Although chewing on objects is a natural behavior for all dogs, no matter how much we love our pups, no one wants their fur baby destroying their furniture or lovely new shoes. As pet parents, by investing in the appropriate dog toys you can channel their chewing instinct into a healthy activity that engages their intellect as well as potentially improving their dental health.  Below we have provided some tips to consider when purchasing new toys, and some suggestions from our collection. 

  • Most importantly, toys should be choke hazard free. Any small bits and pieces that are easy to tear off and swallow are potential choking hazards. If a toy starts to fall apart, do not let your pup continue to play with it. 
  • Size is important.  Don't choose a toy your dog could potentially swallow.
  • Have a variety of toys.  Like humans, dogs can get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. To make sure your pup stays entertained, have different types of toys. 
  • If you have an active pup, challenge them with a nosework / snuffle toy, hide n' seek / burrow toy, puzzle toy, or treat/reward toy.  The concept behind all these interactive toys is to stimulate your pup's natural instinct to smell or hunt and activate their problem solving skills.  This will keep them engaged for longer periods of time and are a great way to direct that energy into a constructive rather than destructive activity. 
  • For intense chewers or larger breeds, harder nylon or thick rope toys are an excellent choice.  However, if you still desire a cute plush toy, your best bet would be one with double stitching or extra durable binding. 
  • For small dogs, dogs with dental issues, or non-aggressive chewers a high quality plush squeaky toy is a great choice.  

Some of our favorites:

Snuffle/Nosework Toy

 

Sushi Tray Nosework / Snuffle Toy

Snuffle/Nosework Toy

Ramen Nosework / Snuffle Toy

Puzzle Toy

Nina Ottosson Dog Worker Interactive Game

 

Hide N' Seek / Burrow Toy

 

Bucket of Fried Chicken Hunting Puzzle Dog Toy

Treat/Reward Toy

(For big dogs)

 

USA-K9 Grenade Treat/Reward Toy

Tough Nylon Chew Toy

(For aggressive chewers)

 

Ultra Durable Nylon Hot Dog Toy for Aggressive Chewers

Plush Squeaky Toy (most common dog toy with a variety of amusing themes)

 

PUGG Boot Squeaky Dog Toy

Knit Toys (great for tiny dogs with small teeth)

 

Unicorn Organic Cotton Knit Dog Toy

 

Check out our entire collection of toys here.

 

January 23, 2022 — Sara Choi