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If your pooch has a habit of chomping on your shoes or favorite armchair, the best dog chew toys can save the day! As cheeky as it may seem to us humans, it’s only natural for canines to gnaw on things to keep their teeth and jaws in top condition. Alongside the best dog toys, chew toys can provide an appropriate way to channel this need. Plus, it will save you from buying new soft furnishings in the long run!
What’s more, chew toys are great for reducing stress, anxiety, loneliness and boredom, and can be particularly useful for young puppies who are teething. They are also great for dental care, helping to remove plaque and tartar build up. Best of all, they should be stimulating and exciting to keep them out of trouble.
With so many to choose from, there are some vital things to consider. First, how aggressively do they chew? Some dog toys can come apart easily or have tiny parts that could cause choking or more serious blockages so it pays to be mindful when your pooch is chomping on a new toy and supervise them at all times. Be sure to read our guides on best durable dog toys and our vet's guide to choosing dog chew toys for even more useful information.
In the meantime, we've selected the best dog chew toys perfect for all situations, that will occupy your pooch and keep him happily chomping away for hours!
PetsRadar's pick of the best dog chew toys
- Best overall dog chew toy: Kong Extreme Dog Toy
- Best value dog chew toy: Sedioso Stuffed Dog Toys
- Best dog chew toy for hot days: ZNOKA Pet Arctic Freeze Fetch Food Cooling Teether
- Best dog chew toy for extreme chewers: Antos Antler Chew
- Best dog chew toy for throwing: ChuckIt Ultra Ball
- Best dog chew toy for healthy teeth: Rosewood Mint Bone
- Best wooden dog chew toy: Petstages Dogwood Stick
Kong Extreme Dog Toy
Best overall dog chew toy
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: S, M, L, XL, XXL | Flavoured?: No
Are you even a dog owner if you don’t have at least one classic Kong lying around your home? Kong is pretty much the go-to brand when it comes to tough dog toys and they have built up a well-earned reputation for being a high-quality brand.
If you’ve got a dog that absolutely loves to chew, then the Extreme version of the “Classic” Kong toy is the one to get. It’s been specifically designed with ultra-chewers in mind with a black rubber formula that can withstand even the most powerful jaws.
Just like the other Kong toys, you can fill the Kong with treats, or even with special Kong Stuffing treats. It will keep your dog interested in the toy for longer – especially if you pop it in the freezer first.
If you’ve got a dog with separation anxiety, a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter can help take their mind off the fact that you’ve left them alone. The excellent news is that Kongs are dishwasher safe, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning it after your dog’s done with it for the day.
There are plenty of Kong-like imitations on the market, so if perhaps your dog isn’t a super-chewer, you might be tempted to go for a cheaper version (just don’t expect the same level of quality). The variety of sizes available in the Kong Extreme is great news if you have a very large dog, but be aware that the super large model is highly priced.
Sedioso Stuffed Dog Toys
Best value dog chew toy
Material: Cotton | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: One size | Flavoured: No
Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen? Okay, maybe it's just us but this adorable donkey toy has a sweet look and a low price that makes us want to rush out and buy one right now!
Super affordable and full of fun, this toy features a built-in squeaker to add a touch of unpredictability and the rope legs mean that it also doubles up as a great tug-of-war toy.
Made from plush cotton, it's lightweight and durable enough to hold up to moderate chewing. It has a waterproof layer inside too which prevents it from getting soaked through with dog slobber. We love that's it's machine washable as well, so it's a breeze to freshen it up.
The toy has a soft and comfortable feel which is great for soothing anxiety, stress, loneliness or boredom, and if you give this to a young pup, you can use it as a way to teach appropriate chewing behavior.
Not keen on the donkey design? No problems, this toy also comes as a cute lion, or at this affordable price, why not get both?
ZNOKA Pet Products Arctic Freeze Fetch Food Cooling Teether Upgraded Chew Toy
Best dog chew toy for hot days
Material: Plastic | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: One size only | Flavoured?: No
An inexpensive dog chew toy that not only let's your furry friend worry at something which isn't precious to you but cools them down on hot days as well? What's not to like? Designed to be filled with water and popped in the freezer, these strong plastic rings will provide welcome relief for your pooch on those scorching summer days. It's also perfect for teething puppies, providing both something to gnaw on and to help soothe the pain this can cause.
The plastic rings also float, even when frozen, and are easy to throw so they're great for water play. This means you can use them to encourage your pooch to plunge into the pool or river as an alternative way to help them cool off.
The x-shaped holes around the 5-inch diameter ring allow you to slot in dog chew treats so your happy hound can have some variety in what they gnaw, and help to keep their attention on it for longer. These boredom-busting rings will also help clean their teeth, particularly if combined with dental chews.
Although it's strong enough to play tug of war with, and it has a new thicker ring design to make it more durable, be warned this chew toy still isn't for aggressive chewers. As it's made of plastic some users have reported that as it cools less-passive dogs will start to destroy it, so it's best to keep an eye on them when they are gnawing on it for long periods. However, you can buy them in packs of two, so you can swap the ring with a more sturdy frozen one when it looks like it is starting to lose its rigidity.
Antos Antler Chew
Best dog chew toy for extreme chewers
Material: Deer antler | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S, M, L | Flavoured?: No
Instead of adding to the mountain of plastic and rubber toys, you could go down the natural route as an alternative.
Antler chews are exactly what they say on the tin – chews which are made from deer antlers. This brand in particular uses antlers from red deer and fallow deer, much of which is from Scottish highland herds. The antlers are cleaned (without chemicals) and cut to various sizes.
You can buy Antos in a number of different sizes depending on the size of your dog, encompassing small, medium and large.
The idea is that over time, your dog will naturally grind the antler bone down until it has completely disappeared. Depending on what kind of chewer your dog is, you might find very little mess left behind – but some users reported that bits can break off from time to time.
As the toy is made from natural materials, no two bones are the same. They can be a variety of colours and lots of different shapes and sizes – this should also help keep your dog interested since each one should be slightly different from the last.
Designed for extreme chewers, many find that antler toys last much longer than other toys which are designed for chewing, while also holding your dog’s attention more. Since they are natural, you’ll also be less worried about your dog ingesting small parts of the toy and causing a potential problem – it’s still worth supervising your dog while they are chewing a toy like this, especially for the first time.
ChuckIt Ultra Ball
Best for throwing
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S, M, L, XL, XXL, | Flavoured?: No
ChuckIt is another go-to brand when it comes to reliable and dependable dog balls. If you’ve got a dog that has chewed up no end of ordinary (cheaper) dog balls, then ChuckIt is worthy of your attention.
The balls come in a variety of sizes, making them suitable for pretty much every breed. If you’ve got a small dog that might otherwise struggle or be overwhelmed by standard tennis ball sized dog balls, then the small is the one to go for. Equally, if you’ve got a very large dog, you can match them to an XL Chuckit.
Being made from a lightweight rubber material, these balls can float in water and also bounce erratically and highly, making them ideal as chase and fetch toys. When your dog catches it, you can feel confident that even if they spend the next hour chewing it, they’re unlikely to do too much damage to the ball.
We also like the bright orange colour of the ball, not only is it fun to look at – they’re easy to spot among grass, on the beach and in water, or even among our dog’s other toys. If you don’t fancy touching the ChuckIt when it’s covered in dog slobber, further good news is that it’s compatible with a ChuckIt launcher.
The only major downside of ChuckIt balls is their high price compared to standard dog balls. However, if you’ve got a dog that loves to chew, we can’t recommend these highly enough. There’s no squeakers in the Ultra Ball, so if you’ve got a squeaker lover, look out for the ChuckIt Ultra Squeaker Ball instead.
Rosewood Mint Bone
The best dog chew toy to help reduce plaque and tartar build up
Material: Nylon | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S/L | Flavoured?: Yes
Rosewood makes an array of tough and durable toys which are designed to meet the needs of extreme chewers. This cute mint bone is a classic toy that should resist even the toughest of jaws.
The textured surface of the bone, as well as the ultra-strong and ultra-hard Nylon material are good for massaging gums and helping to prevent tartare build up. This is a bone which isn’t pliable at all so it withstands strong chewing - the down side is that some dogs simply find it hard to engage with and may ignore it – you could try smearing some peanut butter on it to get their attention at first.
Available in two sizes, the small size is ideal for puppies and small dogs, while the large version should suit adult dogs and larger breeds.
You can wash the bone super easily, being wipe clean for a surface clean, or you can even boil or put the bone in the dishwasher to give it a really deep clean. The bone has a mint flavouring cooked into it to help keep your dog’s breath a little fresher than it might otherwise be.
This is a bone which has been designed to be ultra-tough, and as such, it shouldn’t splinter and present choking hazards. No toy is completely indestructible though, and it’s still worth supervising your dog when it is left with this toy – especially when the toy is new, or the dog is very young.
Petstages Dogwood Stick
Best wooden dog chew toy
Material: Wood fibers and synthetic materials | Can be used with treats: No | Size options: Petite, small, medium, large | Flavored: No
If you're looking for something a little bit different that mimics what your dog would play with in the wild, then this wooden stick from Dogwood might be just the ticket. Pups love playing with sticks and this one is made from a blend of natural wood fiber and safe synthetic materials that mimic the taste and texture of the real wood your dog loves.
Available in a range of sizes from a petite 4' H x 0.75" W up to a large 8" H x 1.5" W, this wooden stick is ideal for all ages and stages from teething pups all the way through to senior dogs. It also changes color as it wears down, so you'll know when it needs replacing.
Unlike the real deal that can easily splinter and cause oral and intestinal damage, the blend of materials in this toy prevent splintering to keep your dog safe. That being said, no chew toy is indestructible, so we still recommend supervising your pup when they're playing with this.
A great toy for indoor and outdoor play, it's far messier than a real piece of wood so your dog gets all of the fun without you having to do any of the usual cleaning up!
How to choose the best dog chew toy
There’s a wide variety of different chew toys on the market, all designed to meet slightly different needs. It’s hard to go too far wrong when picking up a chew toy, but it’s worth paying attention to exactly how destructive your dog is to help you choose the right toy.
If you have a dog that likes to chew but isn’t overly destructive, you can probably get away with the cheaper options, or those which haven’t been labelled as tough. If you have an extreme chewer that really likes to go to town on a toy, look out for those which have been marked as durable or designed for extreme chewing.
You might also want to look out for chew toys which have a flavouring, whether that’s something that humans are likely to find appealing – such as mint or vanilla, or something which is more in line with your dog’s tastes, like bacon.
Look for chew toys which include a variety of textures to keep your dog from getting bored. Rope, raised surfaces, rubber, soft and hard surfaces can all be stimulating for your dog, especially highly intelligent ones that tend to get easily fed up.
Lastly, be wary of very cheap chew toys. It might seem prudent to stock up on low-cost toys, but if your dog chews them up in just a few minutes, they won’t seem like such good value for money after all.
Amy Davies is a writer and photographer with more than ten years’ experience working in the media. She lives with her miniature dachshund, Lola, a rescue dog who is very much the boss.
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