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 trainers, chewed-up handbags, chewed-up everything).
Luckily for you, there’s hope! Just like little teething babies, puppies have their own array of chew toys to soothe their sore gums. Beyond chews, exercise is the best way to prevent chewing! If your schedule is packed, 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 less uncomfortable.
Kong products have long been the kings of the chew-toy world! The Puppy Kong and Kong Puppy Goodie Bone are perfect for puppies and they promote proper chewing behaviour. The rubber on these puppy toys is softer than the adult versions, giving pups the pressure they need without hurting them. They’re also ideal for stuffing treats into! Fill the KONG with peanut butter, freeze for a few hours, and give your four-legged buddy hours of play.
This chew toy’s curved wishbone design makes it easy for puppies to hold by themselves while they chew (genius!). Made from tough nylon material, the Benebone comes in both peanut butter and bacon flavours, and lasts for a good, long time. Just make sure you play it safe and toss it as soon as it’s worn out.
Practically indestructible, Nylabone toys have long been a popular pick for teething pups. They’re made from 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 the chicken flavour will keep your best friend intrigued.
When choosing the best rope toy for your teething pup you should always value quality over everything else—you don’t want fibres to come off in their mouthes! Luckily Mammoth Flossy Chews are well-made, pretty much impossible for dogs to destroy, and 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!
Treat your pup to a naturally-shed antler from wild red deer that roam the highlands of Scotland. The safe, low-odour chews are free from chemicals and additives, plus they’re nutritious. High in natural minerals and nutrients, the antlers will improve your dog’s circulation and metabolism, and reduce cholesterol. There are versions available for puppies as well as adult dogs. They 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.
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! They come in pumpkin and chicken flavours and their soft texture also makes them gentle on your dog’s sore gums.
Looking for something with a softer side for your puppy? This squeaky friend is plush, adorable, durable and perfect for pups! 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 happily for ages. It’s definitely for puppies only—older and stronger dogs may be able to destroy the toy too easily.