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I’ll be very honest with you: Finding the perfect (read: indestructible/durable/long-lasting) chew toy for my dog JoJo has been a struggle. JoJo is obsessed with toys, and with the help of his sharp little teeth and the excitement of receiving new dog chew toys, he can usually lay waste to a brand new one in under 30 minutes. I’m not joking.
On one hand, it’s incredibly frustrating to watch the destruction of toy after toy; on the other, it’s kind of hilarious to see how quickly he does it. There was a time when JoJo was obsessed with a particular type of toy—the squeaky toy. Unsurprisingly, my social media was frequently filled with posts in the vein of “RIP squeaky noodle #5. You had a great 7-minute run.”
During that phase, I gave up on buying new toys altogether. After all, what was the point of throwing money out the window if a new “dog tested and approved” heavy-duty toy didn’t even last the first day?
But then I realized, it wasn’t JoJo’s fault that he so easily demolished each and every toy I presented him with. We simply hadn’t found the indestructible dog toy right for him and his ferocious chewing needs yet.
Over the years, I’ve settled on a number of different types of chew toys for dogs that work for JoJo and his friends. Here are my six favorite types of durable dog toys worth a try with your own happy chewer.
The lasting stuffing-less toy
Stuffingless dog toys are a great option for chew-obsessed dogs, because you won’t have to worry about cleaning up stuffing all over your living room floor as you would with a damaged plush toy. There are a variety of long-lasting stuffing-free toys out there, including ones that have a crinkling lining on the inside or squeakers to peak your pet’s interest during play. JoJo can’t resist the alluring crackle noise of this stuffingless dog toy, making it one of his all-time favorites.
The durable rubber stick toy
A heavy-duty rubber stick toy can keep your active pal busy for a long time. She can play fetch with it, but also enjoys chewing it in the living room. Made of durable rubber, stick toys can be easily tossed and bounced, and many versions also include a rope element or a squeaker inside, like this Kong toy does.
The chew/clean combination toy
I love toys that work both indoors and outdoors for my dogs. After a satisfying fetch-session outside, the dogs can come in with their trophy and gnaw away at this stimulating toy for as long as they want. A hardworking dog toy like this one is both fun and healthy for your dog, as it helps clean his teeth during his vigorous chewing session. There are many great versions of this toy available, including this teeth cleaning chew toy, this squeaky chewer, and this rubber and rope dog toy.
The traditional rope toy
Nothing better than a rope toy for a dog of any age, especially one that likes to chew A LOT. Not only can a thick rope toy withstand hours upon hours of heavy chewing, but the fibers of the rope also act as a dental floss, simultaneously entertaining your dog and improving her dental health.
I always have a couple of different types of these rope toys on hand for my dogs to play fetch, tug of war, or just chew on.
The dual texture toy
The nylon chew toy is a pretty standard buy for any pet owner with a big chewer. These toys are made of durable materials that hold up to dirt, slobber, and the wear and tear that comes with being a favorite chew toy.
JoJo and his friends are obsessed with the dual texture nylon bone chew toy we have, which squeaks when they play with it and also massages their gums with the textured rubber side.
The good old fashioned tennis ball
Yes, a tennis ball doesn’t traditionally fall under the category of chew toys, but in my experience, where other toys have come up short, tennis balls stand the test of time. One little ball can offer my dogs a whole bunch of entertainment.
The tennis ball is great as a solo play toy since it helps them pass the time chewing, chasing, and pawing at the ball. We use both regular tennis balls and these KONG squeaker tennis balls for our play time.
These chew toys will keep your dog entertained, but if you’re looking for some additional ways to engage your pal, check out this post on the best treat-dispensing dog toys.