Best Indestructible Dog Toys

Best Indestructible Dog Toys

  • 20 min read
  • Last Updated: 06/11/2020
  • Author: Celia Miller

Dogs are born with a built-in desire to chew stemming from the pack animals they are descended from who chewed raw bones and tissue– it’s in their DNA, and they need to chew. Chewing offers mental stimulation (dogs get bored, just like people do), plus it keeps their strong jaws in shape.  Dogs that don’t have the opportunity to chew will suffer longer-term health problems and lose their teeth much earlier in life. Look at chewing as exercise – dogs feel better when they do it and are less likely to tackle your furniture and other inappropriate items. The right toy can help keep a dog’s teeth in good shape, too.

We’ve done the legwork and chosen 20 of the best chew toys for aggressive chewers so you can spend less time searching and more time playing with your dog.  Our number 1 favorite? The KONG Extreme Dog Toy. It floats, it bounces, it holds treats and it’s virtually indestructible.

 

Best Indestructible Dog Toys:

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best indestructible dog toy

Aizara Indestructible Chew Bone

8/10

FDA compliant

No odor

Cleans teeth, strengthens gums

100% recyclable

Easy to clean

Can be torn by the most determined chewers

Material
Soft Rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

Best Natural-Style

Buck Bone Organics Elk Antler Dog Chews

7/10

Made in USA

Rich in vitamins & minerals

No mess, no odor

Doesn’t get "slimy" from chewing

3-4 pieces per 1 lb. bag

No additives, fillers or processing

Very durable

Split pieces can splinter

Odor when wet

Higher price point

Material
Natural elk antlers
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

Nylabone DuraChew Femur Bone

7/10

Non-toxic

Cleans teeth, strengthens gums

Available in 2 sizes

Ends may break off in small shards

Beef flavor might not appeal to all dogs

Material
Nylon
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Durable Dog Bone

9/10

Made in USA

Dishwasher safe

Available in 3 sizes

Non-toxic

FDA compliant

Doubles as a fetch stick

Can be broken by the most aggressive chewers

Material
“Pliable
one-of-a-kind Zogoflex material”
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

Nylabone Dental Dinosaur Chew

8/10

Made in USA

Extremely durable

Cleans teeth, reduces tartar

Freshens breath

Various shapes, flavors

Not suitable for dogs with pre-existing dental issues

Material
Nylon
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

GoughNuts Pro 50 Ring Dog Toy, 5-in

9/10

Made in the US

Safety indicator

Extremely durable

Unflavored

Higher price point

No texture/interest points

Material
Rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

West Paw Zogoflex Awizl Puzzle Treat Chew Toy

8/10

Made in USA

Dishwasher safe

Recyclable

Works with dog treats to enhance play

Two sizes

Need to experiment to find the right size treats

Material
Rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll Ball

6/10

Made in USA

Will not deflate if punctured

Extremely durable

Rope is flimsy

Material
Hard rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact manufacturer

Kong - Flyer

6/10

Made in USA

Easy on dog's teeth, mouth

Available in Small and Large

Quality not up to Kong's usual standard

Seems very flimsy

Material
Rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact manufacturer

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Diamond Plate Orbee Ball

7/10

Soft on dog's mouth

Slightly flexible, easy to grip

Minty flavor

Recyclable

Dishwasher safe

Can be damaged by the most determined chewers

Material
Rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact manufacturer

West Paw Zogoflex Tux Interactive Treat Dispensing Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers

7/10

Made in USA

Recyclable

Dishwasher safe

Extremely tough and durable

Can be torn

Material
Rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

Goughnuts Original Dog Chew Ring

8/10

Great fetch toys

Made in USA

Safety feature - if red inner layer is exposed, company will replace

Extremely tough and durable

Strong rubber smell

Rather heavy

Not for small dogs

Faulty guarantee

Material
Rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

SodaPup's Crazy Bounce Dog Toy

6/10

Made in USA

Biodegradable

FDA compliant

Dishwasher safe

The "wonky” bounce provides additional entertainment

Not suitable for smaller dogs under 35 lbs.

Can be torn by the most determined chewers

Material
Solid
natural rubber
Floats
Unspecified
Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact manufacturer

West Paw Zogoflex Air Boz

8/10

Made in USA

Small size fits in standard ball throwers

Recyclable

FDA compliant

Dishwasher safe

Soft and squishy, easy on pup's gums and teeth

Good fetch toy

Can be torn by extremely aggressive chewers

Material
Foam rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

Chuckit! Ultra Ball

9/10

Several sizes available

Easy to clean

Compatible with Chuckit! Launchers

Available in five sizes

High-visibility colors make them easy to locate

Good ball for "chew therapy"

Can be torn by extremely aggressive chewers

Material
Natural rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact manufacturer

KONG Jumbler Disc Dog Toy

8/10

Loud squeak highly entertaining

Interior tennis ball adds entertainment

Perfect fetch toy

Handles make pickup and shaking easy

Easily damaged by power chewers

Material
Plastic or rubber (unspecified)
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact manufacturer
Best Overall

KONG Extreme Dog Toy

10/10

Made in USA

Extremely tough and durable

Doubles as a fetch toy

Helps clean teeth and massage gums

Available in 3 sizes

Can be stuffed with treats and frozen

Can be damaged by extremely aggressive chewers

Material
Hard rubber
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact manufacturer

Playology All-Natural Scented Squeaky Chew Stick

9/10

Flavored/scented

Durable

Attractive bright colors

Good shape for chewing

Some flavors stink

Squeaker can be easily removed

Material
Plastic
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee
Contact karen@playologypets.com
Best Budget

Water Buffalo Bully Horn (Extra Large) All-Natural Dog Chew

8/10

Extremely durable

Natural product

Ethically sourced

Stinky

Quality control

Material
Natural bone
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

Best for Larger Dogs

Nylabone DuraChew BIG Chew Turkey Leg

9/10

Long-lasting

Large enough to be a challenge

No odor

May break off in small shards

Material
Nylon
Floats

Bounces

Squeaks

Guarantee

How to “Chews” Dog-approved Toys

Dogs are not always picky about what they chew. A pair of designer shoes, the living room sofa, the tv remote control… all are fair game when the chewing instinct strikes. So it makes sense to have some chew toys on hand for your canine companion. But how do you choose?

The fact is no dog toy on earth is truly “indestructible,” but there are many toys that can last much longer than the standard 5-minute snack for aggressive chewers. Because that is how long typical discount store toys last – anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or two. After a trip to the trash can, you’ll be right back where you started.

The best toys are multipurpose. These toys satisfy the chewing instinct, but they’re also fun to play with, both with or without their humans. Dog toys that store treats inside provide mental stimulation while toys that bounce provide a fun game of chase. And if the toy floats, even better for dogs that like water.

The first thing you need to do is determine your dog’s chew and play style. Some dogs are fetchers, others are go for the gusto chewers who love nothing more than to rip their toys to shreds.

Before you start searching for toys to suit your dog’s nature…

Safety First

Safety is of the utmost importance when selecting chew toys for your precious pup. The best and longest lasting chew toys on the market are made with hard rubber. These are the toys that will prove most resistant to the beating an aggressive chewer can dish out. The last thing you want is a cheap toy coming apart and getting lodged either in your dog’s trachea or intestines.

However, if that should happen (and it can, even on the toys labeled “indestructible”), the second feature you should look for is whether the toy is non-toxic. The fact that a chew toy spends so much time in a dog’s mouth makes the toxicity of the toy much more important. And if small bits pass through the intestinal tract, it’s even more important that the pieces are non-toxic.

Another point is whether the toys contains a squeaker. If dislodged from the toy, the squeaker could pose a serious choking threat to your dog.

Rope toys can be extremely dangerous if your dog chews them unattended. We’ve seen $6,000 vet bills to remove these from digestive tracts, and even the chewed-off pieces of rope can bind up a dog’s intestines.

Plush toys are not going to be suitable for your dog’s aggressive chewing. Most dogs enjoy disemboweling anything with stuffing whether it’s a plush toy (especially if there is a squeaker inside), a dog bed, or sometimes, your couch. The stuffing in most plushies is dangerous and can cause health problems for the unlucky dog who ingests it.

 

Think about your dog’s chewing style. If he’s/she’s a very aggressive chewer, you want a toy with a little “give” to it to not risk breaking your pup’s teeth. It can happen when the wrong toy is matched with the wrong dog.

When a toy is damaged, or when it’s been chewed down to a size that can be swallowed, toss it and get a new one. Keep one in a safe place as a back-up.

Quality

You may experience sticker shock when shopping for chew toys for your furry friend, but there’s a reason for the expense. Better quality toys are going to cost more. Period. But on the flip side, better quality toys will last longer, too. You may be new to the struggle- spend $3 on a toy that might last 5 minutes to an hour, and then you have to buy another. And another. Or you could spend $15 on a toy that will last months. Which is the more cost-effective toy?

It makes sense to spend a little more on a toy that will last longer because these are the toys that are also safer. We recommend toys that are manufactured in the US with known standards and quality controls in place.

Durability

The most durable types of dog toys for aggressive chewers on the market are hard rubber, as mentioned earlier. These are the toys that can really take the heat when your dog’s boredom, separation anxiety or teething distress take hold.

Kong, Westpaw, Nylabone, and Playology make a wide variety of hard rubber/nylon styles to suit your dog’s chewing and play styles.