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zagster
« on: May 12, 2005 03:17:36 PM »

I really want to make some unusually cute dog toys for my dog, but I'm afraid he'll just tear them apart. (He's a boxer with jowls of steel)

Can anyone recommend a good sturdy fabric to make chew toys out of? What should I look for?  Huh
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Picasso_blue_dog
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2005 05:26:39 PM »

What about canvas?? I have a Lab and she is a chewer. She has one of those heavy duty Canvas fetch toys that float in water and they last a while. Now canvas can be a bit harder to sew but its more durable than your average thin cotton fabric. Also while other "fabrics" like vinyl are hardier they are not good at all if your dog rips aparts and eats. Canvas is 100% cotton so its much safer. Also you can pick up squeakers in a pack at pet stores. This is a big hit with my dog as i sometimes put two in one animal. I squeak one while she squeaks the other. Good LUck.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2005 06:15:57 AM »

I actually already have a pack of extra squeakers for some reason, which is why I started thinking about making him some toys. I'll give the canvas a shot. I think I have to curb my urges to make something really cute that he'll destroy. Haha. Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2005 10:20:51 AM »

needle felting is a good one. (if you dont know how to do it there should be plenty of posts on it, or i can help you out)
1. dogs loove wool roving cuz it smells like sheep
2. the sturdyness of the toy is dependant on how much you felt, not the streangth of the string or the fabric or anything
3. when parts are pulled off they can be felted back on easily.
4. wool and felting needles are cheap!

the only reason i dont use this for dog toys is because i dont want  to encourage my dogs to chew up my work for sale, (which one took the liberty of doing last night)
but i think you should try it out
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2005 03:34:26 PM »

    I have a huge black lab that chews and bites through everything. I've given up on finding or making "cute" toys for him. Instead, I give him plastic milk jugs(with the lids off). He loves to chew on them and kick them around, and it's a great way to recycle.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2005 01:04:05 PM »

I have a four month old terrier and was wondering just the same thing.  '
Anyone trying knitting or crochet?

I figure if I can throw together something quickly, it won't matter how fast she destroys it.  Squeakers are cheap fortunately.  I thought about felting, but she loves to tear the felt off of tennis balls, so I don't know how well they would fare. 

I'll give an update, she should be a good small dog test since she's a destructo-bot.
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razberryjam
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2005 09:46:54 AM »

i've got a 1 year old lab/weimaraner mix, and he rips through everything i give him in under 10 minutes. he thinks the point of toys is to destroy them. i like the milk jug idea. and canvas seems like it would work too. i would steer away from cute, though, at least until you know whether or not the toys will last.
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2005 03:19:49 PM »

    I have a huge black lab that chews and bites through everything. I've given up on finding or making "cute" toys for him. Instead, I give him plastic milk jugs(with the lids off). He loves to chew on them and kick them around, and it's a great way to recycle.  Wink

heee!  i do this with my dog too - using empty 2-liter soda bottles.  i leave the cap screwed on super tight, that way he also cant crush the bottle up too quickly. 
the body of the bottle is just big enough that he cant get his mouth around it, so it becomes a great game of chase. he loves the noise the plastic makes too.  :-)
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2005 03:42:13 PM »

*whimper* my first dog did that. my mom has a daycare and we go through milk like crazy so every time my mom or i would rinse out a milk jug and flatten it she was there waiting to chew on it and chase it around the house.
i miss my dog Sad
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