Help! My dog destroys all his toys!
There's no such thing as an indestructible dog toy
We've heard stories from our friends about how gently their wonderful dogs treat toys. One even boasted about how, 10 years later, her dog still had the first toy she ever got as a puppy.
Our dogs aren't like that. Any toy that survives more than 15 minutes of attention in our house is a winner. And I'm not counting the toys the dogs won't touch - heaven knows our dogs all have favorite toys (usually the one the other dog is playing with) and the ones they perennially push aside to get to the good ones.
You know your dog's toy choices - whether she likes plush toys, or vinyl. Latex balls or tennis balls. Each dog has its own preference and, as dog owners, we are able to indulge them.
I was once accused of spoiling my pets rotten. And I loved the come-back from another friend: "It's not like they have to grow up and be responsible taxpayers!" Our dogs are companions - we share our lives with them because they bring us smiles, joy, and unconditional love. And their toybox is full because we love to play with them!
At our shop, Golly Gear we're always on the lookout for fun, sturdy toys, reasonably priced. Because no toy lasts forever and it shouldn't hurt your wallet to replace a favorite. Here are some of the best we've found:
We know some behaviorists think playing tug with your dog is a mistake. We think it's a great idea! As long as the person controls the play - you decide when to play, what to play with, and when playtime is over. What's wrong with a good game of tug?
The WonderTug is a Golly Gear exclusive - made for us locally and double (sometimes triple) sewn for extra strength. Two handles to make sure you (and your dog) can get a good grip for the most vigorous play. Durable, machine-washable, and soft for hours of tugging play.
There are several different Cuz toys available - all are natural rubber, with sturdy squeakers. If you have a heavy-duty chewer, I wouldn't suggest the one with the feet - they're a favorite gnawing target.
Cuz comes in Good Cuz and Bad Cuz (top row), and Other Good Cuz and Other Bad Cuz (bottom row).
Our little dogs love the Timberwolf Rope Toys! Some of these toys are great for tugging, others are great for fetching, but they're all loads of fun! The ropes are great for flossing their little teeth and at just 3/8 inch in diameter, they're easy for our little dogs to handle. All have either balls or gears. These toys are made in the USA. As with any toy, please supervise play time - rope toys can be dangerous if dogs swallow any frayed bits.
Always supervise your dog's playtime. All toys can be choking hazards if dogs are allowed to gnaw on them. Keep your dog safe and control her access to toys. Check all toys periodically for holes, fraying, missing pieces. Replace or repair compromised dog toys.
Part of the problem with most soft toys for dogs is the stuffing - the dog rips a hole in the toy and strews stuffing all over the house. Unstuffies solve this part of the issue - the body of these toys has no stuffing - just a squeaker for maximum fun.
Pogo Plush Toys
Pogo Plush Toys in addition to being stuffing-free, have an innovative rubber frame inside, trapping the squeaker in a cage so your dog can't "kill" it. How many times has your dog been delighted with a new toy, played with it intensely until the squeaker breaks, and then discards it? Pogo Plush toys' squeakers are protected in the interior, soft frame. We're not saying that your dog will never destroy the squeaker - but it will take much, much longer.