I recently adopted two puppies to become part of my “fur” family. They are Chelsea, a chow / german shepherd mix and Lucy, a border collie mix. It’s been a while since I had pups in the house, but not so long that I didn’t remember the chaos of shooing pups away from the furniture legs, remote controls, glasses and anything laying around that wasn’t nailed down. Trying to distract Chelsea and Lucy with fuzzy little squeaky toys did not work . They were little gnawing machines! I had used a Kong in the past with Thunder my great dane / pointer mix and had wonderful results. He enjoyed the odd bouncing feature of the Kong and spent long hours figuring out how to get the treat out of the center. These would be ideal for my girls. Not only do they have the funny bounce, but they are extremely durable and can stand up to the strongest chompers. And besides all that, they’re made in America!! The Kongs have proven to be an awesome choice, especially if you purchase the tasty fillings that can be squeezed inside. I like to take the Kong, drop a few pieces of broken milkbone inside, squeeze the filling on top and freeze it. This makes it even harder for my pups to get to the treat inside. Did you know that challenging your dog mentally will tire them out faster than physical exercise?
The next option I found was a pressed rawhide bone. This takes your normal rawhide and presses several layers together. What an awesome idea! My pups could destroy a regular rawhide in a matter of minutes. With the added strength of several layers of rawhide, my girls spend hours with their toys and end up pretty tired afterwards. If I hear little Chelsea gnawing on a chair leg, I quick get her a pressed bone and she is busy, busy, busy.
Finally, I have Lola, an Australian Heeler mix in my pet sitting business that has an affinity for frisbees. She not only lives to chase them but is determined to “kill” them as soon as she can. This translates into costly toys being laid to rest at an early age. Her Mom has found the Saucer Tosser that is super durable. It can last months using a simple method of restricting access (she is not allowed to play with the toy without adult supervision). What sets this saucer apart from others is the material used in it’s construction. It is made of a very strong canvas material that is double stitched, it’s really well made. And the company that makes them has been in business for decades.
Tough toys are hard to find. Those of us with super chewers know this all too well. But if we continue looking and experimenting and sharing our great finds with others; we will all have happy puppies who can chew to their heart’s content.