When choosing toys for your destructive dog – who you truly love despite the carnage – it is important to choose toys that are durable, but not too harmful. Weight, style, and tendency to have sharp edges are all things to consider when choosing toys in addition to complexity and intended use. Here are the 7 best toys for destructive dogs ranked in order of best to almost best. The toys have been ranked taking into account overall durability, in addition to customer satisfaction and unique features of the toys. Each review includes the same characteristics for an easy comparison, followed by a short description and the most relevant pros and cons.
1. Petstages: Dogwood Real Wood Chew Toy
This toy is by far one of the best toys and is a great alternative to sticks and any furniture that might be wood as well. Even if your dog(s) do not get too crazy with the sticks, this toy offers a safer alternative because it doesn’t have splinters or chips that come from sticks. The sizes range from 4″ up to 8″, respectively sized petite (15lbs) to large (50+lbs).
This is highly recommended for all types of dogs, but the larger size is especially good for breeds like Pit Bulls, Labradors, Shepherds, and even can withstand a Great Dane or two.
2. West Paw Zogoflex Zisc
The uniqueness of this toy, coupled with durability make this Zogoflex disc one of the best toys for destructive dogs. It comes in two sizes and four color options including a glow-in-the-dark disc (zisc) that can be played within the evening.
This is more of a retriever toy and is not intended to be used for playing tug-of-war too often. The center is thinner than the outside so tug-of-war has been known to damage the disc. However, it is still recommended for dogs such as border collies, hounds and more and has the most impressive durability of all the toys on this list.
3. Blue’s Choice Rope Toy
This beautiful rope is the best toy for dogs who like playing tug-of-war. Despite being a hefty pound, it is recommended for puppies as well as breeds like Labradors, Beagles, and German Shepherds.
The rope is tightly woven to offset shredding from puppy teeth to full-grown chompers. At the same time, the toy is nice and flexible which makes it easier on your dog(s) to carry and interact with. It is great for both solo and interactive playtime and as a bonus, it can be thrown in the washer for a quick clean.
4. West Paw Zogoflex Dog Bone Chew Toy
In addition to being an Amazon’s Choice product, this toy is the second Zogoflex toy on this list, which speaks to the quality of the brand. This nylon dog bone comes in 3 sizes (mini, small, large) and is ideal for gnawing and fetching.
It is one of the better toys on this list due to its FDA compliance, which allows it to be ingested without causing your dog(s) to be sick. It is also BPA free and can last up to a few months depending on your dog(s).
This dog bone chew toy was highly recommended for dogs such as Bull terriers, but it was noted that a few Rottweilers chewed through these in a pretty short time period.
5. Mary & Kate Pets Cotton Rope
This Mary & Kate Pets rope is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is also the largest toy on this list, making it one of the best toys for destructive dogs. This rope has a lifetime of up to several months depending on your dog(s) and the XXL version comes with a silicone handle for even easier playtime.
It is important to note that due to the size, this toy can cause some damage if swung around the house, causing some users to relegate this to an outside-only toy. However, it is still a great option for breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Labradors, Mastiffs, and Rottweilers.
6. Nylabone Durachew Ring
The unique, ribbed ring-shape of this toy, coupled with the non-toxic materials make this another excellent option for the best toys for destructive dogs. It is recommended for dogs over 50lbs and comes with a storage bag. The drawstring bag is a nice perk since the toy can last up to several weeks depending on the dog.
It is a fairly hard toy, despite weighing just over ½ a pound, so it is important to keep in mind that this might do some damage to wooden floors. Aside from that though, it is a well-recommended toy – especially for breeds such as Shepherds, Terriers, and Pitt Bulls.
7. KONG Jumbler Ball Dog Toy
This is another brand whose reputation precedes itself. This KONG toy is not the most durable toy on this list, but still is one of the best toys for destructive dogs due to its interactivity and ability to entertain.
While it only lasts a few days with some dogs – including teething puppies – it is also recommended for breeds such as Pitt Bulls and Terriers. Depending on the size of your dog(s) mouth, the toy may last longer since your dog(s) won’t be able to reach the center and damage the squeaker or the tennis ball.
Finding toys for the most destructive dogs does not have to be an endless array of short-lived toys that rotate in and out of your home daily. Once you have the characteristics of the best toys for destructive dogs, finding the right ones for your dog will come easily. These toys are just the beginning and will allow your dog to have many happy hours – ideally longer – of play time without you needing to supervise.
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