or blue Kongs? They're super tough, Ruby has yet to destroy one. You might try the white dinosaur from Nylabone, not the blue one.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Jp said...

Nothing is surprising except for the Kong. My lab destroyed that same fire hose toy, but her Kong is still kicking without any significant damage.

The word "indestructible" is used far too loosely on dog toys.

9:18 AM  
Blogger 10% said...

Have you tried Lacrosse balls? These lasted a longtime with our Ridgeback.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a Belgian Malinois who used to regularly get the first chunk out of a new Kong toy in about 15 minutes. We had a hard time finding any toys that were chew proof (or at least delayed the inevitable for a few months) and we tried them all until we came across West Paw Designs (www.westpawdesign.com and we have no affiliation with them aside from being customers). Their "guaranteed tough Zogoflex" line of toys have lasted for 4 months now without a single sign of wear or distress to the product. In fact they look new still.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Golden has chewed through the covers of two dog beds that were guaranteed indistructable. There's nothing he won't shred. As a pup he would walk across the back yard dragging small trees.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Mauser*Girl said...


The Kong actually comes in several different kinds of harness. There's a soft puppy Kong, the regular Kong (the red one) and a black Kong. The black Kong is designed for heavy chewers. Have you tried that one?

As for the bones, well, I have to admit that comment made me chuckle. I feed my German Shepherd a raw diet, so bones (or RMBs - raw meaty bones - as they're called) are part of her diet. She crunches them down and eats them. Normal, natural part of her diet.

The ones you want to keep away from, in terms of bones, are any that are cooked, treated in any way (such as the "smoked" ones they sell at the pet store), and any weight bearing bones or large animals - cow and pig legs, for example. The latter you don't want to give because they're very dense and can break her teeth.

As for indestructible toys, try getting a hold of heavy-duty sandblasting hose. Cut into 10" lengths. Those are very good chew / reward toys for pups. Heck, Ray Allen K9 now *sells* them as such.

Another fun, heavy duty toy are Jolly Balls, which are actually designed for horses.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have a number of items mentioned.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Stoney Pete said...

My mini daschund does the same thing. Destroys anything left in his path.

8:52 AM  

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