We tested the best long lasting dog chews 2024 to keep your dog busy

Dog chewing on one of the best long lasting dog chews
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Having a dog chew on hand that you know lasts can be a true lifesaver. The best long lasting dog chews act as a great distraction, allowing you to focus on what you’ve got to get done while your pup stays happily engaged, while being great for your dog, too. Plus, unlike the best dog treats that are truly tasty but can be devoured within seconds, the longest lasting dog chews can keep your dog's paws and teeth busy for much longer, some even a few hours. 

Not only do these chews add variety to your dog’s diet, but they also offer various benefits by providing essential physical and mental stimulation, promoting your canine companion's overall wellbeing. Chewing keeps your dog’s jaw strong and teeth clean, plus it helps to combat boredom and relieve anxiety as it releases endorphins. If you’ve got a puppy who’s trying to relieve the pain of growing teeth, the longest lasting dog chews will be a bit much, so check out our guide to the best teething toys for puppies.

To help you find the perfect long lasting dog chew for your dog, we’ve put a selection to the test to see how they stand up to the challenge and how happy they made our dogs. 

The best long lasting dog chews 2024

How we tested the best long lasting dog chews

We shopped around for the longest lasting dog chews and gave them to our team of four-legged testers to make sure these would be products that dogs would genuinely find beneficial. Here's what we took into consideration when we shortlisted these products: 

Chew time: We looked for dog chews that would really last and keep your dog busy.

Budget: We've made sure that the chews included in this guide are a fair price, offering options to suit all dog owners.

Ingredients: We know that natural chews aren’t for everyone, so we’ve looked for long-lasting chews with a variety of ingredients. 

How to choose the best long lasting dog chew

Chewing has many benefits to your dog – and if you can provide him something to fulfill his natural instinct then he’ll reap these benefits without destroying any of your belongings in the process. 

When selecting between the longest lasting dog chews available to you, the main thing you need to consider is your dog’s desire to chew. Some dogs are truly determined and would chew for every waking moment if they could, while others are not nearly as invested but will still benefit if you can find something that works for them.

If he’s an aggressive chewer and there’s absolutely no stopping him, you’ll want something tough that’s up to the job and will keep him entertained for long enough for you to get a few jobs done. Whereas if your dog isn’t so determined, you’re better off finding a slightly softer chew that won’t put him off so that he stays busy for just as long.

What do vets recommend for dogs to chew?

Vet Joanna Woodnut says that you can ask 10 vets this question and you’ll get 10 different answers. The truth is, there are lots of opinions about what’s best to chew and there’s very little data to back it up. In general, most vets agree that many chews are dangerous," explains Woodnutt, "Chews that are too hard risk breaking the teeth, causing a lot of pain and requiring emergency dental surgery. Chews that are not digestible may be a risk for obstruction if your dog swallows the chew (or parts of it).

However, the risks of chews need to be balanced against the benefits – chewing is an innate behavior, and providing dogs with things to chew is good for their mental health and dental development. 

For every chew there are risks, and it’s hard to find one that vets will agree is good. Some of the wooden chews made from roots are good – although splintering and intestinal obstruction are theoretical risks, they don’t seem to happen very often. Similarly, yak milk chews are often listed by vets as a good option, but they do have a risk for obstruction and potentially tooth breakage, as they are very hard. 

Stuffed Kongs are often suggested by vets as a very safe option, but they may not satisfy your dog’s instinct or last long enough to let them chew properly. Natural chews made from dried tendons, tripe, or skin are often a good option, too – but they can be calorific and don’t always last very long, and some have risks due to them being raw products.

Can I give my dog a chew every day?

According to vet Joanna Woodnutt, "You can give your dog a chew every day if it’s not a calorific chew, and the calories have been calculated in their daily allowance. For example, stuffing a Kong with your dog’s normal food means it’s a healthy option for your dog to have on a daily basis. 

"A wooden chew doesn’t have any calorie value at all and can be given daily. However, most other chews (dental chews, natural dried chews and yak chews, for example) can be highly calorific. If the chew amounts to more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie allowance you shouldn’t feed it daily."

Can a dog chew be too hard?

In short, yes! If a chew is too firm, solid or hard especially if your dog is a puppy, still has their milk teeth, or is a small breed, and therefore has fine and small teeth, then a substance chewed which is too hard can unfortunately damage, crack or fracture their teeth and/or gums. This then results in a trip to the veterinarian for examination with possible further dental care or dental/oral surgery required.

Take the time to ensure you select the correct type and size of chew for your dog!

Can puppies have rawhide chews?

Since rawhide can be difficult to digest, you shouldn't give it to puppies aged under six months old. Their jaws and teeth are not likely to be strong enough and there are other health-related issues to take into account.

Rawhide chews are not ideal,” says dog behaviorist Nick Jones. “When they are chewed for long enough they become like wet leather and a dog can chew off a section which can present problems in the digestive tract [such as vomiting up an oversized swallowed piece. Rawhide because of its temperamental state and chew unpredictability], can also become stuck along the gastrointestinal causing your dog to be unwell and there to be a blockage if a chunk is ingested. There are also ethical issues over where some rawhide comes from and how it is treated.”

What’s the best way to store dog chews?

Dog chews are often used for intermittent or supplemental feeding, so the best way to ensure they last longer is to pack them away in a clean, airtight container and only hand them out when you want to distract your dog.

You should also keep any unused chews stored in their packet. Just make sure it remains sealed or, again, is placed in an airtight container to prevent bacterial growth. After all, most food goes off when exposed to the air.

“If you give a dog something hard and appropriate, it can last a very long time,” says dog behaviorist Nick Jones. “You can also place a chew in the freezer. A frozen chew will always last longer.”

Georgia Guerin with her pony Utah
Curated by Georgia Guerin

Georgia has a wealth of experience when it comes to researching and writing about the best products for your pets. She’s been testing products for pets and their owners for the best part of a decade and is keen to help you make your life easier and your pets’ lives more fulfilled. She’s a pet parent herself, so she knows what’s really important.

Dr Joanna Woodnutt BVM BVS BVMedSci MRCVS
Dr Joanna Woodnutt MRCVS

Dr Joanna Woodnutt qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Nottingham where she then went on to practice companion animal medicine in the Midlands. She really took to the consulting side of things and helping clients with medical problems such as dermatology, behaviour and nutrition - anything that involved helping clients understand their pets better. 

Nick Jones with his two dogs
Nick Jones, MA

Nick Jones is an experienced, qualified and full-time dog behaviourist, who specialises in dog behavior problems, dog expert witness work (dog behavior assessments and assisting the courts), and representation within the media for dog-related topics. With more than 2,000 dog behaviour cases behind him, covering all conceivable aspects of dog behaviour, Nick is every bit as passionate today about creating an understanding and rewarding bond between dog and owner as he was when he first started the business nearly 20 years ago. 

Georgia Guerin
Editor

Georgia Guerin is editor at PetsRadar. She joined the team with almost a decade of experience writing for equestrian publications and websites – most recently on PetsRadar’s sister title Horse & Hound since 2018. She specialises in pet advice and products-related content to help you make the best purchases for your pets. 

Georgia currently has a 16-year-old Norwegian Fjord horse called Utah, as well as house rabbit Blossom and orphaned kitten Annie. She’s owned pets all her life, including guinea pigs, hamsters and goldfish – and next on the dream list is a working cocker spaniel that she can take trail riding.

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