7 Best Toys for Destructive Dogs | Pet PRO Advice

7 Best Toys for Destructive Dogs

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

Best Toys for Destructive Dogs Petstages: Dogwood Real Wood Chew Toy

Material: 100% Wood
Dimensions (Large): 1.5 x 1.5 x 8in / 3.81 x 3.81 x 20.32cm
Durability: 3-4 weeks depending on the dog
Weight (Large): 6.6oz / .4lbs/ 187 grams
Color: Light brown
Flavor: Mesquite or Original
Washable: N/A

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.

Made in the USA
Stick breaks off in chunks and then crumbles to keep dogs from choking on large pieces
Can be ingested in small pieces without issues (although not recommended)
Add-on product that is only available with a qualifying purchase of $25 or more
Shreds into tiny, rice-sized pieces that are difficult to clean up

2. West Paw Zogoflex Zisc

Best Toys for Destructive Dogs West Paw Zogoflex Zisc

Material: Soft plastic
Dimensions: 6.5in / 16.5cm (mini) or 8.5in / 21.6cm (large)
Durability: months to years
Weight: 8.5oz (large) / .5lbs/ 240 grams
Color: Blue, Green, Orange or Glow in the dark
Flavor: N/A
Washable: Yes

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.

Dishwasher safe
PBA & Phthalate-free as well as FDA compliant
Not designed for use as a tug toy
Center is thinner and can break or split if your dog(s) have large(r) mouths
Heavy, which doesn’t let it fly as well as a normal Frisbee

3. Blue’s Choice Rope Toy

Best Toys for Destructive Dogs Blue's Choice Rope Toy

Material: Cotton Blend
Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.6 in / 21.6 x 15.5 x 1.5cm
Durability: 3 weeks give or take depending on the dog
Weight: 14.4 oz / .9lbs/ 408 grams
Color: Blue & White or Purple & White
Flavor: N/A
Washable: Yes

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.

Tightly woven to offset potential shredding
Machine washable
Vibrant colors
No squeaker or sound to engage dog(s) with

4. West Paw Zogoflex Dog Bone Chew Toy

Best Toys for Destructive Dogs West Paw Zogoflex Dog Bone Chew Toy

Material: Nylon
Dimensions: 8.2 x 2 x 2 in / 20.8 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm
Durability: Weeks to months depending on the dog
Weight: Less than 3.2oz / .2lbs/ 90 grams
Color: Blue, black, green, purple, or orange
Flavor: N/A
Washable: Yes, and can be put in the dishwasher

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.

Made in USA & recyclable
West Paw offers a one-time replacement as part of their 100% guarantee
The bone shape makes it more susceptible to strong jaws

5. Mary & Kate Pets Cotton Rope

Best Toys for Destructive Dogs Mary & Kate Pets Cotton Rope

Material: 100% Cotton
Dimensions: 25 x 6 x 1.5 in / 63.5 x 15.24 x 3.81cm
Durability: Few weeks to months depending on the dog
Weight: 15.2oz / .95lbs/ 430 grams
Color: Blue (size XL) or Green (size XXL)
Flavor: N/A
Washable: Yes

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.

Double rope with silicone handle
Can be machine washed on gentle cycle
Made with non-toxic dyes
100% customer satisfaction guarantee that will replace any rope that is destroyed
Can cause damage if swung around in the house
Some dogs tend to chew through this easier than others (but in the end still makes for a nice tug-of-war toy)

6. Nylabone Durachew Ring

Best Toys for Destructive Dogs Nylabone Durachew Ring

Material: Nylon
Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.4 x 5.6 in / 14.22 x 3.56 x 14.22cm
Durability: Few hours to several weeks depending on the dog
Weight: 9.6oz / .6lbs/ 272 grams
Color: Natural Coloring (Brown)
Flavor: N/A
Washable: N/A

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.

Amazon’s Choice item
Purchase includes a drawstrings storage bag
All toy parts are made in the USA
Will splinter over time, depending on your dog(s)
The toy itself is very hard and can damage/scratch wooden floors if thrown around

7. KONG Jumbler Ball Dog Toy

Best Toys for Destructive Dogs KONG Jumbler Ball Dog Toy

Material: Pliable Rubber
Dimensions: 5.5in / 13.97cm all around (Large) and 7in / 17.78cm for the XL
Durability: Varies greatly depending on the dog – from days to weeks/months
Weight: Unknown
Color: Orange (medium/large) or Purple (Large/x-large)
Flavor: N/A
Washable: Yes

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.

Interior tennis ball and loud squeaker
Add-on item, only available with a qualifying purchase of $25 or more
Does not stand the test of time like other Kong products


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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