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Best Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers

Updated on April 15, 2015

What to Give a Dog Who Just Likes to Seek, Chew and Destroy?

Since dogs are wild animals at heart, it shouldn't surprise anyone that dogs like to chew and, for some dogs, they're only satisfied when they outright destroy. Now, for these types of tough chewers, dog toys can become quite the expensive habit. But, don't worry, there are dog toys that are designed to keep both your dog and your wallet happy. Dog toys that are specifically designed to be satisfying to chew on but built tough enough to last.

One of the most popular type of dog toys that owners of powerful chewers swear by are chew toys that are manufactured with a material that is hard but soft, durable but bendable. It's difficult for dogs to really enjoy the chewing pleasure of biting on a surface that's hard - like plastic or a stiff rubber. Sure, these types of dog toys are tough and durable but they aren't exactly curbing a dog's instinctual desire to chew. However, dog toys made with a material that is both durable but still soft, are the perfect alternative.

A good example of this type of material is West Paw Design's exclusive material Zogoflex. The material is non toxic , earth friendly and their dog toys are made in the U.S.A. Here are some dog toys made with this material that dog owners swear by: West Paw Hurley and West Paw Bumi. Many dog owners say that dog toys made with Zogoflex are more durable and longer lasting than even Kong dog toys. Of course, Kong dog toy lovers will disagree and argue that the black Kong Extreme is the toughest dog toy in the world!

Another, example of that coveted hard-but-soft chew toy material is the non-toxic, synthetic rubber manufactured by Orka. Their exclusive rubber material boounces, floats and their dog toys have rubber nubs on the outside. These are great not only for an exciting chewing sensation but also to keep dogs' teeth and gums nice and clean. One of the most popular (and durable) Orka dog toys is the Orka Jack, however, Orka also makes chew toys in other shapes as well - like the Orka Ball, Orka Bone, Orka Stick and Orka Frisbee dog toys.

World's Toughest Chew Toys

Got a Power Chewer? Check Out these Tough Chew Toys

Kong Extreme - According to many dog owners, it's the toughest of all dog toys

toughest dog toy
toughest dog toy

The black Kong Extreme chew toy is the absolute toughest Kong dog toy you'll ever find.

Bristle Bone - Tough, Durable and Fun to Chew!

Bristle Bone
Bristle Bone

The Bristle Bone has all sorts of interesting textures to keep a dog interested. In addition to durable nylon bristles and rubber nubs, there are also replaceable rawhide rings to keep a dog interested. Plus, the Bristle Bone also works as a dental bone, keeping dogs' teeth nice and clean!

Orka Jack - This Chew Toy's Shape Keeps it From Being Easily Destroyed

Orka Jack
Orka Jack

The Orka Jack is made from non-toxic, synthetic rubber and is uniquely shaped to provide dogs with lots of chewing pleasure but also keeps them from easily destroying the toy.

The Orka Jack bounces, floats and comes in two sizes: Small: 4" x 4" x 1" and Large: 6" x 6" x 2".

West Paw Tux - One of the Toughest Chew Toys Ever

Tux Dog Toy
Tux Dog Toy

Just like the Orka Jack, the shape of the Tux Chew Toy keeps dogs from being able to destroy it easily. This is one of the more popular dog chew toys because not only is it super tough, it's also made in the USA, from a safe, non-toxic rubber material called Zogoflex. The Tux dog toy has an opening in the bottom, ready to be filled with peanut butter or dog treats.

Busy Buddy Jack - Three Different Chewing Sensations Make it a Favorite

Jack Dog Toy
Jack Dog Toy

The Busy Buddy Jack chew toy has a hard nylon middle, soft rubber nubs as well as irresistible rawhide rings that will make your dog addicted to chewing the Jack - which is a good thing, considering it acts as a dental bone, helping to keep your dog's teeth and gums clean. Whether your dog is in the mood to chew on something hard, soft or tasty, the Jack chew toy has them all! The best part is that the Jack's rawhide rings are positioned in such a way that makes it impossible for a dog to gorge on the rawhide treats. They get tastes and bits and pieces - which keeps their desire for chewing on the Jack high, but they won't be able to get the entire rawhide ring off in one go. The Busy Buddy Jack's rawhide rings are also replaceable, to keep the Jack a favorite dog toy in your house for a long time.

West Paw Hurley - Tougher And Safer Than Any Stick

dog toy stick
dog toy stick

The Hurley dog toy is one of the most popular dog toys out there. And for good reason - it's an extremely tough a dog toy, it's made in the U.S.A. out of a safe, non-toxic material called zogoflex and it has the perfect chewing sensation: not too hard and not too soft. Dog owners love the Hurley because it tends to not only outlast other chew toys but it's also a favorite chew toy. Dogs just love that chewy (yet durable) zogoflex rubber material!

boomer ball
boomer ball

An Indestructible Dog Toy?

The Boomer Ball is the Closest You'll Ever Find

Every dog owner ponders this question at one time or another. Usually after their chew-happy pooch has just destroyed a $15 dog toy in less than 10 minutes. The problem with making a completely indestructible dog toy is that it most likely wouldn't be much fun or even enticing to chew. What would such a dog toy even be make of to be able to be indestructible by even the biggest dog with the strongest jaws? Hard plastic? Metal?

The closest thing to a completely indestructible dog toy is a virtually indestructible dog toy which is exactly what the Boomer Ball prides itself on being. And, guess what it's made of? Yep, hard plastic. However, it's not designed to be a chew toy (as that's not even possible with a 10" ball)! It's a rolling ball that energetic dogs like to push with their noses. Now, you may ask, "why didn't they just say it's indestructible? It sure looks indestructible." Well, most likely this goes back to the days of the "indestructible" Ginsu Knives (remember them?) Back then, it was fun for customers to see how indestructible these knives really were. So, instead of cutting tomatoes and cucumbers, people were cutting through metal cans and tree branches. Why? Because the company said they were indestructible and even offered a nice money-back guarantee. I'm sure the folks over at Boomer Ball learned a thing or two from Ginsu and decided on going with the safer "virtually indestructible" because let's face it, pretty much anything CAN be destroyed if someone really, really tries (or is given an incentive) to destroy it.

Check out the Boomer Ball in Action! - It's really cool how these dogs play with it

What About Power Chewers Who Only Like to Chew on Soft Dog Toys?

If you have a dog who refuses to chew on any type of hard or medium type of dog toy, you are not alone. There's a ton of finicky dogs out there who just don't find any sort of chewing satisfaction in chewing on hard dog toys - they just don't like the way these type of dog toys feel on their teeth and gums. But, what's the alternative besides those cheap-o, rip-'em-apart-in-a-second stuffed

animals?

Well, because of the high demand for durable soft dog toys, there are now several manufacturers that make tough and durable soft dog toys. These soft-but-strong dog toys are made with extra fabric and stitching layers, or made with super-strong materials, or have rubber chew points added. Of course, they are still soft dog toys so they aren't indestructible, but they are a lot stronger than ordinary stuffed animals. So, owners of soft-dog-toy-preferring dogs can be happy that a strong, tough and durable soft dog toy does exist.

One line of tough-but-soft dog toys are Tuffy's chew toys. This line of dog toys have 7 layers of stitching and 4 layers of material to make their soft dog toys fun to chew yet tougher than the average stuffed dog toy. The toughest soft dog toy they make is the Tuffy's Mega Ring. Of course, they also have durable soft dog toys in the shape of a shark, turtle, pig, dog cat, scorpion etc.

Tuffy's Mega Ring - The Toughest Soft Dog Toy Out There

Tuffy's Mega Ring
Tuffy's Mega Ring

The Tuffy's Mega Ring ranks a 10 out of 10 on the Tuffy's Tuffness Scale. Now, that's not to say it's tougher than a hard rubber or nylon chew toy but, as far as soft dog toys go, the Tuffy's Mega Ring is the toughest. Perfect for those finicky dogs who prefer to only chew on soft toys.

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      activedogtoys 2 years ago

      I think kong is the best toys for pets .The black Kong Extreme chew toy .

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      gray 2 years ago

      My dog chews everything out there tried everything even on this sight she chews my wife's left shoe all the time I have a female bloodhound blue-tic and I just buy her nylonbones bc it's the only thing she can't chew and she will chew it once a week maybe twice

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      letty 2 years ago

      My two lab mix rescues have destroyed almost everything I have purchased for them. It's strickly Deer Antlers for thrm for chewing

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      Floss 2 years ago

      I am Floss, a border collie kelpie cross. I chewed through EVERYTHING until we discovered Orka toys. Well, I still have a Kong but I don't like it very much - too hard! The Orka ball is so bouncy it drives me wild. When my family want some quiet time to themselves I am sent to play with my Orka bone. It is just the right shape for me to hold between my paws and different textures which keep me happy until the family are ready to play with me again, or I am soooooo tired, I go for a sleep.

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      Emily 2 years ago

      My dog Zeea is the same so I have started a blog to help people find strong lasting toys. http://toytails.wordpress.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Kris,

      the west paw tux is the ONLY toy my power chewing husky hasn't been able to destroy in 10 minutes or less. We've had these toys for almost a year now & they still look new. They can be filled with peanut butter for your treat lovers too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a lab mix that is 15 months old and a power chewer is not the word. She can chew through just about anything I have giving her. So now I'm going to try the active dog toy. I sure hope this works. I'm tired of putting out a lots of money for toys that do not last but a few minutes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have two pits, they love the black kong extremes. But since yours have pulverized them, try a bacon flavored nylabone for tough chewers. Or better yet a beef knuckle bone is a favorite at my house, its okay if they destroy those! Just make sure they don't swallow large chunks and are not chewing on clean carpet and you're golden!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We own a female Scottie who likes to chew on hard plastic or rubber toys so we picked up a two pack of the dense hard rubber bones for her to chew on. Well within 15 min she had one end of the bone chewed and little green rubber pieces all over the living room. She also has her Nylabone keyring for puppies chewed to nubs. Did I mention she's only 7 months old and weighs under 20 lbs. Ugh! Guess we will be looking into some of the toys listed on here. Hopefully they last cause a couple are a little pricey. Oh and forget tennis balls! Our little darling Pepsi defuzzes them and then chews apart the rubber. Lol

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great ideas here! Our neighbor's pitbull is a power chewer. I will buy one of these for his upcoming birthday.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 4 Pits, 2 of them aren't interested it toys unless they have food in them but the other 2 are power chewers!!! Destroyed every Kong ball and every black kong every size.. I was very disappointed when I paid $40.00 for the kong ballistic extreme ring... It lasted 10 minutes and he tore through it!! I am very disappointed seeing as they advertise it as tiger tested.. I have several Goughnuts they will only chew on after they have chewed through the Kongs.. Wish I could find something durable that the are interested.. I've looked at the west paw tux and they seem really flimsy.. Any one got feed back on them? For very very extreme chewing Pit Bulls.. My girl is 50lbs and my boy is 80lbs..

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      sodaniel 4 years ago

      So many good toys here! That Boomer Ball looks rad!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      At wits end daughters dog 5 year old Bull Terrier can and will destroy anything he touches including Kongs have gone through all of them and in less than five minutes we are picking up pieces. Will not touch hard rubber toys and tennis balls last a bit longer if your throwing arm will last through throwing it to keep him from eating it. Plus he is a swimming fool so that slows him up a bit. What ever happened to the trainers to slow their chewing that they used for hunting dogs. I know they had some thing in them to keep them from sinking their teeth all the way in. Any suggestions , I can not afford more toys getting expensive, especially now that they have a new baby also.

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      designerpuppys 5 years ago

      Yup - Alvin loves Goughnuts. He's a Bichon/Cockapoo mix with jaws of steel. Can't make a dent in goughnuts!

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      ActiveDogToys 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You may want to really consider the West Paw Tux. Many dog owners consider it way tougher than the Kong. The reason why it can stand up to so much aggressive chewing is both the material and the shape of it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My little 3yo Jack Russell has managed to destroy the black, tough Kongs! I'm at my wits end. He ruins everything I buy him.

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      ttoland8908 6 years ago

      Love the lens!

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      stephcooperatx 6 years ago

      I've had a lot of success with Kongs!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My Dalmatian loves to chew and loves his Hurley. It's the only toy he can't seem to destroy!!