My Rotty/Pit Bull pups are seven months and are power house chewers thank fully I've finally gotten them to understand doggie toys are for chewing... they don't eat stuff but they enjoy the act of shreading things... is this even behavior I should correct? Tennis balls, dog toys, gadorade bottles shred... have had some luck with ropes, they ignore the Kong toys... and I know this is going to sound retarded but their favorite toy is a milk crate... they knaw it and tug of war with it for hours... thanks
As long as they're shredding their own toys and not furniture or walls, I wouldn't correct them. A milk crate? Hey if it keeps them entertained, it's certianly not something that'd be easily chrewed apart!
Give them raw soup bones. DO NOT COOK THEM!! Just give it to them raw. My guys will lay there for hours chewing on a soup bone. You can even freeze it first and it'll last longer. The bones clean their teeth very well, too.
The fact that the bones are raw will not hurt the dog. They will not get sick. If you cook the bones, they'll splinter and possibly get stuck in your dog. Raw bones will not splinter.
I have some strong jawed dogs myself(3 Great Danes and a GSD)and believe me, they love them.
LOL Milk Crate. Now that is creative! My American Staffordshire Terrier's favorite toy is a Large Orange DOT Cone. LOL. He runs around the yard with that large thing in his mouth for hours. It gives us more entertainment just watching him play with it. Hey, whatever works go for it!
LOL Missy loves to tear up laundry baskets from the dollar store! I buy them just for her. She also ignores kongs, and nylabones too. Her favorite way to chew and get nice and worn out is the springpole. I have a non-steel belted tire swing hanging from a tree. At he top of the rope, there's a garage door spring for some bounce. ($10, home depot) It's great!!!
We actually taught her a command for shredding cardboard boxes. (If you don't mind the mess) We say "Break it Down!" And that box is history. The bigger, the better.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/17/2004 9:29:36 AM*** Reason: sdgfh
They have large chew toys in pet stores, One called a Kong, and almost indestructable ball. They are great and with the large jaw dogs its harder for them to shred, some plastics can be injested and become a problem for their intestines.. I use to use them all the time for my large breeds, and more importantly the enjoyed them. Remember dogs can not tell the difference between what laundry baskets or milkcrates , and other household items, try an keep it dog related. Good luck.
You know, we never have had a problem with her mistaking one of our functional laundry baskets for HER laundry basket. But I have no good explanation as to why. Point taken about the plastic, though, could be bad if she decided to eat it. Missy just smells a kong and walks away. Boring, she says. No matter what I put in it!
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/17/2004 9:39:42 AM*** Reason: sdfghjk
SBP.. I would love to watch Missy go at it with a box! How neat to train her to do that.
My brother has an APBT and she will tear up all of her toys. Except her kong. She broke her first one in half, but they are vitually indistructable. Have you tried putting something inside the kong to make it more appealing?
They also bought her this doggie frisbee..it is a spandex material and she hasn't torn that up yet. Regular plastic frisbees are like giving a whale a tic tac, there's no sense in it..it's just in pieces in a matter of seconds.
Also, be careful with the rope toys..if your dog is shredding them, you have to be careful that they are not swallowing any string..it can get caught up around there intestines and belly and all.
milk crates make pretty good chew toys for larger dogs. tiny my rottie got hold of one the other day, and now both my dogs have one. it keeps them entertained....so why not? they also have a spare tire in the yard. it's been cleaned, but they like to push it around
thanks guys great stuff never tried stuffing something in the kong toy gonna try it.. But the strange thing is I think it is they enjoy the shredding... I'm careful to watch if they are eating things but they mostly just crush things to little bits
Minnie is a power chewer, power shredder as well. Regular "high chew" toys from Petsmart and the like never fair well. I recently bought her a Tonka truck that I saw at a thrift store. We're on day 5, and she's barely destroyed it. Definite chew marks, but it's still intact. It really is Tonka tough!!
i know, sandy and tiny chew LOTS, and it's hard finding toys that they can't destroy. i've bought several toys from petsmart and walmart and they ruin within a matter of minutes. their favorites are the stuffed kongs, the crates, and the tire. we dont even have the tire hung up, its just on the ground and they roll it around and chew at it. i find with larger dogs you have to be really creative on what toys to give them