View Full Version : Your pup's favorite toy?
2nd March 2007, 08:17 PM
So I was at Petsmart fantasizing that I already HAD a puppy (ya'll know the wait is getting excrutiating). Oh, and I ran into a precious ruby and chit-chatted with her owner for awhile ... turns out she's a clueless BYB about to breed her un-spayed 3 year old - grrrr. I bought some really cute stuff. But you guys are always talking about certain toys that are dangerous due to strings, sharp pieces, etc ... I'm fairly clueless.
I bought a couple of different types of puppy Kongs and PB filling (which I figured is a pretty standard toy) as well as billions of squeaky balls (small enough for a small puppy), rope pulls, stuffed animals, etc. Also puppy pads, nail trimmers. I need an X-pen and a crate. What size crate? Where did you get a good x-pen?
OK, that was a lot of questions ... icon_whistling
2nd March 2007, 09:20 PM
Wow Julie. You sound like you are definitely stocking up for your upcoming addition.
I feel that most toys are safe while the pup is supervised playing with it. I would steer clear of any toy that has small pieces that could easily be ripped off and get lodged in their throats.
I don't leave Sadie with too much when she is unattended. Her Nylabone teething keys and puppy kong teething stick filled with kibble are two of her favorites while at home during the day. When we come home from work, she can not WAIT to get ahold of her AKC pheasant toy we got from Target. I'll post a picture below of her sleeping with it. The AKC toys seem to really hold up, we have a pheasant and a rabbit for her and she hasn't even made a dent in them with her razor sharp puppy teeth! :yikes
Everyone has a different opinion on what size crate you should get. I opted for a small size, and if I have to get her a larger when she's full grown, I will. I figured it's her den and I want her to feel cozy in it. I bought the 18"W X 24"D X 20"H for pets up to 25 pounds. So far she loves it.
Also, I don't know if you still have a K-Mart around you (I was surprised when I moved apartments awhile back that there was one right down the road!) but I bought Sadie an x-pen there. It's 30 inches high, 6 panel - each 32 inches wide. It was only $59.99. Here's the link to it. (She's been great in it so far)
Good luck with all of your shopping!! I know the waiting feels like forever, but when you get to the day when that pup is in your hands, it feels like the waiting period FLEW by!!!!
Here's Sadie asleep with her favorite pheasant, Phil.
2nd March 2007, 09:35 PM
I got most everything for my dogs at Petsmart as well. They are very copetitively priced and the only store around here that carries the food my dogs are on.
When all of mine were babies, hands down their favorite toy was "long-dog". They love them! But if you have a chewer, which I do in Izzy, they are NOT very durable and I probably won't buy another. :(
2nd March 2007, 09:42 PM
I'll check out that K-Mart x-pen - that's a really good price.
And I LOVE that long dog!!! I bought one yesterday. They're so cute. :)
2nd March 2007, 09:49 PM
What is a K-mart? We have one by us, but I have never been in it. It is located in a strip mall type area that doesn't really have any retail stores that I would go in...
2nd March 2007, 10:01 PM
K-Mart is just like a Walmart or maybe a little bit of a downscale Target. They have some pretty good buys when you look.
I have to agree with the long dog. Sadie has a purple one that she tries and tries to destroy, but to her dismay it keeps living on!
2nd March 2007, 10:05 PM
Mr.froggie! from Kong toys i think? my babies just cant get enough of it. EVERYDAY :lol: anywys,petsmart has the nicest stuffs.. :)
2nd March 2007, 10:25 PM
Sofee Marie loves any of the plush chew toys, like the Long Dog. Here favorite has been a plastic and cotton rag 'thing'. She really loves to chew the rag pieces, not sure why, but it's a keeper. See picture below.
Plastic squeaky balls are great too, she loves to chase them and make them squeak like crazy.
Last night I stepped on a squeaky 'Kiwi bird' by mistake and I heard her head hit the top of her crate, she woke up with such a start, poor thing!!! :lol: :lol:
Enjoy all your shopping, I have spent sooooooooo much $$$$ on her, it's unreal, but worth every penny!
2nd March 2007, 10:27 PM
tara that photo is adorable....so now i know what toy i'll bring indy back from georgia (visiting the folks in 2 weeks!!!) he loves birds....well loves them like sylvester loves tweety.
indy's all time favourite toy which i have not been able to find since was a very durable combination of stuffed and rope toy----a turkey with rope arms and legs....hours of humping and chewing fun :D :roll:
julie the rope toys are indy's favourite but they should only be used under STRICT supervision and you have to always check that the little ends aren't becoming loose. other members posted in the past about how dangerous they can be if cavvies swallow the cords and i learned this the hard way---we were lucky as everything eventually passed ok!
that said i still buy them, but indy only has them when i'm watching him closely.
good luck with the shopping!
2nd March 2007, 11:56 PM
I bought heaps of toys for Beau and though he does enjoy playing with them, his absolute favourite things to play with are
an empty cardboard box
an empty plastic drink bottle
a plastic mug
these things are fun because they can be hidden in, bounce around the floor in an unpredictable manner when pounced on, make funny noises etc.
2nd March 2007, 11:58 PM
Winnie the Pooh is Tucker's favorite toy, unfortunately he's back in the hospital, even after having his two arms amputated, he needs another stitching along his back. Pretty soon he's only going to have a head!
I love the kong toy I purchased recently. It's a kong-jack. Same material as his mini-tennis balls, but due to the shape when it's bounced its direction is not as predictable because of the unusual shape. Otherwise, the toys that have lasted longest cost @ $1.00 at Wal-Mart they are rubber squeaky toys.
3rd March 2007, 12:59 AM
Kim - the AKC bird toys are the way to go! They make pheasants, cardinals, bluebirds, etc. My OH's father owns a pheasant farm in Upstate New York, so he's always grown up with bird dogs. He was one proud papa when he saw Sadie fall in love with Phil, her pheasant.
Joanne - Here's hoping Winnie the Pooh makes a full recovery!! :xfngr: :xfngr:
3rd March 2007, 04:33 AM
Tara, love your avatar! looks like a painting somehow.. :)
3rd March 2007, 05:38 PM
Bertie is NUTS about his string of sausages!! They look just like this but a little longer
3rd March 2007, 06:47 PM
Kodee's favorite toy is any person's feet! But to distract her from THAT, I recommend the PetStages toys at Petsmart - they are really thought out and well made. Her favourites are: a large (bigger than her) fluffy dog that squeeks in millions of places http://www.cavaliertalk.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7824 , Petstages catapillar type chew toy with different textures, chill bone (canvas boneshape you wet and freeze), kong with anything and one I made (used polar fleeced 3 braided strips tied together - very long). She drags the last one around for hours. I also agree with Caroline - everytime a pop case is emptied she is given it to play with! But now her teeth are sharper - it must be taken away much sooner. She loves to jump on it and fall off :roll:
As for crates and xpens, there are numerous posts here what people use. They will fit an 18x24 if that is all the room you have (i have it) but I would have preferred the 24x30 if I could have fit it. The better xpen is the plastic one (more sturdy) but the metal one do (I got it because is was on sale for 2/3 less at the time and its fine - better to get med, 31" at least as some jump!
4th March 2007, 09:28 AM
Of all the toys I bought, Charlie's favourite is a small cylinder PetStages toy. I'm not sure what you call it, but it says it can go in the freezer for teething. He'll chew it for a good 30 minutes before he gets bored. He also has baby Kongs, but he will only chew on them for about 5 minutes then will move onto something else. I like the Bamboo products because they are nearly indestructible...but when I need to distract him for awhile, its always the Petstages toy.
4th March 2007, 11:42 AM
to echo caraline----apart from rope toys, indy's favourites are cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls. :lol: :roll:
why do we spend money on nice toys when there are so many more interesting things around the house.....our furbabies must think we are so silly.
4th March 2007, 09:41 PM
if you do give your puppy cardboard or something that they can eat, make sure you are are always watching. Our neighbours gave their dog a cardboard box to play with, and while they were away, he ate it and end up suffocating on the chunks of cardboard.
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