Ohh, I love this topic and having worked in a pet store for two years could probably go on for forever about my favourite products!
@Seltzer: There are lot of great toys out there on the market for dogs who are really tough chewers. Beyond the black kong line, I've had some success with the Tuffy Ocean Creature brand. These can often be found in small mom&pop dog stores, and have the positive aspects of being both a soft chew toy and durable. The lobster is definitely the most durable of the designs. For tough balls, a lot of the solid JW balls are incredibly durable.
Beyond this, I think my biggest dog product rave is for Instinct Raw food One of my dogs was always overweight and had serious health complications from it (and his genes) before he was 10, and putting him on this food has made the biggest difference. He slowly and healthily lost the extra 15lbs he had and actually had a noticeable increase in not only energy but general health (fur, eyes, teeth.. you name it). Our other dog has definitely benefited from it as well. This is a fairly pricey product (luckily, I still get discounts from the pet store I worked at), but I'd definitely say it was worth it if you can afford it and has saved us hundreds in vet's bills.
I loved reading all of your recommendations!
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