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Best teething toys for puppies: Soothe your pup's discomfort

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The best teething toys for puppies will not only help make a painful time that much easier for your little one, but they'll save your clothing, furniture and other household items from being chewed to pieces.

While it can be incredibly frustrating to find your favorite sweater with a hole in it or the side of your TV cabinet covered in bite marks, we promise that your fur baby isn't deliberately trying to upset you. The puppy teething process is a lengthy and uncomfortable one and during that time they'll look for anything that they can chomp down on to help ease the pain.

The good news is, just like the best dog toys are a dime a dozen, you'll find a fantastic range of teething toys for puppies that can help make their life, and yours, that much more enjoyable. So, what exactly should you be on the lookout for when selecting toys for the newest addition to your family?

Well, because your puppy will start to lose their baby teeth at around 12 weeks of age and get their full adult set by around six months, you've got approximately three months of teething on your hands as your little ones jaw grows to accommodate the 42 adult gnashers that are waiting to come through. And a long teething period means you'll need a range of toys to see you through.

We recommend that you don't just invest in several toys but that you vary the kinds of toys that you're buying so that your pup has a range of different textures to sink their teeth into. Homemade puppy teething toys, for example, can be frozen and then given to your little one to chew on, with the cold helping to reduce inflammation. Kong toys are always a winner as these can be stuffed with food to provide hours of amusement and rubber dental chews can help keep those new teeth clean as they're coming through.

Toys made from softer materials can also be incredibly comforting and if you're currently in the middle of crate training, these can be ideal for popping in with your little one at night. Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to look for strong and durable materials that are free from small parts that your fur baby could break off and swallow. 

To help you select the best teething toys for puppies, we've rounded up our favourites, with options for aggressive chewers and small breeds as well as our pick of the best affordable teething toy set. Let's take a look...

PetsRadar's pick of the best teething toys for puppies

  • Best overall teething toy for puppies: Kong Natural Teething Rubber Puppy Toy 
  • Best puppy teether for aggressive chewers: CPYOSN Durable Dog Chew Toy
  • Best puppy teething toy for gentle chewers: ONTWOPETS Puppy Teething Chew Toy
  • Best stylish teething toy for puppies: Jcheupet Puppy Teething Toys
  • Best cooling teething toy for puppies: NWK Pet Teether Cooling Chew Toy for Dogs
  • Best puppy teether for small dogs: Nylabone Just for Puppies Teething Chew Toy
  • Best set of teething toys for puppies: Volacopets Puppy Toys for Teething

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Kong Natural Teething Rubber Puppy Toy

Best overall teething toy for puppies

Specifications
Material: Soft rubber
Size: 3.4 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches
Weight: 0.1g
Reasons to buy
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Multi-functional
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Soft but tough material
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Trusted brand
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Durable
Reasons to avoid
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Can be messy and smelly

The puppy equivalent of the best-selling Kong toy for grown dogs, this version features a soft rubber formula that is specially customized for a growing pup's baby teeth and gums. 

Like its grown-up counterpart, what makes Kong so great for pet owners and dog alike is the ability to stuff it with kibble or gooey homemade dog treats. Simply pop in your canine's preferred grub and watch them go. 

Not only this is puppy teether a great dog chew toy, ideal for distracting them from chewing through your entire household, it's also a fantastic mental game keeping them entertained for hours. 

You can use it to play fetch, or simply let your pup play and dig out the contents to their heart's delight; the durability of the rubber will withstand even the roughest canine teeth, whilst being soft enough to soothe them.

The main drawback here lies in the product's key selling point. If you'd rather not fill your Kong with gooey DIY produce due to mess and smell, then this might not be for you.  

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CPYOSN Durable Dog Chew Toy

Best puppy teether for aggressive chewers

Specifications
Material: Rubber
Size: 5 x 5 x 1.57 inches
Weight: 258g
Reasons to buy
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Extra durable
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Great for large breeds
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Enticing beef smell
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Multiple colors
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No mess
Reasons to avoid
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Heavy for small breeds

If you're looking for one of the best durable toys out there, then look no further than the CPYOSN Durable Dog Chew Toy.

This puppy teether is made from thick, ultra tough natural rubber which is hard enough to withstand even the most destructible dog breed's teeth whilst retaining flexibility.

The bumps and grooves built into the ring's design are fantastic here, helping to massage gums and clean teeth. You can let your pup tear into it without fear of damaging their teeth or causing a chaotic mess around your home.

There's no stuffing inside, no squeakers, no need to use messy food inside and the beef scent is purely for canines. 

Available in two bright colors, the chew ring remains intact even when given to the rowdiest pups so it presents fantastic long-lasting value, particularly at its attractive price point.  

Do note, however, that smallers breeds may find they've bitten off more than they can chew since the ring is on the heavier side.

ONTWOPETS Puppy Teething Chew Toy

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ONTWOPETS Puppy Teething Chew Toy

Best puppy teething toy for gentle chewers

Specifications
Material: Rubber
Size: 6 or 7 inches
Weight: 6 ounces
Reasons to buy
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Massages the gums
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Removes plaque and tartar
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Two sizes available
Reasons to avoid
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Not suitable for aggressive chewers

Clean your little one's teeth, freshen their breath and give them something to chew on with this great dental teething toy from ONTWOPETS. 

Available in two sizes, the bone-shaped toy features soft spikes and smooth grooves that help gently sweep away plaque, tartar and debris while massaging the gums and providing relief from teething pain.

Infused with a natural mint or vanilla flavor, the toy also works beautifully with doggy toothpaste if you're wanting to give your pup's teeth an extra clean. The rubber is safe, non-toxic and durable, and the varying degrees of hardness provide variety while your fur baby chews.

This is a great toy, both for health and play, and it can be popped in the dishwasher, making it a breeze to clean. The one thing worth noting is that it's not been designed for aggressive chewers, so if you have one of those on your hands, check out our top pick above.

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Jcheupet Puppy Teething Toys

Best stylish teething toy for puppies

Specifications
Material: Thermoplastic rubber
Size: 7.5 x 5.3 x 2.1 inches
Weight: 177g
Reasons to buy
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Cute design
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Fairly durable
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Lots of fun
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Great value
Reasons to avoid
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Can show signs of wear and tear

With their super stylish exterior and cute candy colors, the Jcheupet Puppy Teething Toys make for charming gender reveal toys for doting dog parents everywhere.

If you care about gender when it comes to your canine's toys, you'll love the shades of pink, blue and yellow.

Fortunately, they're not just pretty on the eye but are excellent teething toys for puppies owing to their durability. For pups who love to chew, these puppy teethers are generally tough, fun and sturdy. 

If your pup is in a particularly chewy mood, however, expect signs of wear and tear to emerge.

Nevertheless, they present great value for pup owners with three pieces included within a very affordable price tag.   

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NWK Pet Teether Cooling Chew Toy

Best cooling teething toy for puppies

Specifications
Material: Thermoplastic rubber
Size: 4.92 x 4.92 x 1.26 inches
Weight: 158g
Reasons to buy
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Cooling action ideal for heatwaves
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Tough and durable
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Fun
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Great for larger dogs
Reasons to avoid
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Not ideal for smaller breeds

Ideal for summer, the NWK Pet Teether Cooling Chew Toy is like a cool water sports accessory for canines. 

It's a tough chewing ring with water inside that's perfect for throwing to your pooch outdoors or opt to freeze it instead and it becomes a stress-busting cooling aid for your pup.

The cooling action provides extra relief during the teething stage, while its thick design is naturally extra durable for dog chewing.

Expect a toy that's on the larger side, however. If your puppy is perfectly petite over full-bodied, they might find this more than a mouthful. 

Nylabone Just for Puppies Teething Chew Toy

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Nylabone Just for Puppies Teething Chew Toy

Best puppy teether for small dogs

Specifications
Material: Thermoplastic polymer
Size: 5.38 x 1.5 x 2.38 inches
Weight: 82g
Reasons to buy
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Great for small pups
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Fun design 
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Generally solid design
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Bacon flavoring 
Reasons to avoid
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Could be more durable

Ideal for smaller dog breeds, the Nylabone Just for Puppies Teething Chew Toy weighs in at a light 82 grams.

One of the most stylish teething toy for puppies on the list, its key design is fun and colorful with the long bendable shapes ideal for pups who find other shapes difficult to hold in the mouth. They'll love carrying it back to their cosy den to own and to chew.

Fortunately, this toy is built for a canine's grip. Made from thermoplastic polymer, its solid and durable enough for the most part to withstand even a mini teething monster's jaws.

Pet owners will likely want to supervise use, however, as some dog parents have noticed their pups chewing off pieces. 

Best teething toys for puppies: Volacopets Puppy Toys for Teething

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Volacopets Puppy Toys for Teething

Best set of teething toys for puppies

Specifications
Material: Thermoplastic rubber
Size: 10.6 x 5.5 inches
Weight: 0.1g
Reasons to buy
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A good set of textured chews
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Also includes squeaky toys
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They look cute
Reasons to avoid
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The cloth ropes may come apart

This set of washable chews and squeaky toys looks so cute, you almost want to play with it yourself. Aimed specifically at small teething dogs, the bag contains three chews of different textures and shapes, helping to ensure your puppy is less likely to become bored – something that could result in them seeking out other more precious items in your home instead.

Each of the chews is attached to a braided cotton rope which allows a puppy to easily fetch and carry it to a favorite spot. It also lets a dog place down a paw to keep the chew in place, making it easy for them to gnaw on the main thermoplastic rubber component. That said, some users report the cotton being easy to rip apart. It's advisable to keep an eye on your dog during chewing and, if problems arise, consider detaching the rope and handing over the main part.

In any case, the texture of each chew is designed to keep a puppy engaged and the manufacturer claims the chews will keep teeth clean while soothing the gums. In addition, the two squeaky toys can also prove a further distraction, with the main toy – a fun-looking rabbit-like doll – having a cracking sound within the body, adding interest. When teething, a dog's mind needs to be occupied and these will definitely help. It'd also be interesting to see which of the toys becomes a favorite.

How to choose teething toys for puppies

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Age

As puppies transition, you'll want to opt for the best chew toy for every stage of their life. At 8-12 weeks, consider a Nylabone teething ring to massage their gums or opt for the Kong Natural Teething Rubber Puppy Toy which can be filled with soothing frozen treats. As your pup leaves the teething period (around 24 weeks) you can then introduce quality chew toys designed for adults, including rope toys, fetch toys and transition into a Kong Classic or Kong Extreme.  

Type

There's a wide variety of teething toys for puppies out there but some of the best types include sturdy rubber toys for both safety and durability, while bully sticks can also make a great choice for teething puppies.

You should avoid natural chew toys such as bones, antlers and hooves as these can be too hard on your young pup's mouth or even too large for them in the first instance. Always look for a product that's been professionally devised to help with your puppy's teething phase. 

Durability & Safety

Where tiny teeth are involved, it goes without saying that you'll want teething toys that are highly durable so that smaller parts don't come off and pose a hazard to your pup. 

Look for high quality, tough rubber that's firm enough to stand up to chewing but that's soft enough for developing teeth. You'll find many puppy teething products use softer material than their adult counterpart for this reason. 

Chew level

If your pup is a particularly aggressive chewer or is a larger breed, then a teething stick can be a wise option. Products like the Kong Puppy Teething Stick are designed to be as indestructible as they come but you should always supervise your puppy's play with any toy to be on the safe side. 

Ashleigh Gibbs
Ashleigh Gibbs

Ashleigh is Digital Editor on PetsRadar. With over 8 years of experience in print and digital media, she has acted as an editorial lead on a variety of projects, with animal themes a keen interest. As an avid animal lover, you can often find Ashleigh checking out the newest trends in animal care or looking at cute cat videos on TikTok.