A dog’s gotta chew, and we’d rather have them direct that energy into something that isn’t our favorite pair of shoes. We combed through our data from years worth of articles to discover which chews our readers clicked on and commented about most. Then we compiled the data in order of popularity.
Note: safety first! When in doubt, keep an eye on your dog while giving a chew. If you have truly powerful chewer, some of these may not be appropriate for your dog. Some toys and chews are tougher than others.
In order of popularity, here are our readers’ favorite chews for their dogs. Did yours make the list?
1. Bully Sticks
A classic choice, these dried bull “pizzles” are incredibly popular with our readers and the dogs they love. It’s true that sometimes, fast eaters may gulp large pieces of these down too quickly, so keep that in mind if you have a gulper on your hands.
25 6″ bully sticks: $38.99
Dogs go crazy for these dried fish skin chews made from wild-caught fish. They’re even a source of healthy omega-3s. Bonus. Note that some dogs devour these pretty quickly, so they’re not necessarily in the long-lasting camp, depending on your dog’s chew enthusiasm level.
7 oz Beams: $20.37
3. Classic Kong
A modern classic, these sturdy chews come in a variety of sizes and colors, but the concept is the same. You can stuff ’em with peanut butter, treats, or other dog goodies, and let your dog go crazy trying to get them out. Freezing one makes the game last even longer.
Stuffable Kong: $6.53
4. Nylabone Dura Chew
Nylabones are super-safe because they can’t splinter or crack, and they’re gentle on puppy gums. The flavors help make them enticing. Some dogs may still turn their noses up at synthetic chews, even if they smell like bacon, but plenty of dogs love these.
Two flavored chews: $8.28
These grain-free chews are made from yak cheese. Which, what? They’re apparently delicious, however, because dogs LOVE them big time. Our office Yorkie spends a good long while (days, even) on one of these chews, as does our little Schnauzer-heeler mix. However, some of the bigger dogs, like the Labs, devour one of these quickly. Some Amazon reviewers have noted that their dogs break them into pieces too easily, so keep that in mind if you have a power chewer.
6. Chilly Bone
Simple concept, big win. This canvas toy freezes quickly to give your dog a crunchy, cool treat in hot weather. However, word to the wise: it’s not the most durable chew in existence. (Pro tip: ice cubes are also a fun doggy treat.)
Chilly Bone: $4.99
7. Smart Bone
These rawhide alternatives last a long time and pack a tasty meaty core that dogs will work for.
2 chews: $4.08
8. Dream Bone
Made by the same folks as the Smart Bone, the “dream bone” or dream stick is a rawhide alternative that’s easy for dogs to digest. It tends to get devoured pretty quickly by bigger dogs.
5 sticks: $2.75
9. Antler Chew
A variety of options exist for antler dog chews, which have the advantage of not being stinky. Yep, naturally shed antler chews are practically odorless, and dogs gnaw on them for hours.
Elk antler: $9.99
Made with nylon and shaped to give dogs maximum chew access, the Benebone chews are a safe alternative to edible chews when you can’t be home. Be sure to get the right size for your dog, as bigger dogs can make short work of the smaller wishbones.
Medium size $11.59
11. Flossy Chew Rope
Not edible, obviously, but great for chewing and tug-o-war. These rope toys are sturdy, so don’t worry about premature fraying or doggo-induced destruction.
Medium size: $3.35
True to their name, Invincibles are made for serious chewers. We like that they’re stuffingless, so when your dog does eventually make a hole (don’t they always?), you don’t have to contend with mountains of fluff all over the floor. Noise alert: they do have squeakers.
Large, stuffing-less squeaker $12.63
Puppies have special chewing needs thanks to teething. These rings help soothe their sore gums, while also keeping them busy for a while. Phew.
6 for $10.46
14. Cow Hooves
Okay, the idea is kind of gross, but our dogs don’t care! These babies keep a chew-happy dog busy. Do keep an eye on them, in case they crack one apart too quickly.
Bag of 10: $16.99
Made by high-end dog toy company Zogoflex, the Tux toy does it all. It bounces, it floats, you can stuff treats in it, AND it’s dishwasher-safe. This one is a keeper.
Tux toy: $18.95