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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 1:31 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Ok dog parents- I need some advice/tips on DURABLE pet toys, particularly balls.

We have 4 dogs:
6yr old White German Shepherd
2yr old Pomeranian
??yr old teacup Chihuahua (a stray we found near dead and obviously abused)
and our new 7 month old Siberian Husky
(I'll post a pic of our latest addition later )

The three larger dogs are very playful, however they're hard on toys. Tennis balls last all of 10 minutes. They get shredded, "popped", then broken into pieces. Stuffed toys only last with the Chi, since he likes to cuddle up with one and go to sleep.

I, personally, cannot stand squeek toys because the Pom takes them under the bed, then I find myself waking up at 2am to "SQUEEEEK...SQUEEEEEEEK. SQUEEK-SQUEEK-SQUEEK".

Do you guys know of any durable toys that I can buy for them? We have some rope toys that have lasted, but I'm trying to find balls or other toss toys that we can play with outside as well.

Thanks!


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itainteasy
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Default  Posted: 1:36 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

The Kong brand stuff seems to be very durable. My Fiance's family has a lab that in her day could chew up and spit out ANYTHING, but the Kong toys held up.

We have Kong toys for our tinyguy and he loves to chew them.


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hurtbs
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Default  Posted: 1:41 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

I have a mastiff so I feel you! A few things that last:

Kong - the big ones. They can't get through that! I've had one for years!
There are some plush kong toys. They will last you a good month.
GoDog makes some greath plush toys that last me a goo dmonth or two before she disembowels them. They're pricier (Usually $25 or so). However, they last. Even when they're relieved of their innards I keep them for a while because she will still play with it! You can find them on Amazon or even at Petsmart. In fact, I found a GoDog lion at Petsmart on clearance for $12. Look for ones with "chew guard."

[This message edited by hurtbs at 1:42 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)]


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zebra25
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Default  Posted: 1:42 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

My little guy can destroy just about anything!

We got him Chuckit Ultra rubber balls. He has yet to destroy one. The same company makes a larger ball that is not rubber and he did chew that one apart.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 1:46 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Awesome everyone!
Thanks!!


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 3:11 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Lacrosse balls are great for use with fetch. Get yourself a stick to throw them too, they go far. Balls are special toys at our house, and only used for fetch.
Our foster, pops, skins, and destroys balls the second he isn't fetching (Lab/Beagle mutt). My Lab loves her balls and treats them with a very soft mouth.
The Lacrosse balls are solid, so they have to work to destroy them. My niece just made some pull toys with old jeans, she cut them into strips, and did some special braid. They can't destroy them either. They play tug voraciously with them.


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asurvivor
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Default  Posted: 3:17 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

I use some old shoes left in the master bedroom closet by someone, I'm not quite sure who they belong to but there's a shit load of them.


I've wiped the shit off. It can be wiped off you know.



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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 3:19 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Kong and Chuck it are big winners around here too. I also have a red thing that I throw in the lake for my lab that's made out of firehose that he hasn't been able to destroy yet. Those are the only three I can think of that have stood the test of time.



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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 3:26 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Thanks Tushnurse!
Your post reminded me of a Pinterest link I saw on making dog toys out of denim. I'm going to revisit that this weekend.

I never would have thought of lacrosse balls!


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 4:19 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Thanks Asurvivor and Meta! I think I posted my last repsponse the same time you both did.

I use some old shoes left in the master bedroom closet by someone, I'm not quite sure who they belong to but there's a shit load of them.

As hilarious as that might be, I can't encourage chewing on shoes. They wont know the difference between the "ok to chew" shoes and my "did you seriously just eat my work shoes?!!".

@Meta - Thanks! The only toy that lasted for us was a wheel/round thing that was made out of actual tire material. It lasted months before they tore that up too.


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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 4:25 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

You're Welcome Gaby. If you'd like to start a post about what dogs can easily eat or destroy my list will be much longer.



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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 4:26 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Oh that thread would get to triple digit page length!


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6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

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Rebreather
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Default  Posted: 4:36 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Nothing. I have found nothing my lab doesn't destroy. The last "indestructable" thing I bought didn't last an hour.

They don't like the kongs so I have a couple that just sit in the toy box.

The lab doesn't eat her tennis balls, but the golden peels the skin off leaving the rubber ball underneath.

What they love the most is pine cones. They tear them to shreds. Ever stepped on pine cone shards with you bare feet? My dogs are jerks.

(swear to Maude I spelled that "bear feat" at first. I blame that other thread!!!)


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cayc
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Default  Posted: 4:56 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Nylabone products are pretty hardy. So are deer and elk antlers. And recently I tripped across this thing called "churpi chews". They are made of yak milk and salt. So not indestructable (since they''re meant to be eaten) but it takes dedicated chewing to get to the eating point.

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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 5:13 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Yah I bought one of those expensive tire toys and my lab destroyed it in 10 minutes. I was pissed. I had a golden that defuzzed tennis balls too.
I forgot about pine cones. My first golden loved Em. Did you know if you soak them in water they close up tight and are easier to throw?


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metamorphisis
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Default  Posted: 5:24 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

One thing to mention with the hard plastic Nylabones and antlers… my vet is really against them. He told me he sees more back tooth injuries because of those than anything else. He also remarked that because a dog won't often show pain from a tooth cracking, even if it hurts, he imagines there are even more dogs out there who's owners don't know for weeks that they've hurt a tooth. So we got rid of the ones we had. I figure it will save us dental costs down the road hopefully.



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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:51 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

@ Rebreather -
We don't have pine cones in our yard, but we do get (what we call) "spike balls". THOSE are lovely to step on and our Pom bring them in on his long fur all the time. (Bear foot... )

@Cayc - Thanks for the info! I'm very wary of antlers though. Like Meta, our vet strongly advises against them.

@Meta - Our vet told us the same/similar thing with regard to antlers, etc. We don't buy them either for that reason.

Thanks again everyone! You gave us great suggestions on things to try.


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Default  Posted: 5:51 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Racquet balls. Cheap and durable.


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Default  Posted: 5:56 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

I forgot about pine cones. My first golden loved Em. Did you know if you soak them in water they close up tight and are easier to throw?

Big ones too? Ours are large ones, not sugar pine size, but damn near close. I don't throw the cones, cause they are too pokey!!! But the chuck it is the best invention ever!


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:57 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

Racquet balls. Cheap and durable.

Awesome!!!!


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Default  Posted: 11:48 PM, August 6th (Wednesday)

I have found that it takes several weeks to months for my labs to fully destroy furniture. I'm on my fourth couch. My dining room table would be described as "distressed".


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 7:26 AM, August 7th (Thursday)

Yah but PJ it's hard to throw a couch, although it would take them a few minutes longer to bring it back.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 7:30 AM, August 7th (Thursday)

LOL!!


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Married 4, together 7yrs total
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DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

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Default  Posted: 8:44 AM, August 7th (Thursday)

"SQUEEEEK...SQUEEEEEEEK. SQUEEK-SQUEEK-SQUEEK".

I get it! My DD's dog (large mixed breed) - they are living with us for a bit...she does "Squeakerectomies" - she tears the squeaker out (along with the stuffing) and hides it, only to find it later (middle of the night) and plays her "music"


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Default  Posted: 9:06 AM, August 7th (Thursday)

Man, I'm gonna try some of these suggestions but our pit goes through EVERYTHING so fast!! Even all the "indestructable" toys get destroyed....We've had some luck with handballs, but lacrosse balls might be a good option too.


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Default  Posted: 9:54 AM, August 7th (Thursday)

PJ I think we have the same decorator!!
I was looking at my chewed dining room table legs the other day and thinking I should replace it. Then remembered that Charlie Brown just turned a year old, and that it will probably be a few years before I can trust him with a new table.



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Want2help
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Default  Posted: 1:42 PM, August 7th (Thursday)

My dogs chew through Kongs like they're toilet paper rolls (I love KONG products, but my dogs are serious chewers).

However, they have never chewed through Fat Cat brands toys.

Here's a link to the website. They're also adorable and hilarious.

http://www.fatcatinc.com/home


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 2:38 PM, August 7th (Thursday)

Thanks Want2!


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SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

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Default  Posted: 3:08 PM, August 7th (Thursday)

We have had great experience with Kong, as well.

That, and good, real bones. Just be sure you put those away before bed, because nothing (well, maybe other than Lego) hurts more than stepping on a soup bone on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.


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Default  Posted: 3:44 PM, August 7th (Thursday)

Last night my golden woke me up chewing on his pink bunny at 2am. Really??!! Damn chewers.


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