Puppies are notorious chewers. Everybody expects that, right?
The problem, of course, is teaching them what is acceptable to chew on to their little heart’s content, and what’s not.
If you solve this issue early, you’ll save yourself a world of grief — and preserve your shoes and other off-limits articles.
Why do dogs chew in the first place?
A little background is in order on why puppies like to chew on things.
First, they’re like human babies: at that age (1 month to six months) everything goes in their mouths. It’s their way of exploring the world around them.
Second, their gums hurt at that age. And chewing on items that may be lying around helps with that.
As they grow older, however, they do it to clean their teeth and keep them strong.
They also might do it simply because they’re hungry and chewing on a bone (especially one left over from your Thanksgiving turkey, for example) just tastes really, really good to them.
Sometimes they chew just for the fun of it. Try giving your dog a stick when you’re outdoors and typically, he’ll lie down and start chewing on it.
Anyway, chewing is in their doggie DNA and you’d best find suitable alternatives to your $250 Armani slippers.
Top rated durable chew toys for dogs
For puppies, there is an adorable soft toy shaped like a little purple dinosaur. It’s called the goDino Purple Bruto Dino, and it can withstand hours of cheerful chewing.
The goDog brand has several other toys that are just as cute, including the Dragon, the Gator, and the Fat Rooster. All are double-stitched and have a fun squeaker inside.
For older dogs, there’s the Zogoflex Air Wox Interactive Tug Dog Toy, which comes in three pastel colors and is perfect for both individual play and for tug o’ war with you or with other dogs.
Its unique three-legged shape makes it ideal for grabbing by teeth on one side and your hand on the other. Don’t worry — it’s pretty soft to the touch, but extremely bite-resistant, so it won’t come apart quickly.
More indestructible dog toys
Speaking of tug o’ war, you can positively lift your dog off his feet with the Nordic Doggie Tug of War Series for medium and large dogs.
This toy actually has a short leash with a handle on one end, and a dumbbell-shaped hard rubber toy on the other. You’ll probably be the first to let go.
There’s also the Zogoflex Tux Guaranteed Tough Treat Stuffable Dog Chew Toy for dogs who like to chew on something that’s been stuffed with, say, peanut butter.
This lime-green toy is made of highly durable hard rubber with a hollow center that’s easily accessible to your dog’s questing tongue. It will keep him thoroughly absorbed and away from other less appropriate things.