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u/katcea · 54 pointsr/dogs

This is my advice from training lots of dogs and volunteering many years at the humane society (I am not a professional) - "don't work harder, work smarter." You are trying way too hard and you are burning yourself out. That does not bode well for you or your dog.

He is hyperactive and needs to get his energy out, but that said, no dog needs 4-5 hours of activity a day. That is just crazy. Instead of running or walking (save your knees, you need them!) with him, train him to do urban mushing. Since you says he pulls a lot, it would be dangerous for you to get a regular bike so I would recommend getting a cart.

Next, buy him a weighted pack. Throw this on him (and feel free to put your water bottles and snacks in there) while you are walking or for a couple of hours a day and it will slow him down and tire him out. It also makes him feel like he has a job to do. Since you think he may be a blue lacey, you really need to give him a job to do since he is a working dog. That also explains why he doesn't like doing tricks but likes finding stuff for you.

A couple of activities that are great for a working dog are agility and nose work. Sign up for your local agility and nose work class and the people there will give you great tips on how to tire your dog out without burning yourself out since they are actually experienced with training with working dogs. These kinds of jobs also train him to listen to your commands in a home setting.

Your dog is not a extremely dominant or submissive, he is what working dog trainers call a "soft" dog. This means they are very sensitive to loud, verbal yelling or negative energy. It is hard to see them react when you overcorrect but this also means that they are very trainable since they want to please you. Use a calm and low voice when you correct your dog.

For working from home, you have to learn to ignore him. I know it is heartbreaking to hear his whining but the truth of it is, if you give a dog an inch, they will take a mile. He knows how to push your buttons and he will so you have to harden yourself up not give in. Instead, get him a bunch of interactive toys
like this 1, [2] (https://www.amazon.com/Trixie-Mad-Scientist-Dogs-Level/dp/B003TOKTEG/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1469997634&sr=8-11&keywords=interactive+dog+toys), [3.] (https://www.amazon.com/Trixie-Gambling-Tower-Level-1/dp/B002XCTUIQ/ref=sr_1_38?ie=UTF8&qid=1469997634&sr=8-38&keywords=interactive+dog+toys) Fill them with his favorite treats and let him learn to amuse himself.

Lastly, this is probably the most important advice I have - get a gentle leader. It jerks their head to the side if they pull, so they stop pulling. It works amazingly for dogs who like to pull on their leash and do not respond to training. It seriously is a godsend for many of the dogs I walked in the shelter and could not control. It will save you many a more broken bones.

Feel free to message me if you need more help. I love helping people who love their dogs enough to not give up on them.

u/bubonis · 31 pointsr/ferrets

I went through that "buy ferrets expensive toys" phase for awhile -- I think every new ferret owner does -- but eventually you realize that ferrets don't care about expensive toys. Cardboard boxes, plastic bags, towels, milk caps, old socks, bubble wrap, and other "trash" is all fun and games for ferrets. You can even make your own toys better and cheaper than what you can get pre-made; for example, this Ferret Ball Pit comes with 35 balls and costs $19. Alternately, buy these 144 ping pong balls for $6 and use the cardboard shipping box with a couple of holes cut into it.

u/softcatsocks · 21 pointsr/dogs

Dog puzzle feeders.
My dog gets his dinner from toys everyday. I rotate between OurPets IQ Puzzle Ball, Kong Wobbler, Magic Mushroom, and Tug a Jug, since those are the slowest dispensing as well as easiest to fill. I also have a load of other ones but found them to be too easy for him (One minute to empty Buster Cube on "hardest" difficulty vs average 20 minutes from the toys I mentioned). I used them everyday for about 5 to 6 years and never had to replace them.( Then again, my dog is not much of a chewer of hard plastic.) My dog LOVES getting his food from toys to the point of actually almost refusing to eat while giving me a very sad disappointed face when I just put it in his bowl. He has fun and they tire him out (he is panting after every meal). Win for me.

u/poopies4lyfe · 20 pointsr/AskWomen

I'm a dog fanatic, so here is a list of awesome dog supplies for under $25, for those interested!
-[vet wrap] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UELUXNO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_9y2-yb13E3QJH) for any time you need to help your dog with his/her boo boo.
-[large chuck it ball] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084DRJKO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_9z2-ybMRKYDYG) that my puppy is addicted to.
-[topical spray] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0025YKUIQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_mE2-ybRANQ1AN) to help with your doggos minor cuts.
-[slip lead] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QJU7FE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_9F2-ybWB9FW9J) for quick trips outside.
-[Kong Zoom Groom] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002AR1A0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_DJ2-ybD5EXKZH) for brushing out those thick double coated pooches without tearing the coat or scratching the skin.
-[treat pouch] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JCWAWA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_LL2-yb1WKAR0N) for those fun training sessions!
-[large pet waterer] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057LAGNS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_TN2-ybCVJN55F) so you don't have to keep filling up a bowl.
-[Kong Wobbler] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ALMW0M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_zP2-ybPN8N34J) for those really fast eaters.
-[Herm Sprenger Prong Collar] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0F8702/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_4R2-yb0ZM4BGR), an excellent training tool for beginner and higher level dogs when used properly.
-[Red Barn dog food roll] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00008DFOG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_wU2-yb83KED07), great training treats, and you can cut them up into any size you want to.
Let me know if you want more!


u/TryinToBeHelpfulHere · 19 pointsr/dogs

I had a chunky foster who would scarf her food then cry for more. For hours.

I started feeding her out of this $8 tricky treat ball from Amazon & it worked so well. She enjoyed the play aspect (and it kept her moving!), and it slowed her down so much that she'd frequently feel full and come back to chill with me when there was still a little food left.

u/tokisushi · 15 pointsr/Dogtraining

I say this with all the love in my heart - this situation is a hot mess. I am really sorry that this has exploded into such an unmanageable situation and I hope you can get in to see the behaviorist soon!

>She is destructive. She has hundreds of dollars in toys and a variety of them; however, she would rather chew the walls, the paint, the furniture, etc. or find something to get into (newspaper, trash, toilet paper, closets, shoes) than play with her toys.

  • Remove all items that she can get into from her reach. Buy trash cans with tight fitting lids, remove newspapers from areas she has access to, keep bedroom and bathroom doors closed or put up gates.

  • She needs to be in your sight at all times and should not have 'free reign'. Have her on a dragging leash and eyeballs on the puppy. If she starts to get into something - redirect to something else (a treat, a toy, a chew, etc)

  • If she cannot be watched, she needs to be in a puppy safe room. Put her somewhere with there are minimal things for her to get into and use gates to keep her contained.

  • Treat her like a brand new baby puppy. Keep working on crate training slowly, if you can (don't even close the door on the crate for the next month - just practice having her go in to eat meals, get treats or get toys). See Crate Training and Crate Games

  • Reinforce playing with toys. Give her a treat whenever you catch her with a toy or when she plays with you with a toy. Hide food in certain toys (like egg babies or IQ balls). Sit and play with a toy yourself and pretend it is the best thing ever - she will probably be curious and check it out.

    >She barks, ALL THE TIME, for NO reason, whatsoever.

    Is she barking at you? Out the window? AT something? Just walking around and making noise? Is she in heat? Has she always done this or is this a new behavior?

    >She is cage fearful and CANNOT be crated or confined in a room.

    If her reaction is that bad you may want to speak to the vet about getting her some medication to help her relax so you can train her - doesn't even have to be in a crate, it can be in a puppy safe room blocked by a high gate. Closed doors ARE really stressful for some dogs - you are basically locking them in a room where they cannot see or get out of it (so I get the anxiety). Crate usually work better as they can still SEE out of them. You need to work on getting her comfortable alone in a space - large or small - or you are going to have huge problems for an extended period of time.

    If she never likes crates, that is fine, many dogs dont really like them, but if she can't be in a room by herself, even, that is an issue. Medication, thundershirts, very slow methodical introduction to these new situations can all help you get you where you need to be.

    >Temper-tantrums- If she is not getting what she wants, she bites people, she scratches them, she barks at them, she jumps on them, etc.

    Dogs don't really throw 'temper tantrums'? Unless it is effective in getting her what she wants.

    If she is doing something you do not like, you need to be very calm, level headed and firm (but not forceful or intimidating). She does NOT get what she wants when she is acting inappropriately. Help guide her to more desirable behaviors to get what she wants (ask for a sit or down or settle before she gets anything). See Nothing in Life is Free.

    >Tendency for food aggression- She has on four occasions gone after the other dog in our house during meal time; again, this is for no reason, the dog will not be anywhere near her and she will run across the house and attack the other dog.

    If she cannot be crated for meals, crate the other dog. Physically separate them. If there is another dog in the house it may be contributing to her added anxiety (some dogs just DO NOT get along well with other dogs in the same space). If she is going out of her way to attack the other dog, I would start to suspect that this is more so the case than simple food guarding.

    >She is not spayed, she has demodectic mange and cannot be spayed until this is treated. She came down with a fever on Saturday and threw up. She has had several bouts of conjunctivitis and my boss (a veterinarian) now believes she may be suffering from an auto-immune disorder. Bloodwork will give a more definitive answer tomorrow.

    Has she been healthy with you for extended periods of time since you have had her? It is very possible some of this behavior is related to being in a new place and sick. It is a bit extreme to blame it all on that, but I would not be surprised if she calmed down to some extent once she was back up to 100% health and had some time to settle in more. (I see she has only been with you 2 months). Spaying may also help as, at 7 months, that is around the time she should be getting her first heat (which can have a significant impact on behavior).

    >Exercise

    You need to be doing a LOT more with this. Your dog sounds anxious and crazy and pent up. At 7 months old it is not unheard of for puppies to still not really be 'into' walks (partially because they don't 'get it' partially because they are going in and out of fear periods). Socializing and walks can be good - but there are a lot of other ways to get your dog exercise.

    One of the big things is going to be training - especially considering how out of control she is. Do more training - 5-10 minute sessions 3-5 times a day (or more!) keep them sort and focused and start with things she already knows. Look into clicker training and have her earn her meals this way. Be sure to crate or remove any other dogs from the area before you start working. Alternate rewards between treats and play. If she knows a skill REALLY well, fade treats all together and focus on other rewards.

    Play training games like hide and seek (have her sit/wait and move to another area - call her and reward for finding you. Start out really easy at first then increase the difficulty to where you are hiding behind doors or other objects) or 'find it' (hide treats under cups and have her find the cup with the treats - if she guesses wrong, shuffle and try again. If she guesses right, lift up the cup! There are lots of variations of this game out there, too, that uses toys or other objects).

    Try doing some free shaping training and work on reinforcing 'going to bed' on a mat or pet bed if she is afraid of crates.

    Play games in a safe area - like an empty baseball diamond or wide open area. Get a very long lead (30feet) so you can still control her if you need to. Play chase games, get a flirt pole, teach her how to fetch, work on obedience or just let her smell and explore. Going on 'hikes' on wooded or unpaved trails can also be very engaging and tiring for dogs.


    >What I have tried (consistently, for 2 weeks consecutively)

    This is not enough time. Pick ONE method and stick to it. If you are getting ZERO results after 1 month of consistent training (again, 5-10 minute sessions, 3-5 times a day) then you can make small modifications, but do not change the rules completely! Your dog is just going to get confused and frustrated if one day she is working to earn rewards and the next she is being rolled on her back for not recognizing that what you were saying to her was a cue.

    >Give her a job, a project, a responsibility, a schedule: Not a thing.

    You MUST be consistent with this and it should be a part of WHATEVER training method you go with - full stop. Again, Nothing in Life is Free is a really easy way to get your dog working to earn things (aka "a job") and a schedule is ideal for ANY dog (meal times, bathroom times, play times - most dogs thrive on routine).

    >Positive reinforcement: Bribing her with food has somehow taught her to beg for food and harass people while they are eating.

    This means you are doing it wrong. Positive reinforcement is not bribing - it is encouraging a dog to repeat behaviors by giving them things they want when they do specific tasks. Check out our training basics. If you are always using obvious food (e.g. "loaded lures") to get her to do things then she is going to become more focused on the food then learning actual behaviors.

    >Negative Punishment/ "Alpha" Training/ Dominance rolling: Nope, doesn't give a sht

    Avoid these things with a dog with behavioral issues to this extent - it can just prove to them that you are, in fact, dangerous and unpredictable and cannot be trusted. At this point, you REALLY need to foster trust with her! Check out What not to do to your best friend, Comments on "alpha" dominance theory, and The Culture Clash


    -- to be continued --
u/kayrays · 14 pointsr/knitting

I've been there. Everything you don't want chewed needs to be kept it out of his reach. Hide EVERYTHING. The teething and chewing does eventually get better, but in the meantime, crates and puppy-proof rooms are VERY important. Baby gates and wire playpens are good for blocking off hazards in common areas. Keep a close eye on him for now, check his stool for potential problems (blood, irregular, or lack of elimination = drop what you're doing and go to the vet). If you see a string, don't pull it.

I know you didn't ask for advice, but here are some things that really helped with my dog:

  • Kong brand toys - practically invincible, and they give the dog something to do. Just make sure you get the appropriate size. That goes for all toys.

  • Hard plastic toys are hard on the teeth, but you also want to avoid soft plastic that can be broken off and ingested. Find some with rubbery plastic like the kong toys.

  • Rope toys are good for supervised chewing. Replace as necessary (ingested strings are bad).

  • My dog really likes to chew on antlers. The sound he makes when chewing them makes me cringe, but he loves them and they are relatively safe (supervision is still important- edit: see the important notes about them below). Avoid rawhides (they can easily cause blockages). Bully sticks are safer if you can get past the smell and knowing what they're made of (I don't find they last long, though. Antlers work better for us and last for months)

  • Tennis balls should only be used for fetch, never chew toys. They wear down the teeth.. When we were in a puppy class, I saw young dogs that already had permanent damage from them.

  • Treat balls are wonderful. I put my dogs whole meal into one (if you cut off the top of a water bottle, it can be used like a funnel to get food into it). It not only slows down his eating for better digestion, but it gives him something to do so he doesn't get himself into trouble. The one I linked is the one I use.
u/lorakeetH · 13 pointsr/dogs

I have a border collie, and I second this. One of the best things we ever did was get a Tricky Treat ball, which we feed her in every day. We don't even have a food bowl for her anymore, because she eats all of her meals out of this. We fill it twice a day and she does an amazing job self-pacing her eating, and it immediately calmed her down. She feels like she's working for her food, and she likes being independent, and she likes to feel useful. Every now and then if other dogs are over, we feed her normally, and she does not like it. She loves going for bike rides, but I've found that teaching a new trick does just as well at tiring her out, which is great in bad weather. She's like a person: she needs to feel like her life has purpose in a way that I haven't experienced with other, non-border collie dogs. Another easy thing to do in bad weather: play fetch up and down the stairs. Start with regular fetch, then start adding tricks to it. Make her sit and wait A LOT. My dog is two, and she's calmer than she was a year ago, in part because we moved a year ago to a house with stairs and windows that she can watch things from, and in part because we switched her to a grain-free kibble which solved her digestive issues, so be aware of that as an issue for lots of border collies!

u/sydbobyd · 11 pointsr/Dogtraining

I have designated morning toys for mine so I don't disturb my downstairs neighbor. Syd gets the quiet ones in the morning and the louder ones at night. I like to feed her breakfast in the omega ball or the tug-a-jug (only to be used on the carpet--how quiet this is might depend on the dog). The Orbee tuff is good too, but doesn't fit her whole meal. My dog will also chew through a rawhide in no time, nylabones can be a good alternative.

Out of curiosity, how is he playing with the kong that makes noise? Throwing it on the ground? That's what mine does, she'll grab it and toss it in the air so that it comes down with a thud.

u/strikt9 · 11 pointsr/AustralianCattleDog

We stay inside at -30C
We play until I make him stop at -20C (~10-15 min)
Anything warmer than that and I watch his body language. Any sign of loss of interest in playing or holding a paw up away from the snow and we'll stop. If he gets snow stuck in his pads I'll stop him and melt it.

We dont do much leash walking in the winter. We'll go to a dog park where I can throw a ball along a trampled path where we might not lose it. If we can't do that sometimes we'll go to an open area where he can chase around some larger toys like his egg or ball.

I have a lot of fun when there's a crust layer on top of the snow that a ball will roll on forever, but the dog is too heavy and has to fight through it.

To specifically address your question, at -10C for 30 min I wouldn't be too worried as long as he's moderately active. If you are doing most of your walks on city streets/sidewalks I would consider boots to help protect his paws from the salt.

Also check his paws nightly to be sure that the pads aren't split or cracking, there are balms/moisturizers you can use if they are. My pup usually ends up cutting his pads on icy snow at least a couple times a year.

u/chefbsba · 11 pointsr/aww

My Golden tries to destroy his toys as fast as possible, anything stuffed doesn't even last 5 minutes.

Any other suggestions of toys that are hard to destroy?

This toy is by far my boy's favorite we've had it forever and he carries it around constantly. Tends to hurt when he swings his head around and smacks you with it though...

u/HalfJapToTheMax · 10 pointsr/puppy101

Wow aha. This sounds like my corgi puppy (female) a few weeks ago to a tee. She is now 15 weeks old.

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I know you already know what I am going to say, but the little habits will fall away pretty quickly as he gets used to his new surroundings! At least it happened that way for me!

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For the zero chill, I started forced nap times every 2 hours. She mellowed out pretty hard after that. They don't know how to self-regulate their sleep and a lot of the bratty behaviour is because they're overtired and overstimulated!

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The eating of everything seems to be a common tread as well.. unfortunately that one hasn't gone away for me yet - I hold her leash REALLY tight (or even her collar) while I pick up her poo to make sure she doesn't eat it - gross. Apparently they grow out of this .. still waiting. Also, snails have become the new best thing to eat.. ugh.

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As for the nipping, I found that yelling "OW!" really shrill and sharp, then storming away and closing the door behind me was super effective (and honestly kind of fun). My corgi is an attention fiend, so she learned pretty quick that nipping results in a loss of attention and play time.

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Lastly, my corgi pup did the EXACT same thing with her kibble.. I tried soaking it in broth, even that got boring. So, I got her a treat dispensing toy and I load up her entire meal into it, she now LOVES her kibble. Corgis love a challenge, they're smart dogs. Maybe give that a try? It's a $10 investment on Amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Orange/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=omega%2Bpaw%2Bball&qid=1552483475&s=gateway&sr=8-1&th=1)

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Best of luck! And don't hesitate to message me with any corgi puppy problems!

u/Jourdin · 9 pointsr/dogs

Aww! What a little smarty pants.

If he eats too fast you should try a ball like this. He won't be able to break it open so he'll have to roll it around and can only eat the food as fast as it comes out (which is not very fast).

u/retractableclause · 8 pointsr/Dogtraining

My advice? Crate train from the very start. It'll give your dog his own space and give you relief from those tiny teeth when you need it. :)

Puppies bite. A lot. Don't be disheartened by it.

Dogs like rewards. Check out positive rewards training like the kikopup channel listed in the sidebar. It'll save you a lot of frustration. I personally find this list of kikopup videos easier to navigate.

Dogs don't know how to walk on a leash until you give them direction. Don't expect him to walk next to you and not sniff everything in front of him. They don't know not to pull and sniff constantly. Teaching heel indoors before you ever need it outside is a lifesaver.

No pushing your dog's nose into an accidental pee. That teaches nothing and makes your dog think you're an unpredictable whacko.

Exercise, exercise, exercise! No forced leash running until he's fully grown, but until then, keep him from getting bored by getting him lots of play time. Training exercises require a lot of focus on his part, so that'll tucker him out too. Treat balls for feeding are super fun and herders seem to love them.

Be his best friend. The quality of his life depends entirely on you. No tying him to a tree out back and going on with life as if he doesn't exist.

Good luck with him. Add a pic to this thread once you get him so I can aww over him. :)

u/kathalytic · 8 pointsr/Pets

Get puzzle-feeders; a bobbler is a good way to occupy time. We also have a Jolly-ball we drilled a hole in the side of and can now fill with kibble.

u/bennypapa · 8 pointsr/aww

Their intelligence is what leads to lots of their behavior issues. You gotta exercise that brain too.

Have a look at these toys. They have been great for our cattle dogs over the years. They tend to eat too fast so these tend to be food/game focused.

https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Buddy-Dispensing-Medium-Large/dp/B000KV7ZGQ

https://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Treat-Colors/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1480272473&sr=1-1&keywords=dog+food+puzzle

https://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-Hide-Interactive-Puzzle/dp/B0043A71PU/ref=sr_1_15?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1480272473&sr=1-15&keywords=dog+food+puzzle

I love the above one but one of our dogs is too smart for it. She picks up the covers with her mouth and sets them aside. when she eats all she can reach she tends to turn it over to dump it out.

I'm super impressed with the bell to go out. We haven't been able to get ours to do that.

u/faytality · 8 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Kong Balls last forever. I don't think they make any that squeak, though.

u/Explosivo87 · 8 pointsr/Showerthoughts

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005BV0EQI/ref=mp_s_a_1_110?qid=1454033564&sr=8-110&pi=AA140_QL70&keywords=dog+toys+for+aggressive+chewers


Might be this one. I have one for my pup that's amazing but I can't find if on Amazon. I got it from the grocery stores let section. My dog destroys every toy I get her within minutes but this ball has lasted forever. I'll post a pic when I get home if I can remember.

u/787878787821 · 7 pointsr/dogs

Chuckit Ultraballs

http://www.amazon.com/ChuckIt-Medium-Ultra-2-5-Inch-2-Pack/dp/B000F4AVPA

They have xl 3.5 inches and xxl 4 inches for larger breeds.

Kong Solid Rubber Ball

http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Extreme-Ball-Medium-Large/dp/B004VBC0SY

Bounces like a super ball.

u/lq13 · 7 pointsr/Nerf

Look up the k9 ball, launcher, uses a similar system. https://www.amazon.com/Nerf-Dog-Tennis-Ball-Blaster/dp/B01DKH6B7U is a crappy price, but can probably find cheaper at Wal-Mart

u/ivegotthegoldenticke · 6 pointsr/Dogtraining

My dog is obsessed with his Tricky Treat Ball. It is consistently difficult for him and he's constantly picking it up and running to different areas to try and get more food. I LOVE it.

I have also tried the tug-a-jug, but my dog doesn't care for it and it's REALLY loud on hard floors. REALLY LOUD.

u/lzsmith · 6 pointsr/Dogtraining

You say she doesn't like toys. What about food? There are all sorts of puzzle toys now that dispense food, ranging from obvious ones like kongs to treat dispensing balls to more elaborate puzzles.

How about field trips? Getting out in public, seeing and smelling new things, will be mentally stimulating even if she can only walk slowly, even if she lays down to watch the action. For example, during nice weather, go grab coffee and set up a bed under the outdoor table for her to lay on. Even if she can't walk and run for an hour every day, she can still spend an hour outside with you sometimes.

Also, for the sake of walking on slippery floors, some people to use dog boots with rubber bottoms. They're generally sold for winter wear, but people use them for boating and older dogs to give traction. If your dog tolerates them, or if you're willing to spend some time counterconditioning to help your dog enjoy them, that could be an option sometimes.

u/browsing_at_work · 6 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The longest lived dog toy around my house is a Chuckit ball. It doesn't squeak but does whistle when thrown. My husky mix has destroyed every other toy in a week or so, but these are now two years old. Is it indestructible? Probably not, but I wager I'll lose them before he shreds them.

u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/Rabbits

Cardboard boxes with shredded paper, pieces of cardboard, paper towel rolls, and some hay stuffed inside with a tunnel attached is by far my buns' favorite toys. They love going in and ripping everything apart and finding hay/treats to eat. Bunnies love cardboard boxes in general. They'll rip them apart and move them around, chew on 'em, make hidey holes, climb on them. I'll even cut out some holes on the side of the boxes and stuff cardboard tubes frayed at the ends/stuffed with hay for them to have fun with.

Tunnels rank at number 2 favorite toy. Their favorite is the crinkley cat tunnels which have holes throughout them they can dart out. They like the crinkle noise too.

They love manipulating objects, hard plastic slinkies (not metal ones!) are fun for them ... and to watch, haha. Hard plastic baby rattles, baby keys, etc. Just no gel/soft plastic as it would be easy for them to bite and ingest.
http://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Toys_and_Games This has an awesome list of toys and also places to buy bun toys. I've bought cottontail cottages, activity tables, rosewood activity trees, etc--buns love them all! But they are expensive for sure. The activity tables last forever but it would definitely be cheaper to build one !

Oh, also--I would recommend games like the Teach N Treat for mental stimulation as well: http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Living-World-Teach-Treat/dp/B004HYW9B8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393474030&sr=8-1&keywords=teach+n+treat

There are tons of dog and cat games like that too that buns will love: http://www.amazon.ca/Trixie-4594-Products-Solitaire-White/dp/B0057G1WT0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3EH8O533V5DMS&coliid=I346NPTH7GATHZ

Also they love moving around these treat balls when you stuff em with pellets: http://www.amazon.com/Smarter-Toys-Treat-Inches-Colors/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1393474058&sr=8-2&keywords=treat+ball

They love games that have anything to do with eating/end result being eating. :P

http://www.amazon.ca/Kitty-Mansions-Memphis-Tree-Beige/dp/B0043Z0EUE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3EH8O533V5DMS&coliid=IHU58PNBHRME6 CAT TREES! Build your own if you want! Make sure if you buy one to cover any non-safe bun material.

I also got them one of these: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0038B2EKM/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00005C5H4/ref=oh_details_o02_s05_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Stack cups! Put treats between them and watch them knock them over and nom the treats. :)

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00000IZQP/ref=oh_details_o04_s01_i05?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They also like knocking these off.

http://www.amazon.ca/Super-Pet-Tropical-Fiddle-Stick/dp/B000HHO26E/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3EH8O533V5DMS&coliid=I1Y9U0EEWOMV8N These things!

http://www.amazon.ca/Ware-711-Roller-Assorted-Colors/dp/B001CQFDJY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3EH8O533V5DMS&coliid=I3D5TZDNHU5HM8 This makes eating hay a bit more fun for them. :)

My boys love rolling around and destroying these: http://www.amazon.ca/Peters-Woven-Grass-Play-Ball/dp/B0009YJ3OG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3EH8O533V5DMS&coliid=I2VYO2771IW0LJ

Bunnies really enjoy long-term projects, which is why they like the dig boxes I described in the first paragraph so much. They dig and rearrange the boxes foreeever until I make a new one for them.

u/fourleafclover13 · 6 pointsr/dogs

Find a good vet and positive reinforcement trainer or take classes still positive reinforcement. Makes sure to crate train. Be consistent with all training everyday. Give lots of mental mad physical stimulus during day. In morning before you leave house talk potty walk and play to use some energy up. Make training fun, exercise some before you start will help them pay attention to you. Which every way you go class or trainer you must still work with your dog daily between the sessions. Being consistent is the only way they will learn what is expected. Only working onece a week isn't going to help.

Understand dogs do not know what we expect of them and must be taught. Again be consistent use redirecting for bad behavior giving a positive experience.

Potty training again make it fun and make a solid routine. If caught in house simply sternly say "no out" and walk outside. I'd suggest bell training to ring every time you go out with out command also give dog a way to say I need out. When goes outside be excited with lots of love and treats. I'd buy a small carpet clean, use enxyme ceeaner with it, for messes they can happen when change causes stress.

They are perpetual toddlers who will always need us including entertainment. You've got this wihh everyone here to help when we can.

Also a week not hearing from a rescue is not ghosting you. They stay busy with many run by volunteers. Sometimes it takes a little bit for them to go over everything before making a choice and other people are also interested.
I am glad it worked out and you have you new family member.

A few toys ideas:

UOLIWO Dog Treat Dispensing Toy, Duck Dog Toy Squeak Dog Treat Puzzle Toy Durable Plush Chew Toys for Small Medium Large Dogs Training Playing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N2NLBQ2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Xl7LDbJTMP3F3

AWOOF Dog Puzzle Toys, Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs, Interactive Feed Game for Boredom, Encourages Natural Foraging Skills for Cats Dogs Bowl Travel Use, Dog Treat Dispenser Indoor Outdoor Stress Relief https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N1JYYCW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Ym7LDb7DCBKCJ

Our Pets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy (ASSORTED COLOR) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_in7LDb9AX6C5Q

Trixie Dog Activity Flip Board Strategy Game (9.05 inch) (Multicolored) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076MGW9RM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Fn7LDbBAQ1KAK

The Trixie has tons of different ones.

u/TXrutabega · 6 pointsr/Dogtraining

We have 5:

Slow Feeder

Kong Wobbler

Maze Treat Dispenser

IQ Treat Ball

Buster Food Cube

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We use his kibble in these but will add treats cut up to pea-size or ham, chicken, etc also cut up along with the kibble.

Rambo eats both of his meals out of a puzzle toy.

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We also have black Kongs that I put stuff in (kibble, rice, veggies, etc) , plug with some peanut butter or EZ cheese, pour some chicken broth into and then freeze

u/aldenhg · 6 pointsr/pitbulls

Another non-squeaky, but my guy can kill a standard toy in (literal) seconds but can't hurt the black Kong toys. He'll definitely put dents in them, but he has yet to damage one to the extent that we would have had to take it away from him.

u/Tigerstrike · 6 pointsr/RATS

That is a ball pit! You can get one from Marshall (https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-Pet-Products-Pop-N-Play-Ball/dp/B007ZN5TN8)

They didn't like it as much until they realized they could destroy the balls, lol.

u/YahtzeeDii · 5 pointsr/Dogtraining

I literally just made a post last night about puzzle toys! I'll go ahead and paste it here:

>I'm just going to start listing off puzzle toys that I like since I don't know which ones you'd used before.Kong toys are excellent ways to stimulate using food. You can also try food puzzles, such as the IQ Ball or Trixie Pet products. Snuff mats can also be helpful, if your dog likes to "forage" for food.
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>Licking and chewing can also relieve stress. There's a lick mat that I recently found that my pups really love. You can put something like peanut butter or yogurt on it, freeze it, and my dogs go at it for 30 minutes. For chewing, you can look at variety of different things, such a bully sticks, chew toys, Himalayan dog chews, etc. My dogs like all of the above, but the longest lasting chews for them are Benebones.
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>Search high and low for these types of toys and puzzles. You can often find discounted pet toys at Marshalls or Ross, if you have these types of stores near you. I know they can be kind of expensive, but a good brand will last forever, and for my dogs, they've been great investments!
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>You can also make your own games, if you'd rather not purchase toys. Hide treats under plastic cups and tell [your dog] to "go find!" You can play hide-and-go-seek around the home. For a DIY toy, put treats in a muffin tin and cover each tin with a tennis ball for him to remove. If he is comfortable with these in the house, you can take these types of games outside, too.

As for helping your dog figure them out, I think you just kind of go with the flow. Show your dog, if he's having trouble, and be patient -- if he's not accustomed to figuring out puzzles, he's going to have to learn. Use the most scrumptious treats to engage and incentivize him.

I know there's research out there that suggests that dogs don't learn well by watching, but my puppy was having trouble with one of those Trixie pet puzzles, at which point I brought in my older dog to show him. He caught on right away.

u/Kaelizilla · 5 pointsr/dogs

My Boxer is a connoisseur of puzzle toys. In Minnesota, it gets way too cold for us to go on long walks to curb his energy, so I engage his brain when it becomes a frozen wasteland outside.

I feed Keenan out of a large Kong Wobbler -- he gets at least one meal a day out of this. It takes him about 30 minutes to work out all the kibbles.

IQ Treat Ball is great for pets that work out puzzles super quickly. This is a fairly difficult toy. Be warned, if you have hard floors, this is loudest thing ever. It's also the perfect size to get stuck under sofas with legs.

Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball is easier to roll around and get kibble sized treats out of. It's also a pain to fill and clean. We don't use this one much.

Everlasting Fun Ball is also hard to fill and difficult to clean, but it's tough. When Keenan is on my last nerve, he gets something super delicious in this and it keeps him occupied until he gets frustrated with it.

Monster Mouth is really tough to get things out of for pups. I'll stuff full sized milk bones in this and leave just a tip hanging out so he can try to pull it out. It keeps him pretty busy, but he gets frustrated by this one quickly.

Buster Food Cube is brilliant in design--you can make it easier and harder to get food out of by twisting the opening. This was Keenan's first puzzle toy and when he figured it out, he got a lot of enjoyment "hiking" it through his back legs at a hard surface to make it bounce off and spray kibbles around. It's loud on hard floors. So loud my ex SO threw it away.

I also pick up random puzzle toys at the store when I see them. I can't find accurate representations on Amazon. Most of them are soft/silicone that you can bend to open and put treats in. Keenan likes his big football one because he knows the yummy, big treats go in that one.

u/crlast86 · 5 pointsr/dogs

I have a destructive chewer - she just enjoys dismantling things. So when I was at my sister's house and Pepper chewed on her dog's Kong toy for a half hour without leaving a single mark, I went out and bought two. Not all of them can stand up to her, but the Kong extreme toys like this one do.

u/Miroet · 5 pointsr/Dogtraining

This sounds a lot like boredom to me. Is it possible to get the dog out exercising more? Other things that may help are training classes to get him to think, or doggy daycare (nothing tires my guys out more than running with other dogs all day). Something that you can use indoors to help tire him out is a flirt pole. It will cost about $10 in supplies, and if you follow the "rules" that site lists then Pikachu is getting mental and physical stimulation, and you barely have to do anything.


Other than that, you might need to babygate off a section of the house - kitchen or bathroom, and get him used to being left in there. It's easier to keep one room spotless than it is to keep an entire house. Make sure to get a few puzzle toys this is a favourite of my dogs or a kong to freeze his lunch in to keep him occupied.

Good luck!

u/apollo87 · 5 pointsr/Dogtraining

I'm not entirely sure why the cooing at toys would work. I feel like this is just anthropomorphizing the toy and your dog's "understanding" of the situation. If it is actually working for you, it's probably the fact that you are taking away the toy from her, letting her settle, and then returning it when her energy level/fixation are more in check. The "gentle" cue is definitely nice to teach, but it is probably working due to your addition/subtraction of reinforcer. That being said, "gentle" is a tough thing to teach some high energy dogs so props to you.

Also, the exercise thing is a great point. If you exhaust your pup with a good run or hour at the park they will be far less destructive in the house. Physical stimulation and mental stimulation need to go hand in hand, and one should not replace the other.

Just a point to bring up: if your (OP's) dog is chewing things like wires, socks, etc. he probably has a lot of opportunity to do so. How are you managing his environment - supervision levels, puppy-proofing, movement throughout the house, restriction when unsupervised (crating), etc? You need to minimize or eliminate as many possibilities for your dog to "mess up" as possible and set them up for success. For example, make sure he is in "puppy proofed" rooms with all foreign objects picked up off the floor and is provided with appropriate outlets for his energy (Kongs, stuffed bones, etc). A six month old puppy probably should not have free run of the house just yet, especially since he is most likely still teething and is still learning appropriate outlets for chewing. Slowly increase his freedom once he has learned these things. Start by keeping him in one or two rooms, gated off, and slowly increase his freedom once he learns more appropriate behaviors and has matured a bit more. Am I suggesting condemning your dog to a room for life? Absolutely not. You just have to manage his environment as much as possible and eliminate possibilities for him to fail.

It would also be worth investing in some brain toys to drain more energy, such as Wobble Kongs, Busy Buddy feeders, Buster Food Cubes, etc. In fact, feeding his meals exclusively out of these toys rather than a bowl would be a great opportunity to mentally stimulate him and drain more energy. Just make sure you supervise him as some of these toys could definitely be torn up if left unattended.

Just some food for thought. Hope you found this helpful! :)

Edit: Some products I've found helpful.

Brain toys for feeding:

  • Kong Wobbler for meal times. Pretty durable and my guy can't figure out how to open it. Loves eating out of this thing, even if it was simple for him to figure out. My lab took weeks to get it though. Regardless, great brain-toy.

  • Buster food cube for dispensing. Pretty difficult to figure out.

  • Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble egg: My guys LOVE this, although the plastic just cracked on the inside after a few months. Can definitely be torn apart if left alone but super stimulating and engaging. Worth it!

  • Tug a Jug for keeping them busy when you need to do something else. Durable bottle that gets scratched up. Ours is a few months in and still kicking.

    Chew toys:

  • Kong XL for stuffing with RB, wet food, boiled chicken, etc. Strong than the regular red Kongs. Can also be frozen which increases the difficulty and time needed to get the food inside. have several I rotate out and they are basically the same shape as the day I bought them, which is impressive as my pup is a monster chewer.

  • Filled thigh bones are pretty nice. They last as a while and can be rinsed and restuffed if the bone is still in good shape. Watch out, though - some brands are more prone to cracking and splintering while others last for ever. Trial and error basis. I can't remember the brand I use that works well but it's carried at my local Farmer Supply store (I find the bones and toys at these places to generally be better quality and also cheaper than chain pet stores).

  • Meaty thigh bones are marrow filled and still have some "meat" on the exterior. They tend to last longer than the washed filled variety (above) and are "stinkier" and (I would imagine?) tastier. My guys prefer these to the plain bones since there are more goodies to get at. Downside is that they are a little stinkier at first and can possibly leave a mess, so make sure the dog is eating it on a towel.

  • Bully sticks! Make sure they are real beef tendons though. Many companies make pressed rawhide varieties to resemble the real tendons but rawhide is, IMO, less safe for dogs. Last a while and smell like bacon but made my stomach a little queasy. Dogs go nuts for them though.

  • Jolly Ball - not necessarily a chew toy but lasts a long time. Their teeth can penetrate the ball but the design is such that the ball doesn't pop. I had the variety with the rope that went through the center. The rope came off pretty quickly but the ball itself is still kicking. It is challenging to pick it up when playing fetch so he is less interested in tearing it to pieces than retrieving. It's poked through with holes but is the only ball that has lasted this long. Still going. Maybe worth checking out.
u/darling_lycosidae · 5 pointsr/fatlogic

Maybe a toy you put food in? Mine likes her food out all the time as well so she can pick at it, but if I put it in a toy she loves to knock it around and get little rewards. It's like a job, or a puzzle, it makes her feel accomplished and it's fun! I only mention it since she's making a lot of noise with one right now.

We have this and this and this and few ones with flippy little doors and whatnot that are good for holding a snack. It might be too stressful and frustrating for him at first, but if you stick with it and show him how it works he might take to it. Best wishes to your doggos!

u/norberthp · 5 pointsr/dogs

Treat dispensing toys, puzzles, flirt pole (puppy can play with this some but no jumping or sharp turns), kongs, crate, training treats, blankets, enzymatic cleaner. And beanie babies for my dog that is obsessed with them :P

You can also get food/bully sticks/antlers on amazon but I usually order them from chewy.com

Edit:

Here are some of our favorite training treat brands.

Treat dispensing toy examples


u/YouSirAreAMouthful · 4 pointsr/puppy101

Here's my list:

Kong - you can stuff it with peanut butter or canned dog food (and even freeze it!) to give to your pup. Super helpful for crate training and just for keeping the pup busy for a couple minutes.

Kibble ball like this one - keeps the pup from scarfing down it's whole meal in 20 seconds. Also - you can enjoy your coffee in the morning without worrying what the pup is getting up to.

Training treats (eg Zuke's) are great for clicker training - they're small so your pup doesn't get too many calories from training sessions

Harness and long lead (30 feet or so) - really handy for tiring the pup out. You can walk through a park/field or whatever, and the pup can zoom around and get some of their puppy fuss out.

Nature's Miracle for accidents - it's an enzymatic cleaner and works really well for getting the smell out of the carpet (and keeping them from viewing that spot as a bathroom next time!)

For the toys - it's really helpful to split them into 2-3 groups, and rotate which group is out every week or so. Otherwise they can get bored of all their toys

*This article is my go-to for crate training. It has lots of ideas for games to build up a positive association with the crate, and helps you work up to leaving the pup alone.

u/BlueBG82 · 4 pointsr/dogs
u/stopbuffering · 4 pointsr/dogs
u/beermedingo · 4 pointsr/dogs

https://www.amazon.ca/Wobble-Wag-Giggle-Ball-Dog/dp/B00PQ5UH0C

My cattle dog loves this crazy thing. It's not super hard but maybe a bit more dense than a tennis ball

u/lilly1185 · 4 pointsr/fatlogic

They make puzzle toys for dogs that force them to work out how to get the food- have you tried those? I've had to pick one up for a cat to put treats in, because if I do not stimulate him intellectually, he'll pull apart the cabinets.
these or these.

u/missus-bean · 4 pointsr/Chihuahua

Hi!

My chi’s LOVE food puzzle games. We got our teacup an IQ ball on amazon and she rolls that thing around - it gets her some activity, feeds her, and she uses her brain. My bigger chi likes this one

Maybe that will help?

u/data_girl · 4 pointsr/goldenretrievers

how old is she?

leashes/collars:

our puppy was cleared to go home at 7.5 weeks and 9 pounds. we went to target and got a boots and barkley size XS collar. it was $4. we only spent $4 because within a month she was in a M collar. she's going to need a large collar in the next few months.

we had a lighter leash from our other dog (cocker spaniel) that we used until we switched collars, then we got a heavier duty 6' nylon leash off of amazon. 6' is a good length for training because you can do come and stay with 6'.

it's really tempting to spend a lot on cute collars and leashes when you get them, but they grow so quickly that it really is kind of a waste of money...

toys:

a puppy kong would be good (believe this is the baby blue one). she'll be learning to mouth. we also got some softer plush toys for her, smaller, because she can't get her mouth around the bigger ones. samus REALLY liked small flat toys and there isn't stuffing for them to rip out of with their razor sharp puppy teeth. the stuffing can make them sick if they ingest it. also, some of the flat ones have a crinkly paper sound and not a squeaker, which can also be better.

https://www.jefferspet.com/products/flat-farm-toys

goldens are REALLY smart so you have to keep them busy. there are a lot of 'puzzle toys' out there but samus always figured them out within 10 minutes. even as a 2-3 month old puppy the ones that say 6 months + were way too easy (she is just turning 4.5 months).

my husband found this toy on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Treat-Colors/dp/B003ARUKTG

it is our LIFE SAVER. it is the ONLY toy that keeps samus interested for HOURS. it has to roll on carpet though, so if you dont have carpet it might not be a good choice. we tried other ball/puzzle toys and she would figure them out. we put a handful of her food or some treats and her food in the ball and she is so busy. the kicker with this toy is that the inner platform has an adjustable hole to make it more difficult for the food to fall out of, and then it falls into the ball and has to fall out of the second (outer) hole. so, out of everything we have ever purchased, this was the best $8 we have spent.

bowls:

we used a small 2 cup pyrex like dish for the first couple of months and now she is in a Kong slow feed bowl from PetSmart.

https://www.petsmart.com/dog/supplies-and-training/bowls-and-feeders/food-and-water-bowls/kong-slow-feed-puzzle-dog-bowl-5231739.html?gclid=CJTgksmI9dECFY62wAodQoEK5A&lsft=utm_source%3Agoogle%2Cutm_term%3A5231739%2Cutm_medium%3APLA%2Cutm_content%3AGSC%20-%20PLA%20-%20Hardgoods%20%7C%20Dog%20-%20Supplies%20

food:

we do natural balance limited ingredient lamb and brown rice puppy food. puppy food is important because they're growing. our vet told us large breed isn't necessary because large breed is more for your dane sized puppies. whatever you feed her, make sure you are starting with an 80% breeder provided food/20% your food, next day do 70/30, 60/40, etc...slow moving or it will upset their bellies and you'll be sad because they can't hold their liquid poops in since they are puppies. ask the breeder for a weeks worth of food for the transition.

misc:

  • clickers to do clicker training.
  • soft treats for when you start name recognition

    if you have a petco near you, ask them for the puppy coupon book. it'll come with a lot of 50% off coupons for treats that you can use with price matching and manufacturer coupons.

    I took these 50% one bag of 12oz tricky trainer treats, looked on their website, got a price match (it's usually a ton cheaper on their website) and then got the 50% off of that price match.

    I ended up with 3 bags of treats for about $4
u/DethByCow · 4 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Yup it has an adjustable opening. It comes in different sizes too. The blue one pictured there is for smaller dogs (I use it for my 22 pound JRT) you can get 2/3 cup of food in it.

Slow feeder ball

u/Em-M · 4 pointsr/dogs

This and others like it by Trixie have been on my wishlist for 6 months now.

u/Aubi_the_Corgi · 3 pointsr/puppy101

Kongs are the simplest and its really easy to "level up". Start by just putting in dry kibble, then wet kibble, then freeze the wet kibble and seal up the big hole with yogurt or peanut butter. Then you can layer it so its frozen wet kibble, cheese, kibble, yogurt, kibble, peanut butter etc. It'll start taking longer and longer to get everything out. My pup loves the Kong Wobbler too! Not only does it tire him out, but it spreads out his meal so he doesn't eat it as fast. Same with the IQ ball. The puzzle board was great for awhile but then got too easy for him. Snuffle mats are pretty easy to DIY too if you don't want to fork over the money to buy a real one.

u/athenrein · 3 pointsr/dogs

Sometimes Badger gets part of his food for the day in a treat ball (this one). It's great for his kibble, though noisy on the non-carpeted floor, and he loses it under furniture all the time so he doesn't have it unattended.

It's pretty feasible for him to eat a good portion of his food this way because he's only 12 lbs. and he eats about 3/4 cup of kibble a day. Most of the time we feed him at least one meal in his bowl. It takes two kibble balls to be about equivalent to one meal.

u/swansons_typewriter · 3 pointsr/AustralianShepherd

Yeah, most of those would get destroyed in minutes in our house.

Firstly, as I'm sure you know, plan to take her on a decent walk first. It's not always possible, but it helps with the process. Then there's a little wind-down time when we get back to the house.

Anyway, as for toys, your real question, I suggest one of these two:

http://www.amazon.com/StarMark-Bob---Lot-Interactive-Small/dp/B003YHB8EI/

http://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Inches-Colors/dp/B003ARUKTG/

We get some tiny little treats to pop in there and it has good success. Noodle still tries to play with it at my feet, but at least it keeps him occupied. But, as Aussies are velcro pups, he only plays with it in the same room that we're in.

The other thing that could help (if what you want to get done is in the same general area) is to keep treats in your pocket and continuing to reward for staying on her bed. So as you're working, toss a treat back. Maybe every 30 seconds at first and then lengthen the time. Our "Go to your bed" command is pretty rock solid at this point...but the staying part is certainly something that can be continuously worked on.

Good luck! And seriously, that Weazeball will die a horrible death in minutes. Don't waste your money.

u/griffinsminion · 3 pointsr/americaneskimo

Sure!

My partner built him something like this.

I also got him these two puzzles that I only give him when I'm home, just for safety reasons: this "level 2" one that he solved in 30 seconds and this "level 3" one that he hasn't quite gotten the opening drawer part down yet.

He also has this treat ball that he LOVES, but I don't recommend if you live in an apartment/condo with hard floors.

His favorite that he carries around and chucks down our stairs to open is this mushroom.

He also gets kongs with peanut butter in them.

Amazon gets a lot of my money. Lol.

u/VanGoFuckYourself · 3 pointsr/Delightfullychubby

I had a fatty that looked just like this. May I recommend one of these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003ARUKTG

It worked wonders to get his weight down and teach him not to hork his meals down super fast.

Edit: actually, this is the one I used https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0018CE8LQ

u/PennyMarbles · 3 pointsr/dogs

Feed him with this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003ARUKTG/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_8?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Anyone have a dog you can borrow to come over and play with him while you work? Other dog friends are great for exhausting pups. Plus it's very good for socializing.

Just like with children, the excess of energy could be due to something more than lack of exercise. His little puppy brain might not be getting enough stimulation. He also may be wanting to chew/gnaw something. Give him the food ball, and a healthy dog bone chew.

Also, quick tip: make sure he has a dedicated space that is his own. A place like a den that is for happy feelings (give him treats in said place) and sleep; like a crate with a comfy bed. And NEVER feed your dog a meal and then overwork/ run him, it may cause BLOAT.

tl; dr : food ball, dog friend, dog chew.

u/neeto85 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I hear JRs need tons of exercise, but if you're taking him out in the backyard to play and walking him everyday, that should suffice. This sounds like more of a training issue to me. If there's a space where you can do agility training in your area, that might be a good way of exhausting some of that energy while working on following commands at the same time. If you have to leave him alone in the house, make sure he has ample toys or even a tv or radio. Something like this might be a good idea too.

u/lookithaslegs · 3 pointsr/dogs

Starmark Bob-a-lot is the best, completely adjustable.

With Busy Buddy, our favourites are the Kibble Nibble & Magic Mushroom.

He also loves his Buster Cube and IQ Ball (be careful it's smaller than you think).

I think I should note though that I don't care about the amount of noise that toys make on the floor. I've seen complain about some of these for that reason so if that's something you need to be aware of probably only the Bob a lot.

u/yyaaaaaasss · 3 pointsr/puppy101

Aw man! That stinks! A great way to tire out your dog is mentally as well, with puzzle toys. So kongs are great, also this toy: https://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Treal-Colors/dp/B003ARUKU0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1486501019&sr=8-3&keywords=puppy+puzzle+toys and also practicing tricks and training with them can make them wiped.

As for the biting, I suggest setting up a play pen in an area with no toys or anything inside it. It's puppy jail! And the second they bite you, they go in puppy jail, and you don't acknowledge them for 15 seconds. Then take them back out. Bite you? Back in puppy jail. It's exhausting, but they will soon understand that biting = puppy jail time and no play time.

Good luck!!

u/Rare_Percentage · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

Please know that he's not trying to get into trouble. Dogs are observant, but -thankfully- incapable of premeditation. He's just bored and making his own fun. He doesn't know he's been bad. Dog's are much simpler than that. They experience moments. He just has a history of moments where you come home through the door and the garbage can is side ways, then you get angry or loud and he feels scared. So, in his pup brain, it's more like key in lock + garbage on floor = sinking feeling out of nowhere.

On to solutions!

I second an exercise pen or crate to keep his options limited. With the right preparation 8 hours of den-time can be pretty neutral for him. Even a locked room will focus in your puppy proofing efforts. Do treat it like a crate and work up to long absences though. However, the best thing you can do is come at it from the other side as well: lets wear this boy out. A comprehensive recipe for a perfect tired boy follows

  • No more free food, not cause Good Boy doesn't deserve it, just because he'll actually be happier if it's hard to get. He'll feel accomplished and less bored. Options include: a puzzle matt or feeder ball for dry food, frozen Kongs for wet food (get black for a serious chewer, and get 2), hiding his food around the house (skip the kitchen and near trashcans), doing a command for each pinch of kibble, scattering the kibble in your grass if he'll go for it... whatever works for you and your wife to put some challenge into breakfast/dinner time.
  • One mile of walking for each hour Good Boy is going to be alone. His breed needs a lot of stimulation and activity like you say, and this is the best way to get out that destructive wiggle juice pumping through his adolescent veins. "But that's 8 miles a day? Who has time for that?" you may say. Totally fair. Hopefully you do, but let's see if we can make things more time efficient anyway. We'll say 2 miles of running counts as 3 miles of walking, so a 5ish mile jog gets you there much faster. But that's still over an hour. So we'll add a doggy backpack with 5% of his body weight (don't go over 12% until he's full grown, add on slowly) to take off one more mile since it doubles as mental stimulation. Ok we're down to 4 miles, still a fair bit if you aren't much of jogger to start. 10 minutes of tug counts as 30 minutes of walking, so we'll call that 1 mile of jogging (Example rules for good tugging!). So, we're at a 10 minutes of tug followed by a 3 mile weighted jog, to be dived between you and your wife however makes the most sense. Call it 45 minutes. And as a bonus, you get to eat more human treats. Additional Options and Equipment: ball chucker, flirt pole, doggy playground items like ramps and tubes, a pulling rig ones he's old enough.
  • Prevent separation anxiety. Home with no humans for 8 hours is tough for a social animal, but you can make it easier. Making sure he's wore out will go a long way, but the biggest thing is to make your departure a good thing. And only Good Boy gets to decide if that's true. If you throw him a steak each morning, but he doesn't touch it until you come home then you leaving isn't a good thing yet. So I would leave his breakfast for absolute last if he has already pooped and can hold it that long. Either way, grab some high value treats and/or toys (the stuff he goes completely ape for which may or may not be cheap) and toss them in the room/pen/kennel the second before each of you leave.

    So a sample perfect morning might go something like this: You wake up and take Good Boy out for a leak and some quality tug time. Maybe you're wife doesn't wan't to deal with most doggie-teen things, but it was her 2018 resolution to run more anyway. So you put on his back pack, tuck a .5 L water bottle into each side, and hand him off for his 5k. While she's gone you fill up yesterdays empty kong with canned food, and pop it in the freezer. Today's kong is frozen solid and ready to go. You grab giant ball to put in his play pen and a puzzle toy with those nasty fish puffs he loves. It's been a couple weeks so you put a puff of pheromone spray on his bed so that it smells like Good Mom. You make your coffee, scroll your reddit, eat your toast and generally get ready for the day. Good Boy is back, flopped on the floor and it's time to go. You do everything you need before you walk out the door, tie shoes, kiss wife, eveerything, and then your grab and jingle your keys. Good Boy comes running. "Caaarrot tiiime" you announce reaching in to the fridge. He paces until he sees you've got the goods then runs to his pen, where you make it rain baby carrot bits before booking it to your car before he can find them all. Wife will also throw a carrot party when she departs plus a stuffed toy and a rubber chewy. You come home to an upside down dog bed and the giant ball bit the dust and deflated, but the dog is happy and the house is fine.



    Now, this may seem totally unrealistic, because in a way it is. Shit gets busy, runs get cut short, tug toys get lost, and humans do human stuff. Don't think of this as the bare minimum for a good day. Just think of it as what would happen in a perfect world where you had the time and brain power to do everything possible for Good Boy before heading off for work. If you can integrate any of this stuff, even slowly it will help you guys get through this teen phase with your house in tact.




    1. Miscellaneous!
      • Pheromone spray should work well since he's a pup, thunder shirts, and supplements could be good too. I like the ThunderShirt brand since they make lots of anti-stress products and have a long term reputation to protect.
      • Bitter Apple or No Chew spray for anything he's previously gotten his boredom out on (eg. baseboards).
      • Look for toys with a replacement garuntee like West Paw's Jive Balls or Hurley. My crazy chewer has been trying to shred his ball from them every for the last two months and it doesn't have a scratch.
      • Consider learning a dog sport! Agility, Nose Work, and Flyball are fun competitions that emphasize teamwork. Your local AKC or affiliates will likely have intro classes.
      • Don't under estimate fresh produce as a treat. Banana, carrots, and blueberries are a few fido-faves.
      • Pride Bites squeaky toys aren't indestructible, but the foam inside them is digestible and non-toxic. So, they're on the safer side to chew unsupervised.
      • Also hiring a walker a few times a week is a great idea and helps take the pressure off when you can't even get close to a perfect day.
      • Take pictures of your darling Good Boy and post them to reddit, remind yourself how jealous the world is of your smart, beautiful, energetic dog.
u/KestrelLowing · 3 pointsr/BeforeNAfterAdoption

One option you might try is the "IQ ball" or the kong wobbler. They're both toys that you put kibble in and the dog has to knock them around in order for the kibble to slowly release. Helps with dogs who eat too fast, and it also makes meal time interactive and last much longer so you get a bit of peace!

Edit: additionally, if you can afford it, I'd highly recommend changing foods. If your dog is doing really well on purina one that's fine (nice firm poops that aren't massive) but most dogs will do better on different foods. Even purina pro plan is a good food that's very affordable, but a bit better nutritionally for the dog, and at least on Chewy.com, is just a few more bucks per bag.

Other options that are highly recommended (some are rather pricey) are Taste of the Wild, Fromm, The Costco brand, Acana, Orijen, and many others.

u/coffeeblues · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

it depends on the dog and their energy level, but in general (and I'm talking about excessive barking here) if the dog is mentally stimulated through enough training & taken for a 30 minute walk every day, and has some toys to play with, they should be fine.

one thing you can do if you have several toys for your dog is rotate them on a weekly basis. for them it's sort of like getting a new toy each week.

you can also put peanut butter in kongs and freeze those. I also have this ball that I use to feed my dog. it keeps him busy for maybe 20 minutes.

u/thepawsitive · 3 pointsr/RATS

LOL sounds about right.

This one might keep them out of trouble for a teeny bit longer:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKU0/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdo_t1_U7taBb1M3C5R8

There’s a middle layer that prevents all the treats from falling straight out the top hole at least!

u/lamanguego · 3 pointsr/dogs

For her kibble, I regularly rotate:

  • Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball
  • Starmark Bob-a-Lot
  • Busy Buddy Twist n Treat

    If you have hardwood, swap out the Bob-a-Lot for a Kong Wobbler instead. Same principle, much quieter.

    She also has a Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug but she's not aggressive enough with her toys to understand how to properly use it and gives up too easily (because she knows there are other toys). Your dog might love it though if he loves playing fetch and tug and other rough games with his toys.

    Outside of her regular meals, I'll put green beans and plain yogurt in a Kong classic and freeze it, she works on it for about 30 minutes before she gets it all out.

    I also have a Trixie Pet puzzle and I sit with her as she plays with this one, mostly because she paws at the squares so hard that I have to hold down the set for her. You'll want to introduce these types of puzzles slowly (treats for interacting with the set, then treats in very obvious solutions, and then increase difficulty as they get used to it).
u/sas2506 · 3 pointsr/aww

Mine eats tennis balls in seconds. 3 throws and retrieves and it's dead. These don't last long either.

The only thing I have found that can withstand a Staffie chase session or 20 are these or the wobbly version that we fill with peanut butter here

edit Staffies are amazing, but they don't chew gently! I have a staffie cross Bull mastiff or maybe greyhound, sharpai or many other dogs (wonderful stray crossbreed!)

u/Bakaichi · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

KONG Rubber Ball Extreme

The black medium/large ball: Amazon link for reference.

  • Exercise or Problem requiring equipment: SMR (self myofascial release)

  • Pros: Cheap! Super durable. Larger than a lacrosse ball (around the size of a softball, perhaps slightly smaller) and HARD, which means that you can use it on top of soft surfaces with a fair amount of give and still get plenty of pressure for those more stubborn muscles.

  • Cons: HARD! Be careful if you have a low pain threshold. You may need to start with a softer ball, and move on to this one once an area loosens up to really get at those deeper, stubborn parts. Have to be more careful not to roll on things like bones/joints/nerves since the ball has very little give. Heavy enough that you'll notice if you throw it in your gym bag or backpack.

  • Alternatives: Any hard, round object of a similar size?

  • Purposes/Uses: I love using this to roll my traps, rhomboids, and all around my scaps because I'm super tight there and I need something hard. Also great for pec minor, glutes, TFL, and company. Anything that needs some real tough love. Can really be used almost anywhere if you're careful/mindful.

  • Places to acquire equipment/materials: I got mine on Amazon.

  • Cost: Around $6-8 (USD)
u/TheTeamClinton · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have a rottie pit mix, and Kong has never done me wrong. I see a lot of people saying that their dogs are just not interested in their products. I find they have very durable Balls, and my pups personal favorite the bone. I think if people would maybe put peanut butter, or little treats inside the toy instead of just throwing it to them to play with on their own, the dog would show a little more interest.

They are extremely durable, and fairly priced for the strength. I strongly recommend.

u/Nikuhiru · 3 pointsr/puppy101

OP, I'd consider getting some mental stimulation toys for your pup. My sister got this for our pup: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trixie-Dog-Activity-Flip-Board/dp/B0054Q9TMA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1458210608&sr=8-4&keywords=dog+puzzle+toy which he absolutely loved.

I put in some of his favourite treats in there and he took about 20 minutes to get through it. As soon as he finished, he literally just collapsed on the floor and fell asleep.

Try to focus on things that will make your dog think.

u/1738 · 3 pointsr/AustralianShepherd

Obviously Kong was where we started. We moved to the kibble balls, the balls that dispense kibble if rolled a certain way. We recently went away from kibble and moved to raw so we’ve been putting a few small training treats in the kibble ball. The one we have is cylinder shaped, rather than ball shaped
That turned dinner time into a job.

We’ve since started buying random puzzles on Amazon. Here’s a few we like. You do have to monitor them to make sure they don’t brute force their way through the puzzle.

https://www.amazon.com/Trixie-Products-Flip-Board-Level/dp/B0054Q9TMA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1540311818&sr=8-4&keywords=Dog+puzzles

https://www.amazon.com/SPOT-Interactive-Specially-Designed-Training/dp/B0038WP1YC


u/theRacistEuphemism · 3 pointsr/Pets

It may just be a matter of finding toys that can keep him engaged. There are toys that are like catnip kickers or static little stuffies, but then there are also some that are battery-operated or plug in (lasers, concealed motion toys, magnetic toys).

My personal preference, especially if I'm not home to supervise are toys that can be active with just the cat's actions alone. This woven straw is one of my cat's favourites because it catches in her claws as she swats it, so as she moves, it follows her motion until it uncatches and flings off, so she'll go chase it.

I've got this cheap little wand that I use to play with her that moves fairly unpredictably and actually got my cat panting because she was so into it.

Another thing I do everyday is spend 15-20 minutes making her chase her meal. I feed wet food during the day and offer a limited amount of kibble at night, so what I do with the kibble is toss it up the stairs or around the house within her sight so she chases each piece to get fed. I do this until she gets so tired that she has to lie down 3 or 4 separate times, and then I let her rest.

After that, I fill some foraging toys with some more kibble so she has something to work for. If your cat is food motivated, this could work well for you too because it keeps them mentally and physically busy. I have a treat ball and a Wobbert (a little more challenging than a regular treat ball) but I find they're quick to solve and not very engaging. Most of the ones I get are dog toys:

u/nickiec · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

These!
Mental stimulation will tire them out too! Hide and seek is also fun

Another way is to "shape" your dog. It's a form of trick training that allows the dog to make decisions to get to the desired behavior.

u/min856 · 3 pointsr/turtle

ive used one of these stuffed with lettuce. Like any toy make sure you monitor them. JW Pet Company Mini Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy, Colors Vary https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B005BV0EQI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_RHrHAbKZXPTET

u/somethingsophie · 3 pointsr/dogs

ACDs are quite the toy destroyers aren't they? Although my guy isn't quite as esteemed in the destruction field as an ACD, he is pretty bad. Here's what has survived him:

u/KathrynWithaY · 3 pointsr/WiggleButts

Right! I just figured this out with my pup. She would only fetch a tennis ball a few times and then ignore it when I threw it. The other day we were at our local pet store and she fell in love with it and now I can't get her to stop. Her favorite thing to do is play goalie.


I just found that Chuckit makes a kick fetch ball, the large seems to be similar in size to a soccer ball. It will definitely be the next one we purchase once she's a little bigger or destroys the one we currently have.

u/leafsfan6 · 3 pointsr/dogs

I like the Chuckit Kick Fetch. Most sizes of dogs can find a place to grab on it (and I'm pretty sure very few, if any, breeds could swallow it) and it really flies when you kick it!

u/lana_lana_LANNNA · 3 pointsr/BostonTerrier

My family's big into Bostons...my mom has had 8 total in her life. They are notorious toy destroyers. My first Boston is 1 1/2 now.

The owner at a pet store in town advised that we have "play" toys, and "chew" toys... so if we notice her chewing on a "play" toy, we take it away. For chew toys, I've given up on a lot of things and I advise either getting an edible antler or a bully ring It's completely digestible and doesn't mess with their stomach.

I've had some good luck with Chuck-It. As for balls, my BT loves this huge one, which is pretty durable because it's twice her size: kick fetch ball They also make small rubber balls and "indoor" balls that work well.

My BT loves fetch so we got her both a Kong and Chuck-It frisbee. They've lasted a while but we take them away from her once we're inside, otherwise she'll destroy them.

There's also this company called Helping Udders that is fairly durable toys, made from recycled stuff, and you can donate 15% of your purchase to a BT rescue. Mine loved those :)

Last bit of advice: if a toy doesn't last very long, take a picture and write the company a letter. I've done this a couple times and without fail, the company will send you a more durable product to try out. With one, it turns out it was a design flaw that they had fixed; the new product lasted much, much longer.

Good luck!

u/digital_anomaly · 3 pointsr/Dachshund

The only toy ours has not been able to destroy is this. Its hilarious to see her carry it around though.

u/AllBlackAlways · 3 pointsr/roughcollies

My girl absolutely loves her treat ball. Keeps her busy for hours as she chases it. She loves to try and stick her big snoot in the hole to get the treats out (she never can get them out that way, but that doesn't stop her from trying lol). I'd say it's probably a really good toy for a dog not too interested in toys because you get the added bonus of treats and it keeps their mind busy. Here is the link to where I bought mine.

u/HashtagNeon · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

I got a feeder ball and it was cheap and has held up amazingly. My dog LOVES it and I'm ordering more.

Amazon link $10

u/okayokaysure · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

Just a light cotton sheet or tablecloth will do for covering. If you can find it in a dark color, that would be great, but just not being able to see around her will help.

Sitting before you open the door is totally fine. Creating a routine is a great way to get her to love the crate, the more treats involved the better!
This is the treat ball I use which works great as long as your dog isn't much of a destroyer. Holds a fair amount of food. If you're not sure about the food bowl just putting in a large object or smaller upside down bowl inside the food dish can help in the meanwhile.

Outside as a family is great, I was just thinking of those time when you're worried about her peeing but would like to give her some time outside her crate unsupervised. I'm not too familiar with heat+breathing issues so you might consult your vet just to see what they recommend based on your climate and your pup.

I'm glad I could help! I just totally know how it is to feel frustrated with your dog. I'm glad she's peeing indoors less! May also just be her getting used to her new home :)

Best of luck!

Edit! Oh I forgot about the ear cleaning. Cheese whiz! Or similar consistency stuff, peanut butter works too but isn't as convenient. Smear a long thin line of it on the floor (or other easily wipeable surface). Like, a foot of it. You can even space it out a bit. While she's busy licking, you can mess with her ears. Picked this trick up from my vet and it works awesomely.

u/renegadebison · 3 pointsr/reddit.com

My dog (also big, about 110lbs) also sometimes eats REALLY fast... I know about bloat (I used to have greyhounds and according to my vet at the time the breed is particularly susceptible to it) so I'm pretty careful about feeding him. No exercise immediately before or after feeding. I very unthinkingly took my dog for a run once immediately after feeding him a big raw meal, and the poor guy threw up everything he'd eaten halfway through the run and was just miserable all the way home. (He'd also managed to drink some pretty foul ditchwater before I dragged him away, and something in the raw meal might've disagreed with him... I'm back to high-quality kibble because raw feeding was just way too involved for me.) That put the fear of the baby Jesus into me and I've been REALLY careful about his feeding ever since.

One thing I like to do when my dog is REALLY excited about dinner and I can tell he's about to wolf it down is put his food in a treat ball. I'm not really a fan of the traditional buster cube but I got one of these Omega balls and it's worked out great. Might not so much if your dog is a chewer; mine isn't, so he hasn't destroyed any of these, but just in case I do make sure he only has the ball when I'm there to supervise him. The last thing I need is surgery to remove pieces of a treat ball from his gut. :D But my dog LOVES that thing. It ensures that he only gets his kibble a few pieces at a time, and he has a grand old time pushing the thing around with his nose, then spends hours back-tracking and sniffing all over the room to make sure he didn't miss any bits of kibble. It's totally awesome.

u/Unplug_The_Toaster · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

I have this treat ball as well as a similar one that is weighted at the bottom. They're good because my dog has to interact with them to get the treats, and it's completely random, so she can't figure out the puzzle and do it the same way every time. I have a Kong and similar toys that can be filled with food as well. I like to freeze peanut butter or pumpkin in them so they take a little more work. I'll usually rotate out the toys through the week so they don't get bored.

u/bridget1989 · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

My dog has good luck with this treat ball:

http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M

However, when she used this one, she got similarly frustrated, and would even angrily pounce at it.

http://www.amazon.com/StarMark-Everlasting-Ball-Medium-Large/dp/B003YHB8DO/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1427208454&sr=1-2&keywords=treat+dispensing+chew+ball

The second ball had these little rubber pegs that stopped the treats from easily falling out, so I cut one of the pegs off, and now her kibble falls out more easily. She likes it more and doesn't get mad at it. =)

I showed my dog how they fell out, pointing to the hole and then holding it upside down. I did that enough that now I see Luna trying to hold hers different angles with her head so the hole points down. She's a smart pup!

u/pewterbubbles1 · 3 pointsr/puppy101

We used this:

https://www.amazon.ca/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Orange/dp/B0002DK26M?th=1&psc=1&source=googleshopping&locale=en-CA&tag=googcana-20&ref=pd_sl_z3sgvu8cr_e

Really helps slow her down... Although now every orange ball she nudges with her nose hoping kibble will fall out.

u/Pizzaman725 · 3 pointsr/DobermanPinscher

Treat Dispensing Chew Ball, Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009YD8NS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_INc4DbZ8K7JXS

Can't recommend these enough, my boy loves them and they can stand against his chewing for a good bit. I think kongs are about the only thing that we've bought that last the longest, we bought the large black one.

My wife bought the pup a tire and rope toy that lasts as well, but it's an outside toy since he flings the tire by the rope and it becomes a morning star.

u/Andme_Zoidberg · 3 pointsr/dogs

Kongs (black, not red), kong wubbas, stick chews, tennis balls (squeaky or not, my dog likes squeaky), nylabones, antlers and ropes for tug (I also use the wubba). If I could only choose one from that list, I'd go with the wubba. My dog loves that thing.

You need to consider all dog toys as consumables. You will have to replace them from time to time. That should hold you over for a while though.

u/ipetdogsirl · 3 pointsr/personalfinance

I have a 70lb dog (think slightly larger than a lab) in an area that does not have ticks and fleas, to put this into perspective.

$35 / month on food
$10 / month on treats
$60 / year vet checkup
$70 / year heart worm medication
$35 / night on boarding
$20 / day on daycare (we send her about twice a month to socialize)

Upfront costs can be pretty expensive. Some of the big items:

$100 - Kennel (this is optional. our dog just really loves her box!)
$45 - Dog bed
$25 - Collar and leash
$15'ish - Water and food bowls

Food can be expensive at first. Maybe your dog hates what you get and it takes a while to find the food that he or she likes. I recommend getting sample bags of food and see what they take to. You can get these at any mom & pop pet store and some of the chains as well, you just have to ask. Same with treats.

Toys are really cheap. We dig through the discount bins to find the right texture and sound that we know our dog enjoys. Balls can be cheap, too. I recommend fun squeaky balls you can get on Amazon. I've yet to meet a dog that doesn't love them!

u/dreamlet · 3 pointsr/dogs

When I visit my mom, I feed the dog through this toy. I set up an exercise pen (so the ball doesn't get lost under furniture and the food stays contained), put the kibble in the ball, set the ball to the hardest setting, and then put the ball + dog in the pen together. The dog ends up pushing the ball around and around the pen. He eats and gets a mini work out. Even though I still have to walk him, it does burn a bit of energy. For my large dog at least, I end up refilling the ball about 4 times to feed him his meal. (He eats 3 small meals instead of 2 meals a day.) The point here is that the dog will be too tired to cause trouble. This is one idea for you.

You can also try using bitter spray on your belongings so that your dog doesn't try to bite things she shouldn't be biting.

However, my best idea for you is that you consider crate training the dog. It is safe for your home, but more importantly, it is safe for your dog so that she doesn't ingest anything potentially dangerous. It keeps her protected and in a safe place where you don't have to worry about her. You can give her a bigger crate if you're concerned she needs space. There are lots of resources out there that talk about it (r/puppy101 & r/Dogtraining) and while it may take time until your dog is fully crate trained, it 1) deals with the separation anxiety, 2) protects the furniture from being destroyed, 3) protects the dog from getting hurt while alone.

u/summerstorms17 · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

I got a 6 year old dog about 4 years ago. He spent the first 2+ years of his life in a cage alone, then a few years living with a family. He also didn't care for toys or playing with other dogs. He's started playing well with my puppy over the last few months, but before that he didn't play with anyone for more than maybe a 10 second game of chase in the yard.

For toys, I taught him "take it" to get him to pick up a toy. He'll humor me and take what I offer him, but very rarely does he actually play with a toy. He sometimes squeaks a toy a bit if he doesn't think I'm paying attention, but as soon as I notice he drops it and expects pets. He really only cares about bones and kongs.

His life isn't any less fun for him because he's not keen on toys. He's smart enough to know what toys are for, just not interested in spending his time squeaking something when he could be sleeping on the couch!

For yours, if he likes food and sometimes chases the ball, I'd probably try a puzzle toy that involves pushing the ball around to dispense treats. This particular one is big enough not to roll under my couch. He may get the idea to chase it if the treats are coming from the ball and not you. You can also throw out some kibbles into the yard and let him hunt them out.

Also, keep in mind that it could take weeks or even months for a new rescue to adjust to you and your home, especially if he's used to living on the streets or in a kennel at the shelter. I'm not sure how new he is to you, but you may find he comes out of his shell as time goes on and he sees you playing fetch with your other dogs.

u/BriSaEr · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

Everyone so far has already recommended exercise, which I also recommend. Some people said mental exercise as well, which can wear her out and keep her busy. So, I'm throwing in food toys that make her work for her food (which I'm assuming you probably just pour kibble in a bowl) which can add some more exercise, both physical and mental. Kongs (which are actually not a personal favorite of mine) for when you leave are great. Freeze them and they are harder to get food from. I personally love IQ balls which are perfect spheres and make dogs more or less run around the house after the toy (my guys normally are panting after working to get all the food out). Here are some others since it is a good thing to switch it up and keep her thinking, not just use the same toy over and over (because that would be boring):

PetSafe Tug-A-Jug

PetSafe Egg thing

PetSafe Mushroom thing

Kong Satellite

Kong Wobbler

And in the event you are like "I'M POOR, I CANNOT AFFORD ALL OF THOSE." You can also get a 2 liter bottle and cut holes in it big enough for her to get food out of but not too easily. Also, the mushroom toy has pretty small holes so it isn't easy for bigger kibble (or dog treats), so you might forgo that one. Those are just the ones I own.

ALSO ALSO. PSA FOR EVERYONE. If you shop Amazon Smile (which is where those links take you) you can donate %.05 of all purchases to a charity of your choice. So you should definitely sign up, choose a charity and donate while you shop instead of just shopping. Nothing changes except you shop from Amazon Smile instead of Amazon.

u/ShellBeTheDeathOfMe · 3 pointsr/Eyebleach

Here's an example of a slow eat dog bowl that /u/ZorglubDK mentioned.

When they work the dog is forced to take much longer to eat their food instead of inhaling it all in big gulps. It also doubles as a sort of play time and brain game since the dog has to work to get the food.

Sometimes the dog is too smart for the bowl though. When that happens... I guess you could somehow secure the bowl to the floor.

The feeder balls mentioned work in much the same way. Put the food in the ball and the dog has to roll it around to get the food out.

u/manatee1010 · 3 pointsr/Dogtraining

We have... lots of toys we've collected over the years. The dog in question just chews until he finishes the toys, then falls asleep. Without, he barks non-stop for hours on end. The toys rarely wear out, although it does happen.

I used to use a lot of rolly toys, but it seems like he does better with stuff he can calmly lay and chew on.

My favorites are:

  • Kong
  • Starmark Pickle Pocket
  • Starmark Crunching Barbell(I don't use the refills, though; they're stupid expensive. I stuff one end with the guys mix, drop some kibble in the middle, and seal the other end)
  • Zogoflex Toppl(the large and small sizes fit together to make it last longer)

    Rolly toys, I like:

  • Orbee Tuff (better on hardwood, the material gets gross fast on carpet)

  • and on carpet my favorite is the
    Foobler. It's pricier, but it's cool because it makes more food available to your dog at specified times intervals (15/30/60/90 min). The downside is, it really bangs around on hard floors.

    We use frozen marrow bones, as well. They're cheap (~$1 each), don't require any prep, and last about an hour.

    He's baby gated in the kitchen and has a big memory foam bed. We cover it with a cheap blanket because it's easier to clean and sometimes he's messy.

    We taught him a "relax" cue, which means "lay down, pop your hip, and put your chin on the ground." He has to stay like that in his bed while I take the toys out and lay them around the room. I release him as I walk out the door and he runs to collect his toys. It really helps for him to spend a few minutes relaxing before I leave, and getting him focused on something other than me leaving is a good distraction.

    I hope this helps. It's a frustrating issue and I can only hope my experience can help others.
u/globalvariable · 3 pointsr/goldenretrievers

Found it on Amazon and it's been one of his favorite toys till now. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PQ5UH0C/

u/kiririn_jp · 3 pointsr/croatia

Can confirm, neuništive:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013QTEESK/

u/drawling · 2 pointsr/dogs

I've posted this before, and it's a great list! Originally posted by u/manatee1010 and I have tried several:

I keep this list of brain toy links handy to send to friends who get dogs. It's getting pretty long...

Toys that get stuffed with food and frozen:

  • Kong Classic (15-20 minutes) (it sounds like Watson is lukewarm toward this… have you tried mixing a spoonful of canned food in with some kibble and freezing it?

  • Zogoflex Toppl Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Toy (this can be a stand-alone toy, or if you get a big one and little one they can fit together and dispense kibble) (15-20 minutes)

  • Starmark Pickle Pocket (my big dog really likes this one… we put cheese in it) (20-25 minutes)

    Kibble dispensing toys, hard material (good for carpeted areas)

  • Bob-A-Lot (~10 minutes… this one can be adjusted to make it harder)

  • Tug-A-Jug (10-30 minutes, depending on the dog)

  • Magic Mushroom (10-30 minutes, depending on the dog)

  • Kong Wobbler (~5-10 minutes)

  • IQ Treat Ball (~10-15 minutes)

  • Pet Zone IQ Ball (this is the ONLY toy my dogs can’t get all the kibble out of. They’ll usually persist for half an hour or so before they give up)

  • Buster Cube (I think this has several difficulty settings… my guys now don’t have one of these, but my dog when I was growing up had one. I’d guess this is probably a 20-30 minute toy depending on difficulty and what you load into it)

  • Treatstik – I have NO idea how long this one takes to load, but it’s on my to-purchase list because it seems like it’s one of the longer lasting toys on the market. If anyone has/gets one, I’m super interested to hear about it!

    Kibble dispensing toys, soft material (good for hardwood/tile/laminate)

  • Barnacle (this can be stuffed like a Kong as well… I lost this one when I moved but I think in terms of kibble dispensing it was shorter lasting, maybe 5-10 minutes)

  • Tricky Treater (I REALLY like this one; super easy to load and clean, lasts 10-15 minutes)

  • Tricky Treat Ball (another super easy one… <5 minutes)

  • Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Snoop Treat Dispensing Dog Toy – this one just arrived yesterday so I don’t have a solid rating of its durability yet, but so far it seems great… easy to load, takes the dogs awhile to empty, and super duper quiet.

  • JW Pet Company Treat Puzzler Dog Toy (this one is super easy for them to empty… I’d say 3-5 minutes)

  • PetSafe Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble Meal Dispensing Dog Toy (this one is okay, not my favorite… I didn’t like that I had to make a decision about cutting it immediately after opening. It takes ~5-10 minutes to unload)

  • Starmark Treat Dispensing Puzzle Ball - this one is new! I almost bought it the other day but haven't yet; I think it's most similar to a Buster Cube in terms of adjustable difficulty, it's just a softer material.

    Time-release kibble dispensing toys (good for work days)

  • the Foobler is great because it works on a timer that rotates to the next of six, ¼ cup food hoppers at set intervals of time (you pick, the options are 15-30-60-90 minutes), which makes it last way longer than most of these toys. This is hard plastic.

  • CleverPet – this has a December release date. I’m way pumped about it and have been in touch with the company… hopefully I’ll be getting one of the first models off the line!

    Lastly, there are also these two that I haven’t tried yet, so I’m not positive how to classify…

  • Starmark Crunching Barbell

  • Starmark Treat Crunching Multiball


    ETA: If you have any others you like (or don't like) that I've left off this list, please chime in!
u/Glitterdem0n · 2 pointsr/pitbulls

My pit loves her wobble wag ball. It's a great toy. They sell it on Amazon for around 14$ sometimes a few dollars less.
It's a very durable ball with grips for her to bite on to and throw around. It also makes a whizzing noise that she likes.
It keeps her entertained for hours. I bought it over a year ago, and it'd still her fav. I bought an extra for the inside so I wouldn't have to keep cleaning it as often.

Wobble Wag Giggle Dog https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PQ5UH0C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_0Az5xb1MAR0S7

u/LorenTaylor0025 · 2 pointsr/AustralianShepherd

My wiggle loves this and this
Also, frozen Kong’s are great.

u/Simarys · 2 pointsr/germanshepherds

I understand the worry. Something warm might help loosen the muscle. Ask the vet if there are any exercises you can do with him that can help with stiffness.

I like food balls for helping with joints. As he noses it around he is moving his head side to side, he it making atypical steps but without the energy of chasing a ball. Not to mention it helps prevent overeating.

I will warn you away from the ones you cannot take apart. They end up nasty with food stuck in them. Something like this is good: https://www.amazon.com/Our-Pets-Interactive-Dispensing-ASSORTED/dp/B003ARUKTG

u/terribleatkaraoke · 2 pointsr/dogs

Yes, I like the thick rubber ones with holes in them, which I stuff with treats and peanut butter. My dog will then paw and throw it around in order to get the treats out, and he'll be occupied for hours licking it. Kind of like this and this though we don't have those exact ones, but you get the idea.

My dog also loves this guy but you'd need extra small training treats for it so it can fall through the small hole. Also it's hard plastic and my floors are tile, so it makes a huge racket when he tosses it around.. no big deal when I'm out of the house though.

Good luck!

u/mamiesmom · 2 pointsr/BorderCollie

I have one of these and while my dog will occasionally try to chew/lick it when she gets frustrated, it's made of smooth hard plastic so she's not actually able to destroy it or get a good grip on it. I wouldn't use it if you have hardwood floors, though - I assume if it was dropped on a hard floor, it might eventually break.

u/jmsilverman · 2 pointsr/shiba

(1) we have used all of the above. Standard collar holds tags the best, our training class provided a choke collar and we find it easiest for walks, and when he was still very small (8 weeks came home, so for about our first month or so) had him in the harness before we started training.

(2) we have all 3 - the retractable is new and I haven't used it yet, but we got it for beach trips so he can roam, then we started with a nylon and got a leather one from the class. We now use the leather mostly... just because its nice on the human paws :)

(3) We started with a 36" crate, at basically full grown he's fitting in pretty tightly, but still fits. We also ended up adding an ex-pen. If I was buying the crate now, I'd go up a size or two so he'd have some more space. I also highly recommend the pen if you have room.

(4) We've gone through a lot of beds... he's chewed them to bits... so might as well start off simple and cheap. He put a hole in the nice one we got recently within an hour.

(5) When he first came home, his favorites were the rope toys and unstuffed animals with squeekeres. Don't get things with stuffing!! They will try to eat it, and that makes for a lot of supervision needed. Now that he's a little older, he also loves balls, particularly [with teeth]
(https://smile.amazon.com/Coevals-Club-Interactive-Non-Toxic-Cleaning/dp/B01LARUD6M/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1493386356&sr=8-17&keywords=treat+ball+for+dog)
& [brain activity] (https://smile.amazon.com/OurPets-Treat-Ball-Interactive-Dispensing/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1493386356&sr=8-3&keywords=treat+ball+for+dog)

(6) Foods:

  • Blue Buffalo Puppy Chow
  • Local pet store organic puppy mix
  • Pupperoni training treats
  • Beggin' Bacon Strips
  • Blue Buffalo PB Hearts crunch treats
  • Blue Buffalo dental sticks
  • [Bully Sticks] (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HBVSG74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) - mostly for teething, but he does "eat" them
    (7) We did a local class. For socializing, we've made sure to introduce him to people from day one - and dogs since he was fully vaxxed unless we know the dog.

    (8) Biggest challenge - he has chewed up window sills, door frames, etc when home alone. We originally thought it was OK to leave him in an empty room with just his toys etc bc we had an empty bedroom. He ruined the listed items of the room. Hence, adding the ex-pen. Happiest moments - it's like when people talk about their partners and babies... its the little moments, like when they snuggle up which you don't expect because its rare for the breed, or when they accomplish something - like being house broken, or a command (sit, etc).

    (9) we're lucky... he loves both dogs and people. Archer is an attention whore, and the more praise and play the better. This can vary by individual dog, like individual human.

    (10) The only thing I wish I could change is how long my commute it, and how late I get in. My husband is able to spend more time with the puppy than me which is just my own jealousy. Also... we use a dog walker 1-2 times a day (we're moving down to 1 now that he holds his bladder/bowels longer). The mid-day visit is SO important, if you can't take lunch at home... you need to have him with someone - a dog walker, a pet daycare. He cannot be alone for that long.

    Also... know he's a smart breed. He's not like a lab or a collie who will live to please you. You live to serve him (or her! I have a boy, so I keep using him) which means that you have to learn about his idiosyncracies. Because he is smart, but easily bored... you will need to figure out what kind of attention and stimulation keeps your shibe baby happy. Is it mental stimulation and logic puzzles? They make more than the tops I shared... so start looking. Also, just play hide and seek. Does his hunter instinct kick in? Sometimes, when he's feeling extra frisky instead of feeding him in a bowl, I'll toss his kibble and treats into the toy, or literally around the room so he can "hunt" for dinner. Is he feeling neglected? Bored? he's going to cause trouble...so how can you make sure he knows you love him. Think of him like April Ludgate in Parks & Rec, or a cat. He wants to know he can have your attention when he wants it - but he will not just snuggle because you want to... or pay attention to you if it doesn't meet his interests or needs. You'll fall in love (hopefully) and won't care, but the shiba will rule the fam not vice versa so get ready for it.
u/anyones_ghost27 · 2 pointsr/dogs

Not sure if this is the same one that Scout got, but this one is great for my dog. He usually destroys most toys, but this one is hard plastic and it barely fits in his mouth, so he can't really chomp down on it. I think maybe he also does not want to destroy the toy that feeds him. ;)

The Kong Wobbler is also good if you need a treat/food dispenser that doesn't travel quite as much or as quickly. It's also harder to get stuck under the couch or tv stand, etc. My dog hasn't tried to destroy it - once he gets all the food out, it's dead to him.

u/NinjaShira · 2 pointsr/BostonTerrier

When my dog is super antsy, I'll put half of his dinner in one of these. Then he spends the next half hour chasing it around the house to get his food out of it, and by the time he's done, he's tuckered out. I also make sure he has lots of toys and bones and hoofs to chew on so he has something to do so he's not bored.

u/ky0d3n · 2 pointsr/AskVet

I found the ones I used on amazon.

OurPets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_OE47AbH4PAY32

u/TheJavamancer · 2 pointsr/Dachshund

My dachshund, Doobie, is a little terror when it comes to toys. I've found two that hold up pretty well overall.

First, this is Doobie's absolute favorite toy but it never lasts longer than a few hours if I just leave it with him. So I'll only give it to him for play and take it away later to make it last longer. I only mention this one because he loves it so much. It does have stuffing in it, so beware of that. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EB9IV2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This toy is better because it has several squeakers, and it lasts a lot longer. It also has no stuffing to clean up. Though they will still destroy them. But I use this one to play catch (since you can throw it like a frisbee) and tug of war (Since it's easier for you and the dog to hold) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BT8K7J6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the toy that I let him have all the time. It took him a year to destroy the first one. I don't know if it's because it's really that tough or because he's getting older. But I think it's worth a try. It's also really funny watching him carry this thing around the house since it's twice as long as he is. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003RQNE7U/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And the last, honorable mention: My dachshund LOVES this, and it's perfect if you are too busy and they really want to play or the weather is bad so they can't go out or get walked. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ARUKTG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/micrographia · 2 pointsr/dogs
  • I have this Crate and this seems like it would be a good size. Don't get it any bigger than you have to or the dog is more likely to pee/poop in one corner and sleep in the other.

  • If she's smelly and seems scared of a bath, some pet wipes will hold you over until she seems more chill

    Toys:

  • Get a Kong, fill with cooked sweet potato, peanut butter, plain yogurt with a little kibble mixed in, etc, then freeze till solid, and give to your dog for a treat that stimulates them mentally, keeps them busy, and helps with separation anxiety.

  • Hide-a-Squirrel. An interactive toy- you stuff the log with squirrels and any other toys you have and let your dog have a blast tearing them out

  • Treat dispensing toy you can use to actually feed your dog her meals if she eats too fast. I like this one because you can change the difficulty by making the hole openings smaller or larger

  • Lastly if you have no idea what kind of toys she likes and are striking out (and have a little extra dough lying around and want to treat yo-self), you might want to try ordering BarkBox (you can almost always get a free month when signing up so google coupon codes before ordering). I did it for about a year and a half and was always blown away by the quality and the amazing way they curate each box to fit a theme. The toys were always adorable!

    I didn't know about the 2 Week Shutdown when I got my dog and while things turned out okay in the end, I definitely think it would have been VERY beneficial to do it. So best of luck and please update us with pics when she gets home!
u/DrsWhoDontSaveLives · 2 pointsr/cavaliers

We like this one because it has multiple levels for bones to fall through: Our Pets IQ Treat Ball Interactive... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKU0?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

And this one too: JW Hol-ee Roller Size:Small... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BWF0AR4?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

She loves her interactive little piggies and their hiding holes (the squirrels were all I could find on amazon): ZippyPaws - Woodland Friends Burrow, Interactive Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy - Chipmunks ‘n Log https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008PFB3HG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_sE8LBb51HF9D1

u/SleepyPterodactyl · 2 pointsr/dogs
u/Dontthinkfly · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

why was your vet glad it wasn't a pure malinois?? they're amazingly smart, loyal, and generally great dogs. what an odd comment.

they're very smart dogs. you can take her to a reputable training school (probably not petsmart), and make sure they do POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT training. I'm new to the sub so i'm not sure what the general consensus is, but having a belgian breed dog as well, they do not respond well to the dominance stuff. they're eager to please, they just need to know how.

puzzle toys will be your best friend, too. my favorite has been this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Our-Pets-Smarter-Interactive-Inches/dp/B003ARUKU0

2 years later, it's still in 1 piece... unlike anything else we bought in 2013... lol.

if you need any other specific advice, feel free to PM me.

u/too-much-noise · 2 pointsr/puppy101

Does your puzzle ball adjust to make it easier/harder to get the food out? We have an IQ ball. When we first used it, we fully opened it and made it really easy for our dog to get the kibble out. Now we close it way down, and it takes her ~15 minutes to get through it. Not terribly long but she has to work a little for her dinner at least.

I have to strongly advise against any Nina Ottosson-brand puzzle toys. Our dog, who isn't a heavy chewer, basically destroyed a Nina Ottosson toy the very first time we gave it to her (and they aren't cheap!!). We were so disappointed.

u/diearzte2 · 2 pointsr/puppy101

It is really heavy, I'm mostly worried about damage. The noise doesn't really bother me since it is less annoying than this ball.

u/wlberg · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

My husband and I took his family dogs (mini schnauzers) who had been trained out of playing with toys because they couldn't distinguish between their own toys and the grandkids' toys. One of them was never really into toys, but one of them had loved them previously so we bought her toys that she played with "in secret" (she would pop up in the front window with a toy in her mouth when we were coming home or leaving the house). You can try leaving the toys around and seeing if they move?

Both of these dogs LOVED puzzle toys with treats. Brody (who was never into playing with toys or balls) loses her mind for a kong toy or a food ball or a sliding puzzle toy. Most of these we fill with a mixture of regular kibble and treats as a way to combine meal time and play time.

Here are some house favorites:

https://www.amazon.com/Trixie-Chess-Game-Level-3/dp/B003X19R7U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524684827&sr=8-1&keywords=dog+chess

https://www.amazon.com/KONG-PW1-Wobbler-Large/dp/B003ALMW0M/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1524684854&sr=1-2&keywords=kong+wobbler

https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Buddy-Twist-Treat-Medium/dp/B0002I0RMG/ref=pd_sim_199_39?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0002I0RMG&pd_rd_r=N85DG8WFA0EGG7X8AKDJ&pd_rd_w=t3Rhe&pd_rd_wg=wI3Rm&psc=1&refRID=N85DG8WFA0EGG7X8AKDJ

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ULTT44/ref=twister_B004AHKW5W?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

u/PleaseFeedEmma · 2 pointsr/pitbulls
u/Kaedylee · 2 pointsr/dogs

This Kong ball might be a good option.

u/Nskali · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

I have a few for my bun that I've bought, but I saw that box at Michaels and thought the same thing! I might have to pick it up when I got next. I got this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TOKTEG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 & https://www.amazon.com/TRIXIE-Pet-Products-Board-Level/dp/B0054Q9TMA/ref=pd_sim_199_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0054Q9TMA&pd_rd_r=5PA45VWEP2AZ8VXYSN9R&pd_rd_w=l77F1&pd_rd_wg=1LEIl&psc=1&refRID=5PA45VWEP2AZ8VXYSN9R for my bunny and he loves them. Figured them out very quickly. There is one I can't find right now I saw that has pull tabs, and essentially the food drops down layers (it's tall) and the animal has to pull the string tabs out to get it. I want to try that one next :) Mine is spoilt as hell.

u/coniferbear · 2 pointsr/dogs

My mom adopted an nervous wreck of a dog 3 years ago, and she's just starting to come out of her shell. She would whine for over hour once my mother left the house for work, and pee on the floor when new people came over. She had not done the 'play bow' until about a year ago, would stand petrified at the dog park instead of playing. She only figured out how fetch worked this past winter. So it may take your mom's dog a bit of time to re-adjust to the new surroundings.

But I'm not a dog psychologist, so definitely talk to a professional about it. Aside from seeing a vet as /u/PikeleMaster suggested, is she very food motivated? You could try seeing if a puzzle toy of some variety might help with some mental stimulation or distract her enough to not pace.

u/mentllydistrbdllama · 2 pointsr/Staffiebullterriers

I have to be early to work so mornings are usually a no go, but late evening are usually tolerable. We have a few different ones but any that are like [this. ](trixie pet products flip board, level 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054Q9TMA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_klV4Db3WG3DWF) Something that makes him work for it with tiny details. He has gotten pretty smart though and if I don't hold the board down, he picks the whole thing up and turns it upside down.

Also, the Kong Wobbler . He broke the first one so we had to get the biggest one they had. I'll usually feed him his meals this way to make sure he gets the ants in his pants out.

I'm always looking for new suggestions though! He is a smart lil asshole who destroys EVERY TOY so i always gotta make sure anything I get him is pretty durable.

u/bwafflecone · 2 pointsr/dogs

Haha, I have this Trixie flip board myself. It's pretty well made and has held up well. The only problem is that Frankfurt's too good at it now. Been trying to decide which Trixie toy to get next :P

u/Lucy_darling · 2 pointsr/Chihuahua

OK the only luck I've had so far is the Holee Roller in the smallest size they sell (Mini)

JW Hol-ee Roller Original Treat Dispensing Dog Ball - Hard Natural Rubber - Assorted Colors https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BV0EQI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_X-MLBbFRGSMTQ

u/spunshadow · 2 pointsr/Pets

I don't have any recipes, but my dog is twelve, extra small, toothless, and goes bananas for Zuke's Mini Naturals. They fit in the Mini Hol-ee Ball easily and come out with a little play! It's great for older, small dogs. (the cat likes it too)

u/Holly_Tyler · 2 pointsr/ferrets

www.amazon.com/Marshall-Pet-Products-Pop-N-Play-Ball/dp/B007ZN5TN8/ My ferrets have one too and they love it. The balls that came with it quickly got squsished/bit by Sparky so I refilled it with plastic easter eggs I bought on clearance just after easter.

u/sallowpad · 2 pointsr/ferrets

Maybe buy some bitter apple spray and spray around the corners and base of the bed to deter her from going on it/near it? It is safe and nontoxic, and although I haven't tried it myself I hear that ferrets really don't like it and avoid it like the plague. It's cheap and on Amazon as well.

I agree with lots of toys, but by nature ferrets just aren't good at staying on one thing for periods of time. That's why you should have lots of different toys, so she can cycle to the next thing. I got my ferrets a small ball pit to play in which they LOVE, but be warned - they like to steal the balls out of it ;)
Do you have a tube for her to run around through? The tube keeps my most rambunctious baby occupied for more than any other toy.

u/lanijael · 2 pointsr/ferrets
u/jcheezin · 2 pointsr/Dachshund

These things are super tough -- plus it's amazing to watch our little Frank take on this monster ball.

They're a bit pricey, but worth it IMO.

u/TheImpalerKing · 2 pointsr/Greyhounds

Depending on your yard/outdoor situation, I'd suggest a ball large enough to roll and be chased. Chuckit makes a small soccer ball with ridges that our girl loves to chase. It's big enough to roll along the ground rather than bounce in the air, and she can't fit the whole thing in her mouth, so I feel a lot better about safety. She can grab ,the ridges but can't fit her mouth around the whole thing, so she has to work on catching it, and even though shes had it for about a year she hasn't chewed through any part of it!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084DRJKO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_pfoPDbRX4149Y

Also, anything fuzzy that squeaks! Our girl didn't know what toys were at first, but boy did she know what to do with a squeaky rabbit! Animal shapes seem to have the biggest draw for our girl.

Also I definitely second the winter coat. I'd also recommend a thunder shirt, ours is terrified of thunder but sleeps like an angel with her shirt on.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JPL4193/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_t6TQNgUiR7ueE

u/heaven_407 · 2 pointsr/blueheelers

This toy is awesome.

KONG Jumbler Ball Toy,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KNWVPFO?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

u/Paralily · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I've added that! My dog is a super chewer as well. He loves his bacon ball a lot and usually takes him a while to chew through. We also have a tug ball that he can't chew through and has tons of fun with.

u/th3laughingman1991 · 2 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Hey OP, i work at the company that used to make the Rocket Ball, and it indeed was from Costco. Unfortunately we no longer make or sell that item anymore, and I dont have any left in stock in our warehouse. We did sell the design to Kong though and they made a "spiritual successor" of the Rocket Ball, called The Jumbler. Hope this helps!
https://www.amazon.com/KONG-Jumbler-Large-X-Large-colors/dp/B00KNWVPFO

u/iFartWhenILaughh · 2 pointsr/pitbulls

You can find it at pretty much any pet store near me and it seems very durable! Maeby has spent hours gnawing on it to squeak it and trying to get the tennis ball inside http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Jumbler-Large-X-Large-colors/dp/B00KNWVPFO

u/Dairy_Heir · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

So I was thinking about this last night. I was thinking about trying to create some sort of timed toy release but then found there's actually a product with great reviews called KongTime that time releases Kong toys filled with kibble/treats on 1, 2, or 4 hour increments.

Awesome right?! Sadly, it looks like they don't make it anymore. Maybe there's a post online somewhere that has instructions on how to MacGuyver your own toy dispenser.

This timed toy has mixed reviews. Perhaps it would be good with Beagles who are so food driven.

This one has good reviews too. Although a little expensive, could save a lot of money in bored dog related expenses though. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This one is neat too!

Found another remote toy. Fairly expensive too though.

u/mudsneaker · 2 pointsr/AustralianCattleDog

So far this Hol-ee Roller X Extreme is the sole survivor out of all the various toys we've tried. As far as other toys... If it squeeks, it's dead in no time, if it's rope, it's in tatters soon enough. The ball eventually did crack after 9 months of hard core tug of wars, bought another that lasted a year before a break. These balls take the hardest abuse and just keep on going.

u/batmanismyconstant · 2 pointsr/dogs

Finn plays with most of his toys on a big area rug. He knows to pick it up and take it back to the rug when it rolls off. I taught him by picking up his toys and taking them back to the rug every time they fell off. He eventually got the picture.

Even so, our favorite toys are soft rubber ones. The Omega Paw Tricky Treat ball is great, and so is the Orbee Tuff Snoop. To make the Snoop harder, you can buy another ball to put inside it.

u/CautiousCorvid · 2 pointsr/dogs

Recently they've also had tricky treat balls which are GREAT and QUIET!

u/Thetelltaledog · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

Not exactly a toy, but sometimes for meals I hide little piles of kibble around and let her sniff them out. Behind table legs, inside an old shoe she plays with, inside a box. She loves it.

She also likes her kong.

She loved the omega paw tricky treat ball when she had it ( http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M ) but recently we left it outside and a lizard moved into it, so we need a new one. It's not hard, but it was definitely a favorite.

We made a toy (I'll try to post a picture later) that's a Gatorade bottle with a rod through it. We set it up so the rod is horizontal and she paws at the bottle, makes it spin on the rod, and gets fed.

Also, a toilet paper/paper towel roll with the ends taped up is super fun to shred.

She just got what's basically a generic pickle pocket and she hasn't quite figured it out yet, but if I put something nice and smelly in there it keeps her distracted for a while.

u/Use_this_Username · 2 pointsr/dogs

I have a papillion chihuahua mix who just turned 2. If it were up to him I would play fetch all day long. When I need him to keep busy independently, I have a couple things I try:

Bully sticks. Sometimes he's into it, sometimes not. Depends on the day. Some days he'll chew on a bully stick for over an hour.

Puzzle toys like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-41008-Flapper-Training/dp/B006ZTTSOE/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1463561315&sr=8-16&keywords=dog+puzzle

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004NSVIRY/ref=twister_B009NMOZKM?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1463561410&sr=8-25&keywords=dog+puzzle


I also rotate his toys, he loves digging through and discovering the "new" toys.

Other times I put him in his crate. This is usually when he's had exercise and play time, but is not calming down any time soon. It's funny because it takes about 5 minutes before he's fast asleep in his crate!



u/MellowYellow212 · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

My pup was just like yours-loves sticks and anything made of wood! Unfortunately, I don't have too many suggestions for the wood replacement. I gave my pup a few of these when he was little, but after reading the Amazon reviews I would possibly reconsider that decision. He enjoyed them, however, and you can do some research and make your own decision!

As far as a puzzle game I highly suggest the Omega Paw Ball. My almost 1-year-old pup recently figured it out and has been loving it. The Kong Wubba is also good, but with my pup I noticed that the Omega Ball requires a bit more finesse and concentration, rather than the Wubba which mostly sent him into frenzied batting episodes.

Hope some of this was helpful!

u/gingeredbiscuit · 2 pointsr/dogs

The Kong Wobbler and Bobs-a-lot are great toys. I also use a Tricky Treat ball a lot. My dogs also really love the Snoop.

You could also try the Tug-a-Jug, Kibble Nibble, or Buster Cube.

u/mcozzo · 2 pointsr/AustralianCattleDog

Tuffy makes some good stuff. We have a number of them. I just picked up the large sheep, it's almost as big as she is. Great for tug. She will chew the ears off. But in 14 months she's only got through 1. There's bones, bully sticks, balls etc to distract her also.

These are the favorites:

http://www.tuffietoys.com/
https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Buddy-Twist-Treat-Small/dp/B0002I0RLW
https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M

u/vvvfffccc · 2 pointsr/dogs

We have three not including Kongs! She gets bored easily lol.

This is my favorite one because it's really easy to change the difficulty and it's too big to get caught under the furniture.

You can change the difficulty on this one too by closing it more tightly but is pretty easy

And this is the easiest one out of the three we have but she still really likes it.

There are like hundreds more to choose from! Someone posted this and I'm probably going to pick a couple from there, too.

u/conjunctionjunction1 · 2 pointsr/AustralianCattleDog

We have this one which is AWESOME:

http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1419201598&sr=1-1&keywords=roll+treat+ball

Use it for breakfast and dinner on rainy days when he doesn't get in his usual hike. Takes about... 8 minutes? But he has a lot of fun with it!


u/gmarsh23 · 2 pointsr/DobermanPinscher

I have this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M

It's soft plastic so it can handle being knocked around a bit - which is good, as Lucy has figured out the most efficient way to get treats out of it is to knock it down the stairs again and again. I think a hard plastic model would be smashed to smithereens by now.

It doesn't open up so it's hard to clean, I fill/drain it with water a bunch of times to try to get as much food residue out as I can, then pour boiling water into it every now and then to sterilize what's left.

u/annelions · 2 pointsr/Assistance

It depends on the toy, and the dog. You do want to supervise them at first, to make sure that they won't just chew it to bits; most dogs are smart enough to figure it out after a little encouragement, but some try to chew the toy(s) open. A Kong or something frozen in a block of ice like /u/ifragbunniez suggested would be good, or here are a couple others I found:

http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Kibble-Nibble-Dispensing-Medium/dp/B001F0RRUA - $11.87

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DK26M/ - $5.32

u/hi_from_brian · 2 pointsr/dogs

I have read some reports of dogs breaking their teeth on Nylabones, and they have never been our dogs' favorite thing anyway, so here are some alternate ideas for ya:

  • Tie off a squeaky tennis ball loosely, in an old sock. Depending on the weave and material of the sock this toy will last from 20 minutes to 4 days.

  • Toilet paper and paper towel tubes, or plain cardboard sections (no dyes or tape, etc.; I often use the unprinted flaps of shipping boxes). Non-toxic, fibrous if they ingest it, and it lets them destroy something without costing you a penny.

  • Fill a treat ball with 10-15 small, soft, training treats, and watch them push it around with their nose for the next 10-30 minutes.

  • Build a treat puzzle yourself with layers of non-toxic boxes, take out containers (NO STYROFOAM), and newspaper. Sprinkle small treats in each layer and hold it all together with a little string or paper tape.

  • Like most breeds, both the Staffy and Terrier lines love to lay tug of war. If your dog has good teeth you can use something like this, or this one if they have any oral issues. Just remember to put away toys like this when you are not actively using them, or they will get shredded/chewed to bits.

    Have fun!
u/SwtSthrnBelle · 2 pointsr/labrador

Fulfill her retriever side by doing just that, retrieving. In addition to long walks, try playing fetch with a frisbee or tennis ball. I also like giving mine a treat ball to keep him busy/entertained/thinking.

u/whtevn · 2 pointsr/puppy101

> Can you suggest a puzzle feeder that works well?

I have had good luck with wobbler toys like the one the other user suggested. I got this ball which is super cheap and takes forever to get the food out of. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DK26M/ The downside of the ball is that it goes everywhere. The upside is that it holds a ton of food and is genuinely difficult to get kibble out of, even for me.

> Also, how do you freeze liquid in it? I tried to stuff the hole last night with PB and dry food and poor stock in there and it just drained right out

personally, I've never tried this. Off the top of my head, I might put some peanut butter in the bottom of a coffee mug, plug the small hole of the kong from the inside with about a tablespoon of peanut butter, put the small side of the kong into the peanut butter inside the coffee mug. In my mind this makes the kong stand up straight and makes a plug for the stock. Maybe freeze the peanut butter plug for an hour or so to help give it a good seal? Sounds difficult, but I can definitely see the appeal for a low-calorie long lasting treat.

> Also, how do I feed him for good behaviors? Anytime I get up he follows me so if he were playing by himself he would stop as soon as I moved, so would he still associate it with the good behavior?

this is where a clicker really comes in handy. first you "charge your clicker" by clicking and treating and clicking and treating until when he hears a click he expects a treat. Then you train with the clicker so you click as close to the moment that the dog takes a desired action as possible. So, for sit, right when the butt touches the ground. This helps to "mark" a behavior. Always give a treat for a click, but the click abstracts the marking of the behavior from the reward for the behavior. Once that is all well ingrained, being able to click for playing alone becomes way more possible.

> And if I had the food just sitting by me he wouldn't leave me alone because he knows it's there.

The clicker is great here too. Click for when he starts to ignore you, and then toss the food somewhere else (maybe his mat/towel that you are working on "go to mat" with?). Over time, he learns that ignoring you gets him good stuff too. This is hard for the human, to be both inattentive and giving attention, but it pays off like crazy.

Hope this helps. If you're interested in the clicker stuff, this is a good video to get started with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPDOrEEsAJ8&t=1m55s As a final piece of information, my first trainer was certified with the Karen Pryor academy, and I learned a ton from her. Good luck!

u/macc_aviv · 2 pointsr/germanshepherds

http://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Pet-8-Inch-Romp-n-Roll-Red/dp/B0002DK9OW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1395431056&sr=8-5&keywords=jolly+ball+dog

My parents' GSD Max is also a chewer, and that's the only toy that lasts for him. He can still destroy it over the course of 6 months or so, but it holds up much better than anything else.

u/acciocorinne · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Dude, those Jolly Balls are incredible. We have the Romp-n-Roll one, and the puppy LOVES it. It's easily his favorite toy. And the ball part is pretty much indestructible! (Though the rope is almost completely shredded now >.<)

u/elokr · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

Seriously. I had danes and mastiffs that would tear through any pet toy in just a few minutes.

Bought one of these

and one of these

and both outlived the dogs. My current german shepherd is still playing with them after about 15 years of originally purchasing.

u/Sandersims · 2 pointsr/caninebehavior

We adopted our cocker spaniel when she was about 2. She'd been severely neglected. She has no idea what toys are. She had no idea how to play.

After 3 years of effort we have made some progress.

  • She likes this treat ball, and only this treat ball. She's very food oriented (hello, cocker!) and will roll it about hopefully even after the treats are gone.

  • She recently began to play chase the ball with our standard poodle. She won't bring the ball back.

  • She plays gentle games of patpaw and pushyface.

    She enjoys chewing on Nylabones and regular bones, but won't touch a kong.


    I don't think she'll ever be terribly playful, but I've never found female cockers to be very playful anyway. Perhaps your dog is simply more serious minded?

    Her favorite activity is checking the perimeter of our fenced yard. It is quite large, with chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits. She absolutely loves it, and flushes small animals from the bushes for the st.poodle to chase down and...

    Well. I won't elaborate. Some people are squeamish. But they're quite a team.

    Maybe your dog would like to learn some tricks. Perhaps a job, like opening drawers or turning lights on/off.

    Good luck. I know it is disconcerting to have a dog that doesn't respond to any toys.
u/comradecitizen · 2 pointsr/aww

this is simply a sign of frustration and boredom - think how you dealt "staying in your room with no one to play with" - counted ceiling tiles, made images out of stucco ceiling points, shadow puppets - so yeah, he misses your company, dogs are pack animals, you are their pack.

Also try some of the KONG toys, they are kind of like playskool for dogs - it can make a simple dog treat last 15-20 [email protected]! And it is good for their mind and teeth - best $10 I ever spent! HERE is another one that is a toughie!

ps: not trying to make you feel guilty or unobservant - I learned myself that they have a different type of mindset than us humans (which explains why they don't talk, make us breakfast or do our laundry while away)

u/Galaxyhiker42 · 2 pointsr/pitbulls

This toy + peanut butter will be your friend

We also use this + milk bones broken in half or thirds

considering things just look pulled out and not destroyed... this is bored puppy not so much separation anxiety puppy.

It also might start helping to crate train your pup now. We crated ours for almost 2 years when we were out of the house. Basically we would tell him to go to bed and he would put himself up. This taught him that it was sleep time when we were gone.

Be ready for LOTS of energy though when you get home.

A crate trained pup saves a TON of headaches later

u/SaltwaterCreek · 2 pointsr/AlaskanMalamute

Mine loves the Kong stuff-a-ball toy. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009YK3OU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The regular Kongs are okay, but the one I linked is the longest-lasting toy I've found so far. I put small pieces of his food/chicken/cheese cubes/green beans in it, but not too small - it needs to be a challenge for him to get the food out. He bounces it around the house and it takes him awhile.

Bully sticks are also pretty long-lasting, but they have a not-so-nice odor so that may be a good outdoor chew.

I give mine a fish oil supplement with his food every morning and that helps keeps his coat very beautiful. He had some dandruff when he was a puppy and the fish oil eliminated alot of that.

As far as going on walks, mine does great when he has a "job" to do. I think this is pretty common among malamutes and I'm sure other breeds. I give him a stick or a ball to hold in his mouth while we walk and its makes it 100% better. Less pulling, less distraction from birds and squirrels, etc.

u/panniculus · 2 pointsr/reactivedogs

My dog loves this giant squeaky fur ball, and these squeaky tennis balls (but the tennis balls don't last that long). Also I know it doesn't look like much but she also really likes jute tugs like this; I think because she can get a really good grip on it. She's not a huge tugger but she is still always excited when the jute tug comes out.

u/Relevant_User-Name · 2 pointsr/labrador

The ones I have don't squeak, but these seem to be some Kong squeaker toys. It does seem like there are other options.

u/nomtown · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

Fellow spoony here! These [Chuck It](chuckit! the whistler 3 sizes assorted colors multi-packs available https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00280MUXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ms1LBbGMX7MET) balls are awesome. I use them every night with my pup. They're bouncy and indestructible, so I can throw them against the wall while I sit on the sofa and completely tire him out playing fetch. Definitely start the fetch training early!

u/icommentingifs · 2 pointsr/dogs

This is Cosmo's most favorite food toy on the planet. He likes the mushroom but it doesn't dispense food quickly enough so he'd rather use it as a toy than for a meal. I ended up removing the divider since he's a puppy and just learning. We use it for every meal now. He absolutely loves it. Video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BHXbJhUjGzG

u/smartwaterlove · 2 pointsr/dogs

Our lab puppy was very destructive in the beginning as well. No matter how tired we tried to make her, dogs are resilient she has never ending energy. So if we weren't able to tire her out, we had to keep her interested in something.

I found some dog treat puzzles on amazon, like this one. It did help but definitely not 100%....

https://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Treat-Ball-Interactive-Dispensing/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1510695642&sr=8-5&keywords=dog+treat+puzzles

We also installed cameras, where we could talk through them to the dogs, so if I would see her start to get into something I could call her name. it distracted her for the most part, not all the time though...

You just have to keep thinking of ways to keep them engaged in something other than your stuff! Anything you could set up and control remotely in the puppy room would help

You should definitely try the videoing and catching him

u/henrey_bemis · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

We got our lil buddy a month ago, tried to immediately get him into crate training but failed pretty miserably when he spent the day howling his lungs out - much to our sublet neighbors' shagrin. We work 8 hours a day and there's no way we can pay for doggy daycare. He'd been a rescue from the Hurricane in Texas and we had no information about him at all. His foster mom claimed that he whined for about 10 minutes in his crate and then was fine, but this was either vastly different than our experience or was a lie.

Though we first thought it was separation anxiety, I began to suspect it was just isolation distress. We had just moved into our new place and so we had basically a spare room that wasn't yet furnished, and we decided to give him the whole room while we were away at work. We also taught him to look forward to his Kong and his IQ ball every morning. Within two weeks he was happy to get his treats in the morning, and as long as we kept our schedule the same he would quietly do his thing then go and sleep on this awesome bed that we bought for him, being quiet the whole time!

So onto crate training him, we've got his bed that he loves so much in his crate at night, and he sleeps there nicely. We started closing the door a week ago or so at night and he has no problem with that! He gets in there when we get it ready and lays down very well and stuff. So now in the day we've started locking him in his crate with his nice bed and, just like before, he is laying down and sleeping normally in it! I put his Kong in there with him before I leave and he's repeating the behavior that he'd learned this last month of playing for a while and sleeping. I'm also coming home about 5 hours later to take him for a walk in the afternoon and then re-crating him.

So, so far it's been about consistency, introducing new scary things to him slowly and in little bits, and getting his mind off of being alone right when we leave the house.

u/_Psychopathy_ · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

We alternate between the Kong Wobbler, the Buster Cube, and the IQ Ball every morning for breakfast. The wobbler is definitely the easiest, the cube is definitely the hardest, and the IQ ball is Sequoia's favorite (but she loves balls of any kind, so no real surprise there).

The total surprise winner was the Pickle! I was convinced it would be torn to shreds in minutes, but it has held up well! It doesn't last super long, but it is easy enough to just stick a little more peanut butter and some more kibble in when she is done.

u/crimsonfury73 · 2 pointsr/Pomeranians

I got two of these toys for my Pom and Papillon, and our Pap loves it. They have to roll the ball around to get the food into the clear top chamber, and then keep rolling it to get it to fall out. You can adjust the size of the hole in the middle layer to change the difficulty as they get more used to using it. There are other variations of similar toys, but that's the one I've tried and can review. The three inch one is more than big enough for a Pom.

We just throw a handful of kibble in there and it keeps our Papillon busy for an hour. Unfortunately my Pom is afraid of it (she doesn't like the noise, and the Papillon bangs his around into furniture and stuff), but I'd still recommend it unless your pup is as big of a scaredy cat as mine is.

u/MrBuddles · 2 pointsr/dogs

She can solve the tug a jug?? I can't reliably get stuff out of that thing.


Have you tried a buster cube or one of these ball things ? They aren't super complex, but you can control how fast the food comes out by changing the size of the holes. It's more persistence oriented, but that might help them last longer.

u/DogOwner15 · 2 pointsr/dogs

If he's decently food motivated, there are toys where the dog has to work to get the food out. Some examples-

IQ Ball

Starmark Bob a Lot

Magic Mushroom

Nina Ottosson has a line of puzzle toys. (These are more on the expensive side though, but there's a range of difficulty)

These are just a few off the top of my head... If you do a search for puzzle toys, there should be other posts with more suggestions.

If you leave the rawhides out all the time, he might just be bored or just used to them, so they're no longer a treat. If he has access to them at any time, there's nothing really special about them anymore which maybe why he ignores them.

u/silverdrake3 · 2 pointsr/Pets

There are many different kinds of toys and puzzles that will keep him occupied when you aren't at home. Just choose something centered around your dog's motivation, whether it be treats, toys, or something else and don't forget to play with him yourself!

On a different note, I used to have a dog who started chewing when he was a puppy. I made it absolutely clear to him that I was VERY unhappy when he chewed through my headphone cord, then gave him a length of denim from the scrap box and said, "This is for you." Ever since then, he'll only chew things you give to him explicitly.

u/tirraterra · 2 pointsr/miniaussie

I use this puzzle ball filled with kibble for my 13-week old mini, crank it to it most difficult setting and toss it out on the lawn. First he has to roll it around to even get kibble pieces out of it, and then he has to find them in the grass. Takes him a solid half-hour for a handful of kibble :)

u/belvedereass · 2 pointsr/labrador

I'm sure you know this already, but it can't be said too often--consistency is KEY for dogs. You (and your family) have to be more stubborn than she is, every time. Whenever anyone gives in, she learns that her behavior is effective and acceptable.

Before bringing more food into the mix (as this may just excite her more), try to ignore her/push her away at every meal for at least 2 weeks and see if there's any improvement in her behavior at that point. Our new dog (picked him up mid-January, just turned 2) was all about it when we were eating, but he has already stopped bothering us at meal times (took about 1 week for the worst of the behavior to stop, 2 weeks for him to actually completely leave us alone). Best of luck!!

P.S.: My last thought would be maybe to give her something to entertain her while you are eating (something like this ). We haven't tried this, but if the barking/jumping is really unbearable, this might be a way to encourage her to ignore you while you eat.

u/arisingprophet · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Three of four

Old man!

Toy!

Toy two
It's still a black KONG type, but it's awesome.

So far I like it. I use it for tugging and it hasn't broken down yet and my dogs tug hard. I'm happy with it!

u/Kuewee · 1 pointr/puppy101

for something rawhide-ish that isn't raw hide I'd try "Earth Animal No-Hide" though I don't know how long it'll take a dog to go through it cause my boy has a sensitive stomach so he get's these sparingly for 10-20 min tops (though I know other people who just give these to the dog and love them)

I'd also be worried about the hard cheese scratching up the throat if it's too big, but I'm a worrier and overly paranoid so idk? What I do instead is I get the West Paw Qwizl (cause my boy doesn't care about kongs but LOVES these) and find treats that fit snuggly inside so that I can have them stay by the opening but they're too snug to get out without effort on the dogs part and he just munches on that, you can also fill it with peanut butter (one that's safe for dogs, don't forget to check that) I also have a HOL-ee Roller X Extreme that he can't chew though and squeeze some cookie treats in there that are just big enough to fit and he munches on the ball to try to get them out. Besides that I just have antlers and the benebone maplestick (he loves eating sticks but he can chew through all the imitation wood ones which isn't good)

u/kagzig · 1 pointr/dogs

Those balls are usually a hit, but I recommend buying the "Extreme" version if your dog is rough with toys.

u/twistedLucidity · 1 pointr/dogs

I rate the survival time of that at ~45 seconds.

I stuff ours (a cheap-o version as we expected it to get destroyed) with rags (cut-up, old tea towels) and some treats (just normal kibble). The mutt loves to shred and can pull the rags without damaging the toy. Once enough are pulled out, the treats fall.

Up-shot is, he ignores the ball and eats the treat; thus allowing me to grab it and re-pack.

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The UK price is ~2.5 times as much!

u/temporarily_blind · 1 pointr/germanshepherds

Ours is a power chewer. She lives for her [Kong ball] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VBC0UC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1). We fill it with peanut butter and freeze it. Shes also a fan of this ball. Both haven't been destroyed yet.

u/Jarvis88Adams · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

> was the treat something substantial that keeps her busy for the whole time you're gone, or just something regular like a dog treat ?

My pup has a slow feed bowl that looks something like this, so I used to put in some of the things that she would go crazy over, and would normally take her at least 5+ minutes to consume, like smearing a thin layer of peanut butter across all of the bowl surfaces. Be warned though, some dogs tend to have sensitive snouts and can rub their noses raw on the bowl, but my pup hasn't had that problem. You just need to find something that is truly a "high value" treat for your dog, and using it exclusively for that. My pup would go nuts over cheese, so I took a piece of old cheddar and smeared it like a crayon inside her bowl. She really liked that. Another option is a puzzle toy like this filled with something tasty (she could occupy herself for half an hour on that), or even a classic Kong with some liver flavoured spread.

> And when you say she wasn't allowed to eat the treat till you were gone - did she see you put it somewhere , how exactly does that work

That's correct! I would let her see me preparing a treat for her, and then I'd place it in her bowl so that she'd focus on waiting for the "go" command instead of building her anxiety at watching me get ready to leave (brushing my teeth, fixing my hair, tying my shoes, etc).

A quick bit of background - The first thing that I had trained her to do was to never snatch, pick up ,or take anything that I haven't specifically told her she can have - this meant toys, meals and treats. I would place treats in front of her, and she learned that she can't have it until I say so, even if I turn away or walk away. I was able to use this trait to keep her focused completely on waiting for the treats, so instead of pacing and whining that I was leaving, she would instead sit by her food bowl and wait for me while I got ready to leave. When I'd open the door and walk out, I'd give the release command "okay!" and she's make herself busy with her treat while I locked up and walked away.

I also reviewed the footage afterwards (from my home surveillance system) and after she finished her treats, she would sniff the door, whine once or twice, grumble a bit (because I'm gone), and then she'd go sleep on the couch all day.

u/bat0u · 1 pointr/puppy101

Our 7mths old only eats out of these treats balls now. He seems to like the interactiveness of it. We're looking into the mats too now, since the ball leaves crumbs all over the house as he's rolling it around. Although he's pretty good at cleaning up his own messes most of the time. haha.

u/peanutbuddy · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

My dog's favorites are the Kong wobbler, Buster Cube, Omega treat ball, and a frozen Kong stuffed with a gross mixture of wet kibble and peanut butter. Personally, I like the Omega treat ball because it's soft and doesn't make a lot of noise on our hardwood floors.

We tried a few of those Ottosson dog puzzles, but my dog quickly figured out that she can flip the entire thing over and all her food falls out instead of figuring it out the "correct" way.

Don't overlook homemade toys too. I roll up kibble in newspaper, stuff the newspaper into small box, then put that box into larger box, tape it up, and let her shred it up. She loves it.

Failures were the Tug a Jug and the IQ treat ball.

u/myrmecophily · 1 pointr/dogs

Even at my dog's worst his blood work-ups (and parasite checks) came back normal, so I wouldn't necessarily trust those as an indicator that everything is fine. That being said, my dog was throwing up blood and getting spontaneous bloody diarrhea in the house though, so those are really obvious signs that something's wrong, you would notice something like that! Unfortunately it took a long time for the vet to figure out what was wrong, but since we've gotten it figured out we haven't had a single incident, thank goodness.

Since you don't have concerns about your dog's health, one thing you can try is feeding your dog his meals in a puzzle toy. My dog is much more motivated to eat if I put his kibble in a "kibble ball" (http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M), but you could also look into the kong wobbler or other toys where the dog can play to get his meal out. Even sticking kibble in a toilet paper tube and pinching the ends shut is fun for my dog. He thinks empty toilet paper rolls are fun though, too.

My dog is eating Annamaet, the venison/salmon formula. He doesn't do well with chicken/turkey/duck/some fish so his options are pretty limited. Annamaet does make GF foods too if you're really into that, I used to feed the red meat formula ("manitok") but 30% protein is too much for my pup. Plus I'm not opposed to grains for dogs, I'm just careful about which ones/how much. I really love Annamaet, it's really popular here, but it's definitely not available everywhere!

If you're looking for a basic guide to dog foods, this website does a pretty great job rating dog foods. Ultimately, the best dog food for your dog is one your dog does well on, but this is a nice place to see what kinds of ingredients are present in dog foods and the potential benefits/issues with certain ingredients in dog foods: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/brand/

u/beeasaurusrex · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

What's his attitude while pacing? Ears up, tail position/movement? Where and when does he usually do it - just out in public, or at home too? How does he react when you distract him or give him a command?

It's possible he's needing more mental stimulation. Pibs are very high-drive prey-focused dogs, so they need something that tires them out mentally as well as just expending their energy. What do you do for exercise? If you haven't tried a flirt pole yet, I'd pick one up, and give that a shot. You can also use puzzle toys and treat dispensers like the Starmark Everlast toys and the Omega Paw ball to feed him, which'll get rid of some of his need to 'hunt'.

u/NotAPreppie · 1 pointr/PeopleFuckingDying

I feed my dog out of a treat dispensing ball.

Omega Paw Products Tricky Treat Ball - Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_UjyTBbAC38X25

u/plurette · 1 pointr/BorderCollie

https://www.amazon.com/KONG-Gyro-Dog-Toy-Large/dp/B01GP4826S

this one is good.. but it's hard plastic, soo if your using it on a hard surface it can be a bit loud.


https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=sr_1_6?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1500479295&sr=1-6&keywords=dog+treat+ball

this one has always been staple in my house for all my dogs, it's fairly quiet, they have to learn to push it around with their nose. my old BC used to push this thing around all day long it was great if she was being a bit of a pest!

u/VBeauregarde · 1 pointr/santashelpers

I'm not sure what budget you're working with, but with the fitness/snowboarding interest, maybe a camelbak would be a good gift! I think it'd be fun to throw in a gift or two for their dog, too. You could get a hide-a-squirrel or a tricky treat ball.

u/atli126 · 1 pointr/aww

Also my dog loves this omega Ball. We put food and treats in it and it keeps him busy and lets him work. Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball, Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_W6KrybQFTNCMY

u/kmarie630 · 1 pointr/AustralianShepherd

Somebody else mentioned treat balls, here's the one we have. I think my dog like the rubbery texture of it, and can pick it up when she wants to.

http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1454166849&sr=1-1&keywords=treat+ball

u/trigly · 1 pointr/dogs

You can also do it in the yard! Scatter the food around the grass so he has to search it out.

My dog gets her breakfast out of this ball. It's fairly easy for the kibble to fall out (until the last one, which she can never get), but she spends about 15 minutes wandering around the house rolling it and eating. Gives her mind something to do, takes her a bit longer to eat her food, and gives me a peaceful 15 minutes to drink my coffee.

There are also 'snuffle mats' you can try (basically a fleece blanket with a bunch of knots in it; lots of DIY options). All of these are fun ways to get your dog his food while giving him a bit of a challenge!

u/kalimashookdeday · 1 pointr/dogs

Have you looked into puzzle toys? What about enhancing the current toys and supplies you have as a more engaging activity for your dog?

For instance sometimes I'll put small treats and peanut butter in a couple bones and hide them around the house. I'll also use a puzzle toy like this that you can put kibble/treats inside and only the correct roll pattern will eject treats out. They make several types of toys like this in several formats, FYI. Another way to "enhance" your toys is creating more value to them pending your specific dogs value system (dog is more attracted to bones and balls inside the home rather stuffed animals and squeeky plush toys for instance.)

Try to give your dog more of a "job" to do when you are gone. This may not help pending the severity of the chewing but another tack to take is to try and understand why your dog is chewing. Is it because lack of excercise (seems unlikely) or mental stimulation (more likely the case) or something else? Try to figure out a correction for why the dog chews to begin with and you may land a better answer than to figure a "work around" or something else that doesn't identify the root issue.

Good luck!

u/StarkCommando · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

My dog uses this and she absolutely loves it. It's made of a soft plastic, so unless your dog will try to chew through the ball, it's pretty durable.

u/rigby_321 · 1 pointr/dogs

You've gotten a lot of good opinions, I'll throw mine in for fun :-)

First. I think you're a good dog owner and I think you can make this work.

Many people have suggested a dog walker - I think that is a great idea. I have a coworker who has a dog walker who gathers up a few dogs from his neighborhood, drives them to a park and they have 3+ hour adventures! Plus they get to spend some time riding around to pick up and drop off the other dogs, I think it really fills their dogs day. My coworker does this M-F but even one day a week would be awesome.

Second. Work his brain. I'd start feeding all his meals in a food dispensing toy he enjoys. I used all of the ones I'll link below either for the dogs I work with or my pets.

[Bob-a-lot] (http://www.amazon.com/StarMark-Bob-A-Lot-Interactive-Pet-Large/dp/B001JQLNB4) This one is pretty tough and can be left alone with some dogs

[Tug-a-Jug] (http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Buddy-Dispensing-Medium-Large/dp/B000KV7ZGQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1426890582&sr=1-1&keywords=food+dispensing+bottle+rope+toy) This one can be dangerous if they eat the 'rope' but I love how ease it is to fill.

[Tricky Treat Ball] (http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=sr_1_3?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1426890517&sr=1-3&keywords=food+dispensing+dog+toy) This one takes my dog FOREVER but holds her interest well. The plastic is really soft so I supervise her using it (while I watch TV or brush my teeth) so she doesn't just lay down and chew at it to get her food. The other thing I like about the soft plastic/rubber is that it is pretty quiet for her to use unlike the other options I've listed.

[Buster Cube] (http://www.amazon.com/Buster-Food-Cube-Large-Colors/dp/B0006G54OU/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1426890999&sr=8-9&keywords=food+dispensing+dog+toy) Not sure if the buster cube was the first of the roll around style food dispensers but it was the only one I knew about for a long time. They're pretty sturdy and challenging.

There are a LOT more food dispensing toys out there but I think the ones they have to move can be a little more exciting than a tightly packed kong they lick at. Kongs are great too, I'd just include them in a rotation of feeding devices.

Another thing you can do to make life more exciting for your dog is to rotate toys. If he has a lot of toys only leave out 2 or 3 on a given day and swap them out for toys you've kept hidden and occasionally introduce a new toy. Some dogs really love novelty.

Finally I think trick training is great. A few 5 minute sessions a day of learning a new behavior, or building on an existing behavior is a great way to beat the boredom.

Some fun tricks you can teach that you can use to make really complex behaviors are take it (hold in mouth), paw target (touch with foot) and nose target (touch with nose). You can use those behaviors along with others tricks to teach him to close doors, open doors, turn lights on and off, put things away, cross his legs, ring a bell, limp, pretend to pee (targeting with a back foot) etc.

Lastly, I'd teach him to search for hidden items in your house. I like to hide something while my dog is out going potty, then watch her search for it while I brush my teeth.

Hope those ideas for easy entertainment help some! Keep the dog, do what you can, you're doing SO MUCH MORE than so many dog owners already. I think he'd be fine if you kept him and just did what you're doing now. :-)

u/msderp · 1 pointr/aww

I love this idea! We bought this a while ago, but have up after a few unsuccessful tries. We'll use your method and go from there - thanks!

P.S. Give your golden boy a treat for me!

u/dagger_guacamole · 1 pointr/puppy101

DIY - freeze some kibble/treats in a Popsicle, put some kibble/treats in an empty water bottle (our dog really likes the really cheap/thin ones that crinkle when squeezed), take a muffin tin and put kibble/treats in the holes and put tennis balls on top of them (we started with a mini muffin tin so the tennis balls just sat on top of the holes so they were easy to remove, then when he was good at that, we moved to a regular muffin tin)

Commercial - Kong, Kong Wobbler, Trixie Toys (lots of options), Omega Ball, Hide-a-Squirrel, Tornado

If you haven't already, read these books; I can't stress enough how much they saved our lives. Perfect Puppy in 7 Days and Before and After Getting your Puppy. They're highly recommended here and for good reason.

u/craig5005 · 1 pointr/labrador
u/lockmorgan · 1 pointr/puppy101

Yes, like that one. This one (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002DK26M/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523798861&sr=8-1&keywords=omega+tricky+treat+ball) is the exact one I got because it's cheaper and it holds more food (I have a large breed pup).

u/crapshack · 1 pointr/dogs

My dog has some similar play tendencies and she LOVES this ball:
ttp://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002DK26M
These treats are the perfect size and not too high in calories (and they smell delicious):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002R8SLUY
She'll nudge the ball around for hours trying the get a treat from it, even picking it up in her mouth and bouncing it against the wall! It's made from a durable plastic. I've had hers for over a year and it's good as new. Its just the right balance of work/reward and is hands down her favourite toy.
2nd runner up is a braided rope bone for thrashing about and playing tug-o-war.

u/dizzyvonblue · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is our Bambi we rescued her about this time last year. Her favorite food is pizza, and she loves chasing cats. Bambi is so big, her toys usually don't last long, she can skin a tennis ball in like 2 minutes.

She really loves ball/rope toys rope toys are her favorite, but she destroys them too quickly, ones that have a ball on it, she will tend to keep it longer.

Our past doberman,Felix had one of these in blue and it held up extremely well.


Bambi would probably appreciate these eye wipes she gets a lot of eye gunk.

u/ShootTheHostage · 1 pointr/pitbulls

I buy 100% cotton rope, like this, and use it to tie rope "bones" and other similar toys. It's fairly cheap and pet safe, plus I use it to replace ropes on other toys like this one, since he had pulled the rope completely out of it.

u/Strawberry314 · 1 pointr/BorderCollie

I second the jolly ball. If you dislike the handle, Hubble has one with a rope through it.

Hubble also has a planet dog orbee soccer ball he loves, it is smaller than a regular soccer ball (about as big as those kid's size ones they make) but it's durable and great.

Lastly there are remote control options but they are pricier and I haven't personally tried them yet, maybe I will this summer.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002DK9OW?pc_redir=1395120294&robot_redir=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000BP751G

http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/itemdy00.aspx?T1=D13290&utm_source=shoppingcom&utm_medium=comparison&utm_campaign=datafeed&srccode=NXCDC2

u/elleanywhere · 1 pointr/dogs

Yes, I think splitting for meals is helpful because then they have more motivation to actually work on the dispenser (because they are still hungry.) This is what we have. It might be nice if your dog doesn't like the wobbler because he can just push it around with his nose and doesn't have to use his paws. https://www.amazon.com/Treat-Dispensing-Chew-Ball-Large/dp/B0009YD8NS/ref=pd_sim_199_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0009YD8NS&pd_rd_r=KJ9R09QF6WAE0D2G1VAF&pd_rd_w=Mtwhr&pd_rd_wg=p9P0G&psc=1&refRID=KJ9R09QF6WAE0D2G1VAF

u/dmillion · 1 pointr/AustralianCattleDog

I have a variety of treat balls that keep my heeler busy and last quite a while. This Starmark ball is one of his favorites. It provides a challenge if you find some chewy treats (anything not hard and crumbly, like dog jerky) to stuff in there.

Bullymake box is a subscription box made for power chewers, there's some good durable stuff in there. Or you can buy their toys individually here.

u/ejb85 · 1 pointr/aww

It looks like one we have, which is this one

u/Aloof_pooch · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My dog loves when I fill this ball treat dispenser with different treat.

u/dekcorts · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

You're welcome!

We adopted our dog 10 years ago and he is part GSD. He needed lots of exercise! After trying many toys, we used mostly this one for him: https://www.amazon.com/Treat-Dispensing-Chew-Ball-Large/dp/B0009YD8NS/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

He played with this toy about 6-8 hours per day. For YEARS. It was very entertaining to watch.

If you try something like this, make it easy the first few times. Remove the little nubs that keep kibble from falling out, so that it falls out easily.

Later you can start varying what is inside for maximum fun. I used to get the fattest carrots from Costco and put chunks inside the ball. It helped to slow the kibble from falling out, and also makes a noise that would make our dog want to play with it more. He eventually learned how to stomp on the ball and make carrots fly across the room. :)

Also we used more than one treat ball toy at the same time. When our dog became bored with one, he would switch to the other one for a while rather than asking us to "fix" the one he was bored with.

Now he is almost 14, so I've made it a lot easier while keeping his play routine intact. He now eats from a traditional kong toy. It can be loaded so that there is more licking and less physical movement required. But he still likes to treat it like a ball even though it is not necessary.

u/Butterbeansie · 1 pointr/puppy101

We used a trainer but pet smart is a great option! We chose group classes since it teaches socialization and that's where you will get bite inhibition. It will be frustrating at first bc puppy won't listen to you but stick with it!

We use several treat dispensing toys and as for the Kong I will actually soak her food in water for a bit until it absorbs some and then freeze it because she is having stomach issue so we aren't using treats. She really has to work at it to get it out. Here are some of the toys we use:











u/speckled_eggs · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

The Kong my husky loves is this one -- I just smear peanut butter into all the slots and she goes crazy over it. But I'm sure any Kong would be great.

I spent over $20 on an elk antler and my husky pretty much ignores it, so I've just been using inexpensive rawhides from the local pet supply store (sometimes I get them from Amazon too). Strangely, she likes the inexpensive ones best, I just make sure they're made in USA (or someplace that uses responsible ingredients).

I didn't stop to think that because of Bandit's age it might be good to not play too rough with her. (My husky is only 16 months old and plays crazy rough). My husky loves tug-of-war with an inexpensive rope toy that came from the local pet store. I think it's possible to use just about any inexpensive item that the dog likes for tug-of-war or fetch or etc., just be careful it's not small enough for her to swallow (be careful, for instance, of very small tennis balls that are a choke hazard).

I don't think any dog is too old for some simple training. Most dogs have fun with training - just get some treats she likes and training can be fun for both of you. Training doesn't have to be more than 10 to 20 minutes per day. Short sessions once or twice a day are best IMO. Do some reading on the web and watch some YouTubes for some good advice.


u/I_LOVE_ASPARTAME · 1 pointr/husky

First and foremost I definitely recommend seeking a professional or asking advice from a breeder as well.

If you have a two year old husky/mix it needs EXERCISE. What are you doing to help release her energy? A walk a day wont do it. Our (nearly two) year old goes for about 2-3 long walks a day and we try to run her 2-4 miles when we can. I tired husky is a happy and lazy one.

Also toys to help stimulate her mind and make her work for her food will keep her busy and distracted. We have several types of kings and big ass roller type toys that we put ALL her kibble in. She rarely eat out of her food bowl because of this. I will show a milk bone in a kong and she will work on that for a while, or i'll stick 1/4 cup of kibble in a roller ball that has a tiny opening and plays with that for 30 min. Usually she naps after.

The key to these dogs is to outsmart them. They will own the house if you let them. Do not be afraid to dominate them. I do not mean abuse btw, i mean just using your body and frame of mind to assert that you are the alpha. Dont greet them until they are qquiet and this may be done by putting them in a crate.

Is she crate trained? When we got our husky as a puppy it was much easier since she was small. However, it can be stressful for rescue dogs who arent used to that. You want to make the crate THEIR safe place. Anytime you stick peanut butter in a kong, put in the crate and wait for them to go in there and get it. Reward them with a simple "good girl". Put a tshirt of yours in the crate that has your scent on it also. Never use the crate as a form of punishment. they will just destroy it.

On accidents in the house. Female dogs (especially huskies) do not completely empty their bladders once they go outside. We usually for ours to relieve herself at least three times before bringing her back in. Another think that may be causing her to keep having accidents is anxiety. Are you yelling at her when she has accidents? Whenever she has one, do not yell at her, but just immediately stop her by touching her. Put on the leash, then immediately take her outside. Wait for her to relieve herself again and then reward her. This will take the anxiety out of it.

This is my schedule with Lucy. 6-7 AM wakeup call from her letting me know she needs to go out. Walk her and wait for her to completely relieve herself and poop on the neighbors lawn. Then put 1/4 cup kibble in a kong and stuff a medium milk bone in there. Get ready for work. By the time I come out it's nap time for her. I take her out again 10 am before I leave. She goes in the crate with another 1/4 kibble in a different kong (variety is important). She sleeps the whole time. I come home for an hour on lunch break and she goes for a long walk. Usually right after I leave to go back to work, my SO comes home and takes her on another walk. She will get play time, scratches and belly rubs, and cuddles. She goes out ever 2 hours after that generally and then goes to bed around 9-10 pm and she's tuckered out. She sleeps on the bed until lights out and then she just hops off and goes into her crate on her own.

So I know this is a wall of text, but you can see how having a husky takes a lot of effort and attention. It was more than we bargained for but we made it work and everyone "ooooh's" and "aaaah's" when they see her.

here are some of the types of toys to look out for:

u/Shercock_Holmes · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/PBandJames · 1 pointr/dogs

A whole bunch of these

u/splat-blam · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Add ons are the worst and the best things. But some of them save SO much money. My pups squeaky balls are 50% as an add-on on Amazon. I should really spend time to make an add-on list so I remember when I make bigger carts. Thanks for hosting and welcome back! (WAIT: Are you implying that you can make a whole cart of add-on items as long as they total over $25???)

u/sowkr · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Georgia o Keefe is pretty rad. What other female artists do you enjoy?
the cheaper ones work perfectly

u/Avridt · 1 pointr/dogs

Regular tennis balls will be cheaper, but if they need to be squeaker ones Amazon is the cheapest place I've found (they are a similar price on chewy) These work out to be a little over a dollar a piece.

Bonus, they even say happy birthday.

Can I ask why 48 specifically?

u/monstersoprano · 1 pointr/dogs
  1. Either the Planet Dog eggplant or the carrot. Great for stuffing, easily cleaned. smell nice and minty and something about the texture is super appealing to both dogs.
  2. I swear to god I'm not a company shill. This peppermint is Gwen's favorite thing in the world. It bounces erratically and has a good texture apparently.
  3. The Snoop Ball is great for low intensity chewers who like batting things around with their paws a lot. Gwen rocks at this one and really likes it. Her toy drive has gone down a lot since we got Saoirse (she steals everything) so I try to keep this one reserved for her.
  4. Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball takes Saoirse the longest to actually get through. She's figured out a couple of tricks like dropping it to get more kibble out of there.
  5. Chuckit Launcher and Whistler ball. Essential when you have a GSP. I don't like Saoirse using tennis balls and squeaky ones always break so easily, so this is a happy medium.
  6. This squeaky snake and its brethren are now 2-3 years old and have survived several different dogs. Some sections are missing now but the squeakers generally still work.
  7. BULLY STICKS.
u/peachgin · 1 pointr/dogs

This is the full link

There's another case of the same thing happening in one of the reviews.

u/SpelingExpirt13 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Murphy is mad for balls. The chuckit brand ones last longer than any others and I think he'd love to try these whistling ones for his walks. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00280MUXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_.uzOCb32ATQY9

Also this is Murphy sticking his tongue out in the car, not so patiently waiting to go on a walk.

http://imgur.com/gallery/Spw2PhD

u/gildedbat · 1 pointr/germanshepherds

Our dogs (one GSD and one GSD/Belgian malinois mix) LOVE the Chuck-It balls and they hold up really well. You can get them for pretty good prices on Amazon, too. My dogs think that the whistler ball is the best because it makes noise when you throw it! : )

u/SauceTheCat · 1 pointr/AustralianCattleDog

I agree on balls and frisbees. I'm a huge fan of the brand ChuckIt. Especially the balls like these. They seem to hold up very well. They have a lot of give like a tennis ball which my dog loves. But they're pretty much solid rubber so they're not going to crack and break like tennis balls. But still have a lot of bounce and are relatively soft. I like the same brand for frisbees too. They're soft (but still have actual structure to them so they fly) so I don't have to worry about wear and tear on my dog's teeth. And they float so they're good for the beach/lake/river/pool. The frisbees aren't as tough as the balls and a determined dog can wreck one pretty quickly. Like within a few hours. But they hold up very well to normal frisbee use. And you're better off getting them online than at Petsmart. They're usually around $18 there and under $10 online.

Jolly Balls are fun too. The ones with the handles seem to lose the handle pretty quick. And the ones with the rope will have the rope pulled out. But the ones with the rope don't have a gaping hole in one side once the rope comes out and the ball itself doesn't fall apart unless a dog is actively trying to wreck it. I have one that I bought 6 months ago that's still in good shape.

u/Dottiifer · 1 pointr/dogs

I've got an 18 lb dog and we usually alternate between a kong with frozen dog safe peanut butter, a ball that she can push around until treats come out ( https://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Treat-Colors/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1485722531&sr=8-3&keywords=dog+puzzle+toy ), and also this toy with flaps but she figured it out too fast: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZTTSOE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s04?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/schleppenheimer · 1 pointr/AustralianShepherd

If you cannot move a lot (and that's why you can't exercise him a lot), I have a few possible suggestions.

https://smile.amazon.com/Squishy-Face-Studio-Exercise-Squeaker/dp/B00HFFXEWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484324235&sr=8-1&keywords=flirt+pole

A flirt pole is almost like a cat tease toy. It's a pole with a felt toy at the end, and you can get your dog to chase after it. Most people use it in their back yards, and the individual can stand in one place while make the flirt pole go in a circle and the dog runs after it. Depending on the dog, it can really tire them out. My particular puppy likes it, but only for a very limited amount of time (he would rather play keep away). I could see how you might possible be able to do the flirt pole indoors from a seated position.

Dog-feeding puzzles might help your dog calm by taxing his brain:

https://smile.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-Feeder-Bloat-Orange/dp/B00FPKNRCS/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1484324554&sr=1-2&keywords=dog+feeding+puzzles

https://smile.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Treat-Colors/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1484324953&sr=1-1&keywords=dog+feeding+ball

Also, you could try hiding treats or a toy, and teaching him how to play "hide and seek" with you.

When we want to watch tv, and don't want to get up, we play fetch, and that keeps him happy for a while [but the dang ball always ends up under the couch or other furniture!].

Hope this helps a little.

u/jourtney · 1 pointr/puppy101

Well, you could use a puzzle toy instead of using a food bowl. Puzzle toys are an awesome way to mentally stimulate and feed your dog. Here is a "Buster Cube" (check the sizes to make sure you get the right size). This is an awesome puzzle toy. You put the kibble inside, and then the pup has to roll it around the floor to get the kibble to spill out. This IQ ball is another awesome choice.

You can also feed her from your hand inside of the bowl, slowly having her just eat the kibble from the bowl, and switching between her eating from the bowl, and your hand being in the bowl to feed her.

You can also try staying close to her food bowl, and tossing in high value treats every now and then while she eats from the bowl. Use treats like deli meat ham, or hotdogs. Just toss them in every now and then when her nose is inside of the bowl to show her that eating out of the bowl is a good thing!

u/ElectricJellyfish · 1 pointr/aww

A puppy who is full of energy and would rather play than eat might benefit from a more engaging meal - try a treat ball or a Kong (add her meal, seal it with a bit of peanut butter and freeze it for a fun treat). Treat feeders, along with feeding on a schedule, helped reform my dainty eater.

u/ProletarianParka · 1 pointr/puppy101

I don't know about switching to adult food for large breed dogs but we just bought a puzzle treat dispenser for our 12 wk old corgi that we use to feed him dinner and we love it!

It has different difficulties to control how much work the dog has to do to get kibble out and it keeps our puppy engaged and focused mealtimes for 30 minutes or so.

Here's the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Inches-Colors/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469584755&sr=8-1&keywords=dog+iq+toys

I bought a 4 inch one and it fits a little under a cup of kibble.

u/BurstSuppression · 1 pointr/cats

Our Pets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy (ASSORTED COLOR) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_zV1rDbMEB2T79

My cats took a bit of time to figure it out, but it keeps mine busy for a long time.


Also would recommend a window perch if you don’t have one yet.
If you are feeling adventurous, you could get a cat harness and take the cat on a walk. I’ve done that with my cats and they do behave differently from a dog, but it does give them a lot of stimulation.

My suggestion is to get another cat.

u/chizzle91 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have two Border Collies, Leila and Fiona. Leila is named after the Eric Clapton song, although spelled differently. Fiona is named after Fiona from American Horror Story. Don't judge me lol

Technically both of them could enjoy these although they're primarily for Fiona.

Perhaps your pooches would like this? It helps give them something to chase around for tasty exercise!

u/JohnDalysBAC · 1 pointr/rarepuppers

That thing kicks out a ton of food! I have this one and my dog loses his mind over it. He has to work pretty hard to get food out of it and he loves it. I'd like to get a soft rubber one like you have though. Which one is this? The plastic one is way too noisy for anything off carpet.

u/Sloth_speed · 1 pointr/puppy101

My 8 week old Aussie seems to really love his [IQ treat ball](OurPets Smarter Toys Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy, 4 Inches (Colors may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_pNoyxbZT4SMMJ)

Although fair warning, it can get a little annoying after a while. He was nosing it around for almost an hour trying to get kibble out and it's just a tad noisy.

u/CatpeeJasmine · 1 pointr/dogs

For some combination light physical movement and mental stimulation, would she chase a treat ball?

u/leonidas0688 · 1 pointr/dogs

We use the large KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Medium, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GUDZO2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_sQ81AbHCEGYVC, trixies flipboard 2 TRIXIE Pet Products Flip Board, Level 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054Q9TMA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_RR81AbJEX56X9. treat ball OurPets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_oS81AbJ0XDRE8, a treat hiding thing Dog Smart Treat Dispensing Dog Toy Brain and Exercise Game for Dogs by Nina Ottosson https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711Y9Y8W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_MS81AbJWBH0TC, a rolling nibble kibble PetSafe Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble Meal Dispensing Dog Toy, Medium/Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001F0RRUA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_FT81AbYG9PW7N, a self toy KONG Rambler Ball, Large (colors vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BBGRT4Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_wU81AbYC200R4, and a large tug a jug PetSafe Medium/Large Sportsmen Tug A Jug Pet Chew Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K4KZ8M0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_LV81AbFBTP67F.

The kong I use spread treats inside because dry treats last only a few seconds.

Trixies flipboard is low to meh at getting her attention, sometimes she doesnt care for the food to bother with it.

Iq treat ball she finds a way to break, pushing into a wall, chomping on it, the moment you look away.

The hide a treat thing is easy for her.

The nibble kibble is the same as the treat ball.

The kong rambler she easily pulls the ball from its station and the toy is moot, now its just a ball.

The tug a jug becomes a weapon that she whips around until it smashes open.

The one thing I have noticed that can keep her attention is a pile of wood we have outside. Inside that pile of wood is chipmunks and squirrels that she messes with until I call her over. I'm thinking that she enjoys live toys? Or does she it as just something for her to herd.

u/SniperKookaburra · 1 pointr/dogs

I have a 7y/o lab mix who is insanely food motivated. I bought a little ball that I fill with kibble that slowly dispenses the kibble as she pushes it around and plays with it, and it is her absolute favorite thing ever! Found it on Amazon!

OurPets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_26ALAb3XT8VFQ

u/Yoca · 1 pointr/WiggleButts

Bought this for my wiggle butt after I hurt my elbow throwing tennis balls. Doesn't launch the ball too far, but she loves it!

u/PieOverPeople · 1 pointr/Whatcouldgowrong

I don't give my pups tennis balls because the fur gets sand on it and then becomes like sand paper on their teeth. We've only found one ball that was acceptable and stands up to the abuse. These ones. IDK if I'd give these to a GSD or a Pit as they might split, but my pups have been using these as chewing gum for 1+ years and they show absolutely no sign of wear.

u/rollos_solo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I wish I had 1,000 caramel MnMs. Those things are so freaking good. Idk why I waited so long to try them but I’m obsessed.

Congrats on your karma! I’m linking these tough tennis balls for my pupper-do since she loves to tear her toys up and these are tough ones! No need for 1000 tho.

u/captain_beefheart14 · 1 pointr/blueheelers

It depends on the dog. Our older Heeler is pushing 3. Yesterday for example: woke up, tennis ball in back yard tennis ball in backyard tennis ball in backyard for 30 minutes. Then an hour or so later we went to the dog park which luckily is HUGE. I’ve got a mid-size chuckit. We use that and some awesome “virtually” indestructible rubber balls that I launch across the field for him to sprint after. He’s good for a dozen or so of those chases. Then I switch to a kick-fetch, and he’s good for a few more of those then it’s time to go home. Sometimes we’ll add in a hike or swim in the creek.

My wife takes him out in the backyard for more fetch for 30 mins or so, then maybe again in the early evening. We ran with them last night in the neighborhood for a mile or so, and after 30 mins rest, he could probably go for more fetch.

Our younger heeler, she just turned 1. She’s more interested in sniffing things and eating grass and getting pets. At the dog park, she’ll meet other dogs and chase him for one or two throws/ball kicks, and mostly that’s it. Occasionally my wife and I will separate at the dog park and call them back and forth and that’s really the only exercise she goes for. She did catch a squirrel once though somehow.

So point being, it depends on the dog. We’ve got two blue Heelers, one is an insatiable tennis-ball obsessed run junky, the other is a couch potato who enjoys jumping after the occasional bug. But we do take her running.

u/Shortelle · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is Bailey!

I have a Fur Babies wishlist so anything would be great. She really loves balls and animal chew toys.

In the photo, she was being a good girl or just a laid back girl because my son put those silly glasses on her and she kept them on for 20 minutes!

She sleeps with my kids all the time and she loves them so much!

u/rrirwin · 1 pointr/BostonTerrier

Try this maybe? There are other ones that may be different sizes.

u/deepsixz · 1 pointr/Zoomies

Wobble Wag Giggle Ball Dog Toy As Seen On TV

from the product video "designed to mimic human laughter and joy"

u/mystictimbers147 · 1 pointr/dogs

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PQ5UH0C?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf. Wobble ball definitely won't be chewed through.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017J8NDY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_cCySAbPTN8V75. Extra large rope that took my rottie a very long time to chew through, plus it made smaller ropes for her to play with. I'm not 100% sure this is the same rope as I bought it at Jungle Jim's, but it looks the same.

If you call Barkbox and request toys for extreme chewers, they will send sturdy (but not indestructible) toys. It's a great price for what you get.

u/josephdevon · 1 pointr/pitbulls

She goes freaking bonkers for this ball.

u/indipit · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

My whippet, who is not a destroyer of toys, absolutely LOVES her Wobble Wag Giggle Ball.

She gets her teeth into the holes and carries that thing all over the backyard. We had to confine it to an outside toy, because she can HURL it with softball pitch speed. Inside, it's a catastrophe waiting to happen.

u/wpskier · 1 pointr/dogs

My dog likes his Foobler. It has six internal chambers with a rotating hole. After a delay, the mechanism turns and exposes the next chamber, then rings a bell to trigger the dog. He pushes it around on the floor and the pieces of kibble slowly make their way out onto the floor.

u/naedawn · 1 pointr/dogs
  1. Stuffed moose

  2. IQ Treat Ball (she gets kibble in it)

  3. Kong Wobbler (more kibble)

  4. Treat & Train (still more kibble)

  5. Snuffle mat (have I mentioned kibble?)

    So yeah, the only toy that has held her interest despite its inability to dispense food is the stuffed moose. I've actually put all the rest of her toys away in hopes of someday reintroducing them and having them seem novel again.
u/stealthGW · 1 pointr/dogs

Our Pets IQ Treat Ball... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf


I believe there are two different sizes

u/thisdigitalhome-com · 1 pointr/dogs

My issue with a toy like Pickle Pocket, is that I'd be afraid it'd be a choking hazard looking at the shape.
There are other simpler toys like OurPets IQ Treat Ball - with over 5000 reviews, more traditional and cheaper. Just my 2c.

u/danidevon · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is something my Leo would love! It'd keep him occupied so maybe he wouldn't bite my hand so much. He's teething...lost two teeth so far! I love my pet! Though he can be a little menace sometimes...but he's a cute little menace!

u/fiercekillerofmoose · 1 pointr/germanshepherds

I use this treat ball. The bad reviews are all yorkies getting their bottom jaw stuck in it, not an issue with my girl. The one disadvantage is that it's very loud, but she knocks it around and pounces on it and understands that her kibble comes out.

u/cmyj · 1 pointr/greatpyrenees

Game and maze toys are great! They also help to get my pyr to eat since she isn't usually inspired by the food in her bowl. My pup loves these two toys and will nudge them around the house until they are empty. Congrats on the new pyr :)

OurPets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_-hrMzb3WWTK2W

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy, Large
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JQLNB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_RirMzb483MJ7Z

u/skibunny402 · 1 pointr/puppy101

How old is your pup? If the dog has adult teeth, try getting a deer antler. They are a renewable, non-staining, long-lasting chew toy and my Papillon loves them. She also loves her kong stuffed with peanut butter or dog food or cheese and any of the prior combinations but she won't really chew on anything aside from the antler. If she doesn't have one or can't find hers for a couple days, I find that anything in the house becomes at risk for chewing and she's 2+ years old. You could also try this with some food or hard treats inside just to keep the pup busy. Hope that helps! EDIT: If you find that keeping the dog in sight is an issue, leashing the pup and keeping them tethered to you with a carabiner to a belt loop helps a ton!

u/muffinsweater · 1 pointr/dogs

I bought one of these and one of these. Hopefully she gets the flip board. She only likes toys that are food related so I want more enrichment for her.

I was thinking of getting her one of these treat balls for her food too.

She eats soooo fast and then she burps so I am getting worried about it! I have been trying 3x a day.

u/OrvilleTurtle · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

I just picked one at random as an example so not sure. I use this with my dogs when I don't have time to do training. Its pretty small though only fits about half a cup of kibble

u/Dmax12 · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

I Agree but things to also take into consideration. Environments with high and/or dry temperatures will cause most dogs to attempt to cool off through panting and laying on cool surfaces. (Some people see this as being tired, but is a different form of fatigue)

For the peeing, make a note of any changes that have happened in the past 3-4 months (The new kitten?), even something like change in outdoor lighting can cause a dog to stress. This in turn could cause a fear of peeing at night, or added stress could cause a UTI. Make a note of anything you can for the vet trip. I would restrict your dogs access to the house when you sleep (Crate training, or in your room, or something like that.) Allowing him to continue the behavior is VERY counter productive. Every time he gets away with it, he is 'rewarded' which makes the behavior harder to break.

Something to note JRTs are very high energy dogs that chase small vermin, anything that might run around or roll around (Nothing living please :-) will help burn energy. things like this toy will help with both the terrier predatory drive and his high energy.

u/uh-leash-uh · 1 pointr/beagle

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Pets-Interactive-Dispensing-ASSORTED/dp/B003ARUKTG

It works well and has an easier and more difficult setting. He loves it and it keeps him stimulated - cause he’ll do anything for food (but not much else) 😂

u/banditranger · 1 pointr/puppy101

My puppy loves this one and the difficulty is adjustable. Easy to clean too!

OurPets Smarter Toys Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy (Colors may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ZQvmybAZCEFXN

u/krcook510 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hello everyone! We are [Bear] (http://i.imgur.com/yJcaP4C.jpg), [Pancake] (http://i.imgur.com/ulnyNmC.jpg), and [Chunk] (http://i.imgur.com/M7ZG6mC.jpg). Mom says we are spoiled brats, but come on, look at how cute we are! Mom also says we are the most handsomest boys on the planet and we completely agree with her there. We would like to hang out with both Viktor and Hanners, since we love both puppies and kitties. We really think you both would like [this] (http://www.amazon.com/Ourpets-DT-10504-Smarter-Toys-Inches/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369328903&sr=8-1&keywords=dog+toys) because your mom could put treats in it for both of you (and who doesn't like to chase a ball around?). Our mommy thinks we would like anything on this [list] (http://amzn.com/w/2QB5CR9KR71XX). But really we like just about everything and we aren't picky at all!

And some extra picture because mommy says we are adorable. [Bear with our mommy!] (http://i.imgur.com/qGMPuT4.jpg) and [The two kitties together!] (http://i.imgur.com/7DEMfR2.jpg).

Thanks for wanting to spoil us and all the other pets out there!

I want to be friends with Hanners and Viktor!

u/holykat101 · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

WALL OF TEXT INCOMING.

My GSD pupper is just about 7 months old. A few pieces of advice/warnings:

  1. BE PREPARED TO GET CHEWED ON! Don't lose your temper, don't hit, don't yell - just get up and walk away. That has been the most effective way of dealing with the insane amount of chewing she has gone through (literally everything else just made her more crazy and she'd just bite harder). She is now much, much better. We taught her soft mouthing, so even when she's riled up and puts her teeth on us it doesn't hurt anymore.
  2. HOLY CRAP SHE GETS BORED SUPER EASY. Invest in puzzle feeders, and look up trick training! I've found that one of the best ways to get her engaged is to teach her lots of fun tricks and then string them all together in new ways. Also, peanut butter stuffed kongs and this thing have been super distracting for her - give it to your pup when you need a break.
  3. Crate train! It makes potty training much easier and helps reduce separation anxiety (we would leave her in her crate for a few hours a day in a different room when she was small, now she doesn't freak out when we leave the house). There are plenty of great tutorials on how to make the crate a comfortable, safe place and not a scary doom cage.
  4. ALWAYS insist that your vet checks for hip dysplasia at EVERY vet exam. Just this week my pupper was diagnosed, and because it was caught young enough she is a great candidate for a TPO surgery. She will most likely recover full hip function after the surgery because her growth plates haven't sealed yet. Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms at home too - do her ankles touch together in the back? Does she sometimes lie down and not want to get back up, even for play time or treats?
  5. SOCIALIZE SOCIALIZE SOCIALIZE! Take your pup to the park right after your first round of shots! Carry her in your arms if you have to, but do it. Let her see kids/get pets and treats from strangers. Set up play dates with other dogs that are vaccinated BEFORE she hits 12 weeks old! Enroll her in puppy classes ASAP - most places only require you to have one or two rounds of vaccines before you sign up. Look into a doggy daycare, find one that has good behavioral screening, and take her there as well. My pup is the sweetest and most friendly little girl to everyone and everything (except cats... she hates cats...) because we made sure that she was socialized from the get go. Also know that people are inherently more afraid of GSDs, and that is a stigma you will have to face down.

    Never be harsh with your GSD. It is super true that you catch more flies with honey, and I believe that is especially true for this breed. We have always found with our pup that she responds much, much better to a soft correction than any sort of yelling or harsh voice.

    Have fun! Puppies are delightful but also incredibly taxing!

    And here are some pictures of the little devil, Malta.
u/HoWheelsWork · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

I've been doing this with our min pin for a while. I got one of these from Amazon, and depending on the setting, it takes her up to 35 minutes to eat what normally takes her about 10 seconds out of a bowl.

u/FirstTimeWang · 1 pointr/Mastiff

Coconut's been messing around with this one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ARUKTG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and this one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DQJQ1C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

But she likes to take the wood pegs from the latter one and run off with them so I'm worried she's going to choke on them. She only gets to play with that one under supervision.

But now I'm thinking of getting some timber from Home Depot for her to gnaw on.

u/MatchaSesameSwirl · 1 pointr/infertility

That's so exciting! Congrats! My big dog (7 years old) and my cousin's puppy both love this treat dispenser toy.

u/rexxxie · 1 pointr/dogs

I just picked up one of these and it holds the attention of my easily bored, overly excited, chewer. I've used the tug-o-jug and the food cube, both of which she figured out how to pick up and throw around until they break open, and then she chews on the sharp plastic bits if I don't get to them quickly enough. So far, she can't pick up the ball so she can't slam it down and destroy it, and it rolls around which entertains her a good bit. She gets every meal served in this and never seems to lose interest.

u/JinND · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

It is a small thing but we have been using this for 6 months solid instead of a bowl for feedings: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ARUKTG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It turns what was 10 seconds of food munching into 15 minutes of nudging a ball around the house. The only downer is finding the stupid thing at the next mealtime.

u/saremt · 1 pointr/BorderCollie

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ARUKTG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

im a huge fan of this toy, it's got adjustable difficulties and my bc loves it!

u/lilnoobit · 1 pointr/puppy101

Hey there,
So your dog sounds like someone who would really love puzzle toys. They are toys that can keep dogs occupied for a while since the way the toy administers treats really varies so the dog will keep at it. A good one that isn't too expensive that my dog loves is this one from amazon. It has an adjustable hole so you can control how often food/treats will come out of the ball. Just keep in mind it's made out of a hard plastic so it may make noise when it gets knocked into things. If this concerns you, another toy I would suggest is this one which is also on amazon. It's a little more expensive but it does the same thing as the first one I listed and it has rubber bumpers around it so it won't make as much noise. Hope this helps!

u/borntoperform · 1 pointr/dogs

I have a 2 year old red nosed pit.

none are affiliate links

My pit is obsessed with large circular balls, and she'll easily deflate a soccer ball in minutes, so I bought this rubber soccer-sized ball that doesn't deflate. I kick and throw this ball around, and all her attention is on it. She's a gnaw-er, so she try to bite through basketballs and soccer balls as quickly as she can. This ball has stayed un-deflated for weeks now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EMSVVAI/

For fetching with smaller balls, I bought two lacrosse balls, as they are very durable. And the reason they're durable is because they're not mostly empty inside, like regular bouncy balls you'll find at Petco. My pit isn't good at dropping the ball at me, so I throw the second when she gets close enough to me with the first, and she'll drop the ball: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JANLLU/

Nylabone, super durable and a great chew toy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ASNAM/

This food dispensing toy for mental stimulation: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ARUKTG/

I also have the luxury of having a co-worker who had a dog supply ecommerce website (closed shop last month) and he gave me these large deer antler(?) bones as well as several other items for free. But the antler bone is easily the best chew toy the dog has ever tried to chew on, and it was free.

u/duhdoydoy · 1 pointr/dogs

I got the IQ Treat Ball in one of my monthly Bark Box packages (highly recommend for their great products and awesome customer service) and it is one of the best, longest lasting dog products I've owned.

My dog has abused it in many ways, including chewing. It only broke open once when I wasn't supervising but I'm guessing it was because the top was loose. However, I've tossed and rolled it across my house and hasn't broken open once. You can adjust the opening for the treats depending on how easy or hard you want your dog to get to the food.

It hold a good amount of food, definitely enough to feed my dog. You can always refill it too. The ball has a twist open top so you can clean it inside and out. Your dog must be very food motivated in order for him to play with it. At first you need to show your dog there food and treats inside to get him to play with it but she will catch on. After a while, my dog figured out how to roll the ball in a way that will get multiple treats out. One of my more prouder moments as a dog owner.

Amazon link: http://amzn.com/B003ARUKTG

u/jandt15 · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

Oh I love the idea of making him work for every bit of kibble! I am going to try to use this!

To piggyback off of this comment, my pup LOVES this toy: http://www.amazon.com/Our-PetsSmarter-Treat-Inches-Colors/dp/B003ARUKU0

The nice thing about it is that you can increase the difficulty of the treat release. My puppy blasted through the levels, but the hardest level is still pretty challenging and he loves running around the house with it :)

u/Cupcakecandies · 1 pointr/puppy101

It will get better soon! Trust me! I felt the same way you did 3 months ago. My pug puppy is 5 months old now and she is so much easier to handle than before!

I found that feeding my girl out of a treat ball was a great way for her to get physical exercise and also mental exercise. This is the one I got for her in the 3 inch option. There's a middle white portion that makes it harder to get kibble/treats out but I removed that until she got the hang of using it. It's so much fun to watch her bat the ball around the house and get her food out.

Keep up the training and be consistent. They say pugs are hard to potty train but if you keep up a routine it will really help! My girl lets me know when she needs to go now because she knows she will get a yummy high value treat when she potties outside.

I can't tell you how many times I almost gave up and regretted getting her. Now I feel so guilty for thinking that way because she truly makes me happy every single day. Good luck!

u/Sukidoggy · 1 pointr/dogs

How much physical and mental exercise is he getting daily right now (in hours)?

It sounds like he's food motivated! An easy way to introduce some mental stimulation is to get some treat dispensing puzzles and feed him his meals in those! If he's never done them before I would get a few and start him off on an easy one first. This one is a great one to get started with and this one has a piece in the middle you can take out or put in for more difficulty. Other than that, just two 5-10 minute sessions of trick or obedience training daily can make a big difference. There's lots of great guides on youtube for that. Taking a fun training or sports class together is also a great way to tire out his brain and body and a wonderful way to bond and become closer.

As far as off leash back yard play time, I always like to recommend a flirt pole. They are super easy to make yourself or you can order off Amazon. I've got a BC/Cattle Dog mix and we like to alternate flirt pole, fetch, tug/keep away/chase, and blowing bubbles!

But honestly if he's getting a lot of exercise and fairly chill, not destructive or having other behavior issues he might just be fine. Not all dogs like to snuggle or be right up in your face all the time.

u/po2gdHaeKaYk · 1 pointr/puppy101

Do you mean something like this?

u/xsp4rrow · 1 pointr/shiba

Lol I keep seeing your posts! I saw "Riley" and I thought, hey I know that name.

Just wanted to drop a comment and say Kiba is about 17 lbs now. He got weighed at his lime disease shot a week ago so he's probably another pound by now.

He also eats about 2 cups a day, but I find that he'll graze and come back to his bowl when he's hungry again. He'll often eat the whole thing in one sitting, but not always. A few days ago I haphazardly spilled the bag into the bowl and didn't know it wasn't enough until he started pawing at the food bag. I gave him the rest of his lunch (sorry Kiba!) and he ate it and left the food bag alone.

Shibas tend to be good about eating their fill and leaving what's left. If you want to give him a little extra and see if he eats it, I can't see a problem with that.

Overfeeding dogs as puppies is a little like overfeeding kids. A bit of extra weight isn't that big of a problem, as long as they are growing into their weight and not staying plump as they become an adolescent. A good rule of thumb is paying attention to their waistline from top-down. So standing over him, does he have a defined waist? His body should curve in and then out again when you reach his hips. Fatter puppies are sort of hot dog shaped, and underfed dogs either have visible ribs or, in flyffy dogs, ribs you can feel individually when you run your hand over them.

Since he's a puppy, giving him a little bit more food, I think, is okay. As long as he's getting his walks and playtime, He'll grow into his weight as he reaches a year.

Also, want to feed him, stimulate him, and get him some playtime all at the same time? Kiba gets one of his meals in this every day (mostly at night when im too busy to play with him): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKU0/ref=twister_B06XCNJCMG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

The 3-incher is about the size of a tennis ball. Kiba can pick it up in his mouth and throw it at me when it's empty and needs more :)

u/Cahcah · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

He is cute as hell!! Also, he is a terror-terrier, you got a double whammy there with him being a chihuahua AND a min pin! They are pretty smart and usually know when they are being bad. Have you tried belly bands? You can get washable/reusable packs or disposables if that's better. Basically you put them on covering his penis when he is in the house after his walk, then remove it after you get outside for his next walk. Though what he is doing sounds like submission peeing which could be a whole different issue. ...

I do know that frustration you are feeling. I felt it with my male when he was that age and now with my female. Try working on new tricks or things to build a stronger bond, and maybe get him some busy toys? The IQ ball is awesome now for my troublesome female- it keeps her busy and rewards her for playing rather than being destructive.

It will pass, hang in there and force yourself to snuggle and love him as much as you can!! :)

u/Potato_Flyer · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Bake him some dog biscuits! Or give him your left over ribs ;) Or he would love these!

Toy 1

Toy 2

u/Gator26 · 1 pointr/Pets

If the little one is food motivated-
https://www.amazon.com/OurPets-Smarter-Interactive-Treal-Colors/dp/B003ARUKU0

Works best on a hard surface! When they try to pin it down it shoots away from them.

u/EngineerSib · 1 pointr/dogs

We've always used puzzle feeders for our dog, even as a puppy. We did some hand-feeding early on per our trainer's suggestion to make sure our dog didn't become resource aggressive, then moved to a bowl in which we would slowly drop the kibble, and then a bowl where we would add treats as he was eating.

When we started feeding kibble without any kind of interruptions, we immediately started with puzzles.

First we used the star, then went to the iq puzzle ball when our pups' snout got to big, and now use this one.

u/tempqwr3rewrfwfs · 1 pointr/puppy101

> Your weekend ignore training regime, was that again in an x pen? Where you frequently went in/out of the room but not pen?
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My puppy is a 16 week old Indian pariah mix that we've had since she was 12 weeks (though separated from her mother at <6 weeks, since that's the age the fosters found her at as a lost stray). The breed is known for its social playing, intelligence, but is also not big on cuddling.

I don't have an X-pen, but we do have a puppy gate: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089HDZYY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 that has been a lifesaver.
Cords have been moved behind big furniture, like the couch, where she can't reach them.

My dog has a lot of food-toys and chews.

Food ball: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ARUKU0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Bob-a-lot: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YHB8EI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

"Wood" stick we use to lure her away from tempting wooden furniture legs:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0754P3NSC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Solo-playing works best with toys that make a noise or move on their own (at least for my puppy). We've found a hard golf ball that noisily rolls across the floor (debatable whether this is a good idea; right now our puppy is too small to fit it fully in her mouth, let alone choke on it, but it's definitely hard enough that I worry she might break a tooth. But no signs of aggressive chewing yet), but she also likes other balls and stuffed toys (which she just takes in her mouth and shakes about wildly).

IMO, the food-dispensing toys are a must-have.

We also leave her dog bed and crate available in this space, and a blanket on the floor, that she likes to sit on while she chews.

Weekend training regime is the same as anything else. Dog in the living room, living room closed off with puppy gate so she can't follow us out, and is in a relatively puppy-proofed space, and toys and chews left strewn about.

She mostly sleeps through the day, now, knowing we won't engage with her playing. If she's being too noisy or needy, I'll leave her alone in the puppy-gated living room and work in another room.

I hope this helps!

u/happydogishappy · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

You could try non-chew activity toys. My pup particularly likes the plastic food-dispensing balls. http://amzn.com/B003ARUKU0

u/nudge_nudge · 1 pointr/dogs

Tennis balls last less than 10 minutes with my dog. A raquetball is too small. So far the Kong Ball is the only thing that can stand up to my shark dog.

u/selkiee · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Reggie is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations!

My dogs are smaller, but they love to destroy things. They never "savor" their toys. Kong balls are amazing, but I'm sure you're aware. My dogs have a TON of nylabones that last forever. They really like the dinosaur and it's inexpensive as well.

Here are my GSP rescues wearing tie-dye! They would really enjoy this puppy cake as a prize!

Good luck to you and your new pup!

u/sweetpea89 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is our 8 month old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Winston!

He chews and chews and chews, but he's pretty good at keeping it to his toys (and the occasional stray sock)

His favourites (and those that haven't given up after about 5 minutes are the Kong ball, Kong classic, Kong squeezze, elk antlers and finally Nylabones (I tend to buy one size up to avoid him tearing through them...

He is a surprisingly strong chewer and has destroyed just about everything else we've presented to him within minutes, sometimes within seconds!

There are 3 pitbulls around my place and I find they have LOTS of energy...I would suggest that you invest in some "agility equipment" to work the mind and the body! We bought some cheap shower tension rods to use as jumping obstacles in the hallway, a play tunnel from IKEA - although it may be too small for a pit...and this summer, we will make some weave poles out of PVC pipes and stuff.

A travel bowl or this Nylabone dinosaur would be awesome for Winston! :D

Thanks so much for the contest and congrats on the new pup! Enjoy him and snuggle him and love him! Dogs are the best! :D

u/MrHammers · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is Bugsy. He is my pitbull.

Other than the kongs, thick ropes last long with him. Especially knotted like so. They arent indestructable, but they wont be gone in a day either.

I want dis for bugsy haha

u/coberst · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Really? That long? Congrats! we're going on 3 years but looking toward the future. My pup NIk would love this ball; he chews through everything else.

u/daveed2001 · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

I second this. Anything less than Kong and you're wasting your time.

KONG Extreme Ball, Dog Toy, Medium/Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004VBC0SY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_GDTLwbE180SYW

u/Gunnar933 · 1 pointr/AustralianCattleDog

get some kongs from amazon, and rope toys they freaking love them this is what i have bought for mine, he is currently 5 and so months and finishing the teething cycle, sorry for the links in mexican amazon but we are from mexico :P
https://www.amazon.com.mx/gp/product/B004VBC0SY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com.mx/gp/product/B00KNWVPFO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/try_another4 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

guerilla gorillas

Fur my doggy. It's a Kong ball that looks virtually indestructible, though I'm sure my dog could find a way!

That one is $8.99 :)

u/Drunken_Economist · 1 pointr/Basenji

It sounds like he really likes toys he can destroy. My basenji is the same, he's only interested in the stimulation of being able to "solve" a toy. I found that a puzzle toy was really engaging for him, since it gave him an outlet for his creativity(?)

u/VaultHawk · 1 pointr/Pets

Dogit Mind Games 3-in-1 Interactive Smart Toy for Dogs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045DKZ6M/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_UlRuyb1G87S7G

TRIXIE Pet Products Flip Board, Level 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054Q9TMA/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_.mRuybDJAXKES

Company of Animals Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado Interactive Plastic Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001KZ8FWE/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_DoRuyb1A4JKYH

u/chubbiibunnii · 1 pointr/dogs

My dog hasn't ever really "gotten" the logic toys that are in the form of a ball that you roll around, but we've started getting him puzzleboards and he loves them! It took him a while to learn and he gets super excited now whenever we bring it out. There's a whole series of them and we're about to get our bud his second one!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0054Q9TMA/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499449077&sr=8-1&keywords=dog+trixie+puzzle+board&dpPl=1&dpID=416kgbG3sHL&ref=plSrch

u/peeka_boo · 1 pointr/sugargliders

Is your cage set up so the bedding would be on the floor, or are there bars with a pull out tray underneath? Sugar gliders have nice little feet for grabbing so the bar floor is nice and I use Carefresh Natural Pet Bedding in the tray.

The only other feature that is a "must have" is a sleep area. Sleep pouches are the most popular, but I use what was originally a frozen strawberry container, cut a hole for them to get in and out (make sure the edges are dull and won't cut them if you do this), cozied it up with nesting material, and hung it from the cage ceiling so it can sway a bit like they like. One of my gliders had a habit of getting caught in various sleep pouches no matter the material or how diligent I was with trimming their nails so I switched for her safety.

I also have a hanging ferret tunnel and this small animal house and those are their two favorite hangouts. I've also heard of sugar gliders having a lot of fun with ball pits so I plan on trying one of those out soon.

u/BananahRammahJammah · 1 pointr/AustralianCattleDog

It's a chuckit brand ball!


Canine Hardware Chuckit Kick Fetch Ball Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084DRJKO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_KskoDbAWSW1B8


He loves it too, not totally indestructible, but still holds up great

u/skibunne · 1 pointr/puppy101

Definitely time to get back to the basics on potty training, consider investing in a set of potty bells. Bring treats, and a clicker if you've been doing clicker training, and click and reward any time your puppy correctly goes outside.

We trained our puppy to ring his bells by using his 'go outside' command, ringing the bells by hand, and then immediately heading outside to his bathroom spot.

I like to joke that my Doberman puppy is a miniature nuclear reactor, just an endless supply of energy that seems to defy science and logic. He's about to turn 1.5 yrs old and we're still doing 3-5 walks a day for upwards of 4 miles total, and that's barely enough to tire him out.

Walking alone isn't enough, larger, high-energy breeds need to run, and run, and then run some more. We got him a 30' cotton leash and this large ball that we take out to the park a few times per week for him to chase until he won't run anymore.

u/barkingfree · 1 pointr/dogs

Not a football, but this is my dog's absolute favorite durable toy. They usually last her about a month, and she's a rough player.

I haven't tried one of these yet, but a lot of people here usually recommend Jolly Balls for tough chewers.

EDIT: Apparently Chuckit makes a football too! http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/chuckit%21-fumble-fetch-football-dog-toy

u/womenginerd · 1 pointr/Boxers

Our boxer has a special love for destroying things, but a few toys that have managed to last:

  • Good old fashioned Kong's
  • Pocket Treat thing from JW -Obsessed with this thing
  • Chuckit Kick it - Purchased after she loved a foam soccer ball to death
  • Chuckit Rebounce - only tennis ball/fetch balls that don't get crushed to smithereens
  • Tuffy soft toys - she wanted to rip all the stuffing out when she first got it, but besides that first little tear its held up
  • We've also braided together old sheets to make long tug of war toys, the solid sheet fabric seems to hold up better than regular rope toys.
u/TheLexDude · 1 pointr/dogpictures

https://www.amazon.ca/Chuckit-Large-Kick-Fetch-Ball/dp/B0084DRJKO/ref=sr_1_8?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1478117626&sr=1-8&keywords=ChuckIt%21

I'd say this is another good one for bigger dogs, who seem to destroy other rubber kind of balls. The inside is foam and the covering is ChuckIts rubber and canvas. My dog does eventually chew through the cover, but it lasts for a good year or two. It's soft enough that he can squish, but sometimes will get it stuck in his mouth.

u/youjustdiee · 1 pointr/aww

We tried the clicker and it was not effective. Honestly what worked for us was a remote vibrate/shock collar. I know it sounds terrible but I am so thankful I went this route. When we took our puppy to training he was a pain in the ass. The teachers alway used me and my dog as the example and talked about how they are stubborn as can be. When training dogs, they suggest using a choke collar to "correct" your dog. However the amount of strength the trainers used to "correct" my dog made me feel very uncomfotable. They would pull so hard all 4 legs would come off the ground, but after that he listened to every command. I did some research after that and discovered these remote zap/vibrate collars for training (The is the one I use, it is fully waterproof with a 3 mile range, I have never had any issues and it has the best power control setting).

When I got them I tested them on my skin to make sure they wouldn't hurt him or anything. I got it to the point where you could barly feel it. This allowed me to gain his attention with-ought excessive for on a choke collar, which I was very happy with. The collar works amazing, after a few times he misbehaved or didn't listen he got that hint that after 2 vibrations came a shock, so he would listen after 1 vibration. This turned him into the most obedient dog every, he was even happier because we could walk him without a leash.

I know this is not typical of all dogs, but this is what worked for me and my Mini Aussie. I am so thankful I found this collar because I would have no been able to take in for walks in public without it.

We keep him in his crate during the day, usually he is only in there for 5 or 6 hours max a day. When he comes out he is ready to play play play so fetch time is a must after work.

For toys, I purchased TONS of real tennis balls from Walmart, a Chuckit Kick Fetch, Frisabee, Bones with marrow from our local deli, and rope toys. His Chuckit Kick Fetch is his favorite!

We bath the dog once a week, usually on days he swims. In the winter not so much, only when we notice him licking himself or if we notice any fleas to keep that under control. We have had a hard time with fleas in the past because his fur is so thick its hard to get rid of them once them have them.

u/G-42 · 1 pointr/dogs

I linked to the wrong toy on my post. This is the correct one. A month now and still going strong. Not only has the toy survived a dog who destroys EVERYTHING in seconds, but he's still absolutely fascinated with it. Totally worth what I paid, and if he does kill it now, I'd buy another immediately.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00KNWVPFO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3S781TIQTC7DI&coliid=I3MG4MOEL2R1UH

u/mamallama · 1 pointr/Wishlist
u/CBML50 · 1 pointr/dogs

What about a foobler?

Can you have a dog walker stop in/stop home for lunch? That might help him "reset" and settle for the afternoon

u/Gemchick82 · 0 pointsr/HomeRepair

No idea how to fix, my coffee table has similar markings though. May I suggest a kong chew toy or perhaps a interactive treat ball?

My dog loves this one from Amazon: Our Pets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy (ASSORTED COLOR) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_S046CbV67QKTE

u/MissBully · 0 pointsr/puppy101

I just got a lab puppy a month ago and his favorite toy is a ball that dispenses treats (called an IQ Ball). You can adjust levels of difficulty (make the hole that dispenses treats bigger/smaller). The puppy has to push as roll the ball in a certain manner to dispense the kibble. It keeps him distracted/occupied both mentally and physically for a few hours. Here's the one I got: OurPets Smarter Toys Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy, 4 Inches (Colors may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ARUKTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_JKQmxbH09CE8Z