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Old 11-17-2009, 02:09 PM
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Hi all!

Quick question:
Lately I've been leaving Violet home alone for longer amounts of time and she's just fine. The problem is she gets bored very very easily and then shreds things like baskets, carpet, rugs, etc... I need to get a good toy that will keep her busy. Any suggestions? Someone told me to get a Kong.

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Old 11-17-2009, 02:33 PM
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A kong would be good with some treats in it but I would also suggest more than just a Kong...get her plenty of toys that she cannot destroy or eat that will keep her occupied
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I highly recommend a Kong for her, my dogs love their's. A good long walk before leaving her will do more good though than a toy as it will tire her and encourage her to sleep. I don't know how long you leave her? If more than 3 to 4 hours try and arrange someone to come in and take her for a quick walk or playtime.

The following below is taken from my ols Chihuahua site, hope it might help

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The Kong is a strong, hollow, rubber-type dog toy designed to be filled with food and treats. Its aim is to keep your dog amused while left alone or while you are unable to spend time with him. Kongs may be bought at most pet shops and come in a variety of sizes, the smaller ones are most suitable for toy dogs and a good pet shop should be able to advise.

Information on safe usage is available on the products packaging. Do read carefully before use.

Recipes for Kong Stuffing!

Kongs need a combination of three types of fillings:

Difficult to work out

Peanut butter
Cream cheese
Chopped chicken skin (Honeys favourite)
Chopped bacon
Fish or meat paste (Jago loves these!)

Take time to work out

Dog biscuits wedged into place
Pieces of bite-sized carrot
Small, bite-sized pieces of cooked liver or heart (or any oddly shaped piece of food which are safe to feed)

Come out very easily

Part of pup’s daily diet of complete puppy food.
Small, regular shaped dog treats.

Please remember:

Never put anything into the Kong that you would not normally feed your Chihuahua.
Cut pieces of meat into bite-size portions, larger than this and your dog could choke.
The Kong is ideal to use when you have to go out and leave your Chihuahua for a little while.
The Kong is best used on an occasional basis rather than given everyday. When not being used in this way, it makes a great toy.
All that chewing is thirsty work, so do ensure that fresh water is always available.
Some fillings may mark carpets or furnishings so keep this in mind.
Wash thoroughly with hot soapy water after use, rinsing well before leaving to dry - a small bottle brush is useful for reaching and cleaning the inner grooves.

I find using the handle of a small teaspoon ideal for packing the Kong, it helps you press the filling right into it. There are several sizes of Kong available, not surprisingly the smallest one is best suited to toy dogs.

Honey and Jago’s favourite Kong recipes

TASTY TUNA & CHEESE

Begin by placing a small amount of low fat cream cheese in base of Kong, about half a teaspoonful.
In a small bowl, mix a little Tuna and wholemeal bread crumbs, add to Kong, leaving enough room to allow you to seal top hole with a coating of cream cheese.

Very popular this one, but can be messy, though Chi’s are quick to clean it up!


YANKEE DOODLE DELIGHT

Firstly place about half a teaspoon of smooth peanut butter in the bottom of the Kong.
Chop up a small piece of hot dog or hamburger and mix with your pets usual kibble, moist food or small bite mixer. Seal hole at top with a thin layer of the peanut butter.




MEATY TREAT

Again, place cream cheese in bottom of Kong. Cook Ox heart, when cold, chop into small pieces.
Soak a small amount of wholemeal bread in the water that you cooked the heart in. Remove from pan, squeezing out as much excess fluid as possible.

Pack the Kong tightly with the moist bread and heart.

Seal the hole at the top with another layer of cream cheese.


BACON & EGG BOMB

If you are preparing a cooked breakfast for yourself, why not treat your Chihuahua to a taste?
Put this in his Kong and I guarantee, well almost, that you’ll be able to enjoy your breakfast in peace!

Soft boil a small free range egg. Lightly toast a slice of wholemeal bread, cutting approx quarter of a slice into very small, Chi-bite-size pieces.

Using a fork, mash the egg in a small bowl, mix in the toast pieces and a little lean grilled bacon, again finely chopped.

If you wish, you can add a few pieces of dry kibble.



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Wow thanks so much for the info. Violet would LOVE the Yankee Doodle Delight.

I only leave her alone for 4 hrs max. I live 10 min from work so I can come home on my lunch hour to play with her and Cody (Bichon). Cody is 10 yrs old though so he only plays with her for so long before he wants to sleep the day away. I normally get up at 6:15 (leave at 7:45am) but the walk before work is a great idea, or even a walk during my lunch hour.

I might have to take a little detour on my way home and get a Kong for her. Do you get the smaller ones for your chi's? If I were to leave her with a treat filled Kong everyday should I cut back on the food I give her?
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I have a few different areas set up for resting, several toy boxes, and some "hidden" things (toys, a small treat) for him to fund thru the day to keep him busy. He likes these littled stuffie chihuahuas, if you squeeze them they "talk"--he bites the bellies and makes them "talk"--they are usually played with when there are no humans to play with. I usually go on walkies before I have to leave him so he is ready for a bit of rest. It is sad to leave.
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im buying dodge one of them interactive toys for xmas hes never or rarely left alone but he is so demanding of attention that im hoping it will keep him amuse d
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I have heard so many good things about Kongs.

Going to jot down your recipes Barbara x
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Try Bully Sticks. They are inexpensive and a great healthy treat and good for their teeth. Buy just a couple and see what happens since I know some chis don't like to chew on bones too much. Buy the 4" ones. Mirdle loves them. She wasn't keen on them at first and now chews at least 15 minutes twice a day on them.
http://www.bestbullysticks.com/home/...ks_4_inch.html
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