Indestructible toys?

(9 Posts)
JessieEssex Fri 29-Jan-16 15:01:25

Hi all
My 8 month old JRT cross is a toy destroyer. She isn't stressed out, she just loves a challenge! She sits and gnaws away until - hurrah! - she breaks a bit off. Unfortunately she eats everything that she breaks off so we have to throw away all her toys that she can destroy - including kongs. She has one green bone from pets at home that has proved immune to her attempts and I have bought her an antler today to have a go at which she is currently tackling in her bed...
Any recommendations for toys that tough chewers can't destroy?!
Thanks

JessieEssex Fri 29-Jan-16 15:02:53

The monster at work!

Maryz Fri 29-Jan-16 15:09:24

Don't buy toys, make them.

At the moment my goldie puppy is trying to destroy everything. So far, the best things are a toy made out of football socks (two socks stuffed into a third to fill the foot and a couple of knots tied along the length of the leg, and another made out of a towel torn into strips (but left attached at the seam, and then plaited and plaited again.

He also loves half-coconut shells left over from garden bird feeders, plastic bottles with a handful of dry food put into them to make them shake, plastic margarine tubs with lids gaffer taped on (and food in it) and flat rugby balls (of which we have loads).

We've also found a whole lot of old garden toys that the kids are well grown out of - frisbee, garden spades etc.

Where did you buy your antler?

Maryz Fri 29-Jan-16 15:11:16

Though I have to add his favourite toys are the rocking chair legs and socks. Any socks, but preferably used, smelly socks. He just swallows those though hmm

Friendlystories Fri 29-Jan-16 15:12:36

Black Kongs (Pets at Home do a slightly cheaper yellow version, think the brand name is Ruff and Tuff), Nylabones, Stag Bars. All fairly pricey but last my power chewers (staffies) quite a while so work out more economical in the long run than cheaper stuff they destroy in minutes. Kong type toys should be supervised as they do break down eventually, Nylabones and Stag bars tend to get worn down gradually and it's less likely he will manage to break pieces off so are the safer bet if you need to leave him with something to chew unattended smile

Maryz Fri 29-Jan-16 15:17:45

And it's true that with all the old kids's toys, he does break stuff off, but he's never on his own so can't do himself any damage - and I just chuck them as he destroys them.

The socks/towels are lasting a long time, though, as long as I tie them tightly.

JessieEssex Fri 29-Jan-16 17:06:00

maryz if she does get anything fabric based she rips it and eats it - I had to pull a long strip of thread out of her bum the other morning... She really needs something that she can't break up at all. Love your ideas though! I got the antler from PAH today - they just had their first batch of the year in yesterday. Honey has already managed to gnaw a bit off though...
She has had a nylabone and eventually wore that down but it did take a while and the bits were tiny (the packaging actually said that the pieces wouldn't be bigger than a grain of rice and would pass straight through, which was true.
We do have to leave her for couple of hours most days (school runs, shopping etc) so I want something I can leave her with.

JessieEssex Fri 29-Jan-16 17:06:45

Sorry fern couldn't go back to the thread to name check you on my reply!

Friendlystories Fri 29-Jan-16 21:53:16

No worries Jessie, I have the same issue with anything fabric, those rope toys get destroyed in seconds and I'm pulling strands out of unmentionable places for days blush bought some knotted fleece ones thinking they'd be better as my two do love a tug of war but no, they shredded and ate those too. They have an old fleece blanket now to play tug with but I have to watch them and take it away as soon as chunks get ripped off or they settle down to chew it instead. The Nylabones don't seem to cause any digestive issues for mine so I tend to stick with them for chewing, I buy the Big Chew one which is shaped like a beef bone and lasts for ages but might be too big for a JRT.

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