If you’ve read some of my other posts you might notice a couple about dogs and chewing. One is about giving dogs bones and another is about an awesome treat dispensing chewball. I’m not really obsessed with dogs chewing it’s just that chewing is such a vital part of being a dog. This is obvious by how many dog treats and toys are designed specifically with chewing in mind.
Dogs love to chew. If we as good dog parents do not give them something we want them to chew on, quite often they will find something we don’t want them to chew on. There are different chewing stages throughout a dog’s life, puppy, adult dog, and senior. You can find different chew items and toys for each stage of your dog’s life.
I found five great tough dog chew toys for your adult dog that I’d like to share with you. I hate to say that these are indestructible dog chew toys because I think there are very few that are literally indestructible, but I think the list below gives you some really great durable dog chew toys that may end up being indestructible for your dog, but at minimum will at least last them a good long time.
Why Dogs Chew
As part of their ancestry, dogs chewed prey for survival. Today dogs love to chew because it’s still a natural, basic component of being a dog. Dogs experience the world through their mouth so what better way than to chew on … whatever looks interesting, tasty, or just flat out chewable!
Dogs especially love to chew when they are puppies or very young, this often has to do with teething and/or learning about the new world around them. Kind of like little kids, puppies put things in their mouth to learn about them. If left to decide on their own what to chew on, puppies will often choose something you don’t them to chew on like a shoe, table leg, toys, your hand …
Dogs will also chew out of boredom or to relieve stress. Again, if your dog is not given something appropriate to chew on they will find something else to chew on, potentially resulting in destructive behavior. It’s important to give your dog designated, appropriate chew toys to redirect this potentially destructive and dangerous chewing.
The AgriChew was initially designed to be a shock absorbing part used in irrigation equipment. During a meeting one of the family dogs attending was getting bored and they gave him one of the shock absorbers to keep him occupied. The dog loved it!
The puck-sized strong shock absorber turned dog toy is made out a flexible, tough, non-toxic, pet safe thermoplastic polyurethane that is free from any known sources of mercury, latex, lead, cadmium, natural rubber, hormones, BPA, phthalates, or asbestos.
Another great thing – with every AgriChew you purchase a toy gets donated to a dog shelter.
The AgriChew is not a super large dog chew toy, so the size of it may not be appropriate for extra-large or large dogs that could potentially get this chew toy into their throat. But, for those mid-size and smaller dogs this heavy-duty dog chew toy could be a big hit!
Invincibles Tough Seamz
Invincibles Seamz by Outward Hound have a lot of great features designed for the tough chewer. These super strong dog toys are designed with durability in mind and as their website says “to play as hard as your dog does!” These dog toys are designed with double layered and double stitched seams to increase their longevity and durability.
Another great thing – they have no stuffing! If your dog is anything like mine once they get a whole in a stuffed toy, every bit of that stuffing is all over the floor. You won’t have that mess with these toys. The squeakers in the Invincibles also keep squeaking even if they are punctured.
Tux Stuffable Toy
This toy seems like it has best of all worlds! It is extremely durable and tough; stretchable (without stretching out); has a crazy fun bounce; and can be stuffed with yummy dog treats. Oh, did I also mention that it floats? It comes in a small and large so you can get one that is appropriate for your dog’s size.
The Tux is made in Montana from U.S. sourced materials and is:
- 100% recyclable
- FDA compliant
- BPA free
- phthalate free
- dishwasher safe
And if your dog ever destroys the Tux, the company offers a free replacement!
I don’t think this list would be complete without the mention of a Kong product. Kong is extremely well known for producing I think the strongest dog chew toys. You can find Kong products in many shapes and sizes but I’m going to highlight the Kong Extreme here.
The Kong Extreme is made from the most durable Kong rubber and is designed for the aggressive chewer. Its unique shape also gives a crazy bounce which is great for playtime. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from small to extra-extra-large.
Not only is the Kong Extreme designed for the toughest of chewers, it has the hollow core which is great for stuffing treats or peanut butter into. To make the play time last even longer you can put the Kong Extreme stuffed with peanut butter (or some other yummy treat) into the freezer. It will take your puppy longer to get that yummy treat out of the center.
Jolly Pets produces a lot of highly rated dog toys. I’m going to highlight the Bounce-n-Play for this list of top dog chew toys. The Bounce-n-Play comes in three different sizes designed for the adult dog. Fun thing about these balls is they not only come in different sizes but they come in different scents. You can get a Jolly Pets Bounce-n-Play that smells like blueberries, bubblegum, or oranges!
These great balls are made from a low density puncture resistant plastic that will not deflate or lose shape if punctured. In addition to being puncture proof, they float!
These jolly balls are made in the U.S. from non-toxic low-density polyethylene and are safe for your dog to play with and try to chew.
Keep an Eye out
With any chew treat or toy it is important to always keep an eye on your dog while they are chewing on it. Even the strongest dog chew toys have potential to break; have chunks come off; or splinter.
Splinters can cause a lot of damage if they puncture on the way through, potentially causing big medical issues for your dog. If a dog is actually able to get chunks of a chew toy to break off, these chunks could get lodged in their throat resulting in choking; loss of their ability to breathe; and if left unsupervised this could result in death. Pretty scary!
So please, supervise your dog anytime they have any sort of toy or chew treat that they are playing with or chewing on.
Maui and I are all for fun but it’s important to play safe as well.