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Ramsey is an 11-month old, 80 lb. mix, Boxer and Great Dane. He is very good about knowing what are his toys and what isn’t. The problem is I can’t find a toy he doesn’t destroy. He tears apart everything, he even destroyed 2 Kong toys and a Firehose. I am not sure what else to try to keep him entertained. Any suggestions?
Having a destructive chewer can definitely be tough. The good news is he has found a way to get rid of excess energy, and he is doing so appropriately.
If you haven’t tried the black Kong I would recommend that. It is designed to be even tougher than the red ones. If you haven’t tried antlers yet, you could give that a shot. I haven’t seen a dog do any real damage to one in a short period of time.
Regardless of what you buy, it is important that you keep giving him things to chew. He obviously likes it, and if he doesn’t have an appropriate thing, he will probably end up chewing up something that he isn’t supposed to like couches, tables etc.
I would also recommend increasing physical and mental exercise. This could stop him from chewing as much as he has in the past.You could also look into Nylabones. Just make sure he is supervised with those though just in case. I hope this gives you some help and if anyone else that is reading this has any suggestions feel free to post them in the comments below.
Thank you for the question!
Kevin Duggan CPDT-KA
Kevin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT.org) and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club. He currently resides in Ohio with his dog, V, a six-year-old Shepherd/Lab mix, where he operates All Dogs Go To Kevin, LLC, specializing in helping build positive relationships between humans and their canine companions using clear communication, not pain and fear. For more training tips and tricks, and to meet his amazing dog, V, follow him on Facebook by clicking here.