If you have ever had a puppy in the house, you know how much they LOVE to chew on stuff. When we had the little guys together as puppies they looooved my flip flops. I went through about 6 pairs that summer because they were ALWAYS grabbing them up and chewing them to shreds. It was also always my left shoe, so even if I bought the same style shoes on sale, which I did, I could never mix and match a pair. Jerks.
I thought I would be able to fix this nasty habit with rawhide chew sticks like Dentleys Rawhide Bones Dog Treats, and those helped, but didn’t totally contain the chewing for those monsters. If they found a flip flop, they were ON IT!!!
I decided the next way to handle this in their training was to use a toy to redirect the chewing on those few occasions I managed to catch the stinkers at it. Toys like these tough Martha Stewart Pets Braided Bone Dog Toy are a GREAT choice, especially if your dog is not an extreme chewer. Of course MY dogs, had to be extreme chewers.
To be fair, extreme chewing is not necessarily a trait that can be based on size. Today, Pip, weighs about 23 lbs. (Wyck died before the writing of this post), and Pip is the second most DESTRUCTIVE chewer I have EVER seen in my life! Especially for a dog that is not bored or neglected. Pip’s main mission in life is to seek out and DEMOLISH all forms of fluffy toys. Needless to say, unless I feel like picking up stuffed toy guts for an hour when I come home from work, plush toys are NOT allowed in this house.
Pip’s cousin, Isis, is not an extreme chewer and she comes in at about 120 lbs. She has been known to play around with plush toys that were actually purchased for her Shih-tzu sister, so you cannot base whether or not a puppy or a dog will chew or be destructive based only on size. You have to just wait and see!
Pip, was a major problem chewer because of his breed. He’s a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix. They are mostly bred for chasing critters out of holes and tearing them up. He’s compact and muscular, but his jaws pack a pretty good punch too when it comes to chewing stuff. There has only been one toy EVER that I can leave laying around for him to play with a KONG Extreme Treat Dispensing Dog Toy.
These toys come in two colors, red and black. If your dog is an average chewer, the red one is fine. However, if you have a dog like Pip, the black one is a must.
This is truly the BEST toy I have found to keep him entertained and that lasts through his chewing. The beehive shape is my favorite because if you play fetch with it, it bounces funny and makes them work harder to catch it. The downside to that, is sometimes you end up on your hands and knees with a rake trying to get it out from under the shed because your pansy dog won’t go under there to get it, and instead barks at YOU incessantly until you solve this problem.
I also love how it has holes in it for treat stuffing. Most destructive chewing, if you have a regular schedule, happens 30 minutes after you leave the home, and 30 minutes before you return. If you stuff this toy with treats or food before you leave, the dog usually spends those 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get to the food instead of tearing up your stuff.
It took Pip several tries to figure out how to get his bones out of the toy. However, the little stinker is so smart he did figure out if he flipped it a certain way and bit down hard it would crack in the middle and fall out in pieces. Those are the joys of being a terrier mom! They’re too smart for their own good.
Over time, Pip did eventually start to chew through the beehive shaped toy, however, he has not managed to chew up the ball. In fact, it’s the only ball that has survived in our house. The extreme chew toy lasted us about 3 years, and that is with him trying to destroy it every single day. His cousins still have theirs fully intact, and they have had the softer red ones for over 4 years.
These are truly a wonderful product and I would highly recommend them to anyone who has a puppy, and anyone who has a problem with a dog that chews. Chewing is usually caused by boredom, so stuffing these toys with a treat not only keeps your dogs entertained and chewing on appropriate items, it saves your flip flops too. Now, if we can get Meg to stop trying to hump her Dad after she sniffs his houseshoes (WHAT THE HECK???!!) we’ll be good!
If you have any questions about toys or recommendations for your dogs, leave me a message below and I’ll respond as quick as I can!
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