There are plenty of dog toys that market themselves as “super tough,” “ultra durable,” and even “indestructible,” but most dog owners know to take that claim with a grain of salt. Many of us have eagerly given our pup a toy straight from the box only to find an explosion of fluff on the carpet, or a tennis ball torn to bits after just a few minutes.
As the mom of two pit bull mixes, finding a toy that can withstand my dogs’ strong chewing has been a lengthy trial-and-error process, but I’ve finally found a few things that, while they may not last forever, will at least give your tough chewer a run for their money:
This is an oldie but a goodie. The great thing about KONG products is that not only are they made of tough materials, they come in several different sizes, and as the old saying goes: the bigger the better. The larger the toy, the harder it is for your dog to fit it into his mouth, which leads to fewer chunks of rubber all over your living room floor. Spread some peanut or coconut butter in the middle and pop it into the freezer for an even more enticing treat.
Don’t let this toy’s simplicity fool you: it’s one tough treader. Not only can this toy withstand tough chewing sessions, but it does double duty by also cleaning your dog’s teeth. The handle on the side is great for a game of tug of war, and the reviews claim that even the most enthusiastic chewer hasn’t been able to defeat it.
Balls are great for chewers because they don’t have corners that are easy to gnaw, and this one comes in three fun colors. Made of thick polyethylene plastic and no bounce, this ball is truly heavy duty. Your dog can even play with it in the water and it won’t sink. It comes complete with a lifetime guarantee, so what have you got to lose?
Antlers are an almost surefire way to occupy an aggressive chewer’s time without making a mess. This brand is natural and non-allergenic, and you can select the thickness based on your dog’s needs. The best part of these antlers is probably the health benefits from proteins like collagen and lipids.
Made of super durable nylon, this chew toy will keep your pup occupied for a while. It’s flavored with allergen-free peanut butter, and has a textured design that brushes your dog’s teeth as he chews.
What are you favorite toys for strong chewers? Tell us in the comments!
About the Author: Brittany Kerfoot is a writer/editor living in Washington, D.C. She and her husband are pet parents to two goofy pit bull mixes and four rescue cats. You can find more of Brittany's work on her website at www.brittanykerfoot.com.