As an owner of a pet supply store, I’m constantly being asked the question, “Will my dog chew this up?”
While there are many great, long lasting, and durable chew toys out there, pet owners should be aware that there is no such thing as an “indestructible” dog toy. Just as we supervise our babies while they are playing with toys, our canine kids should be supervised while playing with their toys as well.
I’ve spent many hours researching the highest rated chew toys on the market, and I’ve selected a group of toys that I like the best. In addition to their overall toughness, I also factored in price, environmental impacts, and aesthetics (after all, the toy should be as “cute” as possible). Below is a summary (in no particular order) of my toy selection, all of which are available on my website.
West Paw Design®
Hand-crafted in the heart of Big Sky Country, West Paw Design® makes a variety of products including cat toys, dog beds, dog sweaters and jackets, and interactive dog toys as well as soft plush toys. But they’re best known for their line of durable dog toys for aggressive chewers. These toys are made from the one-of-a-kind Zogoflex® material which is a super durable, extremely pliable material that’s tough, buoyant, non-toxic, and guaranteed to last! The other cool part about these toys is they are 100% recyclable and create virtually no waste during the manufacturing process. This incredible high-tech material is used to make the Huck, Hurley®, Tux®, Būmi® and Zisc® all of which are available at The Mom and Paw Shop.
This manufacturer claims these toys are “The World’s “Tuff”est Soft Dog Toy,” and they certainly go the distance to ensure their “Tuff”ness. Tuffy’s® are extremely durable toys made with one layer of soft fleece, two layers of industrial- grade luggage material, and one layer of plastic coating in the middle. The layers are assembled with seven rows of stitching. Four seams hold the product together and then a layer of material is added to cover the assembly stitching, then three more seams are added. The toys are stuffed with safe, non-toxic fiber and a protective pouch around each squeaker. Each toy comes with a numbered rating based on their “Tuff” scale, with one being the weakest and ten being the toughest. Along with the high quality of their design, my favorite thing about these toys is the overall attractiveness of each toy. To see our selection of Tuffy® Toys, click here.
VIP Products says Mighty® Toys “Rethink Durability”. The durability of these toys is created with multiple layers of flexible materials that move with the dog’s teeth instead of tearing. The Mighty toys have no hard edges which often times promote chewing. The toys are made with two layers of material, including a layer of industrial- strength luggage material and four rows of stitching. Similar to the Tuffy® Toys, each toy comes with a numbered rating based on the “Dura” Scale, with one being the weakest and ten being the strongest. I gave my Newfoundland puppy “Sandy” Seal6 months ago, and she has yet to chew it up. The toys we carry at The Mom and Paw Shop are our favorite form the Mighty® Toys series.
Some consider Planet Dog as the industry’s leading socially responsible, values-based design. The toys are made with the Orbee Tuff® material and are extremely durable, buoyant, bouncy, minty, recyclable, non-toxic and, best of all, 100% guaranteed. Each toy comes with at Treat Spot™ for hiding a healthy treat and their Chew-o-meter will help you determine what toy to buy. Two percent of all of their proceeds go to fund the Planet Dog Foundation, and 100% of proceeds from their Glow for Good Ball go to the same cause. My favorite Planet Dog Toy is the Cosmo. My Newfoundland has had this toy for months, and it has yet to get even a tooth mark on it. Click here to see our line of Planet Dog toys.
Premier Busy Buddy®
To quote Premier, “The Busy Buddy® line of treat dispensing chew toys are designed to keep your pet busy with good things to chew. Each Busy Buddy toy is made with a different and unique chewing experience in mind and helps redirect potentially destructive chewing behavior into positive playtime.” The strongest of these toys are the Kibble Nibble, Squirrel Dude, and Bristle Bone.
Kong has become legendary in the “strong” chew toy industry. These durable rubber toys with holes in both ends now come in many styles and colors. Red is the “traditional” (and most popular) while black is the “extra tough”. They are dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe, allowing you to stuff them with all kinds of goodies to keep your pups occupied. The Puppy Kongs come with a squeaker.
Go Dog’s™ line of fun toys are perfect for all breeds and sizes of dogs. They make excellent toys for great big guys as well as the tiny guys… no discrimination! Some of their products come with the Chew Guard Technology which is constructed with a durable liner to provide a tougher soft toy. These toys are extremely cute, but I wouldn’t say they are as tough as the toys listed above.