Self entertaining dog toy recommendations needed!!

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Hey everyone!

Can anyone give me some ideas about what works best for your dobies to keep them busy playing? besides rawhide...

every night once i finally get the kids in bed and we just want to sit down and rest for 1/2 an hour moby will not leave us alone! she wants us to play with her all the time - which, believe me, we do but sometimes i just want her to play on her own for a bit!!! we do give her rawhides and himalayan yak chews but what about some good toys? all the standard ones she has either don't entertain her much or just get destroyed. ugh.

any ideas?

thanks!!

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What about Kongs? ... Maybe you could take her for a quick walk once you've put the kidlets to bed.

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I use raw bones.  They will keep Fletcher occupied for hours.  He loves them.  

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We use a few things, smoked bones from the local butcher for outside. The kong with peanut butter or dried lamb chew inside. Tenis ball n rope toy ( messy, becaues he eats the ball)

His best toy is a rubber chucket ball from Canadian Tire. It's rubber stands up to chewing over & over, it bounces well when he bounces it on his own.

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Angelfish, Please please stay away from the rawhides.. they are so dangerous..they are NOT digestible and have been the cause of life threatening blockage and in some cases an excruciating death. I would not go the smoked bone route either. Any cooked bone can splinter..

Stick to the raw marrow bones or the peanut butter filled Kong.. Invent the 'find it game' for Moby to excercise her mind. ( I started with a treat under a Solo Cup and proceeded from there)

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Our Sasha has a blast with empty plastic milk cartons, lids removed.  We will rinse one out, and she enjoys batting it around with her paws, picking it up by the handle or the neck and tossing it in the air, and tackling it.  We do keep an eye on her to make sure that she doesn't get any small pieces off, but it is usually more of a tackling dummy than a chew toy, and she gets some good exercise in.  After she's done with it, into the recycling bin with it, and she'll get another one when we finish our next gallon of milk.  Cheap amusement.  Works inside or out. 

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We do the same thing with empty water bottles.  We take the small plastic bits off and paer and watch him while he crunches it down.  Once it is flat or he starts chewing we take it away.  We never leave him alone with it.  Then into the recycling.

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Chevy used to love 2 liter bottles, LOL. I agree with the rawhide comment. I bought Chevy some Chewnola busy bones, not realizing they have a layer of rawhide. She loves them so I watch her while she chews on them and when she gets all the rest of the stuff off the rawhide, I take it away.

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kongs work really well and so do those new stuffed animals that have a plastic bottle in them. My lab Jazmin loves tennis balls and Gizmo my pom loves everything even underwear :/ lol

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I highly recommend the Kong Wobbler! Put a healthy snack or dog food in it and as your dog knocks it around the dispense randomly. It's a lot of fun watching Chico play soccer and look around for his rewards when they fall out.

http://www.petflow.com/product/toys/kong-wobbler-treat-ball-?utm_source=...

 

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Ben loves the Monster Bones by Nylabone they last him for months and that's a rottie jaw gnawing everyday for hours, so it is strong and you can leave it with them unattended since it is so large and it never splinters or breaks the pieces that get gnawed off are about the size of bits of cornmeal so there is no digestion issue with large pieces etc. Ben swears by these :))

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I cut Daymian's favorite treats into micro sized bits and while he is out with my husband playing or for a walk, I hide them all over the house.  Behind chair legs, on the seat of a chair, corners, behind his food dish, just under the edge of the bed, etc.  when they get in the house, I ask Daymian & Duke if they want to play a "Game".  They love it and run around for half an hour or more searching for tiny treats.  They check, and re-check all the hiding spots they know, and use their noses to seek out the goodies. We have been doing this for years with Duke & other Dobes.  It didn't take Daymian long to catch on! To end it, we tell them "all gone!". Then the dogs know it's over

 

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Oh that's great I used to do that game with the family's rhodesian ridgeback my mom hated it cause it caused slobber everywhere but he LOVED LOVED LOVED it and it was the same as you said when the treats were gone I would show my empty hands and say "all gone" and it was over. It is a FUN game to play.

I did a diservice to Ben though by playing "find it" outside with treats - now he walks with his nose on the ground and eats EVERYTHING that he can pick up, so now I am trying to "untrain" that one, I advise in house "search and find" games hahahahaha at least for dogs who eat things off the ground, :))

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I also just heard about a tough durable toy called "goughnuts". They will replace toys that are worn or damaged.  They look tough like the kong toys but have 2 colors.  When your baby chews through one layer & the internal color shows, send it back for replacement.  I just googled "goughnuts" and looked at their products.  Not a bad price either

www.goughnuts.com

Lots of store location in Canada, California, and Florida

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I also just heard about a tough durable toy called "goughnuts". They will replace toys that are worn or damaged.  They look tough like the kong toys but have 2 colors.  When your baby chews through one layer & the internal color shows, send it back for replacement.  I just googled "goughnuts" and looked at their products.  Not a bad price either

www.goughnuts.com

Lots of store location in Canada, California, and Florida

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ooooo thanks I will also check that one out!!!

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i see you are in NC.  they have stores there too.  hopefully one near by.  I don`t have any retailers near me.  i live near the Michigan Ontario Canada border.  I`ll have to seriously see which location is closest and try them out myself.  Daymian destroys a toy a day.  Otherwise I am going to have to purchase one online and pay shipping.  I love cross border shopping and need an excuse to visit Michigan.

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Something I am going to get for Rolo recomended by our trainer is a baby toy where it is stacked with rings and he has to learn to take the rings off the pole and put them back on again. Really good to help them mentally. I also love Kong the yellow tennis ball materials rolo has a blast with those they make a really loud sqeek!

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I bought a Kong Wobbler on Friday evening for Cleo and it was demolished by Saturday lunchtime.   She loved it though and it was so much fun watching her push and prod the wobbler to get the treats to come out - the expressions on her face were hilarious.   BUT, she was sitting quietly, too quietly, when alarms bells rang and low and behold she had managed to unscrew it and was happily chewing the edge of the top half.   We reattached it and put in more treats but she was more interested in getting it apart again and by Saturday lunchtime it would no longer screw together again.   Love the concept of the wobbler but it was just too easy for Cleo to unscrew.  Quite expensive too to last only a day and a bit !

She loves Kong tennis balls too but she pulls the green felt covering off in 2 minutes flat - maybe she is just too destructive, yet we have some soft toys that she has had since she was a puppy and they are still in tact - a few had to be killed though, there were obviously dragons in them.  

I love the sound of those goughnuts, I'm going to see if they are available in the UK, especially as it is likely Cleo will get an operation on her knee this weekend so we will need to come up with lots of ideas to keep her mentally tired as she won't be getting much exercise for a few weeks.   This thread has come along just at the right time for us, I'm getting lots of ideas.

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Any furry, squeaky toy or tennis ball have been destroyed here ,There are a few rope toys still exisiting lol and a rubber treat dispensing ball.

What  Willow loves is a plastic poweraide bottle , i put some small rocks in it for noise and she will play fetch with it for a long time, and she loves the noise when she is running with it ! if she damages it too much i throw it away and make a new one

Fetch and tug are also favorite activities !

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Thanks so much everyone for all the great suggestions!!! i love the water bottle/milk jug idea as well.

You all rock!!

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I know I posted about the www.goughnuts.com toys, but haven't got one yet.  If anyone has any experience with this toy, (durability, & return / exchange policies ) I would love To hear from you!

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Scotty, we bought a similar toy for Harley, but it was in the shape of a mushroom.  It lasted about a day before he figured out how to unscrew it.  Then, just like, Cleo he chewed on the threads so it couldn't close.  Bummer!  He had so much fun with it!  The other toy he really liked was the tug-a-jug.  But now that the rope is gone I haven't had the time or energy to replace it.

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Scotty hope it goes ok this weekend. Where are you in the UK? As I am here too.

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Hi Poogie, I am in rural Aberdeenshire in the north east of Scotland.  Thanks for your good wishes, its a worrying time but fingers crossed it all goes well. 

I think I'll have a look for the tug a jug that Harleybear mentioned and I like the sound of the baby toy and the rings that your trainer suggested.  I need to find things that will tire Cleo mentally as she won't be allowed much exercise for quite a while.   

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Yep, water bottles and bones keep Gideon occupied. He also loves his Kong ball - plays with it constantly. I also get him heavy rope toys from Petsmart and they last a couple of weeks usually - but I don't leave him alone with anything but bones and the Kong.

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Ben also loves his HUGE rope ball it is about the size of a cantaloupe and has two braided ropes one the ends one coming out of each side of the rope ball, he loves that thing. It is hard enough to chew on but not soft enough to rip up. He tosses it and gnaws on it but then trades it out for his monster bone. Both I have found to be indestructible with rottie jaws. Ben loves these:

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Our best toy yet is a simple chuckit ultra ball, Kayos has had it for a 6 weeks now and it is still going.

http://www.chuckit.com/#/product/specialtyballs

He chews it like a kong, tosses it , jumps on it, loves it. Best of all he is playing quietly on the floor in the living room while we watch TV.

Good luck.

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Wow! thanks everyone!! great suggestions :)