I have two Weimaraners, need I say more. They like to tear shit up and I do not mean just breaking a toy. We are talking about mutilating the toy until you cannot tell it even was a toy.
My oldest Weim is Annie and she is seven and Belle is five. Annie calmed down after she turned two but Belle and her destroying ways are going strong!
This picture says it all.
Dog Toy Safety
As moms, we have a responsibility to make sure that our pets are as safe as our human children. If you have a large breed dog, you are not going to give your pet a ball that they could choke on and the same goes for your human children.
At this time there are no regulations for pet toys so the responsibility falls on the pet parents to ensure the toy is safe.
Keep the following in mind before buying a toy:
- Research reviews and make sure there are no concerns for safety
- Look for pieces of a toy that can come off and the dog could eat. This could be really bad if your pet eats a toy and it gets lodged in the intestines or somewhere else.
- When researching check what the material is made of, such as lead levels
- Stay away from toys made with toxic materials
- If you have a destroyer, ensure the material is durable and will hold up
- If you have small children, make sure the toys are safe for them.
- Make sure there are no sharp edges or buttons can be swallowed
- Ensure the toy is not filled with dangerous materials
We have had the same Kong ball for six years. This is Belle’s favorite toy and she loves playing ball with herself. This ball has lasted six years without material being chewed off so this is a winner in my book.
Kong Power Chewer
I am talking about the durable extreme rubber Kong chewer. We have had this toy the longest, for seven years. You can put treats in the middle and play fetch. I choose not to add treats because I personally stay away from the processed crap Kong makes to put in the chewer.
Over 75% of Amazon reviewers have had success with the toy and we have too. We have two and they are still going strong.
Chuck It Balls
These are great for a playdate with your best friend. We lost ours but while we had this ball it held up and not destroyed. The reviews on Amazon are really good as well!
These are controversial and you really need to see if they are a fit for your dog. I give them to Belle because she is an aggressive chewer and well I’d rather her chew this than my wood door! They don’t last long and when I see her chewing the plastic off, I throw them away.
Make your best judgment on this one!
Observe Your Dog and The New Toy
While these toys have been great for my dogs, all animals are different. What works for us our Just like human children, pets require supervision when playing with toys.
When you get the new toy to see how your pet plays with it. Are they trying to tear it apart? Does it seem like it may be unsafe?
If I see Annie or Belle being aggressive, I tell them to love their toy in a nice calm voice and that works to calm their new toy excitement down.
Have an Aggressive Chewer – Try This
Often dogs destroy toys because they are playing by themselves. Take time out of your day and play a game. Setting aside time for interacting with your pawsome friend will help provide them with mental stimulation and help you destress.
Let this be the only time they play with a toy. They will look forward to this time and it can help wear them out for bedtime.
Dogs with a deep chest, like a Weimaraner, are subject to bloat. Avoid playing before and right after mealtime. Wait a significant amount of time until they have digested their food and then play.
Remember that owning a pet is a commitment and as pet owners, there are responsibilities – one of those is keeping our pets safe!