QUESTION: "Tucker, my 6 month old Labrador retriever mix, is an active, playful puppy and an aggressive chewer. Needless to say, he often finds shoes, furniture and other inappropriate items quite tasty. "I buy him a variety of squeaky toys and stuffed animals to keep him entertained. However, he seems to get bored with the toys very quickly. Are there dog toys that will keep him busy and less interested in chewing me out of house and home?
ANSWER: Before you are completely "Tucker-ed out," you may be relieved to learn some good news on the chew toy front. There are numerous dog toys on the market as well as toys you can make to satisfy Tucker's chewing urge. However, the not so good news that
Just one suggestion:
-Layer 1, dry dog kibble
-Layer 2, cottage cheese
-Layer 3, dry dog kibble
- Layer 4, peanut butter
-Layer 5, dry dog kibble
You can even put a dog biscuit in the center of the Kong and "cement" it in place with peanut butter. There are many other toys available at pet supply stores that you can stuff to keep your dog occupied. Keep in mind that these toys can be rather messy, so you might want to let Tucker do his chewing on an easy to clean surface. Also if your pet is a bit "heavy," consider low-fat treats. With every toy there needs to be supervision. If the toy becomes frayed, throw it away.