If your dog makes short work of even the best dog toys, then durable dog toys are a must. You’ll be looking for something strong and tough - especially since you’ll want to keep them away from your shoes or your furniture.
Chewing is a soothing thing for most dogs. Puppies use it to ease the pain from teething, while adult dogs use it to keep their oral health in tip top condition - plus it can ease boredom, too.
There’s lots of dog toys which are labelled as tough by the producers, but finding toys which can truly withstand the strong jaws of the strongest chewers can be a challenge. We’ve waded through the market to find some that will stand a decent chance of lasting - well, at least longer than ten minutes anyway.
Remember that no toy, no matter how durable it says it is, is truly indestructible. You should always supervise your dog, especially with any new toy if they are strong chewers, since broken bits can pose a choking hazard.
Take a look at our tips for the best durable dog toys that they (probably) won’t destroy.
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1. Kong Jaxx Braided Toy: Best overall durable toy
A super-tough toy from the king of durable brands
Material: Rubber, rope | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options : L | Other uses?: Tug, fetch
Kong has become a name synonymous with good-quality tough and durable toys. It makes a whole range of different sturdy options, so there’s bound to be something from them that suits your dog’s needs.
We’ve picked this one because as well as being great for chewing, it also doubles up for other kinds of play. With a grip handle at the top of the toy, you can use it for tug of war type games with your dog, and you can also throw it for fetch games. The bright yellow of the rope section and black of the rubber makes it easy to spot the toy against green grass and on the beach.
Dogs will love the mix of textures that the toy provides, with a firm rubber section for strong chewing, and a rope section to provide extra mental stimulation. The toy comes without a squeaker, which is a bonus if you want to enjoy some (relatively) quiet play.
The toy is best designed for larger dogs with bigger jaws, especially if you want to play tug or fetch with the toy. Smaller dogs may also get some benefit from it, especially in terms of simple chewing of the rubber section only.
This is a relatively low priced option for a durable Kong toy, making it excellent value for money. Some have reported that dogs which are extremely destructive can break up the handle - so it’s worth making sure you supervise your dog when they are playing with this toy to make sure no choking hazards are presented.
2. Nylabone Stuffable Rubber Cone: Best for value
An affordable alternative to more expensive chew toys
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: S,M, L | Other uses?: Fetch
If you like the idea of toys that you can stuff treats into, but have been put off by higher prices, the Nylabone Stuffable Rubber Cone is a great alternative, and is still a brand you can trust.
Nylabone has been making dog toys since 1955, and has a range of chew-friendly options. This one is for “strong” chewers, but if you have a super-destructive dog, you can even go one higher to “extreme chewers”. We’ve found that this one lasts pretty well with a fairly destructive dog, and most users seem to report the same.
The cone is flavored like bacon, so that will immediately grab your dog’s attention, and is also hollow so you can stuff it with treats. The hole is relatively large, so you may need to find larger treats in order for them not to fall out immediately, or you can stuff it with softer treats such as cream cheese and peanut butter. You can also freeze the toy when it is stuffed to make it last even longer.
Another excellent feature of this toy is the raised nubs, which work a bit like a toothbrush for your dog - so while it is giving the toy a good old chew, it’s also helping to clean their teeth - an added bonus.
You can also use the toy in a game of fetch. The toy bounces and rolls unpredictably on harder surfaces, which should keep your pup entertained for longer than a standard ball, too. It is available in three different sizes so you can match it best to your dog.
3. PetSafe Squeak ’n Treat Ninja Star: Best for treats
A fun toy which can also dispense treats
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: : S,M, L | Other uses?: Fetch
Here’s a toy which can be filled with treats to really hold your dog’s attention. The Ninja Star has a design which means that treats can be released at customizable rates - so if you want playtime to last a bit longer (or a bit shorter) then you are able to do that. Note that once you adjust the dispenser prongs, you can’t readjust them. You could also try using this toy at dinner time for dogs that tend to rush their food.
Inside the Ninja star is a squeaker, which will also hold your dog’s attention, but it is well-protected, which should make it very hard to destroy. There’s no stuffing or fabric for your dog to leave behind should they get to the squeaker, either.
If you have a dog that generally destroys softer toys, this is a great option to go for. It’s similar to Kong toys, so if you’ve already tried and liked those, then you should find this a similar experience. Most users report that it withstands strong chewing very well.
One downside that has been reported is the strong vanilla smell that the rubber has been infused with. Some find it a little overpowering, and recommend keeping the toy on a balcony or in the garden.
On the plus side, the Ninja Star can be popped into the top drawer of the dishwasher when you need to give it a clean - it’s recommended you do that fairly regularly if you’re going to use it with treats or kibble to keep it fresh and sanitized.
4. ChuckIt Ultra Squeaker: Best for fetch
A super-durable toy from the go-to name in dog balls
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: : S,M, L | Other uses?: Fetch
If you have a dog that loves to play fetch, but you’re tired of them coming back with destroyed tennis balls or other standard dog balls, you have to give ChuckIt a try.
This well-established brand makes a range of different dog balls made from super durable rubber that seem to withstand even prolonged chewing from the strongest and most determined of dogs.
We’ve picked the Ultra Squeaker balls because they come with the added benefit of a super-loud squeaker (which your dog will probably love more than you), which seems to keep dogs interested for longer. It should be noted that even though the exterior of the ball is very tough, the squeaker seems to be able to be pierced by some canny dogs.
Another reason we love these balls is the variety of sizes that they come in. It can be easy for smaller dogs to be overwhelmed by traditional tennis balls, whereas the small size of these fits perfectly in their jaws for more enjoyable fetch games. On the flipside, if you’ve got a very large dog, the larger option will suit them well.
More great features include the fact that the ball will float in water, useful for playing on the beach or in a river and so on, while the strong rubber material bounces high and unpredictably to keep them entertained for longer.
If you’ve got a pile of tatty, destroyed, and misshapen dog balls lurking about your house thanks to a super-destroyer, we can’t recommend giving ChuckIt a go highly enough.
5. Outward Hound Bionic Stick: Best for stick-chewers
A safe alternative to traditional sticks, that can also be stuffed with treats
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: : S,M, L | Other uses?: Fetch
Many dogs love chasing and playing with sticks, but they can be quite dangerous. They splinter easily, and can even impale your dog if they land in an awkward position. So, if you’ve got a canine who is obsessed with sticks and loves a chew, you can’t go far wrong with this fun alternative.
The Outward Hound Bionic Stick is designed for super tough chewers, and is made from very strong material. You can use it inside or out, with three bright eye-catching colors to help make it easy to spot when playing fetch with it on grass or in fields. It also floats, so it’s the ideal toy to take with you to the beach or river for dogs who love the water.
Unlike most other dog bones or sticks, this has two small compartments which you can fill with treats - either whole ones or softer treats like peanut butter. This will keep your dog’s attention for longer and is a healthy way to give them treats without overfeeding - your dog can spend a long time trying to retrieve just one reward.
Happily, the toy is also easy to clean. You can pop it in the dishwasher when it needs freshening up - a particularly good idea if you’re going to be using it with food or treats.
Tough chewers will love the malleable texture of the bone, which seems to last very well even with the toughest of chewers. Most users report it lasting them a very long time with barely any marks, indentations, or breakages.
The only real downside to this toy is its relatively high asking price; however, if it outlasts other much cheaper toys, then it’s easy to consider it good value for money.
How to choose the best durable toy
Many manufacturers claim that their toys are durable and long-lasting, but that is definitely truer for some than it is for others.
When looking for durable toys, look for those which are made from strong materials, such as rubber. If you prefer softer toys, but still want them to be durable, look for materials such as canvas, and check to see whether the stitching has been reinforced.
Only you will know how strong a chewer your dog is, so unfortunately it might be a case of trial and error with a lot of durable tough toys. However, it can pay to look at user reviews to see if you can spot any similar breeds to your own to compare it against.
Don’t be tempted to go for cheaper toys to save money if your dog is particularly destructive. It’s likely that they will simply destroy the toy very quickly, and you’ll end up having to buy another one very soon. That said, there are some excellent value options if you have a moderate chewer - over time you will learn your dog’s needs.
Finally, it’s important to remember that no toy is truly indestructible. Always keep a close eye on your dog when it is playing with a new toy until you can be sure how strong it is and how well it will last.
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