Originally Posted by Kaun
Sorry to hear you're having so much trouble with your GSD pup.
Regarding toys, I have a lot of experience with ruined toys through my terrier. If she has 30 seconds on her own with toys it's gone. The first step was to remove all toys. There are only toys if I am supervising the play with them. I taught her to retrieve and had treats on hand so that I could play ball or frisbee with her. To this date it's one of few games I do play with her. She has never been one to tug but I am also working to teach her to enjoy it.
Instead of toys I try to give my dog and puppy a lot of chew bones. I also give a lot of raw bones but not everybody likes doing that. This has helped tremendously to redirect the puppy when she's going crazy wanting to tear everything she can find around the house. A large bone almost never fails to buy me peace of mind.
We've been working on trying to get her to play, but unless she is alone with the toy she won't even acknowledge that it exists. We could play with her with sticks, because that's really all she likes, but we are trying to get her to leave them alone because she is ruining our backyard by pulling everything up and apart. She has dug tile up in the kitchen in multiple spots, and "no chew" spray doesn't work. Our landlord is none too thrilled with us.
She loves bones but at the rate she goes through them we can't afford to buy her a 10$ bone every day, so that's mainly a weekend thing.
Our other problem is, we have cats and she eats their food if let out of the kitchen. She also treats them like chew toys (steps on them, sits on them, bites them) so that's a problem too