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Hi everybody,

My dog is a Doberman and can chew through just about anything. She loves tennis balls, and really any ball I give her. I don't really give her many anymore though because they last about five minutes. The only ball that has held up to her chewing is this one - https://www.amazon.com/Milk-Bone-Active-Biscuit-Dispensing-Interactive/dp/B071NZN5LS

Unfortunately, she got her bottom jaw stuck in it this morning, so I'm going to have to take it away. Its happened once before but not as bad as this morning. I'm looking for some recommendations, because I'm a bit stumped. She likes the toys that she can squeeze and have a bit of give, but its hard to find anything that holds up to her more aggressive chewing moments. The only other brand that I've had any luck with is Chuck-It. Does anyone know if their balls are up to the challenge?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Hollee rollers by JW my pup hasn't manage to shew or get so stuck she hasn't been able to rectify it. You can get varied sizes.


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Kongs?
 

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Try a second hand shop for used sports equipment. You might mind them getting wrecked if you don’t have to pay much in the first place. We had a chewer as well and although the soccer ball didn’t lol great it did last quite a while.


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My dog can tear apart a tennis ball very quickly. We’ve had great success with the Chuck It balls (plain and squeaker style). They hold up great for us.
 

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My dog can tear apart a tennis ball very quickly. We’ve had great success with the Chuck It balls (plain and squeaker style). They hold up great for us.
Thank you for recommending this! I've been considering these for a while but hadn't jumped on it.

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I would save the balls for games of fetch and not allow free access to them. My dogs don't get free access to balls, tugs or frisbee's.
At the moment its a matter of keeping her busy, since my family and I can't play outside with her due to the cold. We're trying to find what toys are worth buying right now as well, we haven't had a large dog in a long time. I'll try limiting her access in the summer though, that's a good idea!

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I would be finding other ways to entertain her. Either through training or more physical exercise. My dogs wear coats and/or boots, and we bundle up and spend time outside. We don't spend a ton of time outdoors once it gets lower than -25/-30 (-22F) but being outdoors is important for everyone's well-being.

Chewing to that extent and destroying toys is a huge indicator that she is bored. Dobes are highly intelligent, highly energetic dogs. You need to find an outlet for her or you're going to have future problems.

Look into toys that are specifically designed to be chewed on and/or eaten.
 

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At the moment its a matter of keeping her busy, since my family and I can't play outside with her due to the cold. We're trying to find what toys are worth buying right now as well, we haven't had a large dog in a long time. I'll try limiting her access in the summer though, that's a good idea!

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It's more than just finding toys to keep her occupied. She needs mental stimulation. My dogs wear coats and get some time outside even when it's cold/ snowy. If it is in fact too cold (less than -20 degrees F) or too icy, I'll rent a training room or sign them up for any classes that I can get into. I take them to dog friendly stores and train (Bass Pro, Runnings, Tractor Supply, etc). You could invest in some fairly inexpensive fitness equipment (or more pricey Fitpaws stuff) and do some canine fitness a few days/week. Look up the AKC Trick Dog titles for some ideas on tricks that you can train. On days that you're tired and want her to relax, give her bones to chew or find a stuffable toy (like a Kong Extreme), fill it with a variety of foods and freeze it.
 

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I would be finding other ways to entertain her. Either through training or more physical exercise. My dogs wear coats and/or boots, and we bundle up and spend time outside. We don't spend a ton of time outdoors once it gets lower than -25/-30 (-22F) but being outdoors is important for everyone's well-being.

Chewing to that extent and destroying toys is a huge indicator that she is bored. Dobes are highly intelligent, highly energetic dogs. You need to find an outlet for her or you're going to have future problems.

Look into toys that are specifically designed to be chewed on and/or eaten.
I'm starting to take her for walks now that the weather is improving at least a bit. She's outgrown her coat so I'm currently looking for another. Even with her winter coat though in my experience she starts to shiver pretty easily? She's also a puker so we can't go to any classes unfortunately...

I have gotten a lot of nylabones. So she has those to take frustration out on.

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It's more than just finding toys to keep her occupied. She needs mental stimulation. My dogs wear coats and get some time outside even when it's cold/ snowy. If it is in fact too cold (less than -20 degrees F) or too icy, I'll rent a training room or sign them up for any classes that I can get into. I take them to dog friendly stores and train (Bass Pro, Runnings, Tractor Supply, etc). You could invest in some fairly inexpensive fitness equipment (or more pricey Fitpaws stuff) and do some canine fitness a few days/week. Look up the AKC Trick Dog titles for some ideas on tricks that you can train. On days that you're tired and want her to relax, give her bones to chew or find a stuffable toy (like a Kong Extreme), fill it with a variety of foods and freeze it.
I just replied to a similar comment-

She's outgrown her coat currently so I'm looking for a new one. I am taking her for walks again now that the weather is slightly improving. She shivers though if its really cold so I'm hesitant to take her without...

I can do home training, but unfortunately classes and such are out. She's a major puker in the car and we can't seem to kick it.

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I found 3 balls that work great!
The first is a Varsity Ball. It's expensive, but cheaper in the long run, because you only buy 1! Koby has chewed up Jolly balls, Jolly eggs, basket balls, soccer balls, etc. His Varsity balls are 4 years old now and still going strong. He has a 12" and a 14 ".
The second is Lacrosse balls. They can still chew them, but I give them while supervised.
They are very hard solid, yellow rubber balls and last a long time.
The last are the black Kong balls. I have 3 large German Shepherds that love to chew.
They are the only balls I've found that last. :)
 
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