Is there such a thing as an "indestructible" dog toy? My dog trashes every toy I give her within 5 minutes. She can have the plastic eyeballs, and squeaker out of a toy in 3.24 minutes (yup, I timed it). Any suggestions? (other than a KONG) She won't touch it.
By Marie from Ontario, Canada
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Do a search for a "Jolly Ball." It is essentially a round rubber ball with a handle on it. They come in different sizes from 4.5" to 10": we bought one for our german shepherd that is larger (made for a horse). They aren't supposed to deflate or get punctured, and are made really tough. I've found smaller ones at pet stores, like petsmart, and at farm supply stores. Our dog has 3 in various sizes and really loves them. You can order them online if you cannot find them in your area. They last forever--our dog used to chew up soccer balls within a day or two. He has had his Jolly Balls for years.
To throw another thought into the ring, my dog has destroyed many a dog toy until he got hold of the Tanzanian Mountain Ball. Wow! This thing is great. Not too expensive (around 6 bucks or less). Give this one a shot.
I swear by the hard Nylabones!
I have 2 pit bulls (72 and 86 LBS) so I know all about how hard it is to find a toy that will last more than 10 minutes.. I found that giving them empty plastic bottles after I'm done drinking soda is great!
Also the round rubber toy that has a lot of holes in it, it looks like a kids toy that you would put shapes inside of (I hope that makes sense) is great! It's called Hol-ee Roller on the Petsmart website for like $6. I did''t think it would be but my boys both tug at it at the same time, I have had it for a month and it's still intact.
They also absolutely adore this toy that I bought at Wal-Mart (but drives me nuts) for $9.88 called Dogtronics Rumble Bumps.. It's made of solid rubber so it has many teeth marks, but still intact. Make sure to get the solid one, not the one that you can put the battery in, because my dog tore that one up.. It makes noise constantly, so after a month of that the battery died and now they are allowed to play with it all the time.
P.S. Have you tried putting different treats in the Kong? My dogs wouldn't play with it either until I put Peanut butter around the rim and Begging Bacon Strips instead of the treats that are made for the Kong. I hope this helps
Try putting peanut butter or cheese inside a Kong.
This is a chew toy that my Golden retrievers enjoy & it lasts about a year! Nylabone....get the white one NOT the Nylabode edibles (they are gone in 10 minutes) I replace them once a year when they've gnawed it down to about 1/2 of it's original size. They have no dyes so it won't stain your carpet & they love them! I've gotten the hard rubber ones before & Kongs but they just don't want them. These are a lifesaver, because dogs will eventually chew up something...better this bone that the legs of a table!
Thank You everyone. All your suggestions are amazing. I am definitely going to try them for sure. There she is. Pug/American Bulldog. You would never guess that's what she is.
I have two lab puppies, 8 months and an adult Rhodesian ridgeback - the only toy I have tried which has stood the test of time is the Dura Doggie Dish http://uknowfac radoggiedisc.htm
I promise I am not being a smart aleck and am serious! When I was a teen my boyfriends family had a dog they would give smooth rocks to chew on and play with! Not pebbles she could possibly swallow but large enough to chew on and play fetch with and she loved it! Definitley not boulders - LOL ;-) Anyway, they had a swimming pool and that cutie would even fetch it from the shallow end of their pool! She was the greatest and her first litter of puppies was the first time I ever saw a live birth! That was awesome! Rocks are definitely indestructible when it comes to the toy category ;-)
My dog (pit-mix)doesn't respond to treats, doesn't like Kongs or the real bone toys. When she wants to, she can really tear a toy apart! The only toy we've found that she likes & hasn't chewed up is a Tuffy frisbee.
My dog is much smaller than yours, but still tears apart any stuffed toy. After the last round of picking up the handfuls of stuffing strewn all over the house, I tied a knot in the middle of an old kitchen towel and threw it to the dog. New favorite toy. He plays with it by himself, can chew on it constantly, and loves to play tug-of-war with it. And when it finally gives in, I'm sure I'll have another old towel to replace it! I also gave him an old baby blanket. It's now full of holes, but he drags it everywhere. Those two pieces of cloth have lasted forever, and the best part is that no stuffing leaks out of them! ;-) However, your dog is much bigger. Maybe a bath towel would work better, lol?
Try one of those empty buckets from Home Depot that are for 5 gallons of paint. Or, go to Sam's Club and buy the large plastic container of snacks. You eat the snacks and the dog plays fetch. Just remove the label and make sure the edges do not chip off (because they may become sharp).
I have 2 dogs that destroy toys! The only ones I have found that last are the white bones with the filling .. can't remember the name, but they look like a real bone. The other is a tennis ball. They eventually tear the cover off, but play with it a long time. I found a little pink pig toy with a tennis ball inside and it lasted for months. My youngest dog loves to play fetch, this was her favorite toy. I'm hoping to find another.
I've never tried them, but a Neapolitan (that is, Italian) Mastiff expert whose book we own recommended Nylabones.
Yes, I make fleece blankets and beds for pets of all sizes. With the ends I cut off then tie them in knots adding more fleece scraps as I continue sewing. They are very durable and entertaining. My dog loves to try to get it as I hold it dangling in the air to bite onto the knots. It is a great tug of war toy to play with your pet plus tires him out while you get exercise yourself. If you would like to know more email me at Jillc49 AT aol.com
Do they tear apart plastic milk bottles or coke bottles? I would always watch them when they play to see how they act and which toys they tend to tear up. Have you tried giving them an empty peanut butter jar that has not been cleaned, it makes them work. But watch to see they don't swallow it or tear it up too bad.
Most of the time the leader of the pack provides toys and takes them up.
The toys are yours and not theirs...just a reminder.
Also: Well, here is some info I found on one of my favorite resource sites:
I never knew this and I wanted to share it with you.
No pig ears, cow hooves, raw hide of any kind, string toys, booda bones or cooked bones or Greenies -and absolutely no tennis balls. These are all things that can kill you dog.
Why No Rawhide?
First, the majority are processed with lye, something your dog does not need in his/her stomach. Also, they are not digestible and can lay in the stomach or intestines and not pass through, causing an obstruction or causing pathogenic bacteria to grow which equals bloat. We do not need to encourage bad bacteria in animals that are prone to bloat and gastric torsion. They are also a very serious choking hazard. So to be on the safe side, for nutritional and safety reasons, I will suggest something other than rawhide chewies.
Why no pig ears/snouts/cow snouts and cow hooves?
There are two reasons for not using these, Salmonella (bad bacteria) and the fact that the ears/snouts will splinter and can puncture an intestine and the same is for the cow hooves. Frequently, vets are removing them because they cause an obstruction.
NO - and I mean no Greenies! These things have killed dogs due to choking and they are full of gluten which causes dogs to have major skin problems and allergies.
I found this info alarming as I had never read it before...share if you will and I am starting to give my dogs treats that are human grade. I am tired of all the garbage from china making our dogs sick!
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