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Adopt Roxy! - Paws N' Time Rescue

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Dogs chew.  It is a natural reaction to boredom, a good way to play with your puppy in some cases, keeps their interest, good for cleaning teeth, excellent for separation anxiety, and good for putting into a dog’s crate with them when crate training (if the toy is strong enough).

Some dogs chew harder than others.  For many, you can let them play with the puffy, stuffed toys that are so cute on the shelves at the pet store. If that is the case with your dog, congratulations, you’ve got your choice of every toy in the pet store and don’t have to do anything special.

For others, rubber toys are required to keep puppies and adult dogs from destroying and swallowing pieces of their toy.  These dogs can benefit from the use of toys made by Kong for their age group, everlasting treat balls, and everlasting fun balls (both by Starmark and commonly available) will be better suited to your dog.

For a few dogs, they find a way to destroy almost every kind of toy you leave with them.  For these dogs, I recommend the black colored Kong toys.  These hold up better than any of the other toys I’ve seen tested.

No matter which toys you choose you should see your dog playing with it before leaving your dog alone with it.

No matter what type of chewer your dog is, I recommend picking up all fluffy toys before you leave the house as a precautionary measure.

Even dogs that would not normally destroy their toys might over-chew given an empty house.

So, if your puppy or adult dog has a chewing problem, first, you must decide which type of chewer your dog is, then try short trips away from home leaving out the toys that you feel are right for your dog, or just leave them inside while you go for a walk or out to the backyard, someplace your puppy can’t see you.

Assuming this goes well, you can leave your dog with his toys while you are gone for longer periods of time.

If you are unsure about which toys to go with, try the black Kong toys for safety and work from there.  As always, if you have questions, please leave a comment and let me know.