Keep Your Dog “BUSY”

by DFS-Pet-Blog on March 25, 2011

We have 2 Busy Buddy Bones because Kobe (3 years old) and Izzy (10 weeks old) both go nuts over it!

We have 2 Busy Buddy Bones because Kobe (3 years old) and Izzy (10 weeks old) both go nuts over it!

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

The Busy Buddy Dog Bone is a real “LIKE” by many of the Drs. Foster & Smith employee-owned dogs! It’s a treat holding nylon bone toy that is a real dog boredom-buster and it helps promote dental health. The bristle style bone features soft rubber nub rings, Gnawhide treats, plus stiff, tooth-cleaning nylon bristles to enhance the dental benefits of chewing.

The replaceable Gnawhide treat discs are apparently very tasty because they drive my dogs nuts. The discs last longer than most chew treats because they’re placed between a bristle layer and a knobby rubber layer. Little do the dogs know they’re brushing their own teeth while they’re madly working at getting that treat disc!


My dogs are at-attention as I unscrew the ends of the bones to put the treat discs in. When the bones go down, the dogs are fired-up and ready to do what they need to do to get that delicious reward! They much prefer to chew the toy with a treat disc in it, but occasionally they’ll pick up a treat less Busy Buddy Bone and chew on the hard nylon ends.

The Busy Buddy Bone is INCREDIBLY helpful with my new puppy. We got her at age 6-weeks so we’ve witnessed her crazy chewing needs. When she starts chewing something inappropriate, we distract her and redirect her attention to a chew toy, often the Busy Buddy Bone.

Features of the Busy Buddy Bone:

  • Conquer boredom and support pet dental health with these innovative dog toys
  • Bone-hard nylon ends, combined with multiple-texture add-ons, give dogs chewing variety
  • Replaceable treats reward dogs for their hard work
  • Available in various sizes to accommodate all size dogs

A fellow Drs. Foster & Smith colleague also tried the Busy Buddy Bristle Bone with her dogs. Here’s her review of the toy:

My dogs love the Busy Buddy Bone! My dogs have always loved the Nylabones, but always chewed them to destruction in a matter of just a few days. The replaceable rawhide rings give my dogs something else to chew on, so the nylabone portion lasts longer. The dogs love this toy so much, we have designated it a special occasion toy (which means it is not in their toy bin with all the other toys). It stays in the cupboard until the evening and they get to enjoy it after their supper. Otherwise, they would chew on it for hours and hours!


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Daryl Callahan March 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

I have a 75 lb boxer named Jake and this is a perfect toy to keep him busy. He’s a great dog and deserves a treat!

Ellen B. March 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Congratulations to Sandra Collins and Tanya Smith who each were randomly selected to receive a free Busy Buddy Bone! Thank you to everyone who participated, and visit our pet blog regularly because we love to have giveaways! (Winners will be contacted by email.)

Rascal April 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

I am a 5 to 7 month old miniture Poodle mix who has terrible separation anxiety because I was left alone for long hours by two previous owners. Even though I lucked out this thirt time and finally got a human friend that loves me and really enjoys being with me, she does have to go places sometimes. My human friend says I’m really smart and she can’t figure out why anyone wouldn’t just love having me as a furry friend. So I know she cares for me but I still get very scared she won’t return that I cry and bark almost constantly when she has to leave. A toy like this would keep me busy until she can hurry back home to me.

Louise May 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

These are great for keeping strong chewers busy. I like being able to add treats to the toy too.

Rachel Coutermarsh May 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I have a small rescue. One day this big black dog came bounding onto our property and she never left. No one claimed her so we are trying to find her a furever loving family. We cannot give her the time she deserves. She would just love one of these bones to chew on so she’s not so bored. Blackie Wanda is just such a big lovable girl. thank you

Sherri O. May 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I would love to win one of these in the Memorial Day weekend giveaways!

Ruby Kelsey May 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Always needing dogs toys, i have 6 , 4 mine and 2 rescues ( that i will end up keeping)

Jessicca Patterson May 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I have a 10 pound chihuahua who gets left alone while I am attending classes at my university. Geoffrey would love to have a busy bone to occupy his time while I am away!!

Becky May 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Since my two always think they deserve a bone to chew one, we need something long lasting. We have been using bully sticks, but they are expensive and dont last super long. Love the idea of cleaning teeth while chewing…two birds with one stone, as they say 🙂

Ashlee May 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I have a 3 year old English Bull Terrier who loves to chew chew chew. Its to hard to find him things that keep him occupied but he’s very food drivin. We have tried many toys and nothing really seems to keep his intrest. This would be the perfect thing for him, give him something to do plus he would have a goal which he seems to love.

Tu Nguyen May 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Very unique design, will have to get one for my dog. Pretty sure he’ll love it.

Diana Jepson May 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I would love to try this with my two puppies. They are very vigorous chewers!

Jill Butler May 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Beat seperation anxiety give your dog a treat that will entertain along with keeping their teeth clean

Dianne May 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Our 18 month old puppy Emmy Sue needs toys to keep her busy so she does not miss us when we have to leave her alone. She is so smart and needs toys that make her think and reward her too.
She came to us from the local animal shelter and we are so blessed to have her become part of our pack.

Devri Owens May 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I would love to win this because one of my dogs has really bad allergies. He is always chewing on something, be it himself or a toy! This would be perfect for him!

michelle spayde May 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Our German Shepherd would go NUTS for this!!!

sara May 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

My dog Bindi destroys every single toy I get her. Maybe this would stand the test? Haha.

Marva Gresham May 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

My little dog Harmony LOVES to chew and she suffers from boredom during the week while I’m working. This would be the perfect chew toy!!

Lori Ruse May 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Hello…my dogs name is Ruby and she is a one year old Boxer. She is a very good girl but a strong chewer. Always something in her mouth and she’s happy 🙂

Joan May 28, 2011 at 4:42 am

My new dog Biscuit would sure love one of these busy bones. I might have to get him one. =)

Robin May 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

My dog would love to win this toy, it looks like a lot of fun

Christine May 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

My Alaskan Malamute, Bear, would love this bone. She loves to chew and is often cooped up and needs to have something to keep her busy.

Christina Kusch May 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I would love to win one of these! My dog needs something to chew on that she won’t destroy!

Jen May 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

My two border collies love these toys. It keeps their minds busy while I am at work as well as the fact they are aggressive chewers. Perfect toy for most dogs and I have to make sure I don’t run out of these!

Kathy May 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

If this kept my dog busy I’d be thrilled!

Maureen May 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

My St.mix, Max would love this. He just came from a shelter and is trying my boots out LOL

jennifer May 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

My dogs would go crazy over this!!

Dayna K. May 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

This will keep my dog busy for sure!

Katie S. May 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

My dogs would love this. It would definitely keep them busy! 🙂

Elizabeth Jorgensen May 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

i’d love to win this!

Jeanne Lehman May 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

That looks like a good Dachshund toy to me!

Natalie Noble May 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I just bought one of these and I need another one for our second dog. They both LOVE it!

Martha May 29, 2011 at 12:46 am

This would be perfect for my Lab. That would be the same Lab who chewed up a flip-flop this morning!

Katherine May 29, 2011 at 4:51 am

Three Labs-lots of chew toys.A lot of then sat they are “indestructible”..but after my three get at them,they don’t last long. They should be “paid” to be quality control.

Jackie Bovee-Petruska May 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

Cool!! There’s a new style available!!

Penny Thoma May 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm

My little shitzu-bichon mix would love a toy like this. He’s small but can chew through almost anything so it would be great to have something he could enjoy for more than 1 hour!

Sandra May 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

This looks like something that will last longer than five minutes with my two dogs. I can’t find anything that will last longer than a day with them. I keep trying…

Rosemary May 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Lucky loves those rawhide discs that go on this bone. He has the ball bone, but gets the rawhide off in just a few minutes. Maybe this would take him a little bit longer. Ilka would enjoy it also.

Becky H. May 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm


Gina Jaocobson May 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I would love to win this – I am fostering several rescue dogs and this would make them so happy!

Sheryl Jones May 31, 2011 at 9:36 am

Shelby loves to CHEW. I can see that this might be a good thing to occupy her.

Mike C May 31, 2011 at 10:16 am

My Schnoodles would LOVE this — they are always looking for food, so this would make a little game out of it! 🙂

Ellen B. May 31, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Congratulations to Penny Thoma who won a Bristle Busy Buddy Bone in our Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway! Penny, I will contact you via email to get your shipping info.

Janet Taff January 31, 2012 at 5:57 am

My 2 year old Chocolate Lab loves these. We used to be able to get these @ Target. When they started only carrying the Bouncy Buddy, we had to order them online. We would buy the replacement rings (the ones that had 12 rawhide and 12 cornstarch refills in the same packet.) for 7.69. And when we bought them, we would buy every one they had. Well now they screwed us by having in stock a 12 pack replacement rawhide ring package that they are still selling for 7.69. I still can’t find the 24 pack. Any suggestions??

Ellen B. February 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

Here at Drs. Foster & Smith, we offer a 16-pack refill package. The cost depends on the size needed.

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