Your cheat-sheet for the best dog toys for strong chewers.
In-depth durable dog toy analysis, including balls, bones, bacon, and antlers.
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- Snug Rubber Dog Balls – Virtually Indestructible
- West Paw Design Zogoflex Hurley Guaranteed
- Kong Jumbler Ball Dog Toy
- Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew Toy
- Elk Antler Dog Chews
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I know I have personally tried them all with my Layla, who is half Siberian Husky and half German Shepherd. Rawhide treats tied into bone shapes did not last an entire day, and pig ears met a similar fate.
The latest thing we tried was a beef rib bone and it only lasted 3-4 days because, I think, she realized she was eating it up too quickly.
The first day she had consumed about three fourths of it, and that night she buried it in her blanket and gingerly chewed on the last piece for the next couple of days until she could no longer stand it.
At least she’s trying!
Why Do Dogs Seem To Chew On Everything?
First of all:
It’s normal for dogs to chew on things!
There are lots of reasons for the chewing that dogs seem to constantly want to do.
Of course, when they are puppies, it has a lot to do with teething. Like human toddlers, many times puppies just want to explore the world around them and this is a good way for them to accomplish that.
They also instinctively chew in order to clean their teeth and gums and keep them strong. We brush our teeth, but the only way our canine counterparts have to accomplish the same is to chew, chew chew!
Some other reasons for chewing can include anxiety and the need to self-comfort, exercise for the muscles in the jaws, the fact that something smells or tastes good to them, or it could be that they are just bored.
Sometimes we can find a particular toy they like, praise them highly when they chew on it and hope they will repeat that behavior.
What About Inappropriate Chewing?
Again, it is a normal behavior for puppies to want to chew, but it becomes inappropriate when it is directed towards things they shouldn’t be chewing on like your favorite pair of flip flops or your new couch.
First you’ll want to rule out any medical reasons that chewing might be a problem. If a dog is nutritionally deficit, they often turn to chewing as an instinctual response, but there can be other medical reasons as well.
Talking with your vet will ease your mind in this area.
If your dog is still in the puppy or “teenage” stage, you will want to puppy proof your home. There’s just no way around the fact that these particular ages are the most prone to chewing and will do so especially while you sleep or when you are away from your home. During this time, you will want to make double sure that there are no electrical wires or cords they can chew on, as this can prove fatal.
Encourage Appropriate Chewing
Here is where many of us find ourselves at this point: encouraging appropriate chewing, while discouraging inappropriate chewing can be really hard to do for our strong chewers.
There’s also always the fear that certain treats designed to be chewed on will get whittled down to sizes small enough to swallow. This can cause severe medical issues and even warrant surgery if the pieces become lodged inside our dog’s gastrointestinal tract.
Best Dog Toys for Strong Chewers
I’ve known many owners of large breed dogs who are on the same search as we are for the perfect, indestructible chew toy that will keep our fur babies both happy and occupied.
Perhaps you’re on a similar search yourself, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of the best dog toys for strong chewers:
1. Snug Rubber Dog Balls
Snug Rubber Dog Balls are nearly indestructible and are sure to keep your dog busy for long periods of time. Whether you are playing fetch or using a special ball launcher that your dog can reload himself, your dog will get so much enjoyment out of these standard tennis ball sized toys.
They come three to a package in vibrant colors that are not made from plastic or foam like some of the cheaper less durable balls. These are 100% all natural, food grade, heavy-duty rubber that is even FDA compliant.
Completely BPA free, you won’t have to worry that there are any harsh chemicals in this toy that can make your dog sick.
Not only are these fun for your dog to play with, extra durable and very safe, they are also easy to clean, which makes them great toys for pools, ponds and outdoor play.
If you commonly use tennis balls to play fetch with your dog, then you know how fast they can become raveled and yucky. With these rubber balls, you will quickly see the difference and your dog will too. These are especially popular with all kinds of dog breeds from Beagle hounds to Pit Bulls.
Dogs seem to love the fact that they can play with them regularly and they will definitely stand up to the abuse.
2. West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Bone Chew Toy
The West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Bone Chew Toy is built to be tough. The Hurley comes in mini size, small and large, so you can find just the right size for your own dog. It is specifically designed to be durable enough for long play sessions and is guaranteed 100% against dog damage by the makers of the toy. I’ve known dog owners whose dogs are still enjoying this toy after three years of use.
However, if this toy doesn’t stand up to the wear and tear your dog can dish out, simply visit their website for instructions on how to receive a replacement or refund. West Paw is dedicated to the quality of their products and want to make every effort to keep their customers happy.
The Hurley toy is proudly made in America and is even dishwasher safe. You can rest assured in the safety of this product, as it is both BPA and Phthalate free, non-toxic and FDA compliant.
Another thing that makes this toy safer than some is that, unlike rawhide and some of the other chew toys, your dog will not be able to chew off small pieces that can become lodged in their throats or intestinal tracts.
Dogs and dog owners alike have been incredibly happy with this toy because it not only keeps your dog occupied and happy when he plays by himself, but you can also use it to play fetch, and since it floats, it works great in the pool.
The Zogoflex keeps dogs stimulated, both mentally and physically, and best of all it keeps them from wanting to chew on furniture and shoes.
3. Kong Jumbler
Any dog that loves to play ball will love the KONG Jumbler.
This ball comes in two different sizes, medium/large and large/X-large so it’s ideal for just about any dog and the durability stands up to repeated play.
There are handles on either side of the ball so that it can be carried easily when playing fetch or just being relocated, and there is a squeaker and tumbling device inside the ball that makes it extra fun for your dog.
Made from heavy duty thermoplastic, your dog will love the fact that they can play with ball over and over again without it falling apart and you’ll love the fact that you won’t have to replace it every week.
Specifically designed for large dogs that like to play rough, it will still bring enjoyment to the smaller breeds that think they’re ten feet tall as well.
As large breed dog owners, we know that finding a dog toy that will wear your dog out is super hard to find, but you’ll find it in the KONG Jumbler!
It has outlasted Pit Bulls, Mastiffs and other large dogs that often never seem to tire of playing. You might even find that your dog loves it so much, he will sleep with it just to have it nearby.
4. Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew Toy
The Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew toy is wildly popular with dog owners who know the frustration of having to replace chew toys on a regular basis. Made of real, super-strong nylon and 100% bacon, they are irresistible to just about every dog and the ergonomic design gives dogs the ability hang on to one end while chewing on the other for a satisfying experience you will both enjoy.
While this is an extremely durable chew toy, the Wishbone is best suited for dogs that weigh less than seventy pounds. Larger dogs might be able to destroy it more quickly and we know the whole purpose is for that not to happen. Smaller dogs can – and are – strong chewers as well and need something sized more appropriately for them.
The Wishbone fits the bill perfectly.
However, this weight limit is strictly a guideline. Only you know your dog and what will work for him. If he is larger and can still enjoy the Wishbone for a long period of time, all the better.
Once you purchase the Wishbone, you may find that it becomes your dog’s go-to treat. It’s great for teething puppies, “teenage” chewers as well as older dogs that just love the play involved in the chewing process.
As they come to fall in love with this toy, you will begin to see some scraping and fraying on the ends but never fear. This normal wear-and-tear effect happens to all nylon toys, but this one is more durable than most and will last a lot longer.
5. Jim Hodges’ Premium Quality Elk Antlers
You can’t get much more all-natural than the Premium Quality Elk Antlers for dogs. You can get these treats in sizes that range from extra small to XXL and they can be whole, split, or they can come in a combo that is partially split and partially whole.
Elk antlers are incredibly durable and last a lot longer than some of the chew toys and bully sticks you can find elsewhere on the market. They make a great chew toy for large dogs that chew aggressively and while they don’t last forever, they can certainly keep your big dog occupied for quite some time.
One of the best things about the Elk Antler chews is that they are 100% natural with absolutely no chemicals, dyes, preservatives or anything that might trigger an allergic reaction in your dog.
Nothing could be safer.
In addition to the safety, they are also a great source of calcium, phosphorous, manganese and zinc, which are naturally occurring minerals in elk antlers, while they must be added to other items.
Elk Antlers are also great for tartar control, as your dog will chew relentlessly on them, often reaching areas of the mouth that most chews cannot reach. These antlers are hand picked and sorted by size especially for your dog.
You might notice that these toys are particularly higher in price than a lot of others that you can find, but you must also consider how much longer they last. You should certainly see that you are getting your money’s worth once your dog begins to choose it, again and again, over his other chew toys.
However, if you aren’t happy with them, you will promptly be refunded your purchase price, so it’s really a no-lose situation.
This is in no way an extensive list of chew toys for those strong chewers of ours, but hopefully it will get you started on your way to finding what’s right for your dog. It is, at least, a step in the right direction.
We would love to hear from those of you who also have aggressive chewers and find out what works for you.
Do you find that you often have to replace toys in order to keep your dog happy?
What has worked best for you that might not be on our list today?
Is there anything on our list that doesn’t hold up to the rigorous play we would expect them to?
We’re all ears!