Does your dog seem to demolish every toy you buy? Keep reading to get our picks for the toughest dog chews around.
Why Do Dogs Like To Chew?
Dogs like to chew for several reasons. Puppies like to chew to ease the pain of new teeth coming in. Older dogs are motivated by natural behaviors that serve to keep their teeth clean and jaws strong. Chewing is also a behavior that relieves boredom or anxiety and even expresses frustration.
Excessive chewing is different than normal chewing. Excessive chewing can be destructive to your house and require behavior modifications. Things like fabric sucking, separation anxiety, and hunger can cause your dog to destructively chew things around your house. For more information on how to correct your dog's excessive and destructive chewing, reach out to a dog behavioral specialist.
The purpose of this article is to discuss the best products for normal chewers. Both wild and domestic dogs naturally chew for hours each day. The best way to make sure that your dog is chewing things that are meant to be chewed (unlike sticks that can get lodged, your furniture, shoes, etc.) is to keep a good supply of chews available for your dog daily.
Rotating through a few different kinds of chews will help keep your dog interested in each chew as they may become bored with chewing the same thing each day. Mental stimulation is often the goal of chewing.
Inedible Dog Chews
Dog chews can be broken into two categories: edible and inedible. Edible dog chews are ones that can be digested. With edible chews, it is important to be aware of their propensity to splinter and split as well as the ability to cause digestive issues. Things that make good, safe, edible dog chews are antlers, bully sticks, and yak chews. To read more about long-lasting edible dog chews, please click here.
Inedible dog chews can also be broken down further into different categories. I like to break them up into 3 distinct groups described as 'hard', 'medium', and 'soft'.
Hard Inedible dog chews cover dog toys like Nyla-bones, and plastic 'bone' looking chews. These types of chews are not recommended for the following reasons:
1. The nylon/plastic gets sharp as your dog chews and causes their gums to bleed.
2. As your dog chews- they ingest nylon or plastic- which is not good for them.
If you are looking for a super hard/durable dog chew, you should consider antlers. Antlers last comparable to a nylon bone but in fact, have a little more 'give' when your dog is chewing to make them safer. Additionally, as your dog is chewing, they are slowly ingesting beneficial ingredients like calcium, magnesium, iron, and glucosamine- not plastic. You can read more here.
Medium Inedible Dog Chews encompasses toys and chews that are made from a squishy durable silicone-like material. Toys in this category are great for your dog to chew because they are rigid enough to be durable and long-lasting, but have enough 'give' as your dog chews that they don't risk injury.
All the toys below are by a company called Planet Dog. These chews are super durable and long-lasting, most have the added feature of being able to put treats on the inside for an extra little incentive for your dog. They also double as fetch toys, float, dishwasher safe, and are infused with mint oil so they stay fresh. All the toys listed below are also super eco-friendly and sustainable.
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Soft Inedible Dog Chews are exactly what they sound like: soft. These chews are mostly stuffies with squeakers on the inside and should be categorized as dog toys instead of dog chews but most dogs will actually sit around with their stuffie toy and chew on it, and so we are going to cover it! Soft dog chews usually have some crinkle or squeak aspect to them and your dog will love to sit and chew on these toys until they can rip them to shreds. In the world of long-lasting, soft dog chews- the options are limited. Fortunately, we do carry some tough soft dog toys that can be chewed on for an extended period of time.
Things to look for in this category are quality and stuffing type. The quality will determine how long it lasts or how tough it is and the stuffing type is important if your dog likes to rip the stuffing out and try to eat it.
We carry stuffed chew toys by a brand called P.L.A.Y. because they make super high-quality, eco-friendly, and hilarious dog toys. Their stuffed chew toys are all double stitched and filled with an eco-friendly recycled filling. They also have lots of features that make them especially interactive for your dog.
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Providing your puppy or dog with lots of chew toys will help your dog fulfill their natural urges to chew. It will also help them to ease anxiety, reduce boredom, clean their teeth, and help keep their jaw strong.
When looking for inedible dog chews, it is important to factor in safety. The materials your dog chew/toys are made of are important because your dog could potentially ingest a little bit of. Additionally, your dog chews and toys need to be made in a traceable way that ensures their quality, safety, and business transparency. One great way to do that is to buy from American companies and choose USA-made products where available.
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