I've got a puppy that is chewing on everything. (Actually, I think the current wave is subsiding a bit -- I might keep my sanity this month). Part of the challenge is finding the right texture that satisfies. Another challenge is finding something that doesn't cost so much before it has to be replaced. Here's what has worked for us the past week +: a Lay's Stax Canister
Unlike a Pringle's canister, this is plastic (HDPE) and oval. It rolls around kind of funny and Crispin can keep himself amused when I'm no longer in the mood to play. And the price? I bought the thing on sale for $1 and my daughter ate the chips.
Sure, it's kind of ghetto, but if you have a teething puppy and you're desperate....
Any body have any similar suggestions for cheap/effective dog toys?
This isn't like we haven't tried. Getting something that would satisfy him was the challenge.
Kong? No interest. Kong-brand rubbery-bone thing? Even less interest. Rope toy? Interested for a few minutes. Stuffed duck w/ squeaker? Fun until he ripped it open to eat the stuffing. Hard Nylabone? Too hard. Mid-density Nylabone w/ infused flavor? Maybe for a few minutes. After he kept compulsively gnawing the edge the coffee table and baseboards (while maintaining eye contact with me while I said "No!"), we cut off a foot long length of hard wood dowel. He loved that, but we had to take it away after a few minutes because he was shredding it.
Crispen found a 1 liter water bottle during a walk a week ago and loved it (he'd played with them as a younger pup). It was one of those really thin bottles, so it didn't last long. That's what gave me the idea about the Stax canister, which is much thicker (and not as crinkly).
I like the frozen tube sock idea! I've stayed away from toys that could be confused with clothing later on. Has that been a problem at all for you, riley?
I give the puppies socks with holes in them, then yes, we have to make sure all socks are put up. I like rawhide, have you tried it. I know a wonderful place that everything is made in the USA, and cheap. I buy the 2nds, 12" retriever rolls, and they work great. I get 10lbs(?) +/- for around $22. Let me know if you like that idea. Bottles don't last long for us anymore either. I think they are making them thinner.
illusion -- Nope, no rawhide. The contract I signed with the breeder forbids it. After reading a couple websites describing problems caused by rawhide, I am content to leave it alone.
I know that several brands of water bottles are getting thinner. The bottlers are trying to reduce the volume of waste caused by single use bottles. The one we picked up last week was of the newer, thinner variety.
I understand if you are upholding a contract, but anything cheap that your dog can chew up is just as dangerous as rawhide. There are a ton of toys that have cause intestinal problems and death. It is up to the owner to be beware of what and where the items come from that their dog is chewing one. Personally with all of the problems we have had from products comming from china, I think anything made here in the USA is better no matter what it is. It was not to long ago that the plastic baby bottles killed quite a few people in China.
There are a ton of different ideas, but cheap doesn't come easy. I went through tons of toys with another dog trying to find something they liked, rawhide, cows hooves, deer antlers, ect. all seems to work. Most are not inexpensive, but all are safe if you watch you pet and teach drop it or leave it.
Good luck in whatever you decide. I will stick to what I have always used.
I buy most of the dog toys from http://www.petedge.com/home.jsp We have a few other discount places here that have decent name brand dog toys for dirt cheap, so I buy the rest from those places when I see them!