INDESTRUCTIBLE DOG TOYS
Choosing the right toy for your best friend has become a little more confusing recently, due to the sheer amount of choices available. From rawhides to tough rubber balls, there are so many options to suit your dog’s particular personality and preferences.
A major consideration is the durability of the toys – there’s nothing to take the wind out of your sails like a broken toy on the first day.
Luckily there are a number of brands which have catered for this and offer nearly indestructible dog toys, so that neither you, nor your four-legged friend will be disappointed.
To help you find the perfect indestructible dog toy we’ve compiled an easy to follow, informative buyers guide – making it easy and fun again.
There are a number of different styles of dog toys, made from different materials, such as Rubber and polymer toys, Rawhides, Bully sticks, Ropes and Nylon toys.
It’s important to look for toys made from animal safe materials, that are both durable and kind on your dog. Chewed up broken toys can be damaging for your dog’s mouth and stomach – therefore choosing indestructible dog toys is definitely the safest way to go.
Some materials and dyes can be quite toxic, so it’s important to look out for approved brands which use controlled materials.
Its also important to remember that the best way to ensure your dog’s safety is to supervise play time and check on the condition of the toys regularly.
Let’s take a look at the most common types of toys available.
RUBBER AND POLYMER TOYS
Rubber and polymer toys are durable options for indestructible dog toys.
High grade rubber and polymer toys, such as those made by Kong are safe and fun for your dog and will provide endless hours of play.
1. Kong Wobbler
The Kong Wobbler is made in the USA from dog safe, food grade, high strength polymer.
It is a food dispenser and rewards your pup’s chewing with delicious morsels of tasty treats, keeping him interested and active.
The Wobbler unscrews for easy filling and cleaning, and is dishwasher safe, making it incredibly convenient.
A great way to manage your dog’s weight is to use the Wobbler as an alternative food bowl, which slows down the rate of eating and extends your pup’s meal time whilst keeping him moving.
The Kong Wobbler comes in two sizes depending on the size of your dog. The small holds half a cup of kibble, while the large holds one cup of kibble.
This is a fantastic toy for dogs that enjoy interactive toys and need more stimulation, with the classic Kong shape giving the toy an erratic bounce to keep your pup guessing.
A tough and durable option that shouldn’t break or tear easily, although it’s a good idea to check on the condition of the toy every now and again and dispose of it if it is damaged to avoid gastrointestinal issues.
The strong polymer is easy on teeth and gums but still incredibly durable.
2. Kong Goodie Bone
Made from strong and safe Kong rubber, the Kong Goodie Bone is a classic bone shape.
The ends of the toy have the patented “Goodie Grippers” which can be filled with treats, such as Kong Stuff’N Snacks or Kong Easy Treat Paste.
This rubber toy is easy on teeth and gums – with no sharp edges to harm your precious pup.
This is a tough toy that should last a long time.
3. The Virtually Indestructible Ball
This 100% non toxic and tear-proof high-quality, hard polyethylene ball is one of the most durable options available.
Forget about tennis balls which break apart in no time and are easily swallowed by large dogs, this is the perfect push and play toy.
The Virtually Indestructible Ball is true to its name and is safe, washable and durable
It is important that you choose the right size when it comes to this toy – the ball should be too large to fit in your dog’s mouth.
4. JW Pet Hol-ee Roller
One of the most popular dog toys by the JW Pet Company, the Hol-ee Roller is great fun for your four-legged friend.
Shaped like a geodesic dome and made from stretchy, durable, natural rubber, this toy is safe and hardy while being chewy and squishy, and should be gentle on your dog’s gums and teeth.
A very safe and fun option, which can be stuffed with treats or your dog’s favourite toy to add an extra dimension of fun and stimulation.
Rawhides are made from the inner layer of cow or horse hides, which are preserved, cleaned and pressed into different shapes.
The rawhide treats are either left natural or smoke or other flavours are added to further entice your dog.
Dogs absolutely love rawhides and these treats satisfy their natural chewing instinct and are very tough, if not indestructible dog toys.
They are fantastic for keeping your dog’s teeth clean and give your pup better breath. However, there are some drawbacks to rawhides, which can be harmful to dogs.
The three risks associated with rawhides are that they can be contaminated, can cause digestive irritation and can cause choking and blockages.
These risks can be avoided by choosing good quality rawhides which are the right size for your dog. Some dogs have allergies and are sensitive to rawhides and these dogs should not be given rawhides.
Choosing a rawhide that is big enough for your dog is important – to prevent them trying to swallow it in one go.
You should supervise your dog when she is enjoying a rawhide and take it away when it becomes small enough to choke on or if your dog is gagging or shows any signs of pain.
1. Cadet Rawhide Curls Dog Treats
These rawhide treats are made from 100% natural, free range beef hide.
They are long lasting and provide hours of chewing exercise for your dog.
Cadet Rawhide Curls are non-toxic and safe for your furry friend.
2. Hartz Dentists Best Rawhide
These fantastic rawhide chews help to reduce your dog’s tartar build up and massages his gums for healthier teeth and better breath.
They are made from beef hide and highly digestible rice flour, with delicious beef flavouring and coated in DentaShield, which keeps your pups teeth white and healthy.
These treats are intended for dogs under 20 pounds.
Bully sticks are made from the pizzle of a bull. These are very durable chew toys which are generally safer than rawhide as they don’t splinter or break up into dangerous pieces.
They are a great sources of protein and are made from 100% beef with no fillers.
Bully Sticks are brilliant distraction toys and your dog will absolutely love them.
They’re easier to digest than many other dog chews and are great for cleaning your dog’s teeth and gums.
If your dog is allergic to beef, there are some alternative bully sticks, such as bison and water buffalo.
Even though these are safe dog toys, it’s still best to supervise your dog when enjoying a bully stick. Its also important to choose the right size chew for your dog, to prevent him swallowing the chew in one go which may lead to choking.
The only negative is that good quality, slow-cooked bully sticks can be a bit pricey, so shop around to find good quality bully sticks at a price you are comfortable with.
1. Bones & Chews Bully Sticks
USA Bones & Chews Bully Sticks are healthy, 100% natural beefy chews that will make your dog drool with desire.
These chews are safe, single-ingredient toys that will stimulate any dog and keep their teeth healthy by removing plaque and tartar and massaging their gums.
They are an easily digestible, long lasting chew treat with a fantastic beefy flavour your dog will adore.
They are made from 100% USA beef with no antibiotics or hormones, so you can relax in the knowledge that your pup is enjoying a perfectly wholesome treat.
The 6 inch USA Bones & Chews Bully Sticks are perfect for all dog breeds.
Best Bully Sticks
These bully sticks are from free from hormones, antibiotics, chemicals or preservatives and made from free-range USA or Brazilian cattle.
They are high quality, single protein treats which will keep your dog occupied, helping to expend pent-up energy, while promoting healthy teeth and gums.
When looking for the perfect chew for your furry pal, you cannot go wrong with Best Bully Sticks.
Better quality dog ropes are virtually indestructible dog toys and come in many different shapes and sizes, making it easy to choose the perfect rope toy for your dog.
The great thing about Rope Toys is that the rope fibres act like dental floss and clean your dog’s teeth, leading to healthy gums and teeth and fresher breath.
They’re also a very durable option, and can give your dog hours of independent play as well as being a brilliant choice for spending quality time with your friend, playing tug-of-war games.
The strength of rope toys comes from the hundreds of individual threads, which come in a variety of thicknesses to cater for your dog’s chewing needs.
They’re also very simple and easy to clean – just throw them in the washing machine.
1. Mammoth Monkey Fist Bar Dog Toy and Mammoth Knot Tug Dog Toy
Mammoth are manufacturers of high quality dog toys and specialize in rope toys, with a wide range of interactive ropes for tossing and tugging to your pup’s heart’s content.
Both the Mammoth Monkey Fist Bar and the Mammoth Knot Tug are designed for heavy chewers and are nearly indestructible dog toys which should stand the test of time.
The rope is made from 100% natural cotton and is non-toxic and safe for dogs.
As your dog chews on the rope, the cotton fibres clean his teeth and help your dog maintain healthy oral hygiene.
If you are fond of playing fetch and tug-of-war with your dog, then both these products are fantastic choices.
The Mammoth Monkey Fist Bar and Mammoth Knot Tug Rope Toys are perfect for all dog breeds and sizes – from sharp little teething rascals to heavy-duty seasoned chewers.
2. Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll Dog Toy
This rope toy is durable and versatile being perfect for tugging, fetching and chewing.
It features a tough, puncture resistant polyethylene ball with a rope running through the centre of it.
Its floatable, even when punctured, making it ideal for water loving dogs who like to play fetch in the surf or pool.
This toy is incredibly sturdy and combines the best qualities of rope toys and ball toys to make for a perfect all round good time for your four-legged friend.
The Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll comes in multiple sizes to suit different dog breeds and sizes and is both non-toxic and made in the US.
Nylon chew toys are hard and durable and should stand up to even the hardiest chewers.
In principle they are safe dog toys, however it’s still important to supervise your pup when playing with a nylon toy and to take it away if large pieces are coming off or if has been chewed down to the size which would be easy for your dog to swallow and choke on.
Small nylon fibres will naturally come away from the nylon toy and should clean your pups teeth and pass through them without any issues.
These are particularly durable toys and are pretty close to being indestructible Dog Toys.
1. Nylabone DuraChew Venison Flavoured Nylon Antler is the perfect solution for destructive chewers. It is strong, non-toxic and has a delicious savory venison flavour your pup will adore.
These are a safer alternative to real bones which can splinter and cause pain to your dog’s mouth and even more serious gastrointestinal problems if left unnoticed.
The DuraChew is sure to get many a tail wagging.
Nylabone DuraChew Big Chew Knot
The DuraChew Big Chew Knot is the answer to heavy chewing large breed dogs.
The Big Chew Knot is made by Nylabone and manufactured in the US. Recommended by vets for dogs over fifty pounds, this chew is made to last, whilst being safe and non-toxic.
It’s also fantastic for maintaining oral health by cleaning plaque and tartar off your dog’s teeth, resulting in a happy pup with fresh breath.
JW Pet Nylon Double Pack Chicken & Peanut Butter Dog Bone
This Double Pack Chicken & Peanut Butter Dog Bone is a delicious and fun treat for your dog, which will keep him occupied and help maintain his oral health.
Safe for puppies and adult dogs alike, these popular treats are non-toxic. Your dog will love the long lasting flavour of this durable dog toy, which should keep him away from other desirable chewable objects such as your shoes!
Although there can be no truly indestructible dog toy, most of the abovementioned toys are as close as you get.
The toy you choose will depend on your dog – the breed, size, age and chewing tendencies of your pup.
- For larger breed serious chewers, the best option might be the Nylabone DuraChew Big Chew Knot, which is recommended by vets for dogs who weigh over fifty pounds.The Big Chew Knot will be a long lasting pleasure for your pup, and should curb his more destructive chewing tendencies.
- For larger breed playful dogs, either the Virtually Indestructible Ball or one of the Mammoth rope toys would work beautifully – especially for push and play games and fetch.
- For dogs that need more stimulation, there’s the Kong Wobbler, which comes in small and large – perfect as an independant play and distraction toy which can also help you manage your dog’s weight.
- For water crazy dogs there’s the Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll Dog Toy, which is ideal for playing fetch or tug of war in the surf or pool as well as on land, and combines the best of rope toys and balls to create a fun, hardy, floatable toy.
- For dogs who need oral hygiene care, there’s Hartz Dentist’s Best Rawhide which will keep your pup’s breath fresh and his tail wagging.
- And finally, the perfect chew toy for any pup, theres USA Bones & Chews Bully Sticks, for an anytime treat.
We hope that this guide will help you and your four-legged friend find the ideal indestructible dog toy, remember to supervise your pups playtime, and happy chewing!