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Loves to ride
Jan. 15, 2009, 11:19 AM
We have a new puppy! Can't wait until he's older. :lol:

Seriously, LOVE this pup, and would like to ask what people think are the best play toys for a 9 week old Golden Retriever. We have some toys which he enjoys but I'm always up for new suggestions...

This is for both inside and outside play...

Thanks in advance!

KnKShowmom
Jan. 15, 2009, 11:21 AM
Our Labs have Kongs for inside because they are great for satisfying the need to chew and jolly balls for outside because they are alot more fun than an old tennis ball (and last longer too).

To the MAX
Jan. 15, 2009, 11:24 AM
No suggestions, but you can't make a thread about a golden retriever pup with no pictures! What are you crazy?! :D

baileygreyhorse
Jan. 15, 2009, 11:39 AM
Santa brought our lab a cool reindeer toy and she simply loves it. It's long and bone shaped and instantly it was her favorite. Kind of like these.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3209536

tarynls
Jan. 15, 2009, 12:01 PM
Great toys here: http://www.westpawdesign.com/
Their Zogoflex line is nearly indestructible (per my Lab). They have well-made soft toys as well. Everything is made in the USA and they use a lot of recycled materials. Great company.

MunchkinsMom
Jan. 15, 2009, 01:20 PM
My Aussie/Golden cross puppies loved these:

Kongwubbas
Rope tugs, both with and without little tennis balls on the end.
Braided fleece tugs (but they can destroy them)
Nylabones, the ones for strong chewers
Sterilized beef bones - no fillings in them (I hate the mess).

Of course, they make their own toys if they can get at them:
Kitchen oven mitts and dishtowels
Flip Flops
Socks
Slippers
Sticks
Pens and pencils
and my father in law's hearing aid :eek:

We do our best to keep them from turning household items into toys, but dogs will be dogs!

Guin
Jan. 15, 2009, 07:39 PM
Anything made by the people who make CUZ toys are great. Practically indestructible, and funny to look at, too! We call them "Mr. Squeakys" at our house and have a big assortment. The oldest one is at least four years old.

My big dog got a "Mr. Chicken" Cuz for Christmas and he LOVES it. :D

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3207032

Vero
Jan. 15, 2009, 08:34 PM
Anything made by the people who make CUZ toys are great. Practically indestructible, and funny to look at, too! We call them "Mr. Squeakys" at our house and have a big assortment. The oldest one is at least four years old.

My big dog got a "Mr. Chicken" Cuz for Christmas and he LOVES it. :D

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3207032
I was just coming in here to post about the Cuz toys... my terriers destroy everything and it takes them quite a bit longer to kill the Cuzs. And indoor/outdoor friendly, just wash them in the sink with dish soap.

Loves to ride
Jan. 15, 2009, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions!

Oh my goodness, those Booda toys were a riot, as were the CUZ toys!

I guess if I gotta look at them, it'd be nice to have toys that make *me* smile!

I'll get working on posting a couple of pics.... It's just so hard to accurately capture the cuteness factor. :D

Renn/aissance
Jan. 15, 2009, 09:30 PM
Kongs are great, but when my mother's Humphrey was a puppy he somehow managed to bounce one up and it fell flat on his nose... he never touched one again! :lol: Squeak toys never lasted very long for our Goldens (Humphrey made a career of dissecting them and chewing up the squeaker) but maybe you'll have better luck. Tug ropes are great and hard to destroy.

Bluey
Jan. 15, 2009, 09:43 PM
I have some friends that have had goldens for over 40 years now, some in the top obedience and agility in the nation.
They have raised their dogs on Nylabones for free time chewing and all kinds of other toys to interact and play with them, where they can control that they don't destroy the toys.

One favorite play toy is the AKC duck, that the dogs take turns carrying around and retrieving.
Pets Mart carries it here.

Golden puppies are some you don't need to socialize to people as much as most other breeds, as they seem to have been born with a "love sponge" gene.:cool:

Vero
Jan. 16, 2009, 07:14 AM
For the teething/I want to destroy everything in sight phase, we use face cloths (from the dollar store) with a knot tied in them... much cheaper than going through a plush toy every few days!

jubilee43
Jan. 16, 2009, 07:41 AM
Hi, We should trade notes! I also have a nine week old GR male. He has been to the barn and is seriously afraid of horses locked in their stalls- lol. But he loves to play with the blankets that i bring home to fix...ohh that smell!! so there is hope! I will look for some cuz toys - i had never heard of them.

Bluey
Jan. 16, 2009, 07:53 AM
For the teething/I want to destroy everything in sight phase, we use face cloths (from the dollar store) with a knot tied in them... much cheaper than going through a plush toy every few days!

Oh, yes, good idea I forgot to mention. Thanks!:cool:

We use a face towel for small dogs, hand towel for the bigger ones.
Wet the towel and stick it in a plastic bag and in the freezer.
We used to keep several in there.
Those really seem to soothe teething puppies and cost very little to replace, if a puppy chews on them too much.
You do need to watch they don't chew pieces off they may swallow, but most puppies seem to gum them more than chew hard on them.

They are also good to exchange with a puppy you see has a hold of something you don't want it to have.:yes:

Bluey
Jan. 16, 2009, 07:57 AM
Hi, We should trade notes! I also have a nine week old GR male. He has been to the barn and is seriously afraid of horses locked in their stalls- lol. But he loves to play with the blankets that i bring home to fix...ohh that smell!! so there is hope! I will look for some cuz toys - i had never heard of them.

The old cuz toys used to come packaged with a 1 1/1" little red plastic cuz on a key ring.
I had that hanging on my pickup, but after the odd looks and needing explanations, because it looked to many like some kind of devil worshipper icon, I decided maybe I better put it up.:D :lol:

My dogs have not like that shape as well as other such hard rubber toys with more ready made handles.

Loves to ride
Jan. 16, 2009, 09:23 AM
Hi, I'm the OP,

I haven't brought my guy out to the barn yet. It's in my backyard and so far, he's perfectly happy to play in the front. I've shoveled and trampled many little paths for him. When it's outside playtime, he zooms around the paths, full tilt, ears flapping, tongue wagging, bounding along, and of course, being a puppy wiping out. I can't help but laugh which of course, makes him go even more. :lol:

For toys so far we have, nylabone, booda tug, many plush toys, old gym socks tied together in a tube sock with a couple of knots... Etc. More toys that my son ever had, that's for sure!

LOVE the idea of old towels. I knew I save scads of them for a reason. :D

Thanks!

JSwan
Jan. 16, 2009, 09:26 AM
ns...

This is for both inside and outside play...

Thanks in advance!

Decoys or other training devices for retrievers.

You can buy them from gundogsonline.com They're indestructible, safe, and are designed specifically for this type of dog.

leakyb
Jan. 16, 2009, 09:38 AM
I don't use towels or socks as that can encourage chewing/swallowing said items for the lifetime of the dog. If you've ever rushed a dog in for blockage surgery, you'd not use those items! Socks especially are a big blockage item. Cuz balls are great. One of my dog's breeders had a girl pop off and swallow the foot of the Cuz requiring blockage surgery....so I only purchase the devil Cuz now.

I have Dobies....they love the Jolly ball (dog sized one) but your pup may have to be older to appreciate it. They LOVED the Kong Wubba and Snugga Wubba as babies, and still have them as supervised house toys.

I use frozen marrow bones for teething, or a carrot from the fridge. My dogs still get a marrow bone 2x week to gnaw on.

Enjoy your pup! They grow up too fast.

TikiSoo
Jan. 16, 2009, 09:56 AM
Geez! Don't give your puppy any toys they can swallow, like treats, fabric or rope toys! Dogs shouldn't be given any special type treats (like Snausages or Beggin Strips) until they're a year old, their tummies are still forming and pups vomit a LOT anyway.
Fabric or rope toys can be chewed and ingested and there's nothing worse than seeing a dog straining to pass strings in their poo.

I second Nylabone and hard rubber Kong toys. You can always put nuggets of their puppy food in them as a "treat". My Golden has a basket full of various shapes she still loves 8 years later.

And for Gods sake DON'T give a dog of any age rawhide chews. The 10 month old puppy next door swallowed a portion of one and killed him by puncturing his lung. Left a very sad 14 y/o girl.

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Tom King
Jan. 16, 2009, 10:01 AM
Copied and pasted from a post by me on my dog forums.


Declared a favorite from puppies to 12 year olds.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...9&pcatid=18869 (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+3+18869&pcatid=18869) although the ones Pam bought were smaller than those 24" ones http://havaneseforum.com/images/misc/amazon_icon.gifAmazon.com: Spot Mini Skinneeez Stuffingless Dog... (http://www.amazon.com/Spot-Mini-Skinneeez-Stuffingless-Toys/dp/B001B1QHK4/)I think they came from JB pet.

In particular the fox. No stuffing is a great idea.

Sanely Eccentric
Jan. 16, 2009, 10:45 AM
Kongs are great toys that last forever. The black kongs are more durable than the red ones though. We've always bought the standard model, but my folks just got the Kong Wubba for their dogs and were telling me how much fun the dogs were having with it.

Nylabones are also great for chewing and safety. Puppies seem to "hold" the wishbone versions the easiest.

We also now have a interlocking ring toy, but don't remember the brand. It's three 6" rings in a durable rubber. Yes, a hard chewer can get pieces chewed off, but when supervised with the toy my daughter's dog has more fun running with it in his mouth and playing tug.

I loff golden retrievers! You have to post photos for us!

Grande Isle Farm
Jan. 16, 2009, 12:50 PM
We too have a Golden Retriever....will be 2 yrs at the end of February. KONG's are his absolute FAVORITE toy, and are indestructable. Any "fuzzy" toy, or rope toy is demolished within a day. Even the horse jolly balls have been ripped into tiny little peices, as were highway cones etc.

We had about 4.5 feet of snow here in December, and our pup lost both of his Kongs in the deep snow. He literally moped around for days until we bought him another. He carries it everywhere. We usually put a string on them so we can throw them farther, and then he and our other dog always retreive them "tandem" style...The retreiver with the Kong in his mouth, and our other dog with the rope.(joined to the Kong).

For teething, we would use frozen weiners, or give them a carrot out of the fridge. My golden still thinks that carrots are the best treat in the world.

I would definately stay away from the sock/fabric toys. A friends dog "tibetan mastiff" just died on the operating table due to a blocked intestine (which contained a sock).....

You will LOVE your Golden. They are such incredibly smart dogs. Ours can distinguish between all his toys. Even if he does have the Kong in his mouth, and you tell him to get one of his other toys, he will drop the Kong, and go on a mad search until he finds the toy that was asked for.

If I tell him the toy is "stolen"....he will drop it, and not play with it again until I tell him "It's PAID For"...hahaha.

Enjoy your pup!

basil's mom
Jan. 16, 2009, 01:06 PM
Kongs only my 2 labs will destroy any other toy in hours. I would like to add I just got a chuck-it and an air dog squeeky tennis ball. The chuck it makes it so I can throw the ball a lot further and I can pick up the slobbery ball with it. My dogs love to hear the ball squeek when they catch it. I do not let them have the ball with out me.

Loves to ride
Jan. 16, 2009, 04:00 PM
Finally, pics of the new little charmer...

http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=717f95ab494c2848&sid=0Ecs27hw3YsXMQ

These pics were the 1st day we brought him home so he was a bit of a "cuddled" puppy (loved to be held!) For some reason, the face picture doesn't look quite like him.

The sock toy and booda tug are only when we are there, right with him and thanks for the words of caution! Appreciate it! It's been many years since I've had a puppy (dog yes, puppy only back in the dinosaur age...) :D

Are carrots okay for a 9 week old puppy? I've been using bits of his kibble for training treats (come mainly, which he is actually beginning to get a clue about).

Bluey
Jan. 16, 2009, 04:22 PM
AWW. He looks sleepy there.:)

Are you signed up with a puppy kindergarten class yet?
They are so much fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWjex3lIOiI

TikiSoo
Jan. 17, 2009, 09:36 AM
Aw, he's adorable, just love the beady eyes on a pup!
I forgot to mention....by summertime you can try freezing large size MilkBone type biscuits in the freezer. I'll put a big one in an old plastic container, cover with water and freeze. I find most Goldens love chewing ice and this frozen "pop" keeps their interest a long time.

Realize too, that angels will carry that cute fuzzy puppy away and leave a big hairy smelly dog in it's place in a year or so ;)

Thomas_1
Jan. 17, 2009, 12:46 PM
IME a retriever will make a toy out of anything and everything.

Favourites though are any soft cuddly toy that they can carry. We buy them bulk from car boot sales and remove any bead eyes.

They also love to play with 2 litre plastic pop bottles. I've a 2 hour video of our pups entertaining themselves with just that.

Then things like a gundog dummy : either a canvass one or one made from rabbit fur or feathers.

Anything rubber with a squeak in.... but be warned... retriever pups are chewers and they don't tend to last long!

And their favourite ever things...... muddy puddles and fox crap!!!

PaulaK
Jan. 17, 2009, 02:19 PM
As puppies our dogs loved a frozen Kong stuffed with a bit of peanut butter. Kept them out of trouble for at least a little while.

Bluey
Jan. 17, 2009, 03:19 PM
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Loves to ride
Jan. 19, 2009, 09:56 AM
Bluey, THANKS for posting that article!

Off to read it with my 2nd cup of coffee...

So far, puppy is pretty good. Sleeps reasonably well. Favorite toys, in order of preference:

Winter boots
Pant legs
Leash
:D
Y shaped nylabone
little brown fur bear
green cuz dinosaur
pink booda pig
tennis ball to chase when on farmer's porch

Beginning to learn "come" and "sit" already.

And absolutely the cutest durn puppy around. :lol: