Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: New Mexico
Dogs Name: Zeus
Dogs Age: Born: October 29, 2017
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For sure keep him in his kennel when no one is home to watch him. My husband and I thought our dog, who was a year and a half at the time, was mature and obedient enough to stay out of his kennel when we weren't home ... til we came home one day to one of his puzzle toys chewed up and partially eaten! So even though now he's a few months shy from being two, he still stays in his kennel when we're out of the house. At least we can trust him to have his bed in there with him now. For the longest time, he just had the hard kennel flooring to lay on because he would tear up any bed/kennel cover we'd get for him!
As for toys that he can't destroy and eat, try some of the Kong rubber toys. The classic Kong has lasted us forever, and our dog is a monster chewer. I don't bother buying soft/plush toys because he tears them to pieces in less than ten minutes! He likes to eat the string from rope toys as well, so the only time he gets that is when we're playing with him. He doesn't have a chance to freely chew on it like he does his Kongs. The Kong tire is also a durable one. I don't like the Kong Goodie Bone because even though we got the "extreme" black one, he broke it in half within a day. I haven't had any trouble with any other of their rubber products.
Another cool thing about most Kong rubber toys is that they have openings that you can stuff with treats to keep your pup busy when he's home alone in his kennel. I like putting kibble in his classic Kong, running water through it so the food gets wet, plugging the open side with peanut butter (or spray cheese or whatever) and sticking it in the freezer overnight for it to freeze. Then when I leave the house, he has his Kong toy with frozen food inside that he has to work at for a while to get out.
Best of luck to you!