Doberman proof toys

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Diesel will be three on the 18th of the month. He loves to play with toys but the only toy I have found that he loves and cannot destroy is the black kong ball. I also have nylabone toys out in the yard for him to play with but he does not care for the really "hard toys". Does anyone have any suggestions for toys for him as tough and plyable as the black kong ball? I would think it would be pretty boring to only have one or two toys to play with and I would love to provide him with more. I do have ropes, red kongs, and balls for him, but he has to be over supervised with these so he doesn't "eat them". Please advise!

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The Kong is the #1 toy for Buddy also...anything else has a 3 to 4 day life span in my house..lol

 

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Road hockey balls are good!

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One of the best investments I ever made was to buy one of these toys.  It has a flashing light in the center bar, made of extremely resistant high-impact plastic, and it has black rubber balls on each end and one in the middle made out of the same type of hard rubber that the black kong is made from.  The two end rubber balls are hollow and have a hole in the end to insert treats, or peanut butter.  I have one that has lasted through 2 of my dobermans and one of my sister in law's dogs that fell in love with it and took it home with him once. I had to go get it later and bring it back.  LOL

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Even the black XL would only last Red about 3-4 months when he was in his prime. He went everywhere with it, kind of like the picture of Steve, with it in his mouth sort of like a big fat cigar. He was chew on it with the "squeak, squeak, squeak" noise from his teeth working on it. Once he got the outer coating off, he would start to get pieces of it until I was concerned he would too big a chunk, so I would replace it.

Now that he is older his current one is a couple years old.

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HAvent seen our kong in a while- It was a baby kong... Hmm going to have to search for it~ Raven had it last - I am hoping it is under the couch!!! With Cisco and the swallowing things I am going to start worrying...

I have an 8 rated Tufftoy Alien and there is only a tiny little tear on one surface seam- he got it on Christmas and they play tug of war with it alot- It is holding out the longest that anything has.... They have the 9-10 rated ones wonder if those would last thru these kids?!?!?

I may invest in that ball thing looks pretty cool!

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The only toys that last with Regan are the ones made by J W Pet- they are all 100% natural rubber, are flexible,and great for them to chew on. Very durable.You may have seen the "Cuz" toy- that is made by JW.And of course they all squeak!

 

The balls come in 3 sizes. Regan plays with the large and the medium. They must feel good in their mouths...Regan walks around the house with one in his mouth chewing it up and down, up and down...SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK- gotta laugh.

I always have a few spare ones on hand- never want to be without!

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I feel lucky that Steve hasn't gotten into tearing into things.  The only damage the toys get are wear and tear from him chomping and throwing it around the house.  I doctor up the ones that get tears from his teeth with a needle and thread to make them last longer.  He also is a big fan of ropes.  I think he just likes to whack himself in the head with these things...

I like Ziva's toy! I was worried if he ever got destructive he'd be unhappy... he really is not a fan of anything rubber (or tennis balls, for that matter, maybe its because those are controlled strictly by the chihuahua?)

I have heard that some of those marketed Kong "tough toys" last a LITTLE better than the regular ones... I rather like the toys that they are selling now that you fill yourself with plastic bottles.. no way you get stuffing strewn all over the house if they are hard on them then.

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Thank you for your suggestions.  I will definately try them.  As for hockey balls, unfortunately, a few chomps and they are flat!  :(  He also "eats" the threads on the ropes-is this normal?  I don't let him have it for very long at one time as I worry they will tie up his intestines.

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@ skye--Ziva does the same thing with rope toys.  She starts out just whacking herself upside the head with them by shaking her head back and forth so hard, then she'll lay down and hold the rope between her front feet while concentrating on chewing it to bits with her back teeth.  By the time the rope is just a mess of string, she starts plucking them out and even though she spits out most of what she tears up, I have seen her chew and swallow bits of string. That's when it goes in the trash bin with a lid so she cant get it back out. 

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Princess no longer gets the rope toys. She eats some and the rest is strewn all over the house. Medikay9 - thanks for that website. They have a dog shaped toy that is orange that looks very similar to one that I got at Petsmart for Princess. She loved it, and still does although it is now minus both ears and two of the four feet. The squeaker is also inoperative because of all the holes in the body.

They no long carry them, so I will get her some of those. She loves the squeaky toy. She has a rubber loofa with a squeaker that she loved, and still does although it does not squeak anymore (too many holes in the body). Another one PetSmart no longer carries. They have the fabric stuffed versions, but they don't stand a chance against her Doberteeth.

Last Christmas when we made a trip to Texas to visit dog loving friends, she got a hold of a red rabbit stuffed toy that belonged to one of the Schnauzer's that Jane has. Within a few minutes, Princess had eviserated the poor toy with the center rippped open and white stuffing all over the living room. Apparently it was not the first time, because while I picked up the stuffing, Jane sat down, picked up a paper sack behind her chair, pulled out a wad of stuffing, pulled off some and restuffed the rabbit, and sewed him closed. I put it on top of a cabinet until we left.

Jane just had a good laugh over it.

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I cannot find a toy, either stuffed, or hard rubber that will hold Sofia's attention for more than a few minutes.

Today I gave her an almost empty Activia bottle.. she was thrilled beyond words, she stuck her long tongue down the opening as far as it would go, slurping as much of the left over flavor she could get. then she gnawed on the empty hard plastic for....maybe a minute.. took it outside and unceremoniously dumped it in the bushes...

We've tried squeakers, we've tried stuffies, she didn't even bother to sniff at the Kong..She can make a rawhide knot last for weeks.. just nibbles at it occasionally..

What's a Mother to do?? 

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Unfortunately, in her previous life, she never was given the opportunity to play and enjoy things as a puppy. The one thing she has that is far more valuable in this home is the love she has for her "parents" and the love they have for her.

For her, life is good now, and she has you and hubby to thank for that. Bless you both.

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Ah Thank you Rick. That's one of the nicest things an obsessed doberparent can hear.

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Where else would a Dober girl get a ride on the front seat of a golf cart? Even though I have a golf cart, mine never get a ride. But then, it's either here or at the Scout Camp, and they are not supposed to be there.

Mine all love the Cuz balls. I'm glad that the squeaker comes out easily though. I recently purchased a treat dispensing ball that has lasted a long time.

Our favorites are the big tire, we have large balls, and lots and lots of indestructable bones! Most of the other toys are saved for our training so they remain very special.

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Most of the squeakers from Regan's rubber toys fall to the inside of the toy- I like that. I neevr had one of JW Pet's ball squeakers come "out". They all go "in". Might be just a coincidence, I don't know.

 

With their animal-shaped toys, including the Cuz, I have to pre-cut the tails/ ear/ tails off before giving themto Regan. He hones right in on any appendages and will work them until he starts getting little pieces off. I know little pieces of the rubber will pass right thru , but still...by performing a little surgery first, the rest of the toy lasts a long time.

Such focus and concentration when they are working on something!!!!

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Ooops- double post- its the computer's fault!

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We start playing with Schoene's toys and then she wants it bad!  We also put treats or peanut butter in her toys, works every time!

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Where did you get this?  We want one.  We come home from the store, give her a new toy and it is destroyed within a few minutes!

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DobeMama- you can get the natural rubber balls at www.JBpet.com

 

They are listed as "iSqueak" balls under the toys section. The large and medium are appropriate for our Dobe kids- the small are really too small.

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Wow, this amazes me because Loren, our 11 lb Min~Pin destroys toys in a matter of minutes!

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Chipindob--be sure to put away the little toys when the dobie pup comes!

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Try getting a hollow marrow bone. Stuff the middle with treats or meat, and seal up the ends with cream cheese or peanut butter. This really keeps Tat occupied! Also, Tat enjoys empty water bottles with the cap and lable removed. She'll walk around with it and it's going crinkle crinkle crinkle. So cute!

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Laith loves ORKA products (they are squishy and blue see-through). Those to me are better product than the KONG (even though not as much to choose from).