My husband and I just got a new dog following the loss of our two large farm dogs. We absolutely love our new pooch! However, he is a much more aggressive chewer than any other dog I've ever had (I've had dogs my whole life, but I suppose I've been lucky about the chewing part).
He is an 18-month-old chocolate lab. He is very friendly and highly trainable, but he is VERY busy. He constantly needs something to do. He has destroyed $75 worth of toys in just a few days. Fortunately, he doesn't show any interest in chewing things that aren't his toys, but I'm afraid that could change quickly if he doesn't have enough dog playtoys to keep him occupied. Therefore, I'd like some suggestions about what to give him to keep him occupied but that would not harm him.
Ropes - He likes them, but they don't last long. He can have a large one cut in half in about 10 minutes, and then he just starts shredding them.
Large Kong tennis balls - http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Squeakair.../dp/B000BTDIG8
He loves to chase them and carry them around, but he can't be left with them. Once he realizes we're finished fetching, he settles down to rip the ball apart. It takes him about 5 minutes to have it in pieces no larger than 1 sqare inch.
Large Kong hard rubber toy (hollow inside for treats) - http://www.kongcompany.com/worlds_best.html
Loves this when it has treats in it, and does play with it some without treats. He has made little "rips" in it, but due to its texture/resiliency, it goes back together, and hasn't yet suffered terminal damaged.
I have a big rubber "dog bone" made out of the same material as a kong. My dog isn't interested in it at all (she's not a big chewer) but my last dog? He LOVED bones like that, it was his favorite toy.
Labs are the poster dog for chewers, along with pit bull type dogs, of course, but those are in a different category of their own.
My neighbor got a lab puppy and had to learn to leave his mud boots and galoshes up on something, or they were toast in five minutes.
Not good, because many labs think anything they can chew can be swallowed, even rocks, chewed or not.
The black kong toys are supposed to be chew proof, but, well, they too can be destroyed.
A friend got a mower tire for his rottie and the dog played with it alone.
It kept him from chewing everything else in sight.
Maybe you can try that, a LARGE mower tire.
They sell those big butcher bones for dogs, have you tried them?
Many that keep hunting dogs in kennels use those, but if a dog is really aggressive with them, they can damage their teeth, crack or wear them down.
Always keep your dog confined when you are not there to supervise, to be sure he doesn't has a chance to chew something you really need in one piece.
I have a 40# cattle dog mix that is the most aggressive chewer I've ever owned, and that includes my boxers and my pit bull. I can't give her rope toys because she chews them in half in minutes, then shreds them and eats the pieces. Stuffed toys get literally eaten. She chews nylabones, but will kill one of the giant ones in a week, maybe a week and a half if I can keep her exercised enough. If there isn't anything handy around to chew, she eats holes in her blankets, my pant legs, and the mattress on my bed. *sigh*
We have a forty + pound Corgi who can only have hard rubber toys - we have found one in his 10+ years that he can't destroy - shaped like a little barbell-- would love to find another. His name is Gumby, and he actually once chewed and got a piece of a rubber toy stuck in his intestine which required a rather serious surgery to remove. Vets got a kick out of Gumby eating a gumby toy- us--not so much He ate a normal size nylabone in about 15 minutes - didn't try that again. He does have a hard rubber ring and a hard rubber ball, but he does not like to play with them. His hard rubber kong is ok with a treat in it, or peanut butter - without that he ignores it. Luckily, he does not chew anything else around the house and is very trustworthy.
We buy bags of large rawhide chews at Tractor Supply for our retriever. As long as she has rawhide to chew and lots of playtime, she is happy. If you aren't home in the daytime, you might have a dog walker come by and toss a ball for her every day. Our retriever pup is a lovely dog, unless she doesn't get enough exercise. Then, she starts chewing things that shouldn't be chewed, and has trouble sleeping at night.
I don't personally have this problem but the ex did and my mom does.
Basically, if it squeaks they can pop/shred it and they will . Can you freeze broth/cheese/yogurt inside a kong? My mom's lab loves ice cubes and it was a lifesaver when he was younger.
A solid rubber ball like a lacrosse ball is probably a safe, albeit boring, option. To make it less boring, make it a special toy: tease him with it for a few days -you play with it but he can't- then give it to him but only for brief intervals. Constant access makes it boring since we all want what we can't have .
Petsmarts/Petcos are now selling the tough stuffed animals that are super stiff and firm but I think a skineez with no stuffing would be safer as those stuffed animals have stitching that looks to me to be an easy tooth-hold for a lab with lots of time on his paws.
We have a standard poodle rescue pup that has destroyed everything. Fortunately, he just rips them apart and leaves the remnants all over the rug. The West Paw Design toys are great. I cannot figure it out, but the Bumi remains in good shape.