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Do you (or anyone) have any chew toys you'd recommend for standard puppies?
Variety! Variety! Variety!

Peggy had durable toys that I would stuff and let her chew on her own. Kongs are the gold standard for this, and Peggy preferred their puppy line, which is pink or blue and made from a softer rubber. The Kong puppy tire is still a favourite. I'll stick kibbles around the inner rim with a dab of peanut butter. She also liked it with a frozen apple slice when she was still teething:

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But in addition to these, I bought armloads of toys from discount bins, of every imaginable texture. This is a situation where quantity is key. You want one within arm's reach at all times, to satisfy all the different chewing phases your puppy will go through. (It sometimes changes hourly!) Just be sure to carefully supervise and immediately toss any toy that's starting to fall apart. Unravelling threads are a big one to watch for.

I supplemented these toys with frozen carrots or green beans (loved 'em), frozen washcloths (hated 'em), and lots of cardboard to shred in her pen.
 

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Not exactly a toy, but Boulder Dog, bison knee caps were satisfying and safe for my puppy, through adulthood. CET Enzymatic chews are great for their teeth. Buck had zero interest in Kong’s, Yak cheese, nylabones, rope toys.
I swear my dogs have always laughed at Nylabones. They didn't even know what to do with them.

But Peggy loves (and still loves) yak cheese. She still gives them a nibble almost every day, sometimes quite vigorously. She also loved bully sticks, but I couldn't handle the stink or the slime.

My approach was to hold these items during quiet chew time, and I love how Peggy still cuddles in close with her yak cheese.
 

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I'll be honest - we still sometimes throw them for Peggy. But I've read horror stories. And brand new tennis balls seriously smell so toxic.... They're probably not the greatest for our pups.
That is a problem with animal and kid toys, most of them aren't good for them😞. I did a thread about this a while ago. I am finally going to try Iheartdogs.com and see how it goes and will leave a review too. Their toys are supposed to be good for dogs without toxins. I'm going to get a Lobo for Sisko too.
 

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Is there any brand of Yak Cheese that's better than others? When I was looking at amazon reviews everything had a percentage of negative reviews (actually all dog stuff seems to have a good percentage of negative / this will kill your dog reviews, it's made me terrified of buying anything for the pup).
 

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Is there any brand of Yak Cheese that's better than others? When I was looking at amazon reviews everything had a percentage of negative reviews (actually all dog stuff seems to have a good percentage of negative / this will kill your dog reviews, it's made me terrified of buying anything for the pup).
I know. I get so bogged down in reviews sometimes. My personal approach is to purchase from a retailer with excellent customer service, so at least I know they'll stand behind whatever they sell. Chewy is my go-to. Just be sure to monitor prices. They fluctuate all the time and it's not always cheaper to buy in larger volumes.

We've tried a few different brands and all have been fine: EcoKind, Bones & Chews, Yaky. Just sniff each one to make sure it has that signature smokey smell because I've read some reviews about mold. I've also read the recommendation to leave the package open rather than sealing it back up and potentially trapping moisture.

Peggy's favourite is Yaky brand, but they make larger chunky crumbs (rather than parmesan-like shavings) and it's kind of a mess. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but I find the other ones last longer.
 

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Loki would like to thank everyone in this thread for putting together his birthday and Christmas wishlists for him. :D

We got him the Kong Squeakair and even when we're not using it to play fetch with him, he's having a lot of fun batting it and chasing it around. Only issue now is stopping him from rolling it under cabinets/chairs/desks, then chewing on everything to get to it...
 

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I assumed red toys were best for visibility, but she always gravitated to the blue ones and this image explains why:

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My heart dog would only play with red tennis balls. No other balls. I'd bought his breeder (a close friend) a tube of Bloomingdales tennis balls as a joke, his mom put 7 balls in the whelping box with the 7 puppies and he apparently imprinted on the red one. This was before the internet - the search for red tennis balls took a lot of my time!
 

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Is there any brand of Yak Cheese that's better than others? When I was looking at amazon reviews everything had a percentage of negative reviews (actually all dog stuff seems to have a good percentage of negative / this will kill your dog reviews, it's made me terrified of buying anything for the pup).
I buy from Bully’s Bunches - they’re the cheapest I’ve found in Canada and they last a long time. They have an American site as well.
My spoo has had the same large one since the beginning of August and it has just over half left. I buy in the odourless bully sticks and yak chews in groups of 25 so I get a bigger discount because she’ll go through them anyways - though my bank account isn’t always impressed. 😂
 

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This is a very expensive thread, Fenris! The dog section of my Christmas list is now larger than the people section.

Anyone have favourite Nina Otterson/other puzzle toys? We just got 3 on the local buy and sell, and both dogs adore them. Trixie will even eat her kibble when it is put in one lol. I suspect they will enter regular rotation, but that both dogs will surpass 2/3 that we got by Christmas.

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I also have a kong wobbler that Annie enjoys whacking

The casino is definitely the hardest.
 

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If Buck were reading this thread with his Christmas stocking in mind, he would wish for Barkworthie’s Tripe Treats. He has Sadie, his soccer balls and one iconic opossum with a rope tail. I need to Marie Kondo the rest, wash and store them for post pandemic donation. I regret getting most of the toys he has, except for the teething tug toys, balls, Sadie and the flirt pole. Both of us are fans of flirt poles. You will always find me recommending them to new poodle owners. The one we got was a sturdy leather lure. I believe I found it on Amazon as Puppy Lure Pole.
 

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This is a very expensive thread, Fenris! The dog section of my Christmas list is now larger than the people section.

Anyone have favourite Nina Otterson/other puzzle toys? We just got 3 on the local buy and sell, and both dogs adore them. Trixie will even eat her kibble when it is put in one lol. I suspect they will enter regular rotation, but that both dogs will surpass 2/3 that we got by Christmas.

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I also have a kong wobbler that Annie enjoys whacking

The casino is definitely the hardest.
We have the first one on your list! But Loki can only use it under close supervision as he sometimes thinks the bones are fun to steal and chew on once he's done finding the treats.

We also have this: Trixie Mad Scientist Turn Around Activity Strategy Game Dog Toy, Level 2 - Chewy.com

It's a bit of a pain to disassemble for cleaning (drooly spoo who thinks licking at it is more effective than pawing at it), but it's pretty well-constructed, he can't run off with the pieces, and we can change the difficulty by changing the lids and/or size of the treats.
 

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Did I forget to mention Peggy's absolute favourite ball???

Wool dryer balls:

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She is verrrrry gentle with them, and will often initiate games of "lazy ball" where we basically just sit on the couch together and hand it back and forth.
 

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Just got in the Lobo Wolf - late birthday for Asta - He has so much excitement! Chew on it, carries it around, shakes it and he loves to make it squeak. He is absolutely crazy. Thanks Peg.
 

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Just got in the Lobo Wolf - late birthday for Asta - He has so much excitement! Chew on it, carries it around, shakes it and he loves to make it squeak. He is absolutely crazy. Thanks Peg.
Haha! So cute. I can picture it perfectly. What a lovely late birthday gift for dear Asta.

Peggy's love for Lobo continues, and we've put in an order for a Christmas Sadie bear at our local pet boutique. Can't thank you enough for the tip, @Mfmst!

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I can't even with baby Peggy and Lobo😢
Did I forget to mention Peggy's absolute favourite ball???

Wool dryer balls:

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She is verrrrry gentle with them, and will often initiate games of "lazy ball" where we basically just sit on the couch together and hand it back and forth.
Those were one of Dax's favorite toys. She would steal them from the dryer and destroy them if left alone with them too long🤣
 
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