Elissa's and Ceylon's Mom
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Chew toys for a BIG time chewer/shredder
Ceylon just loves to chew, and he also loves to shred. Granted, he is teething right now, but still... His favorite toy so far has been his loofa, but it already has a couple of holes in it (after just a week!!) and I am paranoid about him swallowing pieces of fluff from anything, so that toy will only be used under supervision from now on...
His breeder suggested Nylabones, so when I first got Ceylon I bought him a puppy pack of 3. She had said not to buy the clear kind, because they tended to disintegrate - well, he has chewed on the (non-clear) Nylabones so much that I found shards of the Nylabone earlier tonight and the Nylabone itself that he had been chewing on earlier was completely soft, partially ripped, and falling apart (again, after just a little more than a week!). So, Nylabones are out as well, at least for any sort of solution that will last longer than a week!
I searched through this forum and I found a few suggestions. I have a couple of kongs already, but those are supposed to be his 'special treat' for when he has to be left alone for an hour or so (though, he doesn't seem to interested in them so far - maybe he just doesn't like the puppy filling that I got for him? Or perhaps, because he only gets them when he is left alone? I dunno...). I think that I don't want anything else that he can actually consume, such as pig ears, frozen liver, rawhide, etc - after everything else that I have heard about Havs being possibly picky eaters, I am pretty determined to keep him on a strict diet of only high-quality puppy/dog food, at least until he is older (I don't give him treats or human food either, obviously, and he is doing really well with that overall). And since he is a voracious shedder (I could tell you stories about that as well, but I am sure that you can imagine!), anything such as loofas or Tuffies are out as well.
I will for sure get him some antler bones tomorrow, and I am hoping that those may just solve my problem. The only other thing that might work, I think, is raw bones - - but I am worried about splinters, bacteria, choking, etc. Does anybody else have a hav that was this voracious about chewing/shredding, and do you have any thoughts about antler bones, raw bones, or any other suggestions for good, long-lasting chew toys that he would actually like to chew on, that won't disintegrate within a week?
Thanks so much!
Last edited by Thumper; 04-05-2011 at 07:42 PM.