Should I just plan to start buying only really durable toys from here on out?
|Poor Clyde, I wonder if his toys have sprung a leak because he's had them for a long time now? I've noticed stuffed animals just don't last very long with my sheepie either! Max decided he liked my stuffed walrus that my husband bought for me at Sea World over 20 years ago (we were teenagers then), and now the poor thing has no eyes because Max nearly chewed them both out, we had to remove the eyes before Max could swallow them! I don't know why they like stuffed animals so much, maybe when they're older they find a new hobbie
|We switched to nylabones, and other durable toys
at about 9 months. We noticed his favorite sheepskin bone
shaped stuffed toy was cut opened and stuffing was starting
to leak. Same with the lobster toy. He is gentle with the
toys, but the adult teeth really made a big difference..
We just purchased a rope toy which has a large rope ball in
the middle which he uses only with supervision.
|With 3 dogs always fighting over toys, an arm or a leg always gets severed, and I think their favorite part is sitting there pulling out the stuffing, so we bought these really durable toys (I'll have to find the website) that if they ever break, the company will replace them. They're really not that much fun unless there's another dog tugging on it, so I give Maggie different kinds of balls. The plastic kind that squeak are her favorites, and she can't destroy them. I'll get back to you on that website.|
|I do more surgery on Pandas toys, than I do for myself making drapes etc....Panda goes for the eyes first...every baby is blind...but she does not pull the stuffing out, just makes large puncture holes....|
|Murphy's stuffed toys do the same thing,and the stuffed ones are his favorites. He has never eaten the stuffing, and he is not rough with them either. I think it is just from the chewing with his adult teeth now that he has them. I have to sneak to throw them out, or else he will just pace in front of the counter if he sees me throwing one out, which the garbage can is up on the counter because he thinks of it as his own personal buffet.|
|Drez can't keep a stuffed toy either. Just pulls and pulls, then shakes her head ferociously, until the seems open up.
My first sheepie, Buford, was the same way. But he had a tiny little squeaky sheepie toy, made of rubber, that he guarded with his life. Since it was a sheepie, we told him it was his baby and that he had to protect it. Did he ever! He'd gently pick it up and take it to bed with him, laying it on his bed right beside him. What a riot!
|hahah, My sister's dog has to sleep with his monkey! It squeaks by day, sleeps by night. That's so cute!|
|I had to laugh when I was reading this thread. We have so much fun watching and playing with Blue Star and her stuffed toys. She especially loves the ones with the squeeker inside. She bites and chews on that squeeker so she makes noise all over the house! Then, when we try to get it, she pulls away and she shakes it furosiously along with her whole body with emphesis on the wiggle butt. We laugh so much over this.
She too, has sliced into these toys with her sharp teeth. They don't last as long as they did when she was a smaller pup. Plus she has to bring them out to play with too. She doesn't eat the stuffing, but if there's a string of any sort she will immediately pull it off and devour it.
Blue Star's Mom
|We just quit buying stuffed toys, for us it's not worth it. Lennon and Sofa go trough stuffed toys at an incredible speed and there's always stuffing all over the house.
When we feel like giving them a stuffed toy we hit the flea markets instead a but a couple of used baby stuffed toys, that way they're not more than a buck each
Now we get them more durable toys like rope toys and cheap basketballs, those seem to hold it longer for them.
|saulmr--I LOVE your avatar!!! Did you draw it yourself? Which puppy is it?|
|I wish he didn't love the stuffed ones so much otherwise I'd just switch to more durable toys. Does anyone have any durable stuffie suggestions? I've heard the Dr. Noys ones are supposed to be a little better than most.|
|Unfortunately, Cassiopia LOVES stuffed animals - and as mentioned by other posters, the stuffed animals tend to loose "parts" and stuffing. We finally just ended up getting stuffed animals through Petedge http://www.petedge.com/. We select the ones on sale (usually $0.79ea) and stock up on them.
Shrugs - not a great solution - but keeps Cassiopia's toys within the budget.
Jennifer, Baxter, Cassiopia and Sharkey
|After Barney ripped two stuffed soccer balls apart, I made them disappear. His only "fabric" toy is a large rope with knots in each end. The rest are balls and bones (marrow and nylabone). He is happy as long as he has something in his mouth while he plays soccer with his other balls. The last stuffed soccer ball had a rope through it. In one day he had the knots untied and the rope unravelled; several days later he had the filling scattered throughout the house. It think its the engineering gene in sheepies which makes them want to take things apart to see how they work!|
|Thanks barney1!! I wish I had drawn it... Danita is my resident artist , she drew it. It's a doggie called Matisse, a comission she finished a few days ago.
Geroge, I know what you mean, this guys got trough toys at an alarming rate. Have you tried giving him a basketball? They have very cheap ones at walmart and this guys love it. Of course, thei engineer gene will kick in and they will try to figure out what makes them roll, so expect a flat ball in a few days , but they seem to be very safe toys, it's impossible to burst them, and they work out a lot trying to play with a flat one, Lennon and Sofa are always fighting over theirs.
|Hey saulmr! I loved Danita's website. There just aren't enough people in the world who appreciate the sheepdog!!! I am definitely going to be ordering me some t-shirts.[/b]|
|Now that you mention it, one of the neighbor's boys basketball bounced over in our yard. Barney got a hold of it and in a few minutes it was flat. I was so apologetic to the neighbor's boy that I didn't even advert to the fun Barney was having carrying that flat ball around. Thanks for the suggestion.|
|Just remembered one of the cheap toys I got for my puppies, but my older dogs liked them also. Their destuctive behavior (lack of toys at that time) led me to toss an empty milk jug out the door while they were playing. (Of course, it was a clean, plastic gallon jug, with the cap removed). WOW - they loved it! And, the best part, it was free! So, I began looking at my trash as a source for toys. lol (Of course it had to be safe). But you'd be amazed at what keeps their interest. Guess it makes sense, since dogs love getting in the trash.
As I emptied more jugs, they'd get tossed out in the kennel. When I had a litter of pups, my yard looked like a clean dump. But, they were happy and that made me happy. They'd even put a smile on my neighbors face, whom has a very well kept yard. lol
I'd have 10 puppies, 5 of them having a jug and the rest chasing after them trying to steal them. Was so much fun watching them. Sometimes, the jugs were as big as the puppies. lol
I'd give them empty paper towel rolls, they'd throw them, steal them, tug, etc. until they got soft, then I'd take them away.
The milk jugs lasted quite awhile, but when they began to chew them up I'd replace them. The pups, and dogs would eventually smash some of them, so they had a variety of shapes to play with as well.
Tennis balls were a favorite, as well as, tree stumps. They liked to play "king of the stump" and would throw each other off. lol
Those were the days!!! Eight to fifteen puppies in a litter was a lot of work, but the joy they bring!!!
|Max loves empty milk jugs too, whenever we put the recycling out every week, he grabs his toy out and has so much fun playing with it!! I replace the milk jugs often because he really attacks it|
|Another old time favorite is a 2 or 3 liter empty soda bottle. For extra fun, screw the cap real tight so that they cannot grab it with their mouths.... for a while. They have a great time trying to pick it up!|
|Clyde only has an interest in playing with soda cans. Full ones that have been opened and are sitting on the coffee table. *sigh*
I thank my lucky stars every day that he doesn't have a tail. If he can knock this much stuff over just using his head, he'd be lethal with another appendage!
|My daughter in law's OES had a tail. It's amazing how fast she could clear off a coffee table!!|
|I second that y'all...
Cassie's tail is a beautiful feathery one...
Soooo combine the wiggle butt & the busy tail
Diane...holding onto our soda cans & wine glasses
|Cassies momma..............I love the bow....I did that to Panda at Christmas and everyone made fun of me I think Cassie looks beautiful!!!!
yes, beware of empty wine glasses...Panda has broken 3 by trying to stick her big nose in the glasses....no more left on the coffee table
|Cassie gets bows after every grooming...lately we've been doing a 2 inch bow at each ear...doggie tails I have two college age boys soooo I love having a girlie sheepiex to do the button & bows thingy. We just got some new furniture & opted for the long leather ottoman....can't put anything on a table so just as well have a comfy place to sit or put your feet.
Diane...Let them laugh...get Panda some bows
|I actually crafted a makeshift table to fit between the wall and the sofa to start putting drinks on because I got so sick of cleaning soda off the carpet. Lucy, my Beardie/Briard, has a huge plume of a tail and NEVER bothers anything. I love Clyde with all my heart but he has made it apparent how good of a dog that Lucy is!|
|Our Golden actually smacks you with his tail...and it really hurts! It cracked me up tonight because he actually knocked things off the shelf with his tail. Normally it's just him knocking his sound against the cabinet when we come home. I love the sheepdogs because they actually wiggle their whole body when they're excited!!!|
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