Are your dogs constantly chewing up new toys? Does it seem like no matter what you buy them they end up in pieces anyway? I too was in that boat, up until recently that is, after doing a lot of shopping around and comparing toys I found a short list of toys that can stand up to most Am Staffs and other “bully breeds”.
- Ropes: Luckily they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This makes it easy to find one suitable for your pup. There’s also some that act as a floss so it’s a double benefit toy.
- Kongs: Don’t mistake them for look alikes, real Kong toys are hard to get through for most dogs. These too come in a variety of sizes, but also a variety of rubber types to suit different levels of chewers. Another perk, they can be stuffed with all kinds of yummy treats to keep your pup occupied even longer.
- Nylabones: Just like Kongs, make sure Nylabone is the brand name, other look alikes don’t hold up to real Nylabones. These are made of a hard plastic that forms rice sized grooves as they’re chewed, the grooves act as a floss so once again a double benefit.
- Balls: Here’s the hard one for most dog owner’s, balls. Which ones will last longer than 2 minutes? I have come to find that hard plastic or strong rubber are the best 2 to get. Some examples would be the Jolly Ball, Teaser Ball, Kong rubber balls, and my most reccomended is The Almost Indestructible Ball (made of polyethylene that can’t be chipped, broken, torn or popped).
- Basketballs/Soccer Balls: If your pup isn’t extremely hard on toys or can;t fit these in their mouths yet then this can be a fun toy as well. Just make sure you buy them from thrift stores just in case.
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Now the really fun part, Treats!!
If you’re like most owner’s I knwo you want a nice healthy treat but also one that’ll last longer than 5 minutes. I have a solution.
- Bully Chews: Made of dried and stretched bull pizzle, therefore it’s an all natural treat. They also come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Usually in 4 inch, 6 inch, and 12 inch. The size and thickness will be the determining factor of how long your pup will take to eat an entire chew.
- Antlers: Yes, real elk antlers! Because they are naturally shed each year they are a completely renewable treat resource and very green. They are collected during and after shedding season, cleaned, cut down to size and then ready for some lucky pup to gnaw away. These also come in many sizes and thicknesses, just be sure to chose the one most appropriate for your dogs size.
Now that you have some nice ideas for toys and treats you can try these nest time rather than waste money on toys you definately know aren’t going to last. Just always remember to take your own dog’s energy level and size into consideration when buying toys or treats. If they’re correctly sized they’ll more than likely last longer.