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I hate the dog. [R]4 years agop_kitty posted submission on BabyBumps.
Oct. 27, 2015
I'm using a throwaway for this because I know how vitriolic dog discussions can be. I have never been a big dog person; i love cats and have always found dogs to be pushy and smelly. For the sake of my husband we got a little dog because he had lost a dog before we met and was still depressed about it. I enjoyed the dog, for the most part. Even the annoying stuff she did was somewhat comical. She's really smart and I was able to train her easily.
Now that I'm pregnant though, the little bit of humor I derived from her greediness, food seeking, and trouble making is totally gone and I feel nothing but disdain for her. She eats her own shit if you don't watch her like a hawk, tears open the garbage to steal food, gets into the cat's food and litter. I feel bad having to keep her kenneled when we leave the house, but she can't be trusted. I'm tired of having to babysit her to make sure she doesn't eat shit, gorge herself, eat something that might kill her. When she eats i have to stand over her the entire time and clap my hands to make her pause between bites or she'll eat her entire meal in one chomping gulp (she ended up getting bloat because of this) and I got her a divided food tray but it doesn't slow her down.
I just can't stand her. Now that I'm pregnant it seems I perceive her as bringing more stress than joy and it's driving me crazy. I feel bad and hope I won't always feel like this. Does anyone else suddenly find their pet to be intolerable?
Oct. 27, 2015
I'm a dog person ... we had a dog, adopted two cats that desperately needed a new home (about 7 years ago). The dog (my first baby) passed away this summer. I cannot WAIT for the cats to go. I feel terrible about it, but they're just so destructive and annoying. They scratch the furniture despite having plenty of scratching posts, they puke constantly (been to the vet, nothing wrong, just horrible cat), and one pees on stuff when she gets annoyed at us. I get you, 100%. It wasn't so bad without a baby trying to crawl around, and more on the way, but now .. I just miss my dog and am DONE with the cats.
There are things you can do to try to make life with the dog a little easier though. Eating poop is sometimes just a bad habit, but often dogs do it because there's something missing in their diet. Try giving her some banana every day, it may help, and it can't do much harm.
For her inhaling her food, that's pretty common, especially among rescues. There's a few things you can try - there are weighted balls you can put in their bowl that are designed to take up most of the bowl, so they have to slow down to push them out of the way, or, my preferred method - buy a treat ball and give them all their food in that. They need to roll the ball around, or otherwise manipulate it to get the food out. It slows them down and gives them something to do for 15 minutes. This is the one I got for my dog, but there are a ton of different ones out there.
Eating cat food and poop ... well, it's higher in protein than dog food, and to dogs, protein smells like food, so ... it's disgusting, but they don't get it. Keep a spray bottle with water around. If you see the dog getting into the cat stuff, squirt it. Most dogs aren't keen on a squirt to the face. May take a little while, but they'll figure it out. Other option is to put the cat food and litter box where the cats can reach it but the dog can't, for example, on a shelf or in a room where you can gate the door. Cats can jump the gate, dogs probably can't/won't.
Eating out of the trash, I'd strongly recommend a garbage can where you can lock the lid - this keeps the dog out, even if they knock the can over, and as an added bonus, it will also keep the baby out once they're old enough to knock it over. And if my son is anything to go by, they WILL knock it over. :) I got a simplehuman one, and love it.
Good luck. I hope you can enjoy things again soon.
Buster Cube Woes [R]4 years, 2 months agolzsmith posted submission on Dogtraining.
Sept. 1, 2015
So, I have an extremely intelligent and active 2.5 year old ACD mix. Naturally, food-dispensing toys are an integral part of her day. The Kong Wobbler is great and super durable, but it really presents no challenge to her. She can empty out a cup of kibble in about three minutes. The Buster Cube is great and takes her much longer, but my house sitter just informed me she's destroyed her second one in a year (I'm out of town for a week, though this happened a few months ago while I was there, too). Both times, she managed to get the locking insert out and chewed it to hell.
So, any leads out there on a more durable alternative? Anyone have a line on replacement inserts? If nothing else, I suppose the next one I buy will have to live in a cabinet anytime she isn't being explicitly supervised with it.
Sept. 1, 2015
If Kong wobbler is too easy, add some bigger chunks of dog cookie that just barely fit through the hole. Alternatively, put a small lightweight ball inside (e.g. a racquetball) with the food to make it slightly harder to get all the food out. All you need is for one or two pieces of food to be tough to get out, and she'll work on it for a long time.
I've heard bad things about buster cube and dogs chewing the plastic bits out. You're in good company there. I like JW Treat Ball and omega paw tricky treat ball as buster cube alternatives because they're soft and bite-able and have no separate pieces to chew off. Omega is better for smallish bits of food and JW is better for larger pieces of cookie. On the downside, they really aren't designed for chewing, so if your dog is a chewer they might not hold up (they've been routinely thrown, bitten, squeezed, scratched, batted, and generally abused by my dogs with no ill effects, but not actually gnawed on).
On a related note, you can condition her to walk away and leave the toy alone when it's empty or otherwise frustrating. That's what I've done with my dogs, so I don't have to worry about them obsessing over frustrating food-dispensing toys, possibly destroying them or ingesting dangerous pieces. The method I used was basically to always put out several toys, each with a few pieces of food. The dogs learn that when their current toy is frustrating or boring or not fun, the best move is to get a different toy. After practicing that way, now their default is to walk around and check out all the toys to see which have food and totally ignore the empty ones.
With a cattle dog, something like a Jolly Egg might also be a hit, although it doesn't involve food.
Best puzzle toys for large, overly exuberant dog? [R]5 years, 1 month agoOct. 3, 2014
Oct. 3, 2014
If you have good puzzles he likes that are more delicate and not meant to be tossed around, try superglueing one to an old cookie sheet or piece of plywood, setting it up off the ground, holding it down, or otherwise making it so he can't pick it up. Get him successful, and then remove the management after he understands how the game works.
As for toys that can be batted about, large JW treat ball is my favorite by far. It's sturdy, rubbery, bouncy, soft, so it won't chip or break (read: quiet and won't dent your floors/furniture). I have one that is ~5 years old and has lasted through regular bouncing, rolling, wedging under furniture, biting, squeezing, cleaning, etc. No chewing--not made for that. Kibble comes out really easily (the hole is big) so I typically wedge in a bigger cookie along with it once the dog understands the game (i.e. dog won't get frustrated and chew through it).
I'm not a fan of kong wobbler and other hard plastic toys, because my dogs' favorite way to play is to bump toys against furniture. So loud.
Also...lately I've just been shoving random rubber toys together. Wedge a small frozen kong inside a peanut butter goughnuts cup, and wedge the goughnuts cup inside a rubber tire toy with kibble, then hide the whole thing under a blanket. Or something. It varies.
Do dogs really break bad behaviors when they're not able to practice them? [R]6 years agolzsmith posted submission on Dogtraining.
Oct. 19, 2013
I have posted a couple of times before, the most recent being about my three-year-old rescue dog (who is going through heartworm treatment) being into everything. I'll try not to be as long winded this time around. We met with a trainer this week who gave us some awesome tips. Of course she told us that fixing his behaviors will take a lot of management and prevention, such as putting away things he tends to get into, giving him things to keep him occupied, even tethering him to us so he can't get to things. Neither my husband or I like the idea of having to put everything away so he doesn't get into them. As my husband puts it - it feels like we're avoiding the problem. I feel as though we shouldn't need to rearrange our home because he can't stop trying to destroy things. I think he needs to learn that even when those things are there and in his reach, he is not to mess with them. BUT, if putting things away (we're talking removing all the books, albums, etc. from all our bottom shelves, pillows from our couch, etc.) for a couple of weeks helps him to not destroy things anymore, I'm willing to do it. Does anyone have any experience in this really working? I look at it this way - I pick at my nails a lot. But if someone made me wear gloves for a month, I'd probably fall out of the habit of picking. It is sort of the same concept? This week on my day off, in the matter of an hour while trying to make/eat my breakfast and drink my coffee, I stopped him from getting into something 23 times. This was after he spent about 20 minutes eating his breakfast out of the Kong Wobbler. We're at our wits' end with him and really need these things to change. We love him to death but get so frustrated with him. We don't even really enjoy our days off anymore because they are constantly spent keeping him out of stuff. (And keeping him tethered to us or our things put away cannot be the solution for the next ten years!) Any experience in this, or words of wisdom, are greatly appreciated! Thanks for always listening, r/dogtraining!
Oct. 19, 2013
Oh man, limited exercise makes everything harder. Sorry, I overlooked that part. On the upside, keep in mind things are going to get much easier when he can exercise. It's also possible that he doesn't feel great because of the heartworm treatment...if that's the case then things will also get easier once he's feeling more comfortable.
How much is he allowed to move around? I assume running and long walks are out.
What about sniffing around outside (slowly, not covering any distance)? Even if he can't run and play, spending as much time outside as feasible will help, especially if it's on a regular schedule. For one thing, the time he spends outside is time not spent getting into trouble. More importantly though, smelling stuff will exercise his mind and help him de-stress. Scheduled indoor and outdoor time will help quell some of the anxiety--anxious dogs thrive on strict schedules.
Or, is walking around inside okay? My dogs will walk around pushing puzzle balls (e.g. JW treat ball) for as long as it takes to get the treats out. Just...start with kibble rather than something bigger or more enticing, so he doesn't get frustrated and chew through it.
>We do a lot of frozen Kongs and mind games like "find it". He has fun with those and it does seem to tire him out a little. Unfortunately most other chews/toys/puzzle toys we have tried with him, he has chewed up in about 20 minutes.
That's a great way to tire him out and release some stress. Especially since he's proven to be a chewer/destroyer inside, I'd keep a steady stream of chewables coming for him to focus on. Very smart move.
Frozen kongs are great. Sometimes if you get a kong that's slightly too large for the dog (so his tongue can't reach all the way to the back) and wedge big biscuits in there along with the mush before freezing, they last longer.
Tug a jug is also fun, a bit more of a puzzle than a kong but still relatively sturdy. If the rope gets lost (read: destroyed) you can put a ball inside instead to keep the treats from falling out too easily.
For duration, nothing beats bones. My dogs will spend four hours working on raw beef marrow bones. Just, stick with fresh raw bones so they don't splinter. I've heard good things about deer antlers as well, but they cost more and my dogs don't care for them. Maybe you would have better luck with them than I did though.
And of course, nylabones are a classic. The big monster ones are pretty durable. e.g. http://www.indestructibledog.com/collections/chew-toys/products/dura-chew-monster-bone (<--that site is fantastic for chewers, btw)
>Perhaps tethering him so he doesn't do things that get him in trouble will give him the confidence to feel happy in our home and not feel the need to do these destructive things. Or, like you put it, "set him up to succeed". Right now we're really just expecting him to be good with all these distractions around then getting upset with him when he gets into them....
>He had diarrhea and couldn't keep much food down.
Is that better now?
>I know some people won't approve, but we started him on Prozac last week.
If he's this anxious and you haven't been able to help him despite your best efforts, and if your vet recommends it, I don't think anyone has any right to judge. Let's hope it helps, along with the training and management you're working on.
When should I just start ignoring my over-energetic dogs? [R]6 years, 3 months agobradfish123 posted submission on dogs.
Aug. 15, 2013
I've walked my dogs twice today. It's incredibly cold and windy and it's pouring with rain so it's a bit less than their normal amount of exercise which is one long walk and one walk on the field in front of the house.
Now every time I walk downstairs they run to the door and look at me expectantly. I've given them things to chew, I've done a bit of training inside, I've played with them. I have to work now but they look like they're crawling out of their skins. I'm sure they've had enough entertainment and exercise so at what point should I just ignore them so that they can learn to settle down?
Aug. 15, 2013
This thing is probably responsible for my maintaining current level of sanity:
Puzzle toys for power chewers? [R]6 years, 5 months agolzsmith posted submission on DogCare.
June 11, 2013
So my pup is a power chewer. He will destroy many Kong and Nylabone brand toys. A plushy is defluffed in under 3 mins. Squeak toys can last up to 5 before they can no longer sqeak. You get the picture!
However, he is a very high energy and very intelligent dog. I feel bad that he is home alone most of the day and want to give him entertaining toys.
I've browsed amazon lots and the toys they have just seem so breakable!
For the record, here are his current toys: sticks from the yard, a smooth stone he thinks is witchcraft, a regular red Kong, several empty plastic bottles, a giant bone, and this nylabone (http://www.wag.com/dog/p/nylabone-dental-pro-action-chew-bacon-104968).
He isn't getting into trouble or anything, but I feel like he isn't being stimulated enough mentally on his non-daycare days.
June 12, 2013
I haven't tried this one personally, but it has a hole for hiding treats and is supposedly tougher than a black kong: http://www.indestructibledog.com/collections/interactive-toys/products/tux
I've also heard antlers and himalayan chews last longer than rawhides, bones, and bullysticks for the super powerful chewdogs.
If he likes to herd/chase and isn't big enough to get his mouth all the way around it, jolly eggs are fun. They're smooth and egg-shaped so every time the dog tries to pounce or bite, it "escapes" and begs to be chased.
Sometimes big treat balls like this work after the dog learns how to get the treats out. Not that the dog couldn't chew it open if he wanted to, just that it's more effective and fun to push it around to get the treats. It would require supervision until the dog gets the hang of it though.