We haven’t found a toy yet that Oscar can’t destroy. We have not bought the animal antlers yet because I wanted to talk to the vet first. He’s such an aggressive chewer that I worry that what might be safe for the average dog may not be safe for him. He really tears up every toy we give him . . within minutes. Vince went by PetSmart the other day and bought him two toys that were for aggressive chewers. Vince handed him one and I know it wasn’t three minutes til he had torn parts off and we had to take it away from him.
Probably four days ago, Oscar grabbed one of Vince’s socks and he played with it for the longest time. Vince put one of Oscar’s balls in there. It’s a bit larger than a tennis ball and another thing for aggressive chewers. Oscar has played with that non-stop when he’s in the room with us. I know he’ll eventually ruin the sock so we don’t let him have it when we’re not in the room with him. I told Vince . . a bag of socks is a whole lot cheaper than those dog toys he’s going through non-stop.
He also loves following a sunny spot around on the floor. I took this video of him this morning.
A rare glimpse of him being calm for a few minutes but then he gets going towards the end. Sometimes he’s swinging that sock around and lets go and it’s hit me in my chair a couple of times. Funny little dog!
Judy my Irish Setter pup is the same way, hasn’t met a toy she wouldn’t destroy. We decided to try the Bark Box for super chewers. Got our first box last month So far the only thing she has destroyed out of it, was a fabric covered ball–the ball is still very much intact, just the fabric covering did she destroy. She has made her mark on everything, you can see where she has gnawed on the different toys, but so far worth what we are paying for it. It includes a few snacks also in it. Will be getting our next box soon. But if that is what it takes to keep her in toys and not destroying them, then I’ll do it. Might want to look into it. They have different sized toys for different sized dogs.
Thanks. I’ll check into that.
Patty McDonald in Southern California says
Whipping that sock back and forth, at the end of your video, is how they kill their prey. We have a funny dachshund that does that. Living on acreage she has killed many squirrels and rabbits. She whips them back and forth to break their neck. Love , love, love, our standard dach. She has personality plus and is so loving. We also have 2 yellow labs that rough house with her all the time. They pretend attack with their mouths wide open chewing each other on the head and legs. I wonder if having another young dog would curtail all that chewing.
Maybe but I would be too afraid to try it. Oscar is about more than we can handle. I knew that’s how they kill their prey but had forgotten about that. Makes sense now. I definitely think dogs need play mates and they can run their energy out on each other.
Nelle Coursey says
This is really funny! I have heard you can put an empty plastic water bottle in a sock, and they will play with that. I have never tried it. But if you are watching him, it should be ok. I agree, the socks and tennis balls or empty water bottles would be a lot cheaper! Corgis are well known for their destructive ways. It only takes Quincy minutes to tear up even the best “nondestructive” toys!!
Sue Edberg says
We always gave my dogs old socks to play with. We would take each sock and tie a great big old knot in the center of it. They could grab the knot and toss the sock around. They would play for hours. We always had a couple of these sock toys available for the dogs to play with at all times. They loved them. These would last a long time.. Any other toys we gave them would be destroyed in minutes. All our dogs were little – grown the biggest one is 17 lbs.
You were very smart! This sock has lasted at least a week. I don’t think Oscar has ever had a toy for a week. There’s one squeaky toy he loves and we throw it and he fetches it but we don’t let him have it unless we’re with him because he can shred that rubber so easily. I think they’re about $4.00 and when we find them, we buy 5 or 6 of them and keep them til we need them. He’s actually passed that one by a few times and wanted us to play with the sock.
It’s like buying children toys, and they play with the box! 😀
I have a very large puppy that rips every toy I give him apart in minutes, he has his Teddy’s that he loves but a dog rope with a knot or two, no handle or ball is the one toy that has lasted and been replaced as he has grows. You need to keep and eye on any loose fibres and trim them off.