Tough Dog Toys: Destruction of the Dog Toy
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.
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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.
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.
Pit Bull plays with Tire
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 LongClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.