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    LightbulbHomemade toy ideas?

    Sorry if this has been posted somewhere else...
    Does anyone have any good tips for some toys that can withstand a chewy, rippy-teary kind of lab?
    Any cheap toys I buy are in pieces in seconds- the only cheap toy that works for Jack are those rope toys. Just rope tied in a knot. He likes those.
    And he has his Kong, which he enjoys with peanut butter... though his giraffe tongue seems to clean it out within minutes even if I freeze the Kong.
    We tried a nylabone but he has no interest in it.

    Here are some things I like:
    -A rolled up newspaper secured with duct tape. Inside it can go treats. Downside: shredded paper everywhere.
    -A rolled up newspaper like above, but through the middle you put a rope and then hang said newspaper from a tree. Put treats inside. Now it's kind of like a tug of war pinata type thing. Yay.
    -A plastic bottle with treats in it. Must be thicker plastic that bends and doesn't shatter/break into little pieces.
    -A plastic bottle suspended from a rope just high enough that the dog has to jump to touch it. Put treats inside bottle. Yay, another pinata type thing!
    -Huh, I just realized I have the same basic idea for everything.
    -A towel/pillowcase rolled up then secured with duct tape. For some reason he likes this more than the toys with treats inside.


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    Doesn't he eat the duck tape or chew plastic into pieces???

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    I took a big rubber wheel off of one of my brothers play trucks and tied a rope to the end and use it as a chew toy for the dogs. Bentley loves it the most. It has lasted a month so far. A game I play with my dogs is take 4 cups and put a treat in one while the dog is facing the other way. Then i tell him to find the treat.
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    We don't have the toys available here you get in the US. The supply is small so expensive. Some dogs chew others don't. Erns and Gems do. Tess no.

    If you can go online and buy some is the best. Or even trade me..here I go again on trade me, but I pick up stuff for the dogs cheap there.Ropes are expensive and the ones from the $2 shop not good for them. In 2 mins flat they eat it....yuck..rope danglers. I am careful with the $2 shop toys.

    There is a Aus company that make a bone like a kong for about $24 and has lasted Gems 2 years.

    Mine love carboard and paper things, but I watch and once they start chewing it rather than rip it take it away. I know bottes, duct tape is an old kiwi habit, but not good for them.

    ETA.. I will have a look and see for you any of Gems indestructble toys are here and send you..or find some you can get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa View Post
    Doesn't he eat the duck tape or chew plastic into pieces???
    Not really. He gets bored with the plastic bottles and then leaves them lying around for me to pick up. As for the tape, He seems to prefer tearing around it.


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    I got this homemade toy in a goodie bag once...it was a hit! Just put a tennis ball inside a tube sock and tie a knot. It's a bouncy tug toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbbmom View Post
    I got this homemade toy in a goodie bag once...it was a hit! Just put a tennis ball inside a tube sock and tie a knot. It's a bouncy tug toy.
    I love that one too. It doesn't last long, but fun.

    Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Bone | Dog Fetch Toy This here is the only thing Gems hasn't chewed. I have seen it here for about $24.I know expensive, but worth it in the long run. I put a treat into the hole and keeps them busy for ages trying to get it out. Ersn is too smart. He throws it off the deck and the treat flies out.

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    I was reading today a plastic bottle inside a sock and knot it. Makes a noise they like.
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    Bauer has a piece of PVC pipe that he really likes (it is about 4 inches wide, 4 - 5 inches long). He has had it since he was a puppy (he is now 3.5).
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    Go to an equine store and buy a horse ball ! I think Laura and a couple of others have done that ! The handle may disintegrate but it'll be better than a football.

    It's good to spend out on a few fluffy dog toys ! It gives them pleasure to destroy them once in a while.

    Thankfully mine have virtually outgrown the destruction stage......of toys anyway ! They have advanced onto serious goods like microwaves and cookers.

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