There are simple pleasures in life for most dogs, Running, playing in mud, rolling in the dirt, and of course chewing.
This is all natural for our canine friends.
Why does my puppy want to chew on everything?
Chewing at the puppy stage should not be discouraged because it natural for them and is essential to the teething process such as it is with the human counterpart, the infant.
However, as the dog gets older, the chewing can go from “cute” to “bad dog”. So what are the things we can do to keep the “cute” and get rid of the “bad dog”?
Dog toys for aggressive chewers can help remedy that problem.
Why does my dog chew?
There are may reasons why a dog will chew, watch out furniture and pillows.
Here are some of the most common:
- Not being properly trained as the dog needs to understand the difference between accepted behavior and unacceptable behavior.
- Suffering from separation anxiety can be prevalent when a dog has to be left along for long periods of time.
- Fear-related behavior issues can be from a dog when they have anxiety and soothe themselves through chewing.
- Boredom ranges from dog to dog. Certain breeds need more mental stimulation than others. This is why it is important to get a dog that will fit into your life style.
- Attention seeking happens mostly in puppies or small breed. As a puppy, the world is new and they are trying to figure this big world out.
These behaviors can be present in small, medium, and large dogs and all breeds. If your dogs consistently chews through standard chew toys, then you might have an aggressive chewer.
Once you’ve identified what makes your dog or puppy an aggressive chewer, you can take action to remediate this annoying and destructive behavior. If your pups are like mine, boredom and attention-seeking are usually the reasons.
Not all dogs are the same, but thankfully there are many dog toys available that are highly durable to withstand even the most aggressive chewers.
Certain breeds like American Pit Bull Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Boxers, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles can be aggressive chewers. German Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, Rottweilers and other breeds that are considered more energetic would also benefit from a dog toy for aggressive chewers.
Never discourage your dog’s chewing behavior as it is a natural activity. However, do not confuse your dog by offering old household items to chew.
Your dog is incapable of telling the difference between an article that is for him, and one that you plan on continuing to use such as slippers
The selection of chew toys is plenty full
Obviously the bigger the dogs the harder the chew can be. However, small dogs usually have sharper teeth making them destructive when they chew as well.
There are many chew toys available to fit the size, age, weight, breed, and aggressiveness of your dog.
Most dogs will be happy chewing on the same rubber toy all day, but some dogs might prefer the plush type dog toys for aggressive chewers.
Below are just a few suggestions you might consider while picking a dog toy for your aggressive chewer:
Solid Rubber Toys
Solid rubber dog toys are considered among the most durable dog toys for an aggressive chewer. But remember, not all toys will last forever.
- Kong Toys come in many sizes and many have additions like rope pulls or a hollow center to hide treats in. The black rubber toys are considered the toughest.
- Jolly Pets offers a great rubber ball type toy, but with a handle. The handle makes it easy to throw and great for tug of war. But it’s also added fun for your dog as it makes it bounce around crazily, encouraging them to chase it. Make sure you choose the heavy-duty version for your aggressive chewer.
- Mammoth TireBiter Chew Toys are made with real rubber. These toys come in tire shape, a floating retriever stick, and with a classic dog bone shape.
Plush Toys for Aggressive Chewers
Below are some recommended stuffed dog toys for aggressive chewers. Take into account your dog’s chewing power when providing them with these toys.
These are in no way indestructible and you should keep a close eye on your dog while playing with one of these. If this is a type of toy your dog prefers, it is very important to provide your dog with a dog specific stuffed toy.
Stuffed toys meant for children can shed eyes, buttons, stuffing or decorations while become a serious choking hazard for your dog.
- Tuffy toys have claimed to be the toughest toys on the market. They have multiple rows of stitching and some also have a vinyl strip on the outside to protect the stitching.
- Go Dog toys have double stitched seams and a “Chew Guard Technology.” They also offer a plush toy for smaller dogs that are aggressive chewers
Disc and Ball Toys
Dogs love to fetch and chase almost as much as they like to chew! Regular frisbees can be shredded in mere minutes if you’re not keeping an eye on your dog.
The same is true for tennis balls, softballs and pretty much any other kind of ball that an aggressive chewer can get their jaws around.
Here are some suggested disc and ball toys for those retrievers and herding breeds.
- West Paw Ball Dog Chew Toy is a great tennis-like ball with an unpredictable bounce.
- The Virtually Indestructible Best Ball in hard is, well, the name pretty much says it all. It comes in several sizes from 4.5 inches up to 14 inches.
- Dog Frisbee claims to be indestructible and also comes with a lifetime guarantee. It also floats which is great for those water loving dogs.
- Kong’s Red Rubber Flyer also makes a Squeaky Tennis Ball.
Natural Chew Toys
Rawhide and treated animal bones are a great option for the dog that likes a more wild experience. These bones also provide excellent jaw exercise as well as dental health benefits.
Many pet owners also prefer for their dog to chew on something more natural.
- Pet ‘n Shape offers many varieties of bone style chewing options. These bones are made in the USA and sourced from 100% grass-fed, natural free-range beef.
- Animal bones, even those treated especially for chewing do still have a minimal risk of splintering so always watch your dog while they’re chewing on one of these.
- Rawhide dog chews can be had almost anywhere, and all are very similar. Make sure you choose the proper size for your dog’s chewing level. Rawhide products can also have a minimal risk of shredding and causing a choking hazard so as with all chewing products keep an eye on your pet while they’re enjoying this treat.
- Buck Bone has a product that is actually a Montana elk antler. These are made in the USA. Multiple sizes are offered so you can pick the correct size for your dog.
Keep those pearly whites, white. Dental Chews!
Just like humans, dogs can suffer from oral problems if the teeth are not properly cared for. Dogs can experience:
- Build-up of saliva, bacteria, and food on teeth (plaque)
- A hard yellow or brown residue on teeth (tartar)
- Swollen, bleeding, or irritated gums
- Bad Breath and even oral Pain
I would encourage all pet owners to research the best options for good oral hygiene for each of their pets.
If we don’t’ take care of our pet, they will not be able to enjoy the toys we discussed above.
Dental Chews are a great option and there are many on the market today that give excellent protect, cleaning, and your dogs will love them.
A healthy and happy dog is always a pleasure to have.
I personally use plush dog toys for my Pomeranian and a rubber toy for our Beagle.
Both are enjoying the dog toys for my aggressive chewers.