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    Okay, so i was just thinking about this the other day, it didnt really occur to me before, but why do some dogs pull the fuzz off of tennis balls? Thunder will kind of pick at it, and if she has the ball unsupervised for longer periods of time, she pulls it off too. I had an outside dog when i was younger that would lay in the yard and pull the fuzz off of any tennis ball she got until it was completely bald. Im not really sure if she would eat it, i dont really remember, but all i know is that all the tennis balls were smooth and grey instead of fuzzy and yellow\green. Whats up with that? LOL

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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    Some dogs like tearing things up. That kind of thing with tennis balls is actually really dangerous, even if they don't eat it pulling the fuzz off like that will wear down their teeth.

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    Thanks! Ive already taken away Thunder's tennis balls, but i had been thinking about giving them back, not now lol!
    Ive been considering getting some Kong tennis ball squeekies and such, they have really short fuzz, the tennis balls i have now are SUPER "hairy" for some reason lol

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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    Kong tennis balls are fine, as are any that are made specifically for dogs. Balls made for tennis players are constructed with different fuzz. As you've noticed, they're extra fuzzy.

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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    Quote Originally Posted by RaeganW View Post
    Some dogs like tearing things up.
    Agreed.. my lab will demolish a tennis ball without even sitting down to chew on it.. he'll just chomp it while he's running with it... it's to the point where a ball won't last more than 3 or 4 tosses, so we don't bother buying them anymore.. they're too expensive! Our two favorite dog toys currently are the huck and hurley from west paw design - he hasn't managed to eat those yet, IMO they're more durable than Kongs (and latex-free, which kongs are not, which is a big deal for me, since I have to handle toys too and I am very allergic)

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    Oh yes, those toys are excellent! I have the Zumi (I think, the one shaped like a Z) and it's a wonderful texture. Too bad for me Gatsby only like stuffed toys, he won't chew rubbery things at all. I haven't found a fabric yet that will stand up to him.

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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    Quote Originally Posted by RaeganW View Post
    Too bad for me Gatsby only like stuffed toys, he won't chew rubbery things at all. I haven't found a fabric yet that will stand up to him.
    Same with Sydney. The only fabric toy she doesn't destroy is a Kong Snugga Wubba (nice name, lol). Then she has about every type of rope imaginable. Rubber chewy things and squeeky toys are just not her cup of tea.

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    Well thanks for the great advice guys, i'll definitly look into the kong tennis ball toys and west paw design toys, Thunder is a terrier so as soon as she started teething all her stuffies went into the drawer of no return as she thought they were quite good to eat lol

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    My pups tore the fuzz off kong tennis balls, too, so just watch them!

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    Lol, i'll definitly keep a close watch on her then
    Thanks for the info hehe

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    I don't know whether it's true or not but I had heard that the colored tennis balls were poisonous some type of lead in color thing. Could have been a myth but it was general knowledge years ago.
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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    Wow, thats scary, the tennis balls Thunder was chewing up that i took away were bright red

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZOMGSquirrel! View Post
    Wow, thats scary, the tennis balls Thunder was chewing up that i took away were bright red
    Well don't panic if in doubt just use standard non-colored. As I said not 100% sure.
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    Yeah, i took the red ones away awhile ago, probably about a month or so, so im not really worried. If that was true its just really frightening, especially if they were balls made for pet toys :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZOMGSquirrel! View Post
    Yeah, i took the red ones away awhile ago, probably about a month or so, so im not really worried. If that was true its just really frightening, especially if they were balls made for pet toys :\
    Well, should not be a surprise at least couple times a year we hear recalls on kids toys with the lead problem.
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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    Yeah, thats true. People trying to make things cheaper and such without regard to safety. Ugh people, i like dogs much better lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZOMGSquirrel! View Post
    Yeah, thats true. People trying to make things cheaper and such without regard to safety. Ugh people, i like dogs much better lol
    Agreed, that's why I got into training I meet lots of nice dogs to balance all the jerks in the world.
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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    I shaved tennis balls I seriously got the clippers and shaved off all the fuzz. We also got 3 Kong balls so the shaved tennis balls are the crap balls we take to the beach that we don't really care if they get lost or stolen by another dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sibe View Post
    I shaved tennis balls I seriously got the clippers and shaved off all the fuzz. We also got 3 Kong balls so the shaved tennis balls are the crap balls we take to the beach that we don't really care if they get lost or stolen by another dog.
    Lol! Thats such a great idea, i dont think i ever wouldve thought of that in a million years

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    Re: Bald Tennis Balls

    My dog also plucks and de-furs all things fuzzy, just like they would tear apart the fluff of prey in the wild. It is a throwback instinct that can turn into a habit.
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