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Hello! Does anyone have any suggestions of toys that hold up under some pretty strong chewing?

Fitz is 7 months and really into chewing. He's happy to chew on the toys we provide, but he goes through them so quickly that it's becoming really expensive. We like the fillable Kongs, but he only likes them if there's food in them, so I only give him like one a day so that he doesn't get to be overweight from constant eating (I usually take the food from his pre-portioned meals for the day so that he isn't actually getting extra food). He also really likes the spiral bully sticks, but if he eats them continuously, he gets an upset tummy and he goes through one in about a day and a half, so at $4 a pop, they're also an expensive habit.

Otherwise though, we've found very few things that last even a week without being destroyed. We've tried the Kong Wubba, Kong Tugga Wubba, regular rope toys, tennis balls, Kong Genius toys, and an assortment of other things, but nothing seems to last.

Does anyone have any suggestions for other things to try?

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Have you tried moose antlers or Himalayan chews yet?

http://acadiaantlers.com/
http://www.himalayandogchew.com/

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Hello! Does anyone have any suggestions of toys that hold up under some pretty strong chewing?

Fitz is 7 months and really into chewing. He's happy to chew on the toys we provide, but he goes through them so quickly that it's becoming really expensive. We like the fillable Kongs, but he only likes them if there's food in them, so I only give him like one a day so that he doesn't get to be overweight from constant eating (I usually take the food from his pre-portioned meals for the day so that he isn't actually getting extra food). He also really likes the spiral bully sticks, but if he eats them continuously, he gets an upset tummy and he goes through one in about a day and a half, so at $4 a pop, they're also an expensive habit.

Otherwise though, we've found very few things that last even a week without being destroyed. We've tried the Kong Wubba, Kong Tugga Wubba, regular rope toys, tennis balls, Kong Genius toys, and an assortment of other things, but nothing seems to last.

Does anyone have any suggestions for other things to try?

Thank you!
I've found some stuffed toys at Petsmart and Care-a lot that hold up well to my puppy's chewing. They have something called "chew guard technology". Pogo has a dinosaur and dragon that he just loves. They don't have a lot of stuffing, which is good!

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Go Dog makes toys with Chew Guard Technology. And they won dogster.com's Durable Toy Showdown a few months ago.

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Have you tried moose antlers or Himalayan chews yet?

http://acadiaantlers.com/
http://www.himalayandogchew.com/
So I guess my question about these is, are they fully digestible? I don't want to give him something that can cause a blockage or other issues if he breaks a slightly larger piece off.
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He also really likes the spiral bully sticks, but if he eats them continuously, he gets an upset tummy and he goes through one in about a day and a half, so at $4 a pop,
Ja, Ja, Ja, that would figure out to about "$4 a poop!"

Hola Fitz, I like bully sticks too, but it gives me upset tummy when I eat too much of it. So my Popi let's me chew on one for maybe 30 minutes max every few days as a special treat That seems to work for my tummy.

Sometimes I chew on my Momi's bedroom slippers and it is fun to watch humans play RUNLIKEHELL, waving their hands in the air when I do that!

Anyway, I think you will grow out of the "chew everything in sight" habit soon.

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I went and bought an assortment of things and figured I'd share in case anyone else was having a similar problem.

The goDog was great, we got him a little pig and he LOVES it. It has stood up very well to his chewing and seems to be in pretty good shape thus far. While I like the goDog, I actually am even more pleased with the petco brand stuffed toys that are made out of the same material. I'd actually gotten him one a few months ago (a cute little tube called a barkwurst) on a whim since they're right by the register and it lasted ages, it just got SUPER dirty and washing didn't really help. Since then we've also tried the carrot (not so great because the felt stem at the top is not durable at all, is filled with stuffing, and is not sewn on separately, so if you get that off the whole toy comes apart), the Gouda dog (also not as good, but I'm not shocked because it's made out of a different material), and the broccoli (which is just as good as the barkwurst). I wasn't so sure about the broccoli, because it has these tiny little arms that look like prime candidates for being chewed off in a matter of minutes, but it's about 2-3 weeks old at this point and still in perfect condition, even though we play fetch and tug with it every day.

We got him another Kong, which he loves to be filled with peanut butter or softened kibble, or really just about anything. However I do NOT recommend a Kong Genius. The rubber is soft and he'd ripped a chunk out of the top in literally less than three minutes of having it, which was a shame, because he really seemed to be intrigued by getting the treat out.

We also got him a squirrel with a long fluffy tail that he loved in the store and while the squirrel is significantly less furry that he was initially (it's taken rather a bit of supervision to make sure he doesn't eat too much fuzz) most of his parts, other than his ears and his squeaker, are still in tact so overall not a complete waste of money.

All in all, I've definitely found some options. Thank you all for your recommendations!!
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I have given Zeke an old shoe, but have found that is a bad idea as he can't differentiate that from my good ones! I learned my lesson there...

The antlers last a long time and they haven't broken off at all so they seem very safe. Same for the himalayan chews, he scrapes off bits of it, but not pieces at a time.

The non-stuffed toys also seem to last. Skineez or something like that.

Lastly, we found a toy that looks like a stuffed animal at PetCo, but the inside was a sturdy knotted rope. Since the rope is covered by the furry animal costume thing, he can't tear off rope like he does with the exposed ones.

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