What can my dog chew on?
January 7, 2008 9:00 AM Subscribe
Chewfilter: My dog, a year-old or so terrier mix, loves to chew rawhide bones. Seriously LOVES to chew them. But she goes through them fast enough that I worry about it. What can I get her instead?
posted by YoungAmerican to pets & animals (29 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My dog can chew a rawhide bone down to a nub in a matter of a few hours. We're crate training her, so she spends a lot of time in her crate with her toys. We've given her a variety of different chew toys... she's had nylabones, vinyl toys, kongs, etc. Here's what happens: when the kongs have food in them, she takes care of the food within an hour or so and loses interest. Freezing the food helps a little but not much. The rubber and plastic toys she can destroy, she's interested in and destroys. A regular strenght Nylabone were beloved, but she destroyed it in a couple hours, so we took it away lest she eat too much plastic. The toys she can't destroy, even flavored, she's uninterested in unless I'm actively playing with her (throwing a ball, moving a rubber bone around and letting her jump for it).
I'm worried she's ingesting too much rawhide, and I know I'm spending too much on bones, so I'm looking for other options. Are there rubber toys she might actually care about? Are soup bones messy/stinky in my smallish carpeted apartment with no air circulation?
Basically: is there anything that is both durable and compelling to pups?