Since then I've come up with an activity for Leopold that works with the same general principle (tearing out stuffing!), but is re-usable and easy to clean up.
* * * WARNING!* * *
This is not an activity you want to give to a dog that is prone to swallowing pieces of fabric (or other things they shouldn't be eating for that matter!). This is an activity I would never give to my other dog, Halo, as she thinks fabric is delicious and likes to eat it.
Though remember that it's always a good idea to supervise your dog when it's playing with toys (especially when its playing with pieces of fabric).
MATERIALS you need for this activity:
- Hol-ee Roller ball, large size
- pre-cut pieces of fleece fabric
- a dog who loves to play!
I like to use the Hol-ee Roller because it's very durable and doesn't do a lot of damage if my dogs accidentally whip it at something. For a game I like to give my dogs that uses a smaller version of the Hol-ee Roller ball, check out this post.
I use fleece fabric because its a thicker fabric and is also washable! I've cut my pieces into various sized strips.
HERE's what you do:
Stuff the ball with the pieces of fleece! Then stuff some treats in the ball. You don't have to add treats, but it can help make the game more fun for the dog.
I like to actually roll up small treats in some of the pieces of fleece. Then Leopold is not only more interested, but because the treats are rolled up in fleece, he has to work a little harder to get the treats--this is good mental stimulation as it requires Leopold to figure out how to manipulate the pieces of fabric to get at the tasty bits.
[Edit, Jan2014: I put a warning at the beginning of this post, but here it is again in different words.
Please supervise your dog when playing this game. If you choose to roll up treats like I do, please please please supervise your dog to make sure they don't eat the whole roll. I supervise Leo every time. If you're watching your dog and see them chewing on the whole roll, then you'll be able to stop and correct the behavior immediately and/or take away the game before they consume the rolls and end up at the E.R.]
Now the ball is all ready to be torn apart! :-D
Here's a video of Leopold playing with his ball:
Leopold gets to have fun over and over, and the carnage is easy to clean up:
Hope your dog has as much fun with this game as Leopold does!