I’ve had quite a few people asking about durable dog toys lately. These are some of our favorites toys that have stood the wrath of Toby.
CHEW-Deer antlers are great. They are bone but are completely solid. They don’t splinter and they last months (Toby’s grandpa sent him one from Virginia and it’s lasted 9 months). This is a great alternative to rawhide and are full of minerals and vitamins.
TUG– Rope toys are great for multiple dogs to play tug together. Since Toby is an only child, we often play tug with him (great arm exercise). Tug ropes help strengthen their jaws and actually floss their teeth at the same time. Never let your dog play with a rope unsupervised as they could ingest pieces. No one is a fan of poop on a string.
GNAW-This nylon toy is super strong and helps clean teeth. Toby’s favorite part is the noise it makes when it hits the floor.
SQUEAK– This toy is made from this amazing durable material. The squeak is recessed which means it is protected from fur jaws. I wouldn’t recommend this toy for your pooch when you are trying to watch a movie as the squeak is loud and long. Toby hasn’t managed to break the squeak and we’ve had it for a few months. This toy is perfect for aggressive chewers.
FLUFF– this fluff-less toy is perfect for those parents who are sick of picking up white fluff. The material is durable enough for heavy chewers but a dogs natural instinct is to “kill” so expect them to try to destroy plush toys. See below for tips with this.
THROW-Made from a durable rubber, the Chuckit ball bounces, floats and is strong enough for daily use. These are the only balls we use because Toby tries to eat other ones.
CRINKLE– One of Toby’s favorite toys is a water bottle. I can’t even from a water bottle around him or he whines. Annoying! This toy is to be used with a water bottle and provides hours of entertainment. Make sure you take off the cap and the cap ring so they don’t choke or swallow it.
ROLL– this toy is VERY durable. We’ve had his since he was a puppy. He still plays with it. I think he likes it because the shape allows it to bounce in different directions.
Dog Toy Tips
1. Dogs are often bored of the same types of toys. Mix up the types of toys.
2. Never give a dog access to all of his or her toys at once. We have two rotations of toys and we keep one set in a drawer. We rotate them every few weeks. This helps them last longer and you won’t believe how excited they get when you give them “new” toys.
3. Wash dog toys frequently to keep bacteria levels down. You can see how I was his dog toys HERE.
3. If we see Toby destroying a certain toy or playing with it incorrectly, he gets corrected with a vocal command. “Be easy” is what we use. And we often get a guilty look when we correct him. He’s only allowed to destroy certain ones. That’s why Frosty Paws has lasted so long.
Now all he does is shake him and lick him.
4. With that said, dogs like to destroy; it’s in their instinct. Don’t splurge on plush toys and expect them not to destroy them. Try going to thrift stores to find stuffed animals for cheap. Make sure the inside contains “all new material” (it will say on the tag) and does NOT include beanbag type stuffing. Also make sure the toys don’t have any eyes or things they can swallow.
(Floyd has a toy that emulates pulling stuffing from a plush animal which may solve the stuffing all other the floor issue).
5. Dogs are hunters so try hiding their toys and having them “find it.”
6. Each toy has a certain function. For example, a ball is for throwing, not chewing. So we don’t let him chew them. Would you let a child ride a bike on a swing? Eh no.
Does your dog have a favorite toy that is durable? Share in the comments below!