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Hi! I'm trying to get a list of some of your favorite toys to pull out for your dog while you are at work. I want to make sure I have a good assortment when we get our dog so it's not bored all day! I'm thinking a Kong for sure--what size though? Also Nylabones are a must. Anything else? Thanks!

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I just do Nylabones. He would eat anything else.

I do leave him with a homemade "Kong'..frozen pumpkin and yogurt. It makes him love his crate!
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Antlers are great. Here is a link that is a great place to get some. Michigan Antler Art - LARGE ANTLER CHEWS

It helps to have as many kongs as you can, and keep them filled and frozen. I have the regular red ones, but the larger black ones would be fine too.

Many times instead of kongs, I just fill cleaned off marrow bones with banana or pumpkin and freeze those. If I have to leave Cookie for some time, I will give her one to clean out while I am gone. She isn't a big chewer, but some other dogs might have a problem with a bone.

Cookie has never given nylabones more than a passing lick. I bought every type they make too.

I am with Cookie much of the time during the day, and I can tell you that she normally just sleeps though!
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We don't leave Mosby anything put a KONG while we're not home. He has both mediums and larges, and we keep them stuffed with a variety of things and frozen. We'd worry too much about anything else being a choking hazard....

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Thanks everyone! I originally would have thought of only one Kong---maybe a couple are in order? I didn't realize dogs chewed Antlers like that! Do they splinter?

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Thanks everyone! I originally would have thought of only one Kong---maybe a couple are in order? I didn't realize dogs chewed Antlers like that! Do they splinter?
The whole antlers don't seem to splinter. One tip I learned from the forum was if your dog does not seem interested in the antler, try soaking it for 30 minutes or so in warm water. It brings out the natural aroma.
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Oh man...Skye is a HUGE chewer and has redone all our baseboard woodwork, but I just can't stomach the idea of antlers. In addition to being a Golden nut, I'm a deer freak . She trashes the XXL rawhide bones in less than 2 days. I buy raw bones from the butcher with marrow, and if they're thick enough they'll last about a week, but she even manages to fracture these into four or five pieces eventually. She won't even look at a Kong no matter what I put into it. Same with Nylabones. Weird.

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Hehe that movie is adorable!

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Oh man...Skye is a HUGE chewer and has redone all our baseboard woodwork, but I just can't stomach the idea of antlers. In addition to being a Golden nut, I'm a deer freak . She trashes the XXL rawhide bones in less than 2 days. I buy raw bones from the butcher with marrow, and if they're thick enough they'll last about a week, but she even manages to fracture these into four or five pieces eventually. She won't even look at a Kong no matter what I put into it. Same with Nylabones. Weird.
Get the antlers from hunters or taxidermist that find "sheds" the deer doesn't have to be dead they shed I think every year & don't need them anymore

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