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My sister-in-law is a vet and she told me to never give my dog a cheap rawhide from WalMart or other bargain stores. She said they do not digest well and swell when moist. At the time she said she had to do 3 surgeries in a week because of intestinal blockage and each time the rawhide was the culprit.
 

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I have two dogs and neither have been big fans of chewing. I think because when they were pups to even a few years old I discouraged them from chewing furniture and stuff around the house.

For fetching i've always used a field hockey ball. It is like an oversized tennis ball but hard solid rubber with no covering. It doesn't really bounce either. My GSD loves them and they are too large to swallow.
 

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I just throw a rope away today. My new pup was playing with it when it came apart on her. It was amazing to see how much she managed to get into her mouth in such a short time with me standing less than a foot away on the otherside of the rope.
 

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my boy loves his ropes. He doesn't shred them, should I still be concerned?
If they aren't shredding or unraveling, I wouldn't be concerned. We still use ropes, but once they come untied or start to shred, then they go in the trash.

My point in posting this was to bring awareness to the dangers of rope toys when you have a hard chewer and aren't paying attention.

Moxy has long since passed (2017), and we now have a 2 year old knucklehead named Zoda. She and our Springer love playing tug with a rope. We found the "monkey fist" knotted rope has held up better than the standard ones.

Hope all your pooches are safe and well!
 
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