Whether you are the owner of a teething puppy, a feisty adolescent dog or perhaps a power chewing mature dog, you all have something in common. At one stage or another, you have probably bought your dog a new toy with all good intentions and watched as their eyes light up with excitement.
Off they go with their new most favourite thing in the world and in less than 5 minutes later it has fallen to pieces and is lying in bits in your backyard.
I’ve certainly been there myself as the owner of a very chewy Staffy/Collie/Dalmation cross!
The fact is, the majority of dog toys on the market just aren’t built to withstand such force.
The likes of tennis balls, thin plastic and plush toys are the main ones to avoid for starters. In my experience these are often less expensive, but for the amount of time they actually last they are not good value for money with a heavy chewer.
Some of the rope toys with a ball attached may last a little longer, but it’s important to supervise your dog while they are playing with these as the rope will inevitably fall apart at some point – and you do not want it ending up in your puppy’s digestive tract!
In fact, you should really be supervising your dog with any kind of toy for this reason. No toy is completely indestructible, however tough they may be.
Always check toys for any signs of wear, bits falling off or holes.
7 of the best near indestructible dog toys
Sizes: Small (2.5”) or Medium/Large (3”)
These balls are great for playing with your dog outdoors as they are super bouncy and puncture resistant. They are made out of a strong, durable rubber that is built to last. It has been known to last at least 3 months even with some of the mouthier breeds, such as Staffies and Pitbulls.
They also have a small hole drilled through the center that can be filled with small treats or an edible paste.
The only negatives are the weight of it is a little heavier than the average ball (watch your dog doesn’t drop it on your foot!) and they do not float in water.
Sizes: Mini (4.5” x 1.2”), Small (6” x 1.8”) or Large (8.2” x 2”)
The Hurley Dog Bone is a fantastic toy to give your dog if you need them to amuse themselves for a little while. It is designed to be able to handle a long chewing session so you can simply pass it over to your dog and let them gnaw away for a while.
Alternatively, it is a great fetch toy and it also floats so it would suit breeds that like to swim and retrieve.
It comes in 4 colors – Aqua, Black, Granny Smith and Tangerine, which are all bright colors so it’s easy to find.
It is 100% guaranteed against dog damage by the manufacturer and is also FDA compliant (which basically means safe & non-toxic) and can be washed in the dishwasher.
These balls are the same size as a tennis ball and they will fit inside a standard ball launcher or Chuckit Thrower.
They are made from a heavy duty natural rubber but they are fairly light compared to most rubber balls and they are also super bouncy.
They are perfect for a game of fetch and they also float if the ball happens to find itself in any water.
And best of all – you get three of them!
If your dog does manage to destroy the ball, it’s good to know that the manufacturer offers a no quibble refund including shipping.
Size: 9.2” x 0.9” x 7.5”
The Nerf Barbell is one of my personal favourite tough dog toys in terms of durability. My dog has had this toy for over six months and apart from the odd dent it is still in very good condition.
You may be sensing a pattern here as again; this toy is made from a durable rubber material. It is not too hard on the dog’s mouth and jaw but the ridges do a pretty good job of cleaning the teeth and gums.
It is quite heavy so it is more suitable for medium to large dogs (or bigger). It’s easy to clean – simply rinse with soapy water.
There are 3 colors available – blue, yellow or red and there is also a two pack option, which offers the best value for money.
The ATESSON Ring is ideal for a game of tuggy or it can be used as a fetch toy similar to a Frisbee. When the ring is thrown it bounces erratically, which will keep your dog stimulated whilst trying to catch it.
It’s made from tough rubber similar to the KONG toy material and it is easily cleaned with some soap and water.
It comes in 2 colors – red or blue.
Size: 6” x 6” x 3”
Here we have the Zogoflex Tux, a tough dog toy that can be stuffed with treats to make your dog work for their rewards. Its shape makes it all the more interesting to your pup, with its three small ball shapes attached to a larger ball in the center.
Once stuffed with an edible filling they can either be frozen or given to the dog right away, although frozen will last longer. The toy can also be used without being filled as it’s unique shape makes it fun for your dog to fling around and fetch.
They are made from a hard rubber that has been certified as safe and toxin free.
It comes in 4 different bright colors to make it easy to find.
Sizes: Medium/Large (5.5”) or Large/X-Large (7”)
The KONG Jumbler is the ultimate ball-inside-a-ball toy and will seriously wear your dog out. It has a handle on it so it is easy for you or your dog to… well, handle! It is made from a pliable rubber and has a tennis ball on the inside, which your dog will spend an age trying to get to.
There is also a squeaker which provides even more stimulation for your dog.
These aren’t quite as tough as the Extreme KONG toys, but they are still durable enough for moderate chewers.
Do you have a dog likes to gnaw until he can gnaw no more?
Please share any tough dog toys that your pup hasn’t managed to destroy in the comments below.