Best Indestructible Dog Toys
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:
- KONG Extreme Dog Toy: Best Overall
- Buck Bone Organics Elk Antler Dog Chews: Best Natural Style
- Water Buffalo Bully Horn All-Natural Dog Chew: Best Budget
- Nylabone DuraChew BIG Chew Turkey Leg: Best for Large Dogs
- West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Durable Dog Bone: Runner Up
- GoughNuts Pro 50 Ring Dog Toy: Runner Up
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when choosing the best indestructible dog toy
Aizara Indestructible Chew Bone
Buck Bone Organics Elk Antler Dog Chews
Nylabone DuraChew Femur Bone
West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Durable Dog Bone
one-of-a-kind Zogoflex material”
Nylabone Dental Dinosaur Chew
GoughNuts Pro 50 Ring Dog Toy, 5-in
West Paw Zogoflex Awizl Puzzle Treat Chew Toy
Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll Ball
Kong - Flyer
Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Diamond Plate Orbee Ball
West Paw Zogoflex Tux Interactive Treat Dispensing Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers
Goughnuts Original Dog Chew Ring
SodaPup's Crazy Bounce Dog Toy
West Paw Zogoflex Air Boz
Chuckit! Ultra Ball
KONG Jumbler Disc Dog Toy
KONG Extreme Dog Toy
Playology All-Natural Scented Squeaky Chew Stick
Water Buffalo Bully Horn (Extra Large) All-Natural Dog Chew
Nylabone DuraChew BIG Chew Turkey Leg
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 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.
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.
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.