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There are a lot of changes when you welcome a new puppy into the family. Some are pleasant (sweet cuddles, loving licks) while others aren’t as wonderful (chewed-up sneakers, chewed-up purses, chewed-up everything). That’s why we’re taking a look at the best chew toys for puppies.
Just like little humans, puppies have their own array of chew toys to soothe their sore gums. Beyond chews, exercise is the best way to prevent chewing! If you have a packed schedule, book a local dog walker or pet sitter—and your shoes will thank you.
Read on to learn more about chew toys that are bound to make your teething pup comfier.
Best Chew Toys for Puppies
This pick is a no-brainer considering that Kong toys have long been king of the chew toy world! The Puppy Kong and Kong Puppy Binkie are perfect for puppies and promote proper chewing behavior, plus help with crate training.
The durable rubber on the puppy toys is softer than on the adult versions, giving pups the pressure they need without hurting them. They’re also ideal for stuffing with a treat! Fill the Kong with peanut butter, freeze for a few hours, and give your four-legged buddy hours of playtime.
By the way—we recently got the unique chance to visit the Kong company headquarters in Colorado. Take a look and you’ll see why this company continues to be so popular with pet parents.
This chew toy’s curved wishbone design makes it easy for pups to hold while they chew (genius!). Made from tough nylon material, the flavors last for a nice, long time. Just make sure you play it safe and toss this dog bone as soon as it’s worn out.
Benebone Flavored Wishbone
This tough nylon chew has a long-lasting rotisserie chicken flavor.
Nothing keeps your doggy coming back to a toy like the promise of a tasty snack—which is probably why treat-dispensers like this are so darn popular with the furry set. Crafted from stretchy, soft rubber, this brightly-colored ball is fine for all ages and gentle on developing puppy mouths.
This interactive toy is not only designed to distract them from chewing on your things, but it encourages pets to problem-solve as they attempt to get the treats out of the center of the ball. You can get this toy in various sizes, and non-toxic rubber and seamless design make this a strong option for curious (yet strong and determined) puppy minds.
JW Hol-ee Roller Treat Dispensing Ball
Stuff treats in this interactive toy made from soft, flexible rubber.
Practically indestructible, Nylabone toys have long been a popular pick for teething pups. Their Puppy Teething Keys are a particular favorite because they’re made from a material that’s softer than the adult toys, and gentle on teething pups, yet still holds up to hours of chewing.
The raised bristles and textures help clean your dog’s teeth and prevent tartar buildup while bright colors and fun shapes keep your furry friend intrigued.
Nylabone Puppy Chew
A pet parent favorite, these soft chews are made from super durable nylon.
If your pup is more of a lover than a biter, then they may appreciate this sweet plush toy that can be cuddled (and squeaked). Best for small dogs since it’s not built to withstand aggressive chewers, this toy makes a satisfying crinkly noise when it’s squeezed or crushed—something many pets seem to go crazy for.
Plus the bright colors and soft textures are fun for your pet to get close to—they’ll love something soft and sweet to play with, just like them.
Ethical Pet Lil Spots Plush Blanket Toys for Small Dogs and Puppies
This blanket toy crinkles and squeaks, and is best for small, non-aggressive chewers.
Slightly textured to help sore gums, this set of keys is appealing to pups with its fun shapes and bright colors (and the bacon-flavor certainly helps as well). The soft, but sturdy, bristles on the keys act as little dog-toothbrushes, helping to remove plaque and keep gums healthy on dogs of all ages.
Suitable for large breeds too, this chew toy comes from the folks at Nylabone, a well-known brand that has been creating chew toys since 1955. We’re pretty sure they know what dogs (and their humans) want by this point, so we’re betting this toy is also a winner with your pet.
Nylabone Puppy Key Ring
This puppy chew is great for sore gums and removing plaque.
When choosing the best rope toy for your teething pup you should always value quality over everything else (you don’t want fibers to come off in their mouth!).
Luckily Mammoth’s chews are well-made and difficult for dogs to destroy. They floss your dog’s teeth while they chew on the rope—keeping their gums and chompers healthy. You can even soak the rope in water and freeze it overnight to add an extra cooling effect. Bonus: these ropes are machine washable!
Mammoth Flossy Rope Chew
Make flossing fun with this durable puppy rope chew.
Looking for an inexpensive option when it comes to a chew toy? This little star is made from natural rubber and cotton rope and is flexible and soft enough for sensitive puppy mouths. The textured surface is designed to soothe their gums, and it also helps keep their teeth clean by preventing tartar buildup.
The eye-catching color and cute shape should also lure them away from chewing other objects (shoes, couches, etc.)—heck, it’s worth a try!
Comtim Blue Star Puppy Chew Toy
This natural rubber and cotton puppy chew toy is also budget-friendly.
This classic toy is ideal for tug of war, fetching, training, and just having a nice nibble. Made of durable, semi-hard natural rubber, this ring stands up to most sets of teeth, and will hopefully save your favorite sneakers in the meantime.
Have a couple of pups around the house? Even better! Dogs love playing games together with this ring, and all of that chewing helps reduce anxiety, clean teeth, and keep them content and occupied. The ring can even help when it comes time to train your dog, and many pups simply love to go for their regular walks with the ring happily clenched in their teeth.
PlayfulSpirit Durable Natural Rubber Ring
A puppy chew toy that also works for tugging and fetching.
This teething toy has everything young dogs love—a pocket for stuffing treats, a tough surface for chewing, and a funky shape that makes it bounce erratically when it’s tossed.
It’s also gentle on your teething pup’s mouth and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher after particularly drooly chew sessions.
West Paw Zogoflex Tux Toy
You can stuff treats inside this bouncy, tough chew toy.
Following the same high safety standards as children’s toys, this company creates squeaky little friends for teething puppies. Made from 100% natural latex rubber, these toys are BPA-free, chemical-free and toxin-free. They’ve toned the squeaker down, too, so that’s it’s gentler for sensitive puppy ears.
Designed to be soft on puppy mouths, this toy is brightly-hued, squeaky, and handmade in Morocco by a family-owned business (based in Spain) that has been crafting dog (and children’s) toys for over 50 years. Perhaps a great addition to a “Welcome Home Puppy” gift basket for the newest dog-parent in your life?
Lucas b Natural Rubber Spider Toy
Handmade and handpainted, this rubber squeaker is non-toxic and made under high safety standards.
This teething toy practically has a cult following, with everyone raving about the soothing effect it has on uncomfortable puppies! It is filled with a non-toxic gel that freezes super-fast when it’s placed in the freezer.
It stays cold for one to two hours so your pup has plenty of time to enjoy the calming coolness. When it gets warm, simply rinse the bone and put it back in the freezer for next time!
Multipet Chilly Bone
Meant to be frozen, this non-toxic gel bone is soothing on sore gums.
Made from FDA food-grade material, this toy is super strong (and your dog is going to super love it). The bright color will keep it in your sights, and it’s designed to float, so you can use it in in case your dog needs some encouragement to get into the water.
You can stuff a treat in the center hole to keep your pet entertained, plus it’s fun to watch them figure out how to pull the treats out (and good for their brains). Fill the pocket with everything from natural peanut butter to chicken to squishy dog treats. Just be sure to keep an eye on your dog whenever they’re chewing.
Bionic Urban Stick Puppy Chew Toy
This dog chew toy is super tough, can be filled with treats, and even floats.
Satisfy that urge to chew with this bone (perfect for little mouths) or check out the orka stick. Soft rubber helps keep their teeth clean, and stands up to puppy chewing—they’re also fun to toss around the yard, plus the bright colors make them hard to misplace.
Petstages Orka Bone Puppy Chew Toy
The texture and small size of this toy are great for small mouths and puppy chomps.
These come in a variety of textures and shapes, and are naturally high in calcium, potassium, and zinc—and almost all dogs find them super tasty. Gnawing on them also helps clean tartar from their mouths. Just make sure you toss them before they get too small, and always make sure you’re using naturally shed antlers that have been properly sterilized for your teething puppy.
Buck Bone Organics Natural Antlers
This chew is made in the U.S. from 100% naturally shed elk antlers.
Though these rings won’t last quite as long as regular chew toys, they’ll still help relieve your puppy’s teething pain and mouth soreness. Edible and digestible, they have added vitamins and minerals, making them healthy for your pup!
Their soft texture also makes them gentle on your dog’s sore gums. Just make sure to keep an eye on your puppy while they chew on these, as you don’t want the pieces getting too small.
N-Bone Puppy Teething Chew Toy Ring
Made in the U.S., these teething rings come in a yummy chicken flavor.
Looking for something with a softer side for your pup? Luckily this squeaky friend is plushy, adorable, and durable.
It’s easy for puppies to pick up with its long floppy body (great for tug-of-war later!), and with multiple rows of squeakers, it’s bound to keep them playing. It’s definitely for puppies only—older and stronger dogs may be able to destroy the toy easily.
Outward Hound Tough Seamz Squeaky Plush Puppy Chew Toy
A cuddly, squeaky friend for your puppy to chomp on.
Though these toys aren’t indestructible, they’re perfect for those little puppy teeth. Easy for little mouths to pick up, each toy features a cotton cloth piece for tugging, pulling, and cuddling.
Plus, the three-pack ensures that when one inevitably rolls under that couch, you’ll have a backup ready to go.
Puppy Teething Chew Toy Set
Budget-friendly—why get one puppy chew toy when you could have three?
This toy is ideal for senior dogs and teething puppies, meaning it’s soft on gums, flexible to the touch, and easy to grasp and chew. Bouncy on dry land, this ball also floats in the water for games of fetch at the beach.
The special bacon scent encourages pets to take a closer look, while the squeaker hidden inside keeps them coming back to play. As always, make sure to keep an eye on your dog whenever they’re playing with a chew toy, just to be on the safe side.
Hartz Dura Play Ball Bacon-Scented Toy
This bacon-scented chew toy bounces and floats.
Some dogs are just natural-born chewers. Got one of those on your hands? You may want to look into this tough rubber chew toy that helps clean teeth, massage gums, and keep your pup properly occupied, and away from your shoes.
This simple, straightforward chew toy is easy to clean and a cinch to find in the yard since it’s so brightly colored!
Wingpet Dog Chew Toy
This tough two-pack is great for heavy chewers.