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Tough Dog Toys: Destruction of the Dog Toy

Updated on February 23, 2016
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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing and dog healthcare.

Tough Dog Toys

It can be a pain in the but to find dog toys for dogs who chew. There are so many different styles of cute dog toys that pet parents would die to purchase and bring home to Fluffy or Spot, but there are also so many different dog chewers that those cute dog toys may not make it long.

Depending on the type of chewer that your dog is, you can base that one what toys you buy from him, or her.

Many dogs are just plain insistent, destructive toy chewers, in which they chew, throw, bite, sling, gnaw, and just plain destroy any dog toy you bring home. Some dogs are the occasional chewers who after time, the toy is garbage, and some dogs just chew dog toys of certain materials or fabrics.

Personally, I have an insistent, destructive toy chewer. MIA, my American Pit Bull Terrier, has destroyed every toy I've purchased for her except 1 blue dog, that she broke the squeaky. Ropes tend to last the longest with her, but they to get destroyed given a little time. But, I insist on searching for some kind of cute dog toy that I can buy her that will last longer than 1 day.

Below are a few dog toys that I've found that have lasted anywhere from a few days to near a full week. The first toy that I'm featuring is a toy that to MIA is easily destructible, but the squeaky inside slows the destruction process ever so slightly because she likes squeaky toys.

I apologize in advance for poor video quality. The videos were quickly taped for the purpose of this hub. The setting came across dark on the camera. But, to date, they are the best videos I have of her playing with the particular toys.

Yanker's Toys

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Fish Day 1: Missing parts of finsFish Day 2: Missing nose
Fish Day 1: Missing parts of fins
Fish Day 1: Missing parts of fins
Fish Day 2: Missing nose
Fish Day 2: Missing nose

Doggy Hoots Yankers Dog Toy

The Fat Cat, Inc. has created a dog toy that is made of thick canvas material that is supposed to withstand up to 1/2 tons of yanking pressure.

The alligatore, fish, and snake dog toys are made with belt material and green cotton inside the toy as a filling material. The company advertises the belt filling, but after a few days of finding green cotton around the house, I realized that the toys, also contain the cotton filling.

The outside of the toy is made of a thick, heavy canvas that is tightly woven with nylon to create a strong dog toy. This is probably the thickest canvas dog toy that I've seen, and it holds up ok.

The company tested these three animal shapes in a lab, and they help up to nearly 1/2 ton of pressure from tugging and pulling. The toy seems to be a great tug of war toy, but can be hard to keep grasp.

Although, the company does manufacture other canvas dog toys, these three seem to be on the only three made with this caliber manufacturing.

The only thing I'm not a fan of are the characters. I have a female dog and this $10 toys are boy dog toys! Fat Cat, Inc. does produce cute frogs, cats, and other animals, but again those animal shapes don't seem to be manufactured with the same ideas in mind.

These dog toys hold up pretty well for tough chewers, but they will be destroyed for the most determined chewer. Out of all the dog toys I've tried, the Fat Cat, Inc. toys seem to hold up the most.

Yes, I will admit the fish toy suffered serious blows witn just his first 2 days with MIA's mouth, but he's survived enough for more play and fun. The alligator did lose his legs in the battle, but he's still man enough for play.

Just watch out that you dog doesn't ingest any lf the green cotton filling material.

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Pit Bull plays with Yankers Fish Toy

Pup Treads Tire Toy

My dad looks at these tires every time we go to the pet store, any pet store. I'm always in search for dog toys that will last longer than a few days, and he likes cars. The tire toy seemed great.

I finally broke down and ordered an 8" tire online, and when it came in, MIA was a little nervous about it. I mean, it had a real tire smell and it moved by itself when rolled on its side. She just wasn't too keen on the toy.

I thought it'd be a great toy for her. It's made out of a natural rubber and promoted as a tough and durable dog toy for aggressive chewers and teething puppies. Although, she's no longer teething, MIA is definitely an aggressive toy chewer.

Pup Treads markets their dog toys as a healthy natural means for flossing and cleaning teeth, which promotes healthy gums, so it sounded great. Granted there's no excuse for not cleaning your dog's teeth, but the toy seemed to be a great measure for in-between cleanings. PupTreads claim that the nylon fibers floss the teeth to prevent tarter buildup, and the tough, durable rubber provides for hours of chewing.

They're even made of recycled materials for a healthy, cleaner environment.

The tough rubber god toys sound great... My one worry was the MIA would chew off bits of the tire and possibly swallow them...

Well, it took about 4 days of persistent chewing for my fears about the toy to come true. She didn't swallow any of the material as far as I can tell, but she certainly chewed hole and broke off bits of the rubber. (See pictures below.)

Even still, I'd recommend this toy for some tough chewers, just not my tough chewer. I have found that the dog toy is a great tug of war toy, so I've kept it for playing games of tug, but she never gets the toy unsupervised.

Red stuff is from a blanket, where she was chewing on the couch.
Red stuff is from a blanket, where she was chewing on the couch.
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Pit Bull plays with Tire

Dog Ropes

Unfortunately, just about the only toy that lasts longer than one week, is the ugly old dog rope. Yes, they come in bright colors, but come one, it's a rope!

Dogs can play tug of war with dog ropes, they can throw them, sling, them and most commonly chew on them.

I've purchased x-large dog ropes with three knots, and they've lasted months. Granted 4 months later, the rope is in two pieces, with 2 knots on one half and 1 knot on the other. The rope is still playable and chewable.

The one big concern with dog ropes, is that you want to try to prevent your dog from chewing and swallowing the strings.

Cute Dog Toys that Didn't Survive Long

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Stitching between legs chewed right through.Ear knawed off and nose chewed off twice.Right ear has been reattached.Hair pulled right off.
Stitching between legs chewed right through.
Stitching between legs chewed right through.
Ear knawed off and nose chewed off twice.
Ear knawed off and nose chewed off twice.
Right ear has been reattached.
Right ear has been reattached.
Hair pulled right off.
Hair pulled right off.

Dog Toys for Tough Chewers

When it comes to buying dog toys for tough chewers, it can be a real challenge. Currently, the only real tough dog toys that I've attempted with MIA are those that I've shared above. Unfortunately there aren't many tough dog toys that will really withstand a real chewer.

I just hate that I can't buy the cute, fluffy dog toys for my girl dog. She started off great with the plush toys. Then, when I thought I was doing her a favor by replacing her blue dog (similar to the pink one to the right) because she broke the squeaker, she thanked me be tearing it up. She loved that blue dog and never tried to destroy it, so I thought it'd be a good move to replace it... She thought otherwise, and this started her love and insistence on chewing up and destroying dog toys.

I'm always on the search for dog toys for tough chewers, as dog toys can be pretty expensive, and it's just a waste of money to buy a $10 toy that only lasts one day.

I do recommend the toys Yankers dog toys and the rubber tire toys, but I will caution you about their parts and the potential choking hazard of swallowing cotton or rubber materials.

As soon as you notice that your dog has a hole in his toy, either patch the hole or take away the toy.

The one good thing about MIA is that she just likes to pull the stuffing out of plush toys, so when it comes to her Yankers dog toys, she just pulls out the green cotton and belt materials, so I still allow her to play with the toys.

But, if you dog likes to eat the filler materials, I would definitely patch the toy or take it away to prevent a choking hazard.


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      6 years ago

      Hi there,

      Our Labernese has a ridiculous amount of jaw strength. I've found that he takes a while to gnaw down the all natural deer antlers.

      I say don't buy the firehose. Harvey had the ends off and the squeaker out in a couple days and we bought the extra large! (he is only 70lbs).

      Also I agree with the others, do not buy the dog tires. Every time they make Harvey vomit and we have to throw them out.

      A good play game for big dogs is also putting treats in a big culligan water bottle and letting the dog try to figure out how to roll it around and get it out.

      Good luck finding toys everyone! For now I'm sticking to deer antlers.

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      6 years ago

      Do not bother with the tire toys. Ripley, a golden retriever pup, chewed and swallowed a large chunk of the biggest tire within 2 hours of purchase. It made her ill, with disgusting tire-smelling chunks in her vomit for several days after. I complained to the company and got my money back, but I think it is a bad, toxic toy.

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      6 years ago


      Thanks for the info I was going to get the tire because my dog loves to chew but it only takes a few mins and the toy is history WOW.

      Your dog is great looking funny like mine.


    • hanwillingham profile image


      7 years ago

      Fantastic hub.

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      7 years ago

      I have a one year old Pit Bull who is no aggressive whatsoever. His only issue is that we can not find toys that last longer than a day! He gas had one small tire for months now and is the only toy he owns so today we went to pet smart and purchased a larger tire for 16.00. The same tire as picture above. Within an hour or two destroyed and now he is vomiting. I do not recommend this toy at all!!!

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      7 years ago

      I have given my dog ( Cavalier king charles) ropes his entire life ( 6yrs). However this past week he demolished one and ended up eating much of it before I noticed. He is not at the vets recovering from surgery ( 7 holes in his intestines) and not sure if he will make it. I urge everyone to watch these rope toys carefully. They can be dangerous

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      8 years ago

      I'm finding my Pit hard to buy for as well. Bought the toughest toy to be had at any pet store(Go Dog w/ chew guard, looks down at it) she destroyed it in 30 mins. Thankfully there isn't really stuffing in it but I was lucky to catch her as when I pulled the squeaker out of it, it was in bag with tight foam in it with the squeaker tube sticking out of it, that would have been a 1300.00 vet trip to get that out. I never leave her with a toy unattended, other than a bone (she is good with the rawhide long thick sticks). This new toy I did like that it doesn't really have fuzz in it, but it only lasted 30 mins before she had a hole in the belly. She can have the carcass. I recommend to always cut a small hole in the toy and pull the squeaker out right away. This will avoid them swallowing it. Also I find if I have to pick up a stuffed toy, I will break a small hole in it as well and pull out most of the fuzz. I want to be able to give her nice stuffies as well but no go as of yet. If anyone can recommend a place we can order from in Canada that would be great. I bought her a cong and she seems to be okay with it, but I only let her have it when we are playing fetch or swimming as this one floats. I will do canadian research and see if I find a company, I will post the results. Great feedback from everyone and keep it up. Cheers

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      Some toys should be monitored when the dog has them. Rubber toys are these toys. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

      The only toys I've ever left with a dog that I know is going to chew it, are rope toys. For my dogs that don't destroy their toys, I leave with them any toy they want. But for my dogs that will destroy a toy if given the chance; they get a rope or nothing while not being supervised.

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      8 years ago

      Please dont tell people to buy those puppy tread tires. I bought one for my boston terrier and came home the next day and the tire was in pieces everywhere. He started getting sick the next day so i took him to the vet and got him xrayed. Now he is recoverying from surgery because of this stupid tire. 1 incision in his stomach and in his intestines. $6 rubber tire = $3,000 vet bill.

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      9 years ago

      i am now trying to stay away from toys that have cotton inside.

      I just took my dog to the vet (emergency) he had cotton stuck inside and was vomiting .

      he may now have blood poisioning . and might need surgery.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks I'll have to check them out.

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      p frank 

      9 years ago

      I just wrote my first hub about The Best Toy Ever-check out the West Paw Design Co.'s Hucks and Hurleys. I like that the company is here in the US and that they work hard to be a green company-I enjoyed reading your list. I have a dog store so I am aware of most of the toys but the fat cat I have not brought in-but now I will definitely look at it-Your Pit is beautiful-I love those sweet Pit faces. We fostered a rescue Pit for a while and he was the sweeetest,biggest baby. Thanks for the info.

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      10 years ago from ma

      Our dog Lucy destroys almost all of her toys. I got her a supposedly tough toy for Christmas and the next day it was in pieces. Aboslutely no stuffed toys ever survived. The best toy was bright colored plastic squirrel. We still have it. Also one of those tires you recommend above. I feel bad but we had to take every bed or blanket out of her crate. Every moring I would see that she would have ripped them apart. Eventually we will let her sleep out of the cage. But she does feel safe in it. When the kids get loud she sometimes goes in their to escape.

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      10 years ago from California

      Great hub, I especially like the pics of the destroyed toys :)

      My own dogs have ruined quite a few of those puppy tires. They're fun while they last though, it's funny to watch them carry these HUGE tires around.

      The only toy I've found that actually holds up for eternity is the tried-and-true Kong. Hmm.. maybe I'll make a Hub of Kong stuffing recipes.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Dorsi. The Fat Cat alligator, snake, and fish seem to be the thickest built. I almost bought the Combat Extreme Toy today, but the material seems so thin compared to the Fat Cat toys.

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      Dorsi Diaz 

      10 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      My pup Karma is a big nighttime chewer- I've been looking for something she could try that might last a bit- I'm going to come back and order one of those Fat Cats- that looks like a toy she would love!

      Wonderful hub and I love all the content with pictures of your dog and videos. Just fantastic- and I love your writing style!

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      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      My dearly departed hound rejected most chewing toys in favour of shoes and furniture.

      She eventually grew out of it... fortunately.

      The true cost of ownership, where a dog is concerned is in the destructrion the wreak on your home and garden... but worth the cost IMO !!

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      fishskinfreak thank you. They were a pain to take

      Eileen I think there's a risk with any toy being swallowed, but rubber is probably one of the worst. She is no longer allowed to play with the tire because the first thing she does is try to pull off pieces and chew the pieces like chewing gum.

      Sally I checked out the site, and I have not tried those toys, but they are on my list. I'm probably going to try the Combat Extreme Toy next. I haven't seen the firehouse toy. I will be adding toys as I try them and they either fail or pass the MIA chew test.

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      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the good information, Whitney. My daughter's dog is a bruiser of a chewer. Nothing lasts long for him, either.

      Have you tried Kevlar or recycled firehose toys? There's an interesting article on tough toys at Click Tough Pit Bull Toys in the left nav bar.

      Happy chewing!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      You have done a lot of work compiling this hub. And experienced the dilemas first hand. It is a worry being rubber, like you say, if they swallowed that it could not be good for them because it wont break down. I have notice one that my dog chewed up something plastic. It did come out the other end still in one piece though.

      Thanks for sharing all that.

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      10 years ago from Fremont CA

      Cool images


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