All dogs chew — it’s a natural instinct and it’s good for their teeth! But most dogs don’t know their own strength and some are prone to destroying their toys in a blink of an eye. Keep in mind there is a huge difference between destructive chewing and a dog destroying their toys — one is playful while the other can indicate a problem.
At Doggy Brace, we’re all about the health and happiness of your pup, so we compiled a list of dog toys that will be perfect for any enthusiastic player.
The Best Toys for Chewers
Providing your dog with plenty of chew toys is important because it helps keep his teeth clean, provides him with mental stimulation, and it satisfies his natural desire to chew.
Every dog has different teeth and different teeth need different toys. But one thing is for certain: you should avoid a few types of toys if your dog is prone to chewing on them. Avoid anything with squeakers, as they promote chewing and can be a choking hazard, latex and plush toys, as they are not durable, and toys that can be chipped off or broken.
Choose toys that fit your dog’s size too — you won’t want a Yorkie chewing on a toy meant for a German Shepard. It’s just too big!
Keep in mind that no toy is indestructible. This list was made to keep you out of the toy store for longer, though it is inevitable that you’ll need to get them a new one every once in a rare awhile.
Toys for Tough Chewers: Rope and Rubber
If your dog goes ham with chewing, then you need a flexible and a durable toy that can take the abuse. No matter if their teeth are sharp or dull, these toys are sure to satisfy.
Kong Toys are popular among dog owners, and for a reason. They’re made of hard rubber that is built to withstand tough abuse. Their irregular shape makes it harder for your dog to grip and chow down on, while providing mental stimulation in a chase. They can also house treats, which diverts their attention from chewing.
Kongs are far from indestructible, though. Dogs that chew can bite off chunks of the rubber over time. If you have a kong, inspect it before every playtime to ensure your dog isn’t at risk of ingesting the rubber.
If you’re worried about this, try Kong’s Extreme Dog Toy, which stands up against the toughest chewer.
Mammoth Flossy 3-Knot Rope Toy
The Mammoth Flossy 3-Knot Rope Toy is great for tug of war, flinging around wildly, but bad for your ankles and knees if your dog gets enthusiastic when playing.
Jokes aside, the rope is made from premium cotton-blend materials. It’s durable and helps floss your dog’s teeth, making it great for teething puppies.
In general, rope toys for dogs that like to chew are a fantastic option. The Mammoth is 2-inches thick and sports a 3 knot design for maximum durability while giving you places to grab.
The negative thing about any rope toy is that they will fray over time.
Toys For Sharp Teeth
If your dog or puppy has daggers for teeth, then you need toys that won’t puncture, tear, or rip. Try these two toys.
Monster K9 Indestructible Dog Ball
The Monster K9 Indestructible Dog Ball is Doggy Brace tested and approved. One of our staff’s dachshund LOVES this ball and has yet to destroy it, even after 4 years.
The ball is smaller — only 7cm in diameter — but is made of industrial strength rubber and is immune to punctures and tears. It’s still great for large dog breeds, though huge breeds may not like the smaller size.
The rubber used for the ball is non-toxic, so even if your dog does manage to bite a piece of the ball, it will not harm them.
If you are not happy with the quality or the durability of the Monster K9 ball, simply contact the company and get either a full refund or a free replacement.
IOKHEIRA Dog Chew Toy
The IOKHEIRA is designed for aggressive chewers with sharp teeth. It is non-toxic and safe for all dogs to play with.
The texturing cleans your dog’s teeth and helps you maintain your pup’s dental hygiene.
Like with Kong toys, you can insert treats in the toy too!
And if you’re worried about your dog chewing at other things, like a collar, ACL brace, or your furniture, give your vet a call or get on a phone with a trainer to find strategies to keep your dog’s chewing to a healthy level.