Weims can be tough on their toys, and our dogs are no exception. We have had different dogs who have different tastes in toys: some prefer to cart a sacred toy around for weeks, others can find endless amusement (er, destruction?) in a simple tennis ball. Some can de-stuff and destroy the toughest of toys, and yet others won’t play unless you play with them. Here are our tried and true recommendations that have passed muster with our Weims, no matter their play style.
Ruff Roots Stump. As one of our friends says, since Weims are like 50% termite, she figured this would help take the edge off. So we HAD to buy one for a 4 month old puppy. YES, it is a $20 stump of wood. And it’s true, it doesn’t splinter or break off in small chunks. It’s pretty hard, and the puppy loves it.
Orbee Ball. Need we say more? If your dog loves to play ball, this is a major upgrade from her old stinky tennis ball!
GoDog toys with ChewGuard: Roadkill, Mr. Monkey with “pullable” arms, Toughskin rhino, and the stretchy moose. All these guys take a beating and keep on kicking. The monkey stood up to 4 puppies and 2 big dogs playing tug with it!
Zogoflex Hurley, Huck, and Tux are great toys that our dogs love to chase, roll, and bounce. The Bumi (a thinner, “S” shaped tug toy) went south thanks to my sister’s pit mix. They do have a good guarantee for a one-time replacement or refund, so always worth looking into!
Premier Twist N Treat. A nice attempt on a classic idea. Dogs couldn’t destroy it supervised, and really enjoyed swatting it around the house. An outdoor toy for sure.
Kong toys just can’t be beat. Make sure to pick the right toy for your dog, though! Most weims need the black one, for vigorous chewers. Ours have made quick work of most of the Wubba, Squeezz, plush, and airdog toys that Kong makes. But no beating the original!
Katie’s Bumpers are probably one of our favorite and most durable toys. And the dogs love them, too. Tug, toss, gnaw, these things are super durable and really cool.
Fleece tugs aren’t for your dog to play with unsupervised! It takes a Weim about nine seconds to gnaw through one and create a really nice bowel obstruction (not tested). But as far as tugs go and as a tool for building drive? Good stuff!
Nylabone. Our dogs are big time chewers. They really like the Pro Action Chew (maybe ‘cuz it tastes like bacon?!), the Big Knot Chew, the Turkey Leg, and any of the DuraChews that are textured. We start them out as puppies with puppy nylabones, and it seems to create a lifetime obsession with these things.
High quality rolled rawhide. A lot of people feel that rawhide is dangerous. But even the WDJ agrees that quality rolled rawhide is a good thing. Look at the rawhide from the side. You should see that it is a complete roll made from one thick sheet, made in the US and with no chemicals. See the photos and captions in the article even if you don’t read it!