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Hartz Made My Puppy Sad

Posted Sun February 5, 2006, by Melissa J. written to Hartz Mountain Corporation

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Yesterday Saturday 2/5/06 we went to the store and purchased a toy for our dog and saw the Hartz brand on it and thought this should be a great toy. We purchased a pink stuffed dog made for big dogs (by the way we have a 20lb dog.) We brought it home and he was so excited he begun to play with it, 20 minutes later, I looked down and there was a great big hole in the head and the squeaky was out already. I picked up the toy and thought maybe it was a one time thing and sewed it back up and gave it too him. I looked down a few minutes later and the leg had a hole in it and another squeaky out on the floor. Now I have a very sad puppy with an unusable toy.

I would like an explanation why your toys or this particular toy was torn up so quickly especially since we have a small dog and this toy was clearly made for a big dog. I feel they should last over an hour that was a very expensive hour of play for my dog. Plus I would like some sort of replacement toy for my dog I feel very bad he has a new toy he can no longer play with.


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by johnshonss Posted Mon May 22, 2006 @ 3:45 PM

quit your whining.
you got a chew toy and the dog chewed it.


by inanna68 Posted Tue February 28, 2006 @ 3:48 PM

Just a hint, as a dog owner, if you go to good pet supply stores
(petsmart or pet co) the toys will be rated light chewer to heavy
chewer. not all toys have this rating but it would be easier if they
did. My dog runs through squeeky toys like TP.

by cwaters2120 Posted Sat February 18, 2006 @ 6:27 AM

Invest in a Kong. They never break. They are made for power chewers.
My 70+ pup has had one for over a year and you can barely even see
teeth marks in it. They do make some that you can place treats and
flavored pastes inside for the pup to get out.


by BobPeters61 Posted Tue February 7, 2006 @ 11:14 PM

Well, if you literally mean "puppy," as opposed to adult dog, then the
fact that puppies have really sharp teeth compared to adult dogs could
have something to do with the quicker toy tear-up.

by Skatergirl Posted Mon February 6, 2006 @ 11:47 PM

dogs chew up toys. they're dogs, what else are they gonna do? just do
what i do, buy cheap toys from dollar stores and flea markets/yard
sales. that way when your dog chews it up in an hour you won't have to
be all sad about it.

Oh yeah, my dog has lots of chewed up toys and she has never seemed
sad because of it. In fact i think she likes them better once they are
chewed up.

by Happy1974 Posted Mon February 6, 2006 @ 8:44 PM

My 41 lb labrador loves squeaky stuffed toys.

He will, within an hour of receiving it, rip it almost to shreds to
get to the squeaker.

We just make sure we get the squeaker first and take it away from him.
He doesn't eat the stuffing (thank goodness) and he plays with all
his unsqueakered and unstuffed toys for quite some time.

Then again, dogs play with a cardboard paper towel thing, so why

Sounds like your puppy was a very happy puppy.

Try putting some treats inside it, whether it be doggie treats or a
hot dog, they LOVE that.


by GreenEyedHawk Posted Mon February 6, 2006 @ 7:53 PM

Squeaky stuffed toys are NOT made for chewing...and any dog that tries
to chew one will shred it quite efficiently. Perhaps you should
consider toys that are made for chewing, like a Kong or a Nylabone,
rather than a soft toy that your dog will eviscerate in an hour?

Also if you want to get stuffed toys for your dog, go to garage sales
or stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village, etc. I
personally would never buy a stuffed toy from a pet shop because I
cant justify spending 15-25$ on a toy that's doing to get chewed up,
drooled on, and possibly buried in the back yard. The most expensive
stuffed toy I've bought for my dog in recent memory was a 5$ toy from

By the way, your dog probably doesnt care that the toy is a bit chewed
up. As long as there's enough top grab, chew, tug on and 'kill-shake'
he's probably more than happy to keep playing with it. Also I note
that you say he chewed out the squeakers. Maybe he doesnt like the
squeaky? My dog hates squeakers and if I give her a toy with a
squeaky in it, the first thing she does is chew the squeaker out.

by sheryl maida Posted Mon February 6, 2006 @ 6:57 PM

I have to agree with the poster. A toy should last longer than an

by S. Brown Posted Mon February 6, 2006 @ 1:12 PM

The size/weight of the dog has nothing to do with the durability of
the toys. Furthermore, large toys are not constructed any different
than the small ones. A small dog can rip up a toy faster than a big
dog. Hartz Mountain is not know for top quality products, you get
what you pay for and there is no way for them to know why your dog did
what he/she did with the toy.

I'm just curious - - is this your first dog?


by Tech Angel Posted Mon February 6, 2006 @ 10:29 AM

I agree with Nokomys. With my parents' Siberian Huskey, they would
remove the stuffing from any toy they gave him, and it would become
his "baby". As long as there was a scrap big enough for him to pick
up, he'd play with it, carry it around, and sleep with it.

Dogs chew, they rip. You don't give them stuffed animals unless you're
prepared for stuffing lying all over the place.

by Nokomys Posted Mon February 6, 2006 @ 1:47 AM

Okay, so you bought something for your dog to chew up and he chewed it

Are you really sure the puppy is actually the one who's sad? It sounds
like the puppy was having a great time.

The rope "bones" last a long time maybe try one of those next time?


YES! by Melissa A Tue February 7, 2006 @ 4:07 PM

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