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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).
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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 all dog owners to find a healthy outlet through which to channel your pup's nomming tendencies.
Below, we pull together 7 of our top picks for chew toys for both big and small dogs that are much more exciting than your standard tennis ball or frisbee.
Best Indestructible Dog Toys For Chewers
1. Benebone Real Bacon Flavor Dental Dog Chew Toy
A power chewer's dream toy, the Benebone Dental Dog Chew comes flavored with real bacon flavor 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 the toughest chew sessions.
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2. Nylabone DuraChew Dental Chew Dinosaur Dog Treat Toy
Jurassic Park meets Jurassic Bark with the Nylabone DuraChew Dental Chew Dinosaur Dog Treat 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 short bristles that clean your dog's teeth and freshen pooch breath.
3. GoughNuts Buster Pro 50 Chew 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 — durable 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.
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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 that often result from aggressive chewers of real sticks. The result is Stick 2.0, your four-legged pal's new favorite tug toy or chew toy (and yours as well). Available in four different models to fit in your dog's mouth no matter what size they are.
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5. Starmark Everlasting Treat Wheeler Dog Toy
Heavy 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 helps clean buildup off teeth, staves off boredom, and provides hours of interactive entertainment. Available in three different sizes, the Starmark Everlasting Treat Wheeler Dog Toy is dishwasher-safe and free of chemicals like latex and vinyl. Once the dental treat that is included is gone, you can fill this toy with peanut butter or other dog treats.
6. Hartz Bug Eyes Dog Toy
Gnawing toys 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 natural rubber latex that provides lasting durability, they also double as fun fetch toys.
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7. Nerf Dog Mega Tuff Barbell Chew Dog Toy
Toys that clean teeth do a dog owner a double duty favor. 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, heavy-duty food-grade rubber, it's built to stand up to an aggressive chewer but still lightweight enough to take to the park or beach for a game of fetch for active large breeds.
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Keep in mind that no toy is indestructible. Even the most durable dog toys can pose a hazard. Always supervise your dogs when they are chewing to ensure their safety.