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    Personally, I don't think wood of any sort is a good idea, splinters in lips and gums are bad, but big splinters in the gut can be expensive.

    My mum has a Miniature Poodle... yes a MINI Poodle who can chew through a large breed kong in 10 seconds flat.
    I bought him a giant solid rubber bone once and that lasted him about a month. It was smooth... no bumps or nobbly bits for him to catch his teeth on and get a better grip for destroying.

    Cheap alternatives for serial destroyers are coke bottles with the lids and rings removed. just pop in some dry food and let them toss them around and chew them. Free if you drink soft drink anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Personally, I don't think wood of any sort is a good idea, splinters in lips and gums are bad, but big splinters in the gut can be expensive.

    My mum has a Miniature Poodle... yes a MINI Poodle who can chew through a large breed kong in 10 seconds flat.
    I bought him a giant solid rubber bone once and that lasted him about a month. It was smooth... no bumps or nobbly bits for him to catch his teeth on and get a better grip for destroying.

    Cheap alternatives for serial destroyers are coke bottles with the lids and rings removed. just pop in some dry food and let them toss them around and chew them. Free if you drink soft drink anyway.
    lol yep CL, the soft drink bottle is a personal fave of mine....i mean that totally justifies my coke zero habit lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    Bone - every weekend fresh bone from the butcher
    Oskar certainly gets his fair share of bones lol

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    Duke loved his Kong, but was equally happy with a softdrink bottle with a few doc biscuits inside.
    Chopz has the "jaws of life".. or jaws of death, depending on how you look at it. For a little dog, he has some serious jaw power.
    He killed an upsized extreme Kong in minutes, so I brought him an Everlasting Treatball. That lasted an hour.
    I was seriously p*ssed, and went on the hunt for something better.

    The best and toughest I have found are West Paw Design toys, which are out of the States. I managed to score a couple on eBay (quite cheap) first, to try them out, and was super impressed, so I got some more! They are by no means indestructible, but they are pretty darn tough. Tougher than anything else I've found. They also have a replacement guarantee, no questions asked. Chopz has a Tux, Hurley, Jive and Huck (I don't think they make Hucks anymore though).
    All have little chew marks in them now (after about four months), but are mostly still good, and he really loves them.

    For interest's sake, I wrote emails to Kong and Starmark about my disappointing experiences, and Starmark refunded me on the spot (including for the additional treats). Kong sent me the supersized Extreme Kong as a replacement, which I gave to my parents for their dogs.

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    Cow hooves are good chewy material @ $2-50.
    They last for up to 5 weeks. Hya said once, deer antlers but they are more expensive.
    We have wild deer here, if I ever see a stag roadkill I am out there with the hacksaw.

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    I haven't found anything Frosty can't destroy given the opportunity.

    It's been suggested that she be trained not to chew toys, eg take them away from her, which is a bit sad...

    I find the black kong does alright.

    Deer antler is very tough - but I suspect it could break her teeth. We got one from a friend with a bull terrrier - the bull terrier couldn't break it so she lost interest.

    I like fresh bits of gum tree. Not too many problems with splinters off that. I wouldn't use timber that is designed for building. Stuff like permapine contains arsenic poison - and the newer stuff isn't even dyed green - so you can't tell.

    She also does fairly well with a squirrel dude but is only interested while it has food in it, and if the food is a bit too hard to get out, she will destroy the dude to get it out.

    Old soccer balls and footballs are fun toys. As are old baseballs, though you want to pick those up when they get to the stringy filler stuff. Golf balls are bad because they have a liquid rubber core - and I can't imagine that being good for a dog.

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    We have an eight athon - it's like old fire hose or seatbelt webbing - she has started chewing the corners off but it's taking a while. But I don't leave it out with her, it's more a training tool.

    Things that are cheap are my fave dog toys.

    Eg toilet roll centres, socks with tennis balls inside (though these need to be supervised - pretty sure a lab would swallow this and that would be expensive), and dead leather balls - like old footballs. Just ask at your local footy club.

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    We do the coke bottle with treats too, get's destroyed but it's free. No soft toys in our home anymore because Molly use to rip them apart so she could eat and swallow the fluff. I remember watching that programme 'my dog ate what?' and this dog's stomach was full of soft toy fluff, after that episode all her soft toys went into the rubbish.

    Rex has a basketball fetish. He loves to just sit there and strip it till he can pop it. We go to garage sales every saturday morning & can pick up basketball & soccer balls for like 50c

    All their toys are cheapies from Op-shops, garage sales and reject stores. They don't last long, but they're super cheap so doesn't worry me.

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    Sweet idea Kuri!! Oskar loves destroying balls. SOmetimes the backyard looks like a graveyard for broken toys and other miscellaneous objects lol

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    Lol, i go out every sunday morning and anything thats is past it's use i put straight into the rubbish. They have their own toy box, which they go up and help themselves to, but i haven't figured out how to teach them to put them back! lol

    Rex loves his balls, you can hear him growling & squealing in excitement when he's stripping a new ball - it's quite funny to watch, i should video him one day, and it keeps him entertained for a couple of hours. With the flat balls he loves to play fetch with (have no idea why, he will not fetch a tennis ball) so we still get alot of use from them. We take them to the park & throw them in the rubbish when we are finished & covered in dribble cause we have like a hundred sitting in our garage lol

    I don't think their is such thing as a durable toy, and mine (especially Molly) like variety. So i would rather dish out a few bucks for lots of cheap toys than pay big money for something that will end up in the bin anyway.

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    Dodge NEVER went through the chewing stage O.o
    Koda on the other hand was a shocker... i am so glad he is out of it now
    He destroyed anything he could get his paws on... examples being-
    . Lots of garden hoses
    . My ferret cage
    . My camera
    . All his toys
    . anything he could reach from the bins...
    . he was picking fruit off the trees...
    .He even managed to get an empty bottle of Antifreeze once... OH GOODNESS I PANNICKED... even though it was empty... lol
    . Many shoes... (he liked carrying them by the laces)
    . almost every pair of thongs in the household!

    Pretty much the only things koda hasent destroyed yet is his Kong... its one of the black ones... they're designed for dogs that have strong jaws!
    and a 20 liter plastic drum that we had lying around... he looooves chewing on the handle... as well as this he seems to think carrying it while doing zoomies makes it all the more fun ... he has had it since he was around four months old
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