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Eva 10 y/o Dobe HADR, Lanah Chi-Cairn X 6 y/o, RIP Sunking's Spock, Lillah Chi-Terrier X
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Background- Both Spock & Eva are avid blanket and shag rug suckers. Spock will also put holes in the thin flannel blankets.
Currently trying to provide alternative activities to this to prevent any obstructions.
So, while on vacation from work, I've been conducting Dobe chew toy testing to find substitutes! :2smile:

Biggest Hit so Far- RuffWear's new Gnawt-A-Rock:
https://ruffwear.com/collections/dog-toys/products/gnawt-a-rock


Amazon webpage (my review is by "Cap Com")
https://www.amazon.com/Ruffwear-Gnawt-Rock-Durable-Sockeye/dp/B0754YW95T

About a year ago, I pleaded with Ruffwear to replace their old "SquareBall" dog toy, which was the most indestructible toy I have ever purchased.
One could put kibble or jam jerky inside it (with difficulty) and the Dobes would spend hours trying to get it out. The BEST feature was size, which was large enough NOT to roll under standard height sofas and chairs in LR, UNLIKE other balls, Kongs and other RuffWear toys. I even tried to source from Euro Dog suppliers in Germany and UK but at an astronomical price plus VAT and shipping.

Well, my hopes were answered with the new RuffWear Gnawt-A-Rock toy!
It keeps the Dobes minds, mouths, paws and bodies engaged for sometimes an hour at a time (without being destroyed) It's dishwasher safe and has clever slit in it for loading large kibble or jerky treats.

You can use to feed wolf-down eaters slowly as they must roll and drop the Gnawt-A-Rock to get kibble to work out. (use large size kibble)
These Gnawt-A-Rock toys have survived a couple days with our Eva (The Shredder) and big Dobe lug Spock (Power molar chewer) with no damage.
Here's some pics:

Spock- "Whad Iz Thiz Thing, Dad?"



Spock- "Oh Yeaahhhhh! - This is Fun!"



Eva- "Toy Play is Beneath Me, So I'll Just Lay Here & Look Dignified...."



Eva- "Darn It.......Grrrrrrrrgh.......I'll Get That Jerky Out!!"




Other HIT Chews & Toys:


Elk Antler Chew Horns- Large Size:
https://amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACMHO3Q

Make sure you get one for each dog in house. Expensive but not bad on AMZ.
Have lasted first day with no appreciable wear down after chewing on by all three dogs.



Petstages plastic/deer chew horn mixes:

https://amazon.com/gp/product/B01D3BDV4Y
NO GOOD- However, dogs REALLY craved flavor of them.
These are too soft, got chewed down fast and they started eating small button sized flakes.



Petstages Dogwood Synthetic Wood Blend Chew Sticks:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R1BN56
GOOD, harder and hold up- Great for power chewers like Eva & Spock. Flavor not as enticing as the Elk horns, however. (Our two were never stick chewers)



Nyla-Bone Turkey & Sweet Potato Leg
https://amazon.com/gp/product/B00WZ8WNFK
GOOD- Eva, who's always been a Nyla-Bone fan, unlike Spock, loves this one.
She looks like she's munching down on a big Turkey Leg when chewing and it's shaped just right to grab with her big Dobe paws!
(Is that considered "body shaming"??) :grin2:
 

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Eva 10 y/o Dobe HADR, Lanah Chi-Cairn X 6 y/o, RIP Sunking's Spock, Lillah Chi-Terrier X
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(Chew) Toy Thread Update

Elk antlers have lasted over one month without any appreciable wear down- well worth cost on Amazon.
Recommend large size so Dobes don't swallow smaller sections.

IMO the RuffWear Gnawt-A-Cones are better than Kongs in stuffing and keeping Dobes engaged.

Short Flickr video clip showing toy stealing action! :
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Dog Toy Stealing


The Gnawt-A-Rocks are also excellent with large capacity so can be used also for slow feeding.
We put a couple of cut down chicken jerkys inside.
Spock has figured out a system using jaw crushing for extraction in about 5 minutes but with our other two it takes at least 30 min (if they can keep Spock from swiping)!

Spock's Gnawt-A-Rock Extraction Technique
(Edited from 2:30m elapsed time video)
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Eva, our aggressive chewer, likes all the Nyla-Bone products and especially the recently purchased Nyla-bone Rawhide/Antler alternative:

https://amazon.com/gp/product/B00X591CH8
 

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We'll have to try the Gnawt-A-Rock!

If you haven't tried Benebones, they are a bit hit in our house...
 
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Thanks for the reviews Spocksdad! Cute photos, beautiful dogs! Brienne is 7 months and I try different hide-a-treat toys for her. Some hold up, some don't. Actually that goes for all of her toys - I get excited about a new toy thinking it's going to last a while and half hour later it's toast :2smile:. Great to have reviews from people who aren't selling the toy. I understand what you mean about toys rolling under things, been on the hunt for that missing toy more than once! I just purchased the Gnawt-a-Rock and the antler from Amazon. Oh well I spend less on shoes now so it evens out :grin2:
 

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Oh that is awesome, thank you for posting! I swear Luci destroys more when trying to get his toys out from under the couch than he does in general, haha. We have a Kong ball that he LOVES, but I spend a 30% of my day fetching it from under the furniture. :laugh:
 

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Eva 10 y/o Dobe HADR, Lanah Chi-Cairn X 6 y/o, RIP Sunking's Spock, Lillah Chi-Terrier X
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Nylabone Turkey Leg Update Video

Background- ...Nyla-Bone Turkey & Sweet Potato Leg
https://amazon.com/gp/product/B00WZ8WNFK
GOOD- Eva, who's always been a Nyla-Bone fan, unlike Spock, loves this one.
She looks like she's munching down on a big Turkey Leg when chewing and it's shaped just right to grab with her big Dobe paws!
(Is that considered "body shaming"??) :grin2:
Here's a short clip of Eva munching down on her large NylaBone Turkey Leg.
She really enjoys her Nylabone chew toy assortment! :2smile:

Eva's Nylabone Turkey Leg
(Complete with Crunch-Surround Audio!)
(Apologize for Spock photo bombs and goofball narration voice)
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EVA CHEW TOY APPROVED !! :nicejob:
 
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