(Last Updated On: April 23, 2017)
One thing that you can’t stop a puppy from doing is chewing on things. This happens when he/she starts teething. Teething causes sore, inflamed gums as the teeth break through so the only way for the dog to get some relief is to chew on something. Some of the most common items that are victims are shoes, remote controls and furniture legs.
When you pick a toy, you have to consider the dog’s size and how aggressive he is when it comes to chewing on stuff. This will help you avoid toy breakages which can be hazardous to you puppy. The toys should be soft enough to provide relief and tough enough to last for long.
1. Kong Puppy Kong Toy
It is made from exclusive teething rubber formula designed for puppies up to 9 months. It gives you the ability to stuff the toy with healthy treats to aid in crate training, decrease separation anxiety, promote better chewing behavior etc. This will teach your puppy the acceptable items it can chew and try to stay away from your shoes. The toy also has an unpredictable bounce when thrown hence the games played will never be the same. This will keep the dog excited and craving more. When left alone with the toys, he will direct his energy towards trying to get the food inside the toy instead of other destructive behavior.
(Cons) Biggest customer complaints:
i) It smells awful. Washing couldn’t get rid of the smell.
ii) They are smaller than expected
iii) Some dogs were never interested in it
iv) Some dogs destroyed it in minutes
2. Puppy Chew Teething Rope
It comes as a set of items which include rope toys around 9.5 inches long, rope ball and a plaited double rope toy. It is perfect to clean your dogs teeth and massage the gums. These help in reducing plaque build up and prevent gum disease. It is a perfect toy for small dogs.
Cons/Biggest customer complains
i) Some puppies could easily unravel the rope while heavy chewers destroyed them fast.
ii) The loose ends of the rope
3. Nylabone Dental Dinosaur Chew Toy
This is a dinosaur shape chew toy for puppies up to 25 lbs. It has a chicken flavor plus relatively indestructible.
Cons (Biggest customer complains):
i) The toy is really hard and may hurt the dog’s teeth
ii) Aggressive chewers can easily shatter the toys into small pieces.
4. Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew Toy
It has a curved wishbone shape to allow dogs to pop up one and get great chew going. It has deep grooves to get a good bite and increase surface area for improved scent and flavor. Breakage is still possible for very aggressive chewers.
Cons (Biggest Customer complaints)
i) Too hard for mild chewers. Leads to bleeding
5. Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Toy
It comes in different flavors such as bacon, chicken, frenzy pepperoni pizza and liver. It is a durable nylon with a new textured design best for strong chewers. It comes in various sizes depending on the weight of your dog.
Cons (Biggest customer complaints)
i) Mild chewers may just ignore it.