Toys for dogs that like to shred can be hard to find. If you have aggressive chewers as we do, you may be on an endless search for toys that don’t rip, fray, or puncture. In this article, we reveal the best dog toys for aggressive chewers that we’ve tested. Say goodbye to shredded toys with the products on our list. Let’s get pawing!
Why Do Some Dogs Like Shredding Toys?
Some dogs have a natural inclination towards shredding toys. This behavior is instinctual from when canines lived in the wild and ate prey to survive.
Shredding can also be a form of stress relief for dogs or entertainment when they’re bored. The tactile sensation and hearing the tearing apart of a toy is likely gratifying for them.
Certain breeds, such as terriers, were originally bred for tasks like digging and hunting, which may make them more prone to shredding behavior. Some dogs simply enjoy the challenge and mental stimulation of dissecting a toy, especially if it contains hidden treats or squeakers.
You may find that if your dog shreds toys it’s also prone to making a mess of other things like the garbage or shoes. Even small dogs can shred toys and household items. For example, one of our team member’s parents’ 10-pound terrier chews up leather shoes if left alone with them.
How Bad Is It For A Dog To Eat Toys?
If your dog ingests a toy, it’s not necessarily bad and there shouldn’t be a need for panic. Many toys are designed with non-toxic materials that are relatively indigestible. However, if a dog manages to consume a piece of a larger or harder object, it could be cause for concern. They could cause blockages or gastrointestinal irritation, as they are not designed to be digested, but rather pass through. If they get lodged or stuck, you may need medical or surgical intervention.
If your dog has ingested a toy or fragments of it, monitor their behavior and watch for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or changes in appetite. Consult your vet if symptoms persist. If your dog has a severe reaction, go to the emergency animal hospital or your vet right away in case surgical intervention is needed.
How Can I Stop My Dog From Shredding?
To stop your dog from shredding toys, address its behavior with training and select an appropriate toy. Heavy or aggressive chewers require toys made with more durable materials like reinforced rubber or nylon. Rather than facing the behavior as a bad problem, we find it more useful to manage our dogs’ behavior by providing engaging toys that they destroy much more slowly.
Also, engage your dog in interactive play sessions that redirect their energy and focus and discourage shredding. When your pup doesn’t destroy a toy, use positive reinforcement and a reward. But if you do catch them shredding a toy, calmly remove the damaged item and replace it with an appropriate toy. Like with any training, consistency is vital.
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10 Best Unrippable Dog Toys for Dogs Who Like To Shred
Our dogs love to shred, so we’ve looked high and low for the best unrippable toys. Here are ten that we use and recommend for aggressive chewers.
1. Benebone Fishbone
Benebone Fishbone is hands-down our dogs’ favorite chew. The other shapes and flavors they offer are good too, but for some reason, our pups always go back to the fish. It has a real fish flavor but doesn’t give off an odor unless you smell it closely when moist. The curved fish toy is made in the USA and weighs about 7.2 ounces. Our two enthusiastic chewers have accumulated 4 in the last 8 months, but our first is still with us.
2. KONG Extreme Dog Toy (Black ones)
The KONG Extreme Dog Toy is good for chewy and playing fetch. Our aggressive chewers ate the regular red Kongs, but not the black-colored extreme version, and any shape works! It’s made of rubber, bounces, and you can put treats inside for mental stimulation. The Kong Extreme is dishwasher safe and can be frozen with treats inside to give your dog an extra challenge.
3. Petstages Super Dogwood Dog Chew Toy
Petstages Super Dogwood Dog Chew Toy is like a stick but can be brought into your home without making a mess. It’s made of natural wood and durable synthetic and has the taste and texture of real wood. Our dogs really like these too and they last a long time.
4. BetterBone Tough Sustainable Dog Chew
BetterBone Tough Sustainable Dog Chew is all-natural and hypoallergenic. This durable toy for aggressive chewers is non-toxic with no added flavor. It promotes dental hygiene with an ergonomic design and three distinct chew ends: nubs, ridges, and rounded smooth. The product breaks down by flaking with small shavings that are safe for your dog to consume in limited quantities.
5. BarkBox Squeaky Zeke Beetle
The BarkBox Squeaky Zeke Beetle is a durable tug toy for tough chewers. It’s stuffed with fluff and a full-body squeaker. The toy has t-shirt rope for tugging and tons of shreddable hair on the underbelly. It’s excellent for playing fetch or tug-o-war.
6. FRLEDM Dog Toys for Large Dogs Aggressive Chewers
FRLEDM Dog Toys for Large Dogs Aggressive Chewers is made of tough natural rubber. It’s great for cleaning teeth, chewing, and playing fetch. The toy also has a squeaker that even the most aggressive chewers will have a difficult time breaking.
7. Rogz Scrubz (Sometimes Kong Branded)
The Rogz Scrubz is a unique toy designed in South Africa. It has fabric and a crackling sound. Our dogs love it and haven’t destroyed it versus similar products that last only a few days. They love swinging it and playing tug-o-war with it. Plus, it’s much more quiet than a toy with a squeaker.
8. WhiteTail Naturals Antlers
Antlers are another great go-to for tough chewers. We like WhiteTail Naturals Antlers because they are organic and long-lasting, as well as made by a small business in Texas. They’re safe for dogs and have had any jagged or sharp edges removed, and they’re odor free. Without any added ingredients, preservatives, dyes, or harmful chemicals, the antlers provide a natural source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.
9. Petcare 2 Pack Dog Toy Balls Upgraded Indestructible Dog Tennis Ball Aggressive Chewers
Petcare 2 Pack Dog Toy Balls Upgraded Indestructible Dog Tennis Ball Aggressive Chewers are good for teething and playing fetch. They’re made of premium E-TPU non-toxic, eco-friendly material. The durable ball will keep its shape long-term. They’re perfect for outdoor play and are lightweight for playing fetch in pools or lakes.
10. Rogz Flying Disc for Frisbee Shredders
The Rogz Flying Disc for Frisbee Shredders is a durable alternative for aggressive chewers. The disc is safe, soft, and it floats. It provides a comfortable mouth-catching experience without hurting your dog’s teeth. In addition, it’s easy to pick up due to the well-placed holes.
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Sick of Constantly Shopping for New Unrippable Toys?
If you’re sick of constantly shopping for toys, try a monthly subscription and get the best options at your doorstep twelve times a year. The Barbox for Super Chewers is an excellent choice. It comes with two new tough toys, two full-sized bags of healthy dog treats, and two meaty dog chews every month. The toys are made with strong rubber and nylon for aggressive chewers. And the treats have quality ingredients and are wheat, corn, and soy-free.
Give Your Aggressive Chewer a Toy It’ll Love
Keep your aggressive chewer happy with a dog toy they’ll love. You’ll be happy too when you don’t have to pick up the pieces. But, mostly, an appropriate toy means healthy and safe play for your pup.
Do you have an aggressive chewer? What toys have worked for you? Share in the comments below.
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