We have two “puppies” who love to chew. A few weeks ago, they dug up an old tree stump in the backyard just so they could chew on the wood. Animals! Since I’m not about to keep an old tree stump just to let them chew on it, we needed to find some durable dog chews and dog toys that could stand up to their very aggressive, and very destructive, chewing.
After a bit of trial and error, some hits and some misses, here are 5 dog toys and dog chews that have lasted for our dogs and that I would recommend if your dog is a chewer and likes to chew a lot.
Durable Dog Chew Toys
1. Acadia Antlers Moose Antler Chews
My favorite dog chew toy by far is the rope antler chew from Acadia Antlers. These are made from naturally shed moose antlers and have a sturdy rope that runs through them. The antlers come in different sizes so you can pick up small antler chew toys for the smaller dogs and “colossal” antlers for larger dogs.
Moose antlers are harder than deer or elk antlers, and they definitely stand up to the chew test. While some dog chew toys lasted minutes or days, the Acadia Antler chews last for weeks (months even.) Sera and Sophie like the medium antler tynes and the rope antler chews.
Prices for Acadia Antlers chews range from $6 to $100+ depending on the size and quantity of antlers you buy.
2. Nylabone Dura Chew Wishbone
This chew toy from Nylabone is designed to be chewed. Made of a durable plastic, it creates tiny bristles that help clean teeth and prevent plaque and tartar build-up. As the dog chews, the bristles break off into tiny pieces of plastic as the dog chews. These pieces are probably swallowed by the dog but are not harmful to them as they simple pass through the system.
After several months, the two that we have are still about 90% there, and it’s not for lack of chewing. The wishbone shape helps them grip the chew toy between their paws, allowing them to really chew on the bone.
The Nylabone Dura Chew Wishbone is currently on sale on Amazon for $8.59 for the wolf size and $6.52 for the regular size.
3. Chuckit! Ultra Ball
An old tennis ball usually does the trick when it comes to playing fetch. The thing with tennis balls is that the green fuzz usually wears off, is torn off, or, when you have a dog that likes to chew, chewed off.
A more durable alternative for use are the large Chuckit! Ultra Balls. You can use them with the Chuckit! launcher, but I just throw by hand. Made of natural rubber, the Chuckit! Ultra Balls aren’t too heavy, have a good bounce, but most importantly, they’re quite durable. I’ve often seen Sera on the grass just chew, chew, chewing the ball without it popping or breaking into pieces.
The large Chuckit! Ultra Ball is on sale on Amazon for $8.35. There are also small and medium size Chuckit! Ultra balls for $7.53 and $9.07 (for two.)
4. JW Pet Company Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy
A fun twist on the traditional rubber ball, the JW Pet Company Hol-ee RollerDog Toys are a lot of fun. They are made of a slightly flexible and durable natural rubber. The gaps between the grids make it easy, but not too easy, for the dogs to get a bite of the ball. I think that’s one of the reasons it lasts so long. They can bite it, but it isn’t something they can gnaw on.
I like putting one of the Acadia Antlers in between the grids as a sort of puzzle for them to get the antler out. You can also put treats inside to make playing with the Hol-ee Roller even more fun. The grid shape also allows humans to get a good grip so you can play tug-of-war with it as well.
The JW Pet Company Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy comes in four different sizes, ranging from 3.5 to 9-inches and ranges in price from $5.19 (for 3.5″) to $13.83 (for 9″).
5. PetProjekt Cozmo Dog Chew Toys
When I first saw these, I thought they looked like little microbes. These are made with 100% natural rubber and are a little bit “softer” than the rubber that the Chuckit! Ultra Ball is made of. However, they still last surprisingly long. I think it’s because each of the little legs sticking out prevents the dogs from getting a good grip on a leg with it’s rear teeth. While they might successfully chew off the ends of a few of the legs, overall this one has held up pretty well.
The girls tend to chase these and chew as opposed to chewing on them as they would a bone. But they’re still durable and have stood up to their aggressive chewing.
Available in both small and large sizes, as well as in three different colors, the PetProjekt Small Cozmo is $5.51 and ideal for small to medium dogs (5-50 lbs), while the PetProject Large Cozmo is $9.56 and good for medium to large dogs (50-100lbs).
What About Plush Dog Toys?
There is a reason there are no plush toys on this list. While I may think they’re “too cute” and “so soft”, the dogs can literally de-stuff any stuffed toy within a matter of minutes. The longest lasting “plush” toys were the Jax Rope Toys, which aren’t really plush, but are more rope stuffed animals. We got Elton the Octopus in a BarkBox and bought Hank the Hippo.
Elton lasted about 30 minutes of serious dog chewing before being de-stuffed. Hank lasted a little longer. I think the difference being that Elton has eight rope arms that are perfect for biting and tugging on. The rope bodies have lasted much longer and I’ve left them around since the girls still like playing with them. These would be great for smaller dogs, especially teething puppies that don’t have their “big dog” teeth yet.
Is your dog a chewer? Do you have a favorite dog chew toy that can survive aggressive chewing?
Disclaimer: This post consists of my opinions. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review. I purchased all of these products.