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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 01:39 PM
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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.
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Stuffies are a no-no for Sammy! He eventually rips it to pieces, and somehow manages to remove the squeaky thing inside them. He does love this red rubber ball from Kong 'cause he can't really tear it up, so that's lasted him a good 3 weeks so far.
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I get ours woobies/stuffies just to tear up. LOL However, I'm always supervising...and then cleaning up the mess.

Sometimes the toys will last for weeks....not a rip in them, then all of a sudden, somebody decides it's lived long enough!

The Goldens are the ultimate stuffie killers......the Newfs will keep the same one for years.

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Before my pup Maui came along (1/2 GR &1/2 border collie) my labs and lab mixes ( including a border collie/lab) NEVER destroyed a stuffie. Our GR Bri came to us as a 5 year old and never destroyed anything...Maui guts them in a matter of minutes.

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Sammy and Barley were always pretty good with stuffies, but would occasionally destroy one. My new pup Mira is a destroyer of toys! We not have every shape nylabone and other non-stuffed toys. At least she tries to chew!

Have you tried toys you can stuff treats in? Busy Buddy has some good ones... I have also heard Planet Dog will replace chewed toys if you mail the chewed up toy back to them... They will send you a new one... But I have not personally tried it

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Stuffed toys don't stand a chance with Tucker. He has gone through so many of the AKC stuffed animal toys in a matter of days. In fact, DH bought him the AKC stuffed raccoon this past weekend and the head is now gone!

The thing that amazes me is that the one stuffed toy of Tucker's that has outlasted all of the more expensive stuffed toys that he has had is this stuffed red dog with the Milk Bone logo on it that we picked up for a dollar at Walgreen's a few months ago. That cheap toy is still intact and it has taken many beatings!

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Most stuffed toys are sacrificed in minutes...I buy them just for them to gut..
However, the dogs have had two particular stuffed snowmen since last APRIL!
Last night Lexi decided 'enough was enough' and gutted it....go figure!

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My two girls - 11 mos old will destroy any toy we give them. I have probably spent $300.00 on toys because at first I thought I should get them each one....ha. It doesn't matter, they both want what the other has. I have found the Kong toys to be pretty tough - they sell a tire that looks like a lawn mower tire. I put treats inside that but they get them out quickly and push it aside because they can't destroy it. Don't waste your money on the flying saucer you fill with treats. A $28.00 toy destroyed in 5 minutes. I have found the bones you can buy that are filled with some treat are great. They have had them for seven or eight months and still play with them. After they get a lot of the treat out (cant seem to get the center) I fill the outer with something for them to give incentive for them to play with them.
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