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    Kongs, tennis balls and a big ol' rope he carries around with a small rat terrier attached to the other end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeDog View Post
    Dogs are very contextual. Playing with toys doesn't make them poor workers.
    Great comment - I absolutely agree. Dogs are 'in the moment' learners, but lifetime chewers, particularly Labradors.

    I have the requisite toy box at home that's filled with nylabones of various sizes and shapes, natural bones, and some kongs. (I tried the rope toys early on, dogs loved them but I felt they were dangerous, given how easily they got shredded.)

    In my house, everyone from age 6 mos to 10 yrs knows exactly where the toy box is. And no measurable deterioration in prey drive, intensity, etc.

    One of the things I strive for with the dogs that are in full time training, is some kind of mental release when they're home. In my experience, chewing does that. So I think it's not only healthy, it's almost necessary for a performance dog to have access to this kind of chewing activity regularly. JMHO.

    If they're lacking in those desired attributes, I can about guarantee that a nylabone didn't do it to them................
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    I dindnt have toys growing up.

    I developed the tendency to play with myself to much.
    Don't think you want you dog doing that.

    it should learn to be social and play with others and toys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MooseGooser View Post
    I dindnt have toys growing up.

    I developed the tendency to play with myself to much.
    Don't think you want you dog doing that.

    it should learn to be social and play with others and toys.

    My 3 cents.
    as my dad always said there's a big difference in playing with yourself and playing by your self...know when to do which

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    let dogs be dogs!!!!
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    My 2 (brother and sister from the same litter) have Nylabones and peanut butter filled leg bones. Plenty of them at home and at the camp. Have heard horror stories about tennis balls and rope so they don't get either one. You'd be surprised what a Lab can get down their throat. I recently found out that they love Satsumas. I've had to cut the branches high enough that they can't pull them from the tree. Of course they do have nice citrus breath when they get one.

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    A hand towel with a knot tied in the middle seems to be the bomb with my little one. Oh, Gooser, My mom said you would go blind if you did but every pup I have ever owned could and have excellent vision? I don't get it?

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    Cannot have enough toys and chews for our dogs.....my new pups favorite is a Gorilla we got at Pet's Smart. It growls, I did not think it would last but she had full access to it from 8 weeks until she went to training....at 6 month and it still works and has not been tore up.....the drive and spirit it brought out in her as a pup is now showing up in her training......what a deal....! Cannot wait to have her back with the pack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosegooser View Post
    i dindnt have toys growing up.

    I developed the tendency to play with myself to much.
    Don't think you want you dog doing that.



    My 3 cents.
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    I have a friend who when i met him and his wife, he was of the belief that the dogs must be kenneled and not in the home. Also, pups raised with no toys, no chews, etc..... He was sure that it would screw with their soft mouth, etc....
    I've known him now about 9 years I bet- his dogs have beds inside, his oldest MH girl sleeps in his chair on his lap , and there are toys laying around their house. Hes come a long way baby! BTW, his oldest MH has made MN Hall of Fame last year and is qualified to run again this year, as is his younger MH girl, who I think will bow out because she will be busy mommying a litter by NFC...
    FWIW< all of my dogs have toys in the house too- most toys have to stay in becuase the young rowdies will destry them outside!
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