I can't give either dog toys, or dog beds or anything to sleep on without it behind shredded within hours or days.
The only toy they have yet to destroy is the Kong.
Aside from the mess it makes, Lemmy is ingesting majority of it and it's causes problems when he poops.
I bought a new squeaky toy, both dogs took off to play with it. I didn't think much of it until that night when I couldn't find it anywhere..... until the next day when Lemmy pooped all the little pieces of it out. Along with the squeaky toy we bought a rope toy, which... poop gets hanging from his bottom because they both torn it up and he (Lemmy) ate strings!
I can't give Pilot a dog bed, he rips it open and rips out all the fluff, which Lemmy will eat. I give Lemmy a flat blanket or towel for his crate and within days he's pooping pieces of it out.
This is super frustrating and dangerous and I don't know what to do. I've stopped buying them toys, I clean up all fluff and strings I can find. I don't know what to do about bedding.
Help!! Advice desperately needed!
Yeah. I noticed last night Butters was eating chunks of his stuff squirrel after ripping them off. He'd hew on them and then swallow. I have no idea how to stop that behavior short of not letting him play with any toy that can be edible in any way. Sorry I have no advice, but you're not alone.
Tomahawk tends to chew up his toys, especially rubber balls, so if I am unable to watch him play with it, I take it away until I can safely keep an eye on him. If I see that his toys are falling about or have any weak points, I throw them away. I once had to pull out a tennis ball casing from his butt and vowed to never let him get to a toy like that ever again.
I would say just stick with indestructible toys or at the very least keep a constant eye on them. It's hard and a pain in the butt, but I tell myself it's for the best.
As for the bed issue, I know dura-Ruff beds are supposed to be "chew proof". I don't know how well they work, but maybe it might be worth giving it a try.
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I hope your doggies stay safe, and don't get too frustrated!
Yeaaaah. I knooooow. *whining* I have to get off the couch and take the piece of Squirrely out of his mouth when I see it happening. I guess we can also work on the "drop it command," which is often useless once he has the object in his mouth and is happily munching away. I guess I knew the answer already. And yes...I've pulled pieces of Squirrely out of his bum too.
Thank you I will look into getting my boys one!
Oh you are not alone! There are some toys I no longer buy for Lucy: those natural fiber toys (she shreds within minutes, eats and poops them out) and any kind of stuffed toy. Lucy is a serious chewer, including sticks and branches she finds outside. I gave up on beds but I finally found one that has, after one month, proven Lucy-proof. I bought it from K9 Ballistics online. The bed covers are very tough and designed without zippers; the velcro is very strong. lucy, who is VERY persistent, has not been able to destroy this bed and rather likes lounging on it rather than chewing it up. Now I keep her well stocked in chew treats, including a yak bar and a deer antler. She does have a favortie chew toy: a soft rubber football that squeaks. But she tends to play with it (and she barks at it!) and not chew it. I have failed miserably at the "drop it" command--I cannot seem to get it to work with her, no matter what I switch her out with or what treats I bribe her with.
I have the same issue with the "drop it" command. I can make him leave any food tidbits that may fall to the floor, but once he has a toy he wants in his mouth, it's a battle to the end trying to get it back. More often than not, he ends off zipping to another room or under a table so he can continue chewing whatever damn hazard he has in his grasp.
I think they love living dangerously, or they get a kick out of messing with us.
Haha....seriously. "leave it" works very well. But when it's in his mouth, neither "leave it" nor "drop it" work. His brain switches to "CHEW CHEW CHEW" mode and shuts all else out in a mad dash to swallow whatever it is before daddy pries his mouth open.
They have a a STRONG grip too! Tomahawk has already squished my finger and caused my nail bed to bleed. It's accidental of course ( I hope!), but sometimes i want to knock him upside the head for being so stubborn.
HAHAH 100% agree with you :D
I will look into that bedding as well! I had a deer antler, but the sillie managed to lose it somewhere :\ haha go figure. Thanks!
Drop it was hard for Pilot to learn but one day he seemed to get it?? Haha! Best of luck!
I think you may just have to result in toys that are just a less of a danger and/or you have to monitor the dogs when they have them.
Great. He now might have eaten two earplugs that may have fallen on the ground during the night after I took them out in my sleep. I can't find them anywhere. They are the perfect size for his little bhole. Hope he's able to pass them!!