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|01-07-2019 11:47 AM|
Originally Posted by greenkouki View Post
<Squeak>...<Squeak!!> <Squeeeeeeak!!> ... Held right in front of your face by your Doberboy when your into deep into an afternoon siesta...
In the same realm of squeaky toys that last, I also recommend the JW Pets Octopus- lasted forever with our Dobes, same squeaking properties (tentacles did "come off" after 2-years)
Also, Holee Roller by JW Pets. We still have originals from 8 years ago:
Holee Roller- Great for retrieve & tug games...
Latest, hot Dobe interactive toys we use:
11" Pitch Dog rings from Amazon in different colors for the Dobes
Recent 12.2018 Toy Review Thread post, with links to previous few years toy reviews:
|01-07-2019 10:45 AM|
I stopped by Pet Valu at Shelbyville the other day - just HAD to get the Kid-O's something - the gal showed me some new balls they got in made by West Paw - The 2 just love them ! Here's a link for them |
|01-07-2019 08:57 AM|
I just signed Ace up for the Barkbox SuperChewer edition. Usually all rubber toys, and he just recently got his first box. There was a rubber toy that had rope through it that he managed to shred quickly. I cut the rope out, and he still gets to keep the majority of the toy (although now he thinks its uninteresting.). I emailed the team showing them the part he destroyed, and they are mailing us a new toy free of charge! |
We usually spend like 80$ a month, and Ace destroys nearly everything within 10mins. He can't have anything that isn't thick rubber or bone, because he just goes to town and ruins it. Its only been one month out of six, but I am really happy with this SuperChewer box, and it comes out to like $30 a month.
|01-06-2019 09:56 PM|
|shiloh||Well, I guess I'll be the odd man out here. I use Bullymake for my dogs and LOVE it. They normally go through Kong-type toys or Himalayan Chews in a couple weeks or so, or just get bored with them, and then we have to buy something else. They still have toys we received 2 months ago in a box that they a) haven't destroyed yet and b) still find interesting.|
|05-14-2018 09:11 AM|
Originally Posted by spocksdad View Post
I swear, you recommend the best toys lol. Ace now has 3 different Furballz and now we are about to get some Ruffwear toys, lol.
|05-14-2018 01:13 AM|
|scorning||I tried Bullymake and wasn't impressed, but I think I only did 1 or 2 boxes so not sure if its representative. I remember we got rope toys, which I don't usually let my dogs have since they will pull the threads out and I worry about them ingesting the threads. I think its just easier to buy single toys. My dogs like kongs (when stuffed), goughnuts, and we get Fluff N Tuff soft toys. We also have jolly balls for the backyard and give raw bones a couple times a week. Sometimes I'll give bully sticks in the West Paw Qwisl toy so they last longer. And treat balls, we do lots of the puzzle dog treat balls. Since the dogs are working on getting the food out by pushing them around, they don't seem to spend much chewing them.|
|05-13-2018 10:00 PM|
GM- Here's link to recent thread I posted on Dobe toy reviews: |
You might find some useful info there.
Elk antlers still holding up well after 3-months.
(got rid of small pieces and only kept long horns)
Honorable mention to Ruffwear Gnawt-A-Cones.
(Have all three colors)
Stuff each with SOFT jerky pieces before leaving house for a while.
Give different color to each of our three dogs.
Keeps them busy for a while, sometimes until we return.
Soft jerky is much harder to extract from crushing action (Spock's favorite method) or dropping method )2nd favorite.
We also play a game where I hide each of the Gnawt-A-Cones around house and Spock searches and gets a treat only when all three colored cones are located and delivered to Dad. Really engages his mind and he enjoys it immensely.
Ruffwear Gnawt-A-Rocks even better for slow feeding kibble or stuffing jerky pieces inside. Larger than other Ruffwear toys and won't roll under furniture! The Gnawt-A-Cones are easy for all size dogs to grip in mouth, however.
Eva ("Stick-In-The-Mud") likes to play tug and real time retrieve games with me when Spock is outside (otherwise he tries to butt in).
She is also very playful with Lanah.
(see linked video)
|05-13-2018 09:01 PM|
Ruffwear balls last forever. Most have an odd shape, so they don't simply disappear during play. They are also fillable with treats. The holes are small enough that I just use kibble. |
Here is McCoy's favorite:
|05-13-2018 08:59 PM|
|gamermouse0213||ok so that first pic his ears aren't standing erect, lol. Airplane ears|
|05-13-2018 08:49 PM|
He has had some Kong toys. The soft ones don't last so we stopped buying them. He chewed up the last Squeezz crinkle Kong we got him (I was sad because it was a cute glitter bone shape that he loved!) The puppy Kong that we got him way back when is still going strong, and we got him a new Kong ball of tougher rubber. I've never heard of the Himalayan chews, but I'm looking them up on Amazon now! Thanks for the recommendation. Thanks for the read,
@melbrod . I was hoping that getting these tougher toys wasn't jumping the gun from graduating from puppy toys too soon! Had no idea about the second teething phase. |
And @ECIN , I tooootally didn't hear any rumor or anything, but here are some pics from today! lol. He's sitting in a weird, lazy sit because we were in the middle of playing and I was holding his ball ransom in order for him to sit still long enough for me to snap a few! Quick question to anyone: His ear (his left one if you're facing him) goes a little crooked at the tip, does that look like the style of the crop or something we should correct? The crop we asked for has a bit of a shape to it, but I wasn't sure if that ear should be standing straighter than what it is. I know I read something about correcting ear tips with some sort of nasal strip.
|05-13-2018 08:46 PM|
I've had good luck with some of the toys offered by JW. My dogs have liked the Kong balls (which hold up pretty well). There is a brand Bionic which makes several toys rated for aggressive chewers. My aggressive chewer evidently didn't read the label because I tried two of them and he went through them quickly. But some other folks who got their dog the same toys at the same time say that at going on 8 months they are still intact. The Nylabone Dura Chew line works well and does hold up. I've got a Galileo Bone that dates back to the Aussie in 1993. And they get real bones--mostly either patellas or knuckle bones. |
What I don't give--no puppy over 4 months gets any sort of stuffed toy or fabric toy--I have yet to have a dog guaranteed to not disembowel stuffed toys or shred fabric toys.
No soft rubber toys. No cow ears, pigs ears, hooves, or any kind of rawhide--for a variety of reasons--hooves can get such sharp edges they can totally lacerate a dogs mouth. all rawhide gives all my dogs diarrhea (no matter what the producer says) cow ears, pig ears are so fatty they also give my dogs diarrhea. I don't give rope toys--man if you ever want to see a horrible bowel problem have a dog get a string blockage from pieces of rope that knit themselves together as they leave the stomach and start through the gut.
When I buy toys I buy the biggest sizes I can find.--I stopped buying small sized toys for puppies when I realized the most popular toys were the toys the big dogs chewed on.
And I would never buy any of those assortment--everyone I've ever seen has toys I'd never give to a Doberman, toys that any really aggressive chewer can demolish and in short I'm going to want to pick out my dogs toys myself.
Work on your inability to buy too many toys--my dogs actually don't have a lot of toys but the often have several of one particular toy because it's popular. And if my dogs have too many toys scattered around I'm likely to pick up all but two or three. Then I rotate toys.
And I would never let anyone choose treats for a dog of mine.
Oh yeah--I don't do antlers of any kind--I learned from the experience of others about how frequently an aggressive chewer ends up with a cracked tooth from an antler.
Took me well over 50 years to learn to buy toys and I did it sort of one toy at a time--and they are from the list above. When new company brings out a line of toys or an old company starts a new type I wait for several months before I buy any. By that time most of the real disasters have come to light and you safely buy what didn't cause poblems.
|05-13-2018 06:13 PM|
I just found a toy, somewhat like a Cuz toy, only a bit softer rubber. It is marketed by Kong, but it is not as durable as their hard chew toys. My guy loves it, but I only let him have it when I'm around, just in case. I think it makes a good retrieving toy too, but we're not at that stage with it. |
Anyway, instead of squeaking, it makes a crunching sound. I think he finds it very satisfying.
It is made in China, unfortunately, but it is not something to eat, at least.
|05-13-2018 06:03 PM|
|greenkouki||Try the Cuz toys too. Just be warned, they are LOUD.|
|05-13-2018 05:27 PM|
I had forgotten Himalayan Chews. My dogs always liked them; a bit expensive, I'd get the biggest ones and take them away after 35 minutes or so and they'd last a couple of chew periods. When you get to the last bit that is too small for them to chew safely, you can stick it in the microwave and puff it up into a crunchy treat...that'll go fast, but that is better than someone swallowing that last part whole. |
I can't tell what product you're talking about with the hard rubber references, but Kong brand things usually last. But my dogs were always lukewarm about them.
They were never particularly interested in any of the antler products.
The main thing I'm picky about, and I imagine most of us are, is any product made in China. And the products that just have a "distributed by" address somewhere in the US . Sometimes I think that is a way to avoid labeling where their stuff is from.
|05-13-2018 04:48 PM|
|greenkouki||Figure out what he likes, and what lasts, and order just that on a site like chewy. Otherwise I think you're going to get a bunch of stuff that doesn't last and you probably pay a premium for a company to pick for you. Just a suggestion too, my dogs really like benebones and himalayan chews so you might start there.|
|05-13-2018 04:44 PM|
I have to agree with CR on the toy deal -- We have some great balls - Made of some kind of - very hard rubber ? Plastic or something like that + some kind of rubber type bones - as much as they try - they just can't tear them up - will see if I can find the name of them + Spocksdad posted up his toy review on here someplace - There is one - I think it may have come from Chewy - It's like a ball - dang if I can remember the name of it - |
BTW - I going to -- leak some info to yeah - you didn't hear this from me OK ??? But I heard that the Mods were about to give you a warning for ??????? NOT POSTING ANY UPDATE PICS OF THAT HANSOME BOY !!!!! Like I said - you didn't hear this from me
|05-13-2018 04:30 PM|
|CRDobe||Sounds like a lot of money for toys your dog might not even like. Maybe just buy a single toy from them and see how it goes?|
|05-13-2018 04:23 PM|
Just a little extra reading..something a lot of folks don't know. It sounds like your guy is right on schedule. |
"Another adolescent period is teething....Most people aren’t aware that dogs go through two distinct teething periods. The first is when the deciduous “milk” teeth—those sharp instruments of torture—fall out, and the beautiful, white adult teeth emerge, generally between four and six months. Don’t heave a sigh of relief yet—teething isn’t over. The second teething period reaches its height between seven and ten months of age....
In the second teething period, the dog’s adult teeth are setting in the jaw, marked by the dog’s absolute need to chew hard things. I remember when I was cutting my wisdom teeth, and how good it felt to chew gum really hard. My guess is that this is similar to what dogs feel during this teething period."
From "All Dogs Gym and Inn" Gail Fischer
|05-13-2018 04:18 PM|
Our last dog lived 11.7 years and our 3rd Dobe is in her 6th year. |
- all our pups from 9-10 weeks old, are 24.7 supervised in the first 2 months
- and every toy has rules attached
- pups learn to debark a stick and even spit out the debris
- zero risk of obstruction surgery needed here
- both pups trained "home-alone" safe, at under 5 months young
- current dog's toy box, is 90% full of hand-me-down play things...from the deceased dog
- we don't have to buy any new toys / except for B-day and Xmas
- current dog will eventually die in senior years, with some of her original puppy toys nicely intact
- I even taught our sons little Trevor (YorkiePoo), no wrecking the Doberman toys...or Fun stops
|05-13-2018 02:57 PM|
Hopefully this is the right board for this...
I am contemplating getting a subscription to Bullymake. Like Bark Box, they send a box of toys and treats each month for the length of your subscription. The reason is because we tend to spend a good deal of money lately trying to find toys that will last more than a few days for Zeus. Now that he has big dog teeth (he'll by 7 months old on the 29th of this month) he's going through toys like no one's business. We're no longer buying soft toys for him because he chews them up and tries to eat any piece that he can tear off. He's even destroying rubber toys. We have to watch him carefully because he'll nibble at a toy until it breaks apart and then will try to eat the pieces of the crumbled toy. The only ones that've lasted more than a week has been a Nylabone Power Chew toy and another toy whose brand I can't remember with a sort of rubberlike material that's "nearly indestructible".
So, since we don't want to go to the pet store every week for new toys because I lack self control and want to buy every toy that I see, I was contemplating the Bullymake idea. I first was going to look into Bark Box, but from what I read you can't sign up for power toys unless your pup damages the regular ones they send (I could be totally wrong on that, but that's what one customer wrote about her dog). I figure I'd skip the hassle and go with Bullymake, since their toys are supposedly made for tough chewers.
Any thoughts on this? Good/bad idea? Anyone currently use a service that sends toys that you'd recommend?