Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Erie, PA.
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My wife and I are having this very conversation as I speak (or type). In planning for our new pup we are talking about all the things we need to work on to be better parents for the new dog. We were good parents before, but there is always room for improvement.
Anyhow our previous golden was a 5 or 6 on the toughness scale...he took his time tearing toys up, but most toys never lasted long.
Our answer is this: We aren't concerned so much with the type of toy or the destructive behavior that may come with it. But what we insist on in our own home is supervision at all times. If you leave them alone for even 30 seconds, you are opening yourself up to a possibly serious life threatening situation and big bucks lost in a trip to the vet. There are plenty of stories here on the forum to back that up and it can happen to the most responsible owners if they are distracted for even a few moments.