Dog toys for Chewers

Indestructable dog toys, tough chewers, tough toys, nylabone

Welcome to another "Lucky Dog" series article. No dog toy is truly indestructible. Still, millions of dog owners continue the never-ending search for a toy that is nearly indestructible, safe, reasonably priced, hoping to find the perfect toy that provides many hours of fun for their beloved dogs. As the dog-owner and dog-fosterer, I have had cause to test quite a few dog toys on the market. My main "tester" is a 54-pound rescued pit bull named Lucky, and the "assistant testers" have been a parade of foster dogs who have spent time living in my home, under the auspices of the local SPCA shelter. Toys came from a variety of sources, including local non-chain pet stores, large chain pet stores, and an online store ( that often has the lowest prices for a wide variety of toys. Some of the toys lasted less than a few minutes before the canine test team completely destroyed them. Other toys were able to stand up quite well. The top five toys had to stand up for a reasonable amount of usage, as well as providing entertainment. After all, a toy that a dog finds uninteresting is of no value.

Based on the unscientific responses of the canine test team, here are the top five toys for power chewers, in descending order.

The Kong Power Chewer ($7.76 at is another canine-tested favorite. By applying some care as to how this toy is given to the dogs, our second Kong Power Chewer has managed to withstand months of abuse from multiple dogs in my house, while the first Kong Power Chewer met with an early demise. This is another toy that offers a food/treat delivery option; it can be filled with kibble, small treats, or stuffed with soft goodies such as peanut butter or cheese wiz. The first Kong Power Chewer was destroyed within a day when it was given to main canine tester, completely filled with soft cheese. That one was replaced with an identical Kong Power Chewer, but rather than completely stuffing it with cheese, it is filled with bits of treats and kibble, and soft cheese or peanut butter is only used to seal the kibble in. Used this way, the second Kong Power Chewer has lasted many months, so it now also makes the bargain list too.

The Everlasting Treat Ball is another favorite of our canine testers. While the "everlasting treats" are not truly everlasting, they do provide a challenge for our canine testers to remove from the ball. Usually the treat can be removed within twenty minutes, but then the treat still keeps dogs busy as they work on the treat itself. Even without the treat, the ball itself is a source of entertainment. After several months of use, the Everlasting Treat Ball only is showing a small tear, barely noticeable, in the rim on one side. This toy is somewhat less of a bargain however, since it gets the most use when it is filled with an actual Everlasting Treat. The Everlasting Treat Ball and the associated treats come in three sizes - small, medium and large, and the prices vary accordingly. The treats are sold in packs of two, with a variety of flavors available. The least expensive price for a large two-pack of treats is $4.99 at; however, the site sometimes is sold out of this for months at a time. The treats are more readily available at stores such as PetSmart, where the treats can cost up to $8.99 for a two-pack online, and even more in the bricks-and-mortar stores.

Kong KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Large, Black
Pet Products (Kong)
  • Specially made for aggressive chewers
  • Ultra-strong black rubber
  • Provides physical and mental stimulation
  • Can be stuffed with treats
2011-01-07 15:10:26 by flaterade

Best chew toy for heavy chewer?

My dog is a really heavy chewer. He'll go through rawhide sticks within a day if given the chance. We don't give him anything for longer than 30 minutes because he'll take off a good chunk of it otherwise.
What are some great, safe chew toys for heavy, effective chewers? Preferably, I'd like something that will break down naturally if he swallows a lot of it (goodness forbid).
Note: I supervise my dog when he plays, but accidents can happen. It hasn't happened to me, so I'm trying my darnedest to be cautious.

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ZippyPaws ZippyPaws Zingy 3-Squeaker No Stuffing Plush Dog Toy, Raccoon
Pet Products (ZippyPaws)
  • Great toy for the squeaker-loving dog
  • Includes 3 assorted squeakers
  • Stuffing-free
  • For dogs of all sizes
  • Product size: 15 x 4 Inch
Nylabone Nylabone Dura Chew Plus Textured Ring Dog Chew Toy, Large
Pet Products (Nylabone)
  • This veterinarian recommended Nylabone Durable is a long lasting chew designed for powerful chewers
  • Multiple textures offer increased tactile and chewing appeal
  • Bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth and the cleaning action helps control plaque and tartar build-up
  • Bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth and the cleaning action helps control plaque and tartar build-up.
  • This veterinarian recommended Nylabone Durable is a long lasting chew designed for powerful chewers.
  • Multiple textures offer increased tactile and chewing appeal.
Nylabone Nylabone Dura Chew Wishbone Chew Toy, Original Flavor
Pet Products (Nylabone)
  • Designed for powerful chewers.
  • Bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth and control plaque and tartar build-up.
  • Made in the USA

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