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Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Dec 26th, 2016 at 12:21am
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I'm not a regular reader of the dog section so this may have been cover.
I would like to know are there do's and dont's regarding toys for puppies. I remember reading years ago that some toys tended to cause a retiever to become hard in the mouth.
The pup is a very timid GSP bitch 13 weeks old, the last of the litter. I hope to use her to retrieve ducks. She is already collecting all the junk plus all the families boots and placing them near her day bed.
We are almost empty nesters so kids will have a small influence on her training. Hope some of you guy can be of help  Cheers Ackley
  
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Re: Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Reply #1 - Dec 29th, 2016 at 4:53pm
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A lot of this depends on what your end purpose for the dog is. if you want to have a dog for hunting and retrieving now is the time to teach positive things so you don't have to break bad habits later on. Others milage will vary but I would stop her gathering things and stashing them you want her to share things with you.  Sticks and hard objects can cause a pup to bite down and chew things while retrieving but some trainers say not use the likes of a tennis ball as well. I have seen both objects being chewed/ mouthed by pups but not a %100 sure if they are the cause, to be safe get a puppy sized dummy (bumper) to be safe. Also don't let it chew scrag/play fight with  things you are using for training this may be fun until pup decides your duck or quail is the right toy for this. If you think she needs something to chew give her non splintery bone.

And definitely keep her away from shoes, she won't know the difference between an old shoe and a good one and sooner or later there will be grief.
  

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Re: Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Reply #2 - May 9th, 2017 at 5:00am
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This is something I have been trying to figure out.

I am training a new dog and it is entirely different personality than my last one Though it is the same bread as the last one.

Really struggling with the sharing aspect of the training as well as increasing gentleness.

Is there a way to fix this with toys and training? I assume there can be dogs that just aren't right for hunting, but I am not sure if this just a problem with my training.
  
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Re: Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Reply #3 - May 16th, 2017 at 8:04am
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Give the pup a big cannon bone cut so that they get at the marrow. Best chew toy out and creates none of these issues. Cheaper for you and tastier for the pup. Good for cleaning teeth too which is a must.
  
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Re: Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Reply #4 - Jun 1st, 2017 at 8:24am
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Sneaka wrote on May 16th, 2017 at 8:04am:
Give the pup a big cannon bone cut so that they get at the marrow. Best chew toy out and creates none of these issues. Cheaper for you and tastier for the pup. Good for cleaning teeth too which is a must.


How should the bone be cut so they can get to the marrow? Just snapped in half or some sort of hotdog bun cut down the middle?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I just want to try it the right way.
  
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Re: Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Reply #5 - Jun 2nd, 2017 at 6:27pm
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I just cut one end off so that they can work away at the marrow at the end. With or without this is fine. Just seems to keep them occupied for longer.
  
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Re: Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Reply #6 - Jun 2nd, 2017 at 6:34pm
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Sneaka wrote on Jun 2nd, 2017 at 6:27pm:
I just cut one end off so that they can work away at the marrow at the end. With or without this is fine. Just seems to keep them occupied for longer.


They can spent weeks sometimes on the same bone. Wonder what the marrow tastes like after all that time. They dont seem to mind.  Grin
  

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Re: Chew toys/ play toys for puppy
Reply #7 - Jun 2nd, 2017 at 8:11pm
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If only we were all that easily pleased ay. Life would be so simple.  Grin
  
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