My 2 and a half year old male eats everything he shouldnt. I cant have balls to play with because he chews them open and start to eat it peice by peice. He chews up all his stuffed toys, eats and swallows the stuffing and then the squeeky toy inside. I dont know what to do with him. In the yard he eats branches off my trees that fall to the ground. He eats alot of grass, and sometimes he vomits. I just dont know what to do. Any suggestions?

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Comment by Queenie and Chico on June 12, 2010 at 1:25am
I have been adding baby carrots too their food, and I bought a couple nylabone. One for each dog, and they still ended up in a fight and I was bit by Queenie trying to break them up. Next time, I will have a water bottle handy. The bit isnt bad .
Comment by Cody, Carly, Addie, and Becki on June 7, 2010 at 2:17pm
I would also suggest adding some veggies like green beans and pumpkin to his food, it'll help fill his tummy and keep him fuller longer. I also feed nanners but be careful to not feed to many of them! I have the same problem with cody chewing balls, we just take them away when we are done playing with them. We got cody a kong and he loves that thing, he can chew and chew and chew and it wont break.
Comment by Jane Christensen on June 6, 2010 at 9:20am
I use the "Chuck It" for exercising Livvy, she chases the goats in their pen if she gets bored. She now will come to the door and wait for it after barking at the goats. I upgraded the ball and it works very well. I also have many Kongs and use only rubber toys.There's also larger rope toys that are hard to destroy and good for their teeth. As for grass most of mine eat grass and I don't worry about this but I don't use chemicals on my lawn.
Comment by Jane Christensen on June 6, 2010 at 9:13am
For more exercise you could try a Chuck It (a ball and launcher but I buy the better ball)! I don't have chewing issues but Livvy will try to herd our goats in the pen if she doesn't get enough exercise! She now has learned that instead we play ball with her. This tires her out and she is much better. I only use hard rubber toys with most of my corgis...they will destroy the other toys. I do use kongs and nylabones!
Comment by Bev Levy on June 6, 2010 at 8:27am
He may need a lot more exercise. Chewing is often a sign of boredom and excessive energy. When you are not watching him a crate or dog proof room with a kong toy with cheese smeared inside will help him learn to entertain himself. Be careful with the Nylabones. Sparty was able to break a tooth and wear most of the enamel off his teeth because he chewed them so hard. We now only allow a circular Nylabone, kongs and cow bones for chewing. Be sure to walk him a minimum of twice a day for 30 min (more if you can) and try training him some basic tricks. Teaching the leave it command will help also. Swallowing the wrong things can result in very expensive surgery or death.
Comment by Chris West on June 6, 2010 at 1:42am
We had the same problems with Forsty. We have found that Kong makes lots of different dog toys that he loves to play with, but can't destroy. We have gotten him the regular kong toys, and also a kong frisbee, and a great kong toy that is a tennis ball surrounded by kong rubber, so he can't detroy the tennis ball. They are a little pricey, but totally worth it. Here's a pic of his frisbee...

Comment by Queenie and Chico on June 6, 2010 at 12:48am
I have heard about nylabones. I think I'm going to try that. When I would see him chewing on something I would tell him to stop, but that made him chew faster, and swallow and run before I could stop him... such a bad boy!.. lol. I'm going to the pet store tommorow and buy a couple nylabones.
Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on June 6, 2010 at 12:46am
Also, with grass, plants, leaves, bugs, etc. that I don't want Orion to eat I use the "leave it!" command and he knows it shouldn't be in his mouth and slowly the eating of everything is decreasing so maybe if you introduce that command for those thing he might start to understand that eating them is a no-no.
Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on June 6, 2010 at 12:44am
Yes, Nylabones are great. My brother's aussie spends a lot of time at the house with Orion and destroys EVERY toy he gets, rips it to shreds, but he can't destroy Orion's nylabone! They do fight over it though. There are also stuffingless toys, some have squeakers and some don't but you can get the ones without squeakers and just patch it up when it gets torn apart, that's what works with the aussie. Orion's not really old enough to be destroying things yet but I'm ready for it after seeing what my brother's dog can do, haha. Anywayysss I'd highly suggest a nylabone or stuffingless toys
Comment by Rachael & Waffle on June 6, 2010 at 12:42am
Teach him "Leave it"--and use it!-- to keep the sticks and stuff under control. As for toys, when he starts to destroy it, take it away immediately. You must watch him! That and get some really tough chewies. Nylabones work well. Some toys have a chew rating system-- buy only TOUGH ones!

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