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I have a Black Labrador that I'm training to be a seeing eye dog through the Guide Dog Foundation. I'm trying to build her confidence, so I've been instructed to give her a cutesie, soft squeaky toy. I would like to get her one that is some sort of durable material, preferably not rubber throughout. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Kong does make a lot of good toys for retrievers. There is the wubba with a long tail, tennis ball and squeaker together, the tails, which has fabric on both sides, the floating cool kong for retriever training in the water (which most labs love) that is boyant and also comes on a string to help you toss it further. They also make squeaker sticks and squeaker tennis balls and soft frisbee like toys and air kong spinners, sticks, bones, roped balls and footballs. Kongs are highly durable toys that are a good investment because they last a long time. I have two American pit bull terriers (a pure dual registered female from a large bloodline that is #80 and a bull mastiff/APBT mix male that is #120) and the Kongs stand up well to their powerful jaws. I have to stick to the black kongs (specially designed for powerful chewers), however your lab can use anything in their product line, and would probably prefer the softer red kongs if there is a choice.
I’ve recently gotten a toy called “Roadkill”. It is a toy made of faux fur with a stuffed head and squeaky toy. But here’s the best part…the entire rest of the toy is not stuffed at all. My dog is constantly tearing up his stuffed animal toys, but this one works like a charm. I bought two about six months ago and they are still in great condition.
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Those “kong” rubber things that you put treats into and it keeps the dog busy for hours.
How about asking the Guide Dog Foundation, they should be able to tell you exactly what to buy for her, and it would be safer than asking here on these boards.
There are no totally unbreakable dog toys, but some tough ones I use are Firehose toys ,these Zany? balls made by a company in Great Falls, MT, and Kong toys. The black ones are the toughest.
I shop at kvvet.com they have oodles of toys that are age and dog appropriate. You can order a master catalog online or by calling 1-800-423-8211.
Have a look at the boomer balls.
There are many kinds of indestructable toys for dogs.