Posts Tagged ‘play
These three Bostons are determined to beat the rope. Kind of reminded me of watching Tarzan as a kid. Watch this!
I own 4 dogs and run a boarding/daycare business out of my home. At any time I can have as many as 10 dogs in the house at once. Needless to say, I go through my fair share of dog toys. I need toys that can hold up to being squeezed till the squeaker pops out, ropes that can survive a 4-way tug-of-war, and tents that can stay strong when collided into.
I have found that the Kong Brand of balls and bones work great and are long lasting. A bonus for these balls is that it has a squeaker. Unlike most toys with squeakers, these are hard to chew or pop out. I bought Riley (the pup below) a bone shaped Kong toy in April 2010, and the ball is still intact today and still squeaks!
I really wanted to purchase “play area” toys like tents and tunnels so the dogs could have more toys to play with. I found a great deal on a tent and tunnel set for $17. The tunnel has been great! One of my pups spends a lot of time hanging out in it. Anytime he heads to the kitchen he makes sure to walk through his tunnel!
The tent broke a few days after it was set up. The dogs sometimes play tag and they ran into the tent and the poles broke. I even bought a second tent that was sturdier than the first and it was broke in a few days as well.
When out shopping one day I found a pop-pup tent that looked like a dog. It was on sale so I thought I would try it out as it seemed much more flexible than the previous tents…. And it works! YAY! The dogs can run into it, play in it, and jump on it and it doesn’t break.
I am still on the hunt for a rope that goes without being shredded. Right now I just buy cheap ropes at the dollar store because I know they won’t last long. The ropes are a little bit of a hassle though. Aside from shredding, the pieces get stuck in the dogs’ teeth and clog up the vacuum. I can’t help but buy them though because the dogs have a great time playing tug-a-war!
I have been dog sitting for over 10 years but only professionally the last year. After trial and error with dog toys I have finally found some that can stand up to tough play. Now I have a room full of play toys that will provide long lasting- entertainment.