May 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm #15337Kathy9075Participant
You know, I worry about those since seeing an episode of Emergency Vets on Animal Planet years ago, where a Rottweiler had gotten his tongue stuck in a Kong toy!June 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm #15413mhazeParticipant
I’ve had success with the Kong Extreme, as well as the Zogoflex Huck. Fill a Kong with peanut butter and then freeze it. It’s a great thing to keep them busy while they’re alone for a couple hours.
The other thing I do from time to time is pick up old soccer balls. The local lake is littered with them, unfortunately. I try to ‘recycle’ one every time I paddle on the lake. My dog shreds them pretty quick, but they’re free and easy to come by. He loves them.June 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm #15414LDParticipant
and they last pretty well….get between 4-5 months out of one before it needs replacing.
Those GoughNuts look great! I will pick a couple up when I pick up their dog food in two weeks. Thanks for the suggestion and link!July 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm #15638MuttinChopsParticipant
I get my girl a tough rope to chew on, they usually last a few weeks and don’t make a huge mess.. I’ll give her tennis balls as treats cuz she’ll tear through them in an hour systematically nibbling all the fuzz off then destroying whats left of the rubber ball..August 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm #15678
Ok so my local Meijer store had Kongs on sale buy one get one free. I bought two (one for each of my pits). I put treats in them and gave them each one. My female Kira has had one before and loves them and it keeps her busy for hours and she has never destroyed one. However my male Ace began his life in the Humane Society and had absolutly no clue what to do with it when I gav it to him. So the next day when I went to work I put treats in the Kongs and put them in their crates to keep them occupied. When I got home Ace decided that the hole in the bottom wasn’t big enough so he ate the Kong around the hole to make it bigger and got the treats out (shit head)!! I thought they weren’t suppose to be able to destroy them like that. He has to be the funniest dog I have ever had. I just laughed at him. So FYI Kongs can be completely destroyed in hours with a PitAugust 4, 2010 at 12:12 am #15681ethelbellParticipant
We bought two of the Crazy Critters at Dollar General, instead of on tv but the same toy. Our pits have had them for a month now. The squeakers our broke but they can still play tug of war or chew on them. I was surprised they have lasted that long. Was worth the $10.August 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm #15724markdavid570Participant
We’ve had good experiences with the classic Kong. We tried the harder black one, but our older dog was able to bite the top right off. The red one actually has lasted for well over a year at this point. I think the fact that it gives rather than breaks makes a big difference with our dogs. We have a couple of Nylabones, and they last as well, but with the type of material they are, they end up with lots of sharp little edges. Other than that, regular bones (not rawhides) seem to last as well.August 17, 2010 at 1:30 am #15725TaanaParticipant
Have you tried a tractor tire for the backyard, eGGe toy, wobbly kong, or interactive toys. Goughnuts are similar to kongs but a guarenteed if damaged they will replace freeAugust 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm #15727
I did have good experiences with the Kong for Kira but Ace is a terror when it comes to destorying it. Thank god he’s not an intense chewer like Kira. In the evenings after they eat dinner Kira will go potty and then immediatly come in and grab her mint flavored Nylabone and chew it hard core all night. She has got them sharp like crazy but that don’t stop her. She doesn’t get agressive about it but some times if Ace tries to grab it she lets him no thats a no no he has his own. So the other day he grabbed it from her on the couch and ran to the bed room dropped it then came back out in the living room like ha now go get it. Cracked me upAugust 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm #15731rebeccajoshuaosheaParticipant
We’ve used different Kongs–the black one, were given a pink one free (not by choice, but not sure that our male dog cares much, lol)…and recently bought the Kong Wobbler–can put food and small treats inside, and the dog has to paw at the toy to get the food to spill out. O’Shea gets all the little bits of food/treat out in less than 5 min, it seems…but he enjoys leaving a few bits in it, and will get to it when he’s ready. He also likes the Kongs when we layer peanut butter and special, meaty type treats (Nat. Balance tubes–cut up), then freeze it. We also had this squirrel toy that has squeakers on both ends, but no stuffing–O’Shea ripped one of the squirrels ears off to get the squeaker, we threw the squeaker away, but he loves the squirrel; it’s like his best friend. 😛September 1, 2010 at 5:32 am #15835Armywife_BarrettParticipant
“1 layer of fleece, 2 layers of industrial grade luggage material, and 1 layer of plastic coating at the center. All 4 layers are bonded and sewn together…assembled with 7 seams…4 seams hold the product together, then another layer of material is added to cover the assembly stitching, then 3 more seams are added.”
My last dog would shred everything. He was a pit/lab shelter dog. He would shred rope toys all over the house, chew little pieces off kongs (and eat them), and work on a toy until he chewed a small hole in it to pull all the stuffing out. I got him a “tuffy” from mydogtoy.com and the thing lasted forever. It took him 4 weeks working at the smae spot to get through the material to the stuffing, and even then the stuffing is sewn in so he couldn’t get it pulled out!
My current pit turns her nose up at kongs and rawhide gives her diarrhea. She’ll chew on plain bones if she’s bored but sometimes she cracks pieces off so I only give them to her with supervision, usually with frozen peanut butter inside to keep her interested in licking not chewing. Rope toys she shreds, tennis balls she peels open, and nylabones only interest her some of the time. Now she loves her Tuffy shark. She’s had it 2 weeks, and she chews and chews on the stitching and it hasn’t shredded yet. 16x9x5, machine washable, and it floats! It has a tough scale of 7 (which is “really tuff” compared to 10 “tuffest/mega tuff”) and was only $18.50. For a large toy that us tough and that she ACTUALLY plays with that’s not bad. I’ve spent a lot on “tough” toys in the past that she won’t even look at.
She also enjoys tires. You can get bone shaped tire chunks from some pet stores. If your dog is like mine and shreds but doesn’t ingest it’s a great buy. Less than a dollar and takes days to shred up. It’s real tire but with thread stitching instead of wire so it’s safe for their mouths.
Also she loves horse hooves. They don’t shatter but they do start to smell funny about day 3 or 4 when she gets to the center of them. And Cow ears are a great alternative to rawhide. Cow ears don’t “melt” when they get drooled on and they’re fibrous so they take longer to chew up. They’re the only chew treat my do doesn’t get the runs from.September 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm #15849
I have noticed that alot of you use Kongs or Nylabone. I see that some use rawhides too. I was told by my vet that she doesn’t recommend rawhides because the dogs body can’t digest them properly and they can get stuck in their intestines and things. I have given my dogs pig ears and they love them they usually last about 10min. A nylabone last them a few months usually. Kongs are only fun if they have something in them lol.September 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm #15850mattParticipant
We’re hearing more and more negative things about rawhides.
Bully sticks seem to be the most recommended nowadays.September 9, 2010 at 4:40 am #15875Armywife_BarrettParticipant
Rawhides give my pitty the runs. BAD. Even a small rawhide. And she would just salivate on them until they were soft enough to swallow without chewing them. I tried pigs ears but they were greasy and gave her gas. Now she gets cow ears. They come in many flavors and are dry and fibrous and require chewing. And they’re cheap (under $1) and are big enough to be cut into 2 or 3 treats each. Never tried bully sticks but the thought of my girl eating a bull’s penis is a but disturbing to me.September 12, 2010 at 1:49 am #15897raisins momParticipant
Brus Mom – I went and bought my lil guy and our shepherd two coconuts but apparently as my boyfriend said I bought the wrong kind because I didn’t notice they said easy breakable or something. Anyways they loooooove rolling them around on the floor trying to peel the husks. My favorite part was watching them watch it roll down our front steps (which is 18 steps) and out on the lawn then look at me like ummm go get that. Unfortuantely it split open, but was great entertainment! Thank you !!!!
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