Günther doesn’t care much for the chew bone we bought him. My mother’s dog, a South African Boerboel, loves the Nylabone BIG bone, but Günther won’t touch his. Instead, he loves the wheelbarrow handle, logs from the woodpile, My Little Ponies, and Barbies (particularly the feet and hands). He also has a special fondness for Weston and Chelsea’s stuffed animals. He has his own, but no one shrieks and screams when he chews on those, so they’re not as much fun.
Yesterday we went to PetSmart to search for something he would chew on, specifically looking for the treat dispensing toys I’ve read about. There were many options, and the hard part was choosing just one. We looked at several, but we were most intrigued by the Pickle Pocket by Starmark. It’s soft, chewy, and virtually indestructible, even by the most serious chewers (according to the online reviews).
We bought it and the Flavor Waves to insert into it, and then we let Günther test it out. At first, he was a little puzzled, unsure why the treat was ‘stuck’. Since the pockets are very deep, we shoved some training treats on top and let him try again, hoping he’d get the point of the toy. He did.
He’s been chewing on it off and on all day. So far, we’re very impressed. I like that I can use their treats (which are going to be very, very hard for him to remove), or I can refill it with kibble, yogurt, or training treats.
I like the idea of switching up the toys, so we’ll be buying a few more puzzle toys of different types. I hope Günther likes them as much as he likes his Pickle Pocket!