Choosing the Best Chew Toy for Your Dog

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If you’re reading this, chances are you own a dog who loves to chew on things and destroy his or her toys. We’ve all been there before, right?

It can be frustrating having to replace toys every few weeks – but in order to keep your pet safe and happy, it’s important to choose the best dog chew toy around!

Here are some important tips on choosing the best chew toy for your dog (or puppy) based on his or her needs and interests.

 

Why you should buy toys for your dog

Canine friends always love a new toy, and we can attest that our pups go absolutely nuts over getting anything new to chew on.

Not only are chews great for clean teeth and fresh breath, but they also provide important dental health benefits that can make life better for both you and your dog.

At last, finding the perfect chew toy is easy! You just need to know what to look for in a great chew toy. We’re here to help with that!

Check out these pointers for picking out the best chew toy for your pup: 

1) The material it’s made of should be safe and durable – choose from natural rubber, nylon or hard plastic toys. 

2) Don’t forget about size – while bigger dogs may prefer large toys, small breeds may not be able to get their mouths around them.

3) Always remember to supervise playtime when giving any type of chew toy as some pieces may pose choking hazards.

4) Be sure to replace any worn-out toys so that your pet doesn’t end up chewing on something dangerous like electrical cords.

 

How to know what type of dog you have

First, identify your dog’s size. Large dogs typically need bigger chew toys to satisfy their chewing needs. Medium-sized dogs are more comfortable with mid-sized chew toys and smaller breeds can get by with small chew toys.

It’s important to match the size of a toy to your dog’s age and weight because younger or lighter dogs have softer mouths that don’t require a stiffer rubber toy while older or heavier ones might not be able to attack soft rubber as easily due to lower jaw strength.

Also keep in mind if you want the toy to last, you’ll want it made from durable materials like hard rubber, rawhide or nylon instead of cloth. 

For best results, we recommend starting out with something your dog already loves: a favorite treat stuffed inside a Kong-type toy will make it an instant favorite!

You may also want to try different types of natural chews like bully sticks and antlers. A little bit goes a long way, so start off slow and remember that too much of anything is never good.

Keep in mind, too, if you’re giving your pup beef bones or other meaty bones–they should always be given cooked and never unsupervised.

Rawhide comes in many shapes and sizes; you’ll want to find one your pup likes the feel of and gauge how easy it is for them to rip apart.

If they seem to enjoy ripping them apart quickly, they may need a sturdier product. Some people prefer hamster toys but those come at risk of being eaten whole (which could be dangerous) so beware when choosing this type of toy.

 

How much you should pay for a good chewy toy

When picking out a chew toy, pet owners should expect to spend anywhere from $5-$30. For dogs with expensive and sensitive teeth, it is recommended to purchase one of the high-end toys that are more durable and chew resistant.

These usually come with limited warranties, which is an important factor to consider when purchasing a toy. It’s also good to take into account your dog’s personality and level of chewing experience before investing in something expensive.

If you have a playful pup who likes to get rough, then try looking for items made of hard rubber or nylon; these materials are more durable than other materials such as rope or cloth.

However, if you have a gentle and calm pup who prefers soft materials, then look for stuffed animals made of cotton or plush fabric.

But no matter what type of toy you buy, make sure it has some sort of safety feature built in like ridges on its surface so that if your dog starts to bite down too hard they will be able to release their grip without harming themselves.

The best thing about chew toys is that they give both you and your dog hours of entertainment!

Remember: buying just any old toy isn’t going to do the trick – only the best chewy toy can give your pup hours of fun!

 

How do you select your new favorite chew

Toys are a great way to bond with your dog and keep them entertained. But which toy is best? It all depends on what they like to chew, how much they like to chew, and how strong their teeth are.

There are lots of different choices in chews: hard plastic bones, rubber balls, tough tug toys. Bones might be easier to clean up than anything else.

You may want to start with one of these because it’s often the favorite kind of chew for dogs. The drawbacks are that some dogs will swallow pieces whole or gnaw off pieces big enough to choke on so you have to watch out.

Dogs can also get bored quickly with just one type of chew so make sure you rotate types if you buy more than one type at once. Balls might not last as long as other kinds of chews but they’re usually easy to throw around and play with.

Tug toys usually last longer than balls but need a lot more attention from humans and some dogs don’t enjoy this kind of play.

If you notice that your dog likes the same kinds of chews over and over again, then those would be good ones to try first!

 

The 3 essential features in any good chewing toy

Features that make a good chew toy are:

(1) safety

(2) durability and

(3) entertaining.

For safety, chew toys should not contain any small pieces that could be easily bitten off and swallowed. Durability refers to the toy’s ability to survive chewing sessions with minimal damage, while entertainment is concerned with how much fun it is to play with.

For an interactive dog, we recommend an interactive dog toy such as a KONG or Busy Buddy. These types of toys can occupy your dog by forcing them to use their brains as they solve the puzzle. 

If you have a teething puppy or an older dog with teeth issues then choose a soft chewy type of toy like Nylabone or Greenies Dental Chews which help soothe sore gums and fight plaque and tartar buildup in your pup’s mouth.

Toys that bounce erratically also provide mental stimulation which helps keep your pup happy and active

 

What materials are your best options?

The best materials to consider when purchasing a chew toy are hard, durable and resilient. Hard materials such as nylon, rubber or plastic that will stand up to your dog’s sharp teeth and powerful jaws.

Durable toys should be able to hold up against constant chewing from your pet. Toys made from hard plastic are less likely to chip or break than those made of softer materials like fabric or foam.

Softer materials can also pose a choking hazard if they get lodged in your pup’s throat. Some owners opt for toys with replaceable parts that can be tossed out after they become too damaged by chewing.

If you have multiple dogs, consider investing in one tough chew toy rather than several cheaper ones – it’ll save you money in the long run!

Dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors may appreciate more challenging chew toys, while pups who live primarily indoors might enjoy something soft and plushy.

It all depends on what type of toy is going to keep your furry friend occupied for the longest amount of time!

 

Tips on giving your dog their new chewy bone

Dogs that chew can give themselves plenty of exercise and help maintain their dental health with a new chew toy. Different chew toys vary in durability and size, so it’s important to choose a toy that will be most appropriate for your dog.

Whether you’re at home or on the go, your dog is sure to love any one of these bones! If your pup likes a small bone but has a big mouth, this ball-shaped chewy bone might do the trick.

If they prefer to gnaw on something larger than their little mouths can handle, then this rope-textured natural wood chew might do the trick.

No matter what kind of chewing style your pup has, there are chewy bones out there that are perfect for them!

So next time you need to get your furry friend a gift, make sure you get them one of these. You won’t regret it!

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