Does your dog chew through normal KONGs to get the goodies out? Has she chewed through your walls, chopped down trees with her teeth, or otherwise decimated one of your prized possessions? I have two super-chewers of my own, and I feel your pain. Sometimes it seems that no dog toy is strong enough.
But we have some good news for you! Companies are starting to offer premium toys designed to take a beating from even the mightiest chew-zilla in your pack.
No toy is truly dog-proof. Your results may vary, and we would love to get honest feedback from our readers, sitters, and pet parents about your favorite safe chew toys for ‘power chewer’ dogs.
4 tips for pet parents with serious chewers
1. Establish an extra-strength ‘leave it’ command for your extreme chewer. If your dog chews a toy into a sharp point, or has ripped up a toy that may create a choking hazard, you need to be able to take it away immediately.
2. Entice! If your dog seems disinterested in a new toy, you can use a little peanut butter or other yummy goodness to make it appealing. It may take a few tries for your dog to realize the toy is chew-worthy.
3. Make sure the toy is right size for your dog. The smaller the toy, the more leverage your dog will have to chew through it.
4. Be careful about leaving your dog unattended with a chew. You know your super-chewer, and it may be that leaving your dog alone with toys just isn’t safe. Supervising the chew session will give you peace of mind.
- Extreme Kong: The classic stuffable toy dogs love. From small to to double XL.
- Rubber Ball Extreme: ChuckIt thrower compatible! Two sizes: $4.49 – $11.83
- Extreme Goodie Bone: Hide treats in each end. Two sizes: $5.19 – $7.78
- Extreme Tire: Fun tread texture and fillable too. Two sizes: $7.20 – $8.07
The Goughnut Maxx 50 Ring toy features a red inner core that lets you know when it’s time to take the toy away and replace it with a fresh one. Handy!
The company guarantees their toys for a year, and will gladly exchange a damaged toy for just the cost of shipping.
This is a big chew bone, which means it’s harder for your dog to break off pieces. This line of products for extreme chewers is longer-lasting than average, but that means they are also harder than average— so watch those teeth.
Fun to bat around and fun to chew, the Tux even has a little treat pocket in the back to hide some goodies.
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