Staffy proof "stuffed animal" toys

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Post by zionthehappystaffy Thu Jun 01 2023, 21:25

Hi everyone! I have an 8 month old staffy named Zion. I have gotten him a million different toys, & all he seems to like are stuffed animal toys & other toys that are easily destroyable. Any kind of "strong chewer" sticks, kong toys (the tough chewer ones), chuck it balls, and others he really doesn't want anything to do with. He has had some previous health issues, including GI issues, I cant get him toys that he can tear apart and eat (such a rope toys that turn into strings, stuffed animals that have fluffy insides that he can consume, etc.) and also try to learn towards toys that are not flavored & are made in the USA. At this point he barely has any toys. He is getting fixed in about 2 weeks, but as of now his testosterone is raging & when I give him snuffle mats, or puzzles, the just picks them up & shakes out the treats/food. I am at a loss of what toys he can have that are pretty much indestructible, cannot be shredded or torn, non-flavored, made in the USA & aren't sticks, or things he isn't interested in. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!!

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Post by Caryll2 Thu Jun 01 2023, 22:33

The shaking of toys isn't particularly testosterone related - it's a terrier instinct, so castration, especially at such a young age (too young for me, but that's just my opinion). Terriers are hardwired to 'kill' their prey (toys) so it can be difficult to actually stop it until they're mature. So you have at least another 18 months! More if you castrate him now, as his mental growth will be affected.

Staffords are power chewers & there's very little they can't destroy! I would be more inclined to give him 'brain' toys, so things like puzzle toys with treats he can find.
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Post by zionthehappystaffy Thu Jun 01 2023, 23:01

He had developed extreme behavioral issues due to his high levels of testosterone and he is getting infections in his bulbous glandeous due to it as well. At this point for his health we have been recommended to have him fixed. What do you mean when you say it will stunt his mental growth? How so?

And due to his high levels of testosterone, he doesn't want to do puzzles or snuffle mats. He picks them up and shakes them to get the food/treats out, and also starts to destroy them. Thats why I am looking for anything else that might help.

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Post by Caryll2 Thu Jun 01 2023, 23:08

I see.

Re: mental growth. Dogs need their hormones in his rder to mature fully, both physically and mentally. Many early neutered dogs retain puppy-like personalities & can lack confidence. Some do well, some don't. But I understand why it's necessary in his case. Personally I would have chosen Supralorin implants to mimic castration for a year or so to see if it helps, but maybe your vet doesn't approve?
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Post by zionthehappystaffy Thu Jun 01 2023, 23:10

I have never heard of that!! What is it? We're in the USA, so I'm not sure if they do that kind of stuff but I will look into it.

Is there any literature that I can read regarding neutering stunting their mental growth?

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Post by Caryll2 Thu Jun 01 2023, 23:17

I'm off to bed now, but I'll have a look in the morning.

Supralorin is basically a temporary testosterone block. It lasts about 6 months usually. I'm sure your vets would know of it.

https://vet-uk.virbac.com/home/products/dogs/reproduction/suprelorin.html
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