Alina

I would look for things made with rope and leather or heavy canvas. Most stuffed toys are gonna shred easy and have that pillow type stuffing.

I found a few slightly smaller than a cat toys at Tractor Supply that are tough, so far they are standing up to our teething great dane. One actually used rope inside a burlap type fabric with a few leather patches sewn on, he loves that one.

With our youngest dog I have tried everything and rope is about the only options that works consistently. We had to pretty much abandon all stuffed toys because I cannot find anything vaguely stuffed that he can't destroy.

I've tried everything that has claimed to be chew-resistant and for heavy chewers and he's had them torn to shreds in an hour. I wouldn't mind too much, except that he eats the stuffing and that could cause a GI blockage, so the house is now stuffed-toy free much to the dismay of the other dogs.

If your dog is somewhat less of a maniac, you could try the things it took my dog a little longer to destroy: things made by Kong that were labeled for heavy chewers or out of firehose type material.

I found this one ball that has a squeaker but it is a hard ball and only when it rolls does the noise happen. Had the ball for some time now and he loves it. It is battered and bruised but is still going strong. The problem is that it is hard.

The only soft toy that hasn’t been completely destroyed is the Kong ballistic ring but it does have a small hole in it.

Also has squeakers.

Alina

Curb your dog means to pick up the dog's droppings. Clean Up Right Behind = C U R B. Clean up right behind your dog.

As a person who takes great pride in his lawn, I never see this as a problem. A dog will not cause permanent damage. Foot traffic on the lawn by a person is only needed if they need to collect the poo.

If they were getting people taking shortcuts through their lawn. That is a whole different topic and they totally deserve to be angry.

You're always going to get that anti-pet owner who doesn't understand the need to walk their dogs.

In short a lot of neighborhoods don't have sidewalks here. Try to keep your dog from walking to the middle of the yard (mine try to every time) and if they poop pick it up, CURB them. As long as you're picking the poo up, you should be good since most people I have dealt with don't mind. I have even made a couple of "poo friends" on my route.

Alina

A lot of people want their dogs shave down. That is all the way down. And I asked my sister-in-law, why?

She can't say but what I did learn was very enlightening.

When you shave a double coated dog you are doing a lot of damage. Do that would be labs, etc. Most people want them shaved because they stupidly believe that it will stop them from shedding. I will do my best to educate people but if they won't listen then I pitty the pour animal.

It damages the coat in breeds like this. Sometimes it won't grow back right/the same color/at all. However, shaving down any dog's coat is damaging. When she spoke of shaving she meant anything shorter than like a #4.

Shaving down a double-coated dog does not cause pain.

It can cause skin irritation/infected hair follicles, but the act itself isn't harmful. And while every inch of my Groomer's soul aches to do it, if that's what the client wants, I don't have an issue with it.

Alina

Exercise is breed dependent, but every breed needs some form of physical exercise.

In my personal opinion, I think every dog needs at least one walk a day.

Why?

It exposes them to things outside their home - sights, smells, experiences. It is healthy for them, and helps them handle new environments better. I wouldn't get a dog if I couldn't do two walks a day, it just isn't fair for the breeds I get.

I think it's a boring life to sit around for 24 or more hours in the same space with no new stimulus.

A good amount of training and play may be just as good as a walk, and some dogs energy level wise may not cause trouble or get fat without much exercise, but most people will find a wall to be the easiest way to have some for of daily enrichment for their dogs.

A perfect day for a dog has both physical activity and mental activity.

For some low-energy breeds, a nice neighborhood walk would cover both bases...walking for the body, sniffing for the mind. Fetch is a little mindless and monotonous...could you add some trick training, food puzzles, or nose games?

Alina

My sister-in-law has gotten into pet grooming and the only complaint that she has is that the clients don't tip. Of course she doesn't mean the pets.

While I understand that you are never obligated to tip, groomers typically are paid much better than wait staff so it's not the same situation. However, considering what we groomers go through from being bitten to pooped on, it is always greatly appreciated. For us it says you understand grooming is not easy and you appreciate them for being patient with your dog.

Typically anything $5 and up is standard.

Some places pay the groomer 50% of the fee you pay, it's like hairdressers. But not her's. So of course, the groomer would be happy for the extra $.

In the big box shops tipping is not as big of a thing there as it is in smaller shops. You definitely can still tip and they love it but the stores don't tend to encourage it. They stay busy thanks to the store front which helps make up for it. Smaller shops tend to have slow times, and less walk in services to keep them going.

Alina

I am the opinion that you should be using full synthetic. I change mine every 9k. Synthetic oil can last greater than 10k, but the filter starts to disintegrate at 10k so I change it earlier to be on the safe side. My dealer does a full synthetic oil change for only $45. Don't waste your time with Valvoline. Shop around at different dealerships and I bet you'll find they are cheaper.

Anyone that would tell me that synthetic needs to be changed every 3k is a straight out lieing.

Even standard oils can easily go for 4-5k.

Your maintenance screen should be coming on at 5k, not 3k. Are you sure about the amount of miles you have driven since you got it changed last?

As long as you are sure you can get the oil changed by a total of 5k I wouldn't sweat it. Just be sure to go to dealership in the next 2k and get the right oil put in.

Prius's use an Atkinsen engine that are very durable. It should be fine.

You just need to look in the manual from the dealer. When I crack my manual open it says to change the oil and oil filter every 10,000 miles unless:

  • Driving on dirt roads or dusty roads
  • Repeated trips of less than five miles in temperatures below 32°F / 0°C
  • Extensive idling and/or low speed driving for a long distance such as police, taxi or door-to-door delivery use

In which case change both the oil and oil filter every 5,000 miles.

The manual calls for 0W-20 oil and states that if 5W-20 is used, it must be replaced within 5,000 miles with 0W-20 oil. 0W-20 oil comes only in fully synthetic so by necessity you have to use synthetic oil.

Don't use a blend because it won't be 0W-20 viscosity.