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It's simple: Chewers gonna chew. So either give your dogs something durable to chew on or they'll find something to chew on (like your favorite loafers).
A natural behavior in all dogs, chewing helps reduce stress and rein in barking, digging or other destructive and less desirable behaviors. So it behooves you to find a healthy outlet through which to channel your pup's nomming tendencies.
Below, we pull together 7 of our favorite chew toys for dogs both big and small.
1. Benebone Real Flavor Dental Dog Chew Toy
A power chewer's dream toy, the Benebone Dental Dog Chew comes flavored with real bacon sourced from the USA. The long-lasting nylon design is ringed with patented ridges that help strip away the plaque and tartar on your pal's teeth while the ergonomic shape means it's easy to prop up on either end for extended chew sessions.
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2. Nylabone DuraChew Dental Chew Dinosaur Dog Toy
Jurassic Park meets Jurassic Bark with the Nylabone DuraChew Dental Chew Dinosaur Dog Toy. Made from a tough, non-edible nylon that will last about as long as the next Mesozoic Era , this adorable chew 3-pack includes a Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus or T-Rex, all of which are flavored with chicken and dotted with nubs that clean teeth and freshen breath.
3. GoughNuts Buster Pro 50 Ring Dog Toy
Built for playing, fetching, and chomping , the GoughNuts Buster Pro 50 Ring Dog Toy was conceived as a safer, tougher tugger toy for extreme chewers that can't stop, won't stop. What distinguishes it is a unique two-layer design — rubber on the inside, reinforced with carbon fiber at the core — and a color-coded safety indicator that reveals when it's time to be replaced.
4. Petstages Dogwood Wooden Dog Chew Toy
Calling all Branch Managers: The Petstages Dogwood Wooden Dog Chew Toy is the next stage in the evolution of the classic wood stick. Combining real wood with a non-toxic synthetic, it brings together all the best attributes of real sticks — with a natural wood texture and smell, no less — without some of their harmful side effects such as splinters. The result is Stick 2.0, your four-legged pal's new favorite chew toy (and yours as well). Available in 4 different models for pups of all sizes.
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5. Starmark Everlasting Treat Wheeler Dog Toy
Challenging chewers call for challenging chew toys, which brings us to the Starmark Everlasting Treat Wheeler Dog Toy, which boasts a novel design. On the outside: A synthetic composite more indestructible than rubber. At the core: A spinning edible with raised ridges that promotes oral hygiene, staves off boredom, and provides hours of interactive entertainment. Available in 3 sizes, the Starmark Everlasting Treat Wheeler Dog Toy is dishwasher-safe and free of chemicals like latex and vinyl.
6. Hartz Bug Eyes Dog Toy
Dogs chews don't have to be boring. Case in point: the Hartz Bug Eyes Dog Toy. With each feverish squeeze or bite, the character's crazy eyes pop forward in delight for an unpredictable animation that will liven up playtime for both dog and human. Made with a specially formulated latex that provides lasting durability, they also double as fun fetch toys.
7. Nerf Dog Mega Tuff Barbell Chew Dog Toy
Made for medium to large dogs, the Nerf Mega Tuff Barbell Chew Dog Toy is a 7.5 inch barbell with a raised texture that massages gums and keeps teeth free of tartar. Constructed from a chew-tastic, food-grade rubber, it's built to last but still lightweight enough to take to the park or beach for a game of fetch.
Looking for more gifts for the pets in your life? Check out last week's Cuteness Picks for more recommendations!