Posted by: pennysplayground | March 23, 2010

Chew…Chew…and Chew Some More.

Puppies love to chew and Penny is no exception.

During her teething stage she’d latch onto whatever was handy…a hanging dish cloth, the living room carpet, my fingers…toes…well you get the idea.

I have to admit, it sometimes would have been kind of cute if it weren’t for the fact that her needle sharp baby teeth were extremely destructive, not to mention painful…!

The solution was to get her an assortment of quality dog toys to appease her chewing needs.  These are a few of the toys that have worked well for us, along with some personal notes based on our experience with them.

The first toys that we got for Penny were Griggles brand soft plush toys.  These were great “comfort” toys for a 12 week old puppy as she could carry them around in her mouth and plop down on them when she wanted to take a nap.

Penny is what I would refer to as a “puller” when it comes to her toys.  With every new toy she gets, she makes it her mission to pick at the thread eyes and pull them all out, then she starts in on the labels and any other exposed bits that are sticking out.  Needless to say, the few plush toys that remain in Penny’s toy box often have to go into “surgery” for emergency repairs.

The next toys that we purchased came from Planet Dog…makers of the Orbee line of dog toys.  These toys are great…durable, non-toxic, they even have a nice minty smell to help fight bad breath, and the majority of them are made right here in the U.S.A.

One of her longest lasting toys is the “Orbee Tuff Bone for Pups”.  A die hard chewer will definitely destroy this bone in no time, but Penny loves to bite on it and toss it up in the air.  So far it’s still going strong and looks almost brand new even after 7 months of daily use.

Another great toy is the “Orbee Tuff Ball” which is recommended for more serious chompers.  This ball is durable and a favorite of Pennys when it comes to a good game of fetch, but you will have to watch that your dog doesn’t chew off the raised vinyl continents and swallow the pieces.

Penny started pulling off the pieces after 5 minutes, so I had to do a pre-emptive strike and take them all off before I let her continue playing with it.  Once that was done, the ball was perfect.  You can even freeze it if your pup is teething and it is pretty much indestructible.

When it comes to toys, please remember that you need to get the appropriate sized toy that is right for your dog, and he/she should always be supervised when playing with any type of toy.

There are a few other toys that Penny likes to play with, but I’ll save those for another time.

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