Dog Toys and Aggressive Chewers

Dog Toys and Aggressive Chewers

Dog Toys and Aggressive Chewers–What Toys are Best?

Do you have a Dog that Destroys Everything?

Have you bought toy after toy for your dog and it gets chewed to pieces the same day?

Well, if that’s the case, you’ve got an aggressive chewer that will chew and chew on that toy til nothing is left but the pieces…

for you to clean up time after time.

And, I bet you’re tired of it, right?

I mean cleaning up the mess…not your dog!

Of course, you love your dog and just want something that it can chew on safely and without the mess…am I right?

I know how it can be…I own two aggressive chewers myself and I love ’em, but it can be soooo frustrating to buy toys for these two! I’ve bought so many toys only to see them ripped to bits in a day or two. I’m constantly picking up the pieces after buying toys for these dogs!

At least some toys, but not all! There are some dog toys that DO last…Thankfully!

Durable Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers

The most durable toys for our two aggressive chewers are made of solid rubber, such as the Kong dog toys, which come in a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. Plus, some are made to be filled with treats to keep them busy for awhile, which is not only a great way to keep them from bugging you continuously, but these will also keep them mentally stimulated since dogs do get bored too!

Kong Dog Toys

Kong Extreme Dog Toys, Black

dog toys extreme KongProduct: Kong Extreme Dog Toy, Black
List Price: $22.99 Sale Price: $17.27 (for X-Large toy, prices vary according to size!)
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large*
Made in: USA
Material: Durable rubber
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 *(based on 3,863 reviews on Amazon)

The Kong Extreme dog toys are made for aggressive chewers like my dogs, the power chewers of the dog world! These tough toys come in a variety of sizes and are fillable toys. You can fill these up with your dog’s favorite treats to keep them busy for about 20 minutes or sometimes longer depending what you use to fill it with.

I’d recommend using peanut butter mixed with dry kibble or other dry treats, so it’ll keep ’em busy a bit longer. You can also freeze these toys after filling them up and that will add even more time for your dog to keep working at getting those goodies out.

These extreme toys from Kong are made of a durable black rubber compound in the USA, which is another plus in my book. I feel safer knowing this and maybe you do too.

Pros:

  • Made for powerful chewers
  • Variety of sizes
  • Fillable
  • Bounces – great for playtime!
  • Helps dogs with separation anxiety, barking, and digging problems
  • Useful tool for crate training
  • Many other dog owners including veterinarians, animal shelters, military K-9 teams, police (drug enforcement), and AKC trainers use and recommend the Kong toys

Cons:

  • Smell bad*
  • Not all dogs are interested in playing/chewing these*
  • Not entirely indestructible with some dogs*

* No matter what toy you buy for your dog, please do remember that all dogs are different. It may work well for many, but not all dogs. It depends on how much of a chewer your dog is, it’s size and strength. For dogs that chew extremely heavily even for extreme chewers, it’s recommended to order a size larger than what it recommends in the sizing chart.

Please supervise your dog with any new toy and observe for any pieces or breakage while it’s chewing or playing with it. If it becomes worn or pieces are coming off, it’s time to replace it!

Sizing Chart (according to checking through each size listing on Amazon)

Small: Dogs up to 20 lbs. Dimensions:   3  inches x 1.8 inches x 1.8 inches; Weight: 1.8 oz.

Medium: Dogs 15-35 lbs. Dimensions: 3.5 inches x 2.2 inches x 2.2 inches; Weight: 1.6 oz.

Large: Dogs 30-65 lbs.      Dimensions:  4   inches x 2.8 inches x 2.8 inches; Weight:   4  oz.

X-Large: Dogs 60-90 lbs.  Dimensions:  5   inches x 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches; Weight:  12  oz.

XX-Large: Dogs 85 +  lbs. Dimensions:  6   inches x 3.9 inches x 3.9 inches; Weight:  1.2 lbs.

dog toys aggressive chewers kong extreme xl

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The X-Large size works well for dogs 60-90 pounds…mine are both in that range and these have done just fine with our two destructive dogs. One is an Old English Bulldog, and the other is a mixed breed, 1/2–Old English Bulldog and 1/2–husky/yellow lab mix. And, no this is NOT the type of bulldog that is short and small…this breed is a rather long-legged, taller breed of bulldog and very powerfully built.

Reading through the many reviews on Amazon, quite a few other dog owners use the X-large size for pit bulls, German shepherds, American bullies, boxers, and labs…just to name a few that I found mentioned quite often in the reviews of the X-large size Kong Extreme…

Hopefully this will help you choose the correct size for your dog. If you order one that is too small, it may not work that well and your dog may be able to chew pieces off… Or, heaven forbid…fit the whole thing in its mouth, which may cause a choking hazard as with any toy if it’s too small in relation to the dog’s size…so, please be aware of the sizes and recommendations.

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What do you think of Kong Extreme Dog Toys? Have you ever used these? Do you have any suggestions or other recommendations you’d like to share? Questions you’d like to ask?

Please do let me know in the comment box below…I’d love to hear from you!

 

Christmas Toys for an Aggressive Chewer - durable dog toys

Christmas Toys for an Aggressive Chewer

Do You Have Trouble Choosing Christmas Toys For Your Aggressive Chewer?

Not Sure What Would Last Longer Than A Day?

There is so much to do this time of year! Buying presents for your family and friends can either be quite fun or it can be just a big headache…and how about your best and most loyal friend?

Are you planning on buying a Christmas present for your best pal but do not know where to start? Thinking, “well, why bother? Whatever I get for that dog of mine will end up destroyed before the end of Christmas day anyway!”

Or, maybe you’re just looking for durable dog toys for your dog…toys that are built a bit tougher than most and are a perfect gift for your dog any day.

Dog Toys for an Aggressive Chewer

Stuffed toys never survive more than a couple minutes in our house with not only one aggressive chewer, but two.

If you’re like me, I know I have a difficult time deciding on something, especially if I do not know how long it will last with our dogs, two of them are very aggressive chewers.

One is a purebred Old English Bulldog and the other is half Old English Bulldog. Most toys do not last a day with these two.

Thankfully, our two other dogs are not that destructive.

So many toys to choose from…

and most will not last a day if your dog is anything like mine!

Types of Dog Toys

  • Solid rubber
  • Almost solid rubber
  • Plush toys
  • Squeaky toys
  • Frisbees for dogs

I have found that with an aggressive chewer, that the solid rubber toys last a very long time. In fact, these are the only ones that have survived years of torture from our dogs. Although they do not look so pretty anymore, they are still in one piece unlike many other dog toys that we have bought over the years.

Sure, they look a little rough, but I have not found any pieces missing from them yet…and our two big time chewers have certainly tried to destroy them. So, if this is what you need to get for your dog, I would recommend the solid rubber toys.

Solid Rubber Dog Toys

Although, I have only tried the Kong Dog Toys and find that these are the ones that last, I looked up reviews from other people who have tried some of the other solid rubber toys and came up with this list of ones to try since they have good reviews.

If your dog is not too aggressive of a chewer there are also the dog toys that are almost like the solid rubber, but probably not quite as durable. Looking at different reviews for dog toys, these ones seem to be pretty popular in the almost solid rubber category.

Almost Solid Rubber

Frisbees can be something fun for both you and your dog. It is also a good way to teach them to not only fetch something for you, but also to come back to you when called. Just make sure you give them a lot of praise and a treat when they come up to you.

Frisbees


 

Plush Dog Toys

When it comes to plush toys, these are something I have come to personally avoid since I have quite a pair of destructive dogs…at least when it comes to these types of toys.

Another type of toy I do not buy anymore are the squeaker type ones…usually made of either plush or even some type of plastic. Although, it is fun to play fetch with these, since they get the dogs attention.

I found that my dogs would chew them to pieces just to get at the squeaker inside…then keep on chewing on the squeaker until it squeaked no more!…I am just glad that they did not swallow the pieces or the squeaker. Since I do not want to take the risk of this happening again, I do not buy them anymore.

If you do buy something that can be chewed up like this, just remember to watch your dog while it is playing with it and make sure to take it away if it starts chewing on it. I would not recommend leaving it unattended for even a short while, since that is how my dogs chewed up the ones we had.

Sure, the plush toys are great for dogs that do not really chew on them but like to just carry them around like one of my small dogs does, so if your dog doesn’t chew too much or maybe you want to find something your dog can play with while you’re supervising by all means get one or two.

There are some that might last a bit longer than most….

According to the reviews, these are the top Plush toys that are more durable than most.

I hope this helps you out in deciding what toy to get for Christmas for your very best furry friend! Have a safe and Merry Christmas!

You can also find more gift ideas for your dog and dog lovers on my post Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Lovers

>>Want to know more? Read my other post Don’t Forget Your Best Friend on Christmas–Five Best Dog Toys<<

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