The best dog chew toys are the perfect way to give your pooch an appropriate surface to sink their teeth into that doesn't involve your shoes or furniture. Chewing is a natural and normal behavior for dogs, but if they're not taught how to channel this instinct in a healthy way from a young age, it can end up being destructive.
Thankfully, some of the best dog toys have been designed especially to help teach your fur baby how and where to chew and stocking up on a variety that offer different textured surfaces can help keep things interesting.
Chew toys offer additional benefits other than just keeping your home from being destroyed. They're also ideal when it comes to alleviating stress, anxiety, loneliness and boredom, and they can be particularly helpful for young puppies who are teething. You'll find that all that chewing is great for giving your dogs jaw a workout and keeping their teeth clean too.
When shopping for a chew toy, you'll want to consider what kind of chewer your dog is. Many of the toys in this guide aren't suitable for aggressive chewers, so if your dog falls into that category, we'd recommend you check out our guide to the best durable dog toys. These have got a much longer life span and can hold up to heavy chomping.
Even if one of the toys below is classed as being indestructible, we still recommend you err on the side of caution and always supervise your pup when they're playing with any toy to ensure they're safe. It's easy for bits of stuffing to come loose or for a toy to splinter, so keeping a watchful eye on them will ensure they don't swallow anything they're not supposed to.
Ready to go shopping? Below you'll find some of the best dog chew toys in a range of styles, including one that can be frozen to cool your hound down on hot days!PetsRadar's pick of the best dog chew toysBest overall dog chew toy: Kong Extreme Dog ToyBest value dog chew toy: Sedioso Stuffed Dog ToysBest dog chew toy for hot days: PetSafe Chilly PenguinBest dog chew toy for extreme chewers: Antos Antler ChewBest dog chew toy for throwing: ChuckIt Ultra BallBest dog chew toy for healthy teeth: Rosewood Mint BoneBest wooden dog chew toy: Petstages Dogwood StickKong Extreme Dog Toy
Best overall dog chew toy
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: S, M, L, XL, XXL | Flavoured?: NoDishwasher safeCan be filled with treatsSuper durableThe larger models can be quite expensive
Are you even a dog owner if you don’t have at least one classic Kong lying around your home? Kong is pretty much the go-to brand when it comes to tough dog toys and they have built up a well-earned reputation for being a high-quality brand.
If you’ve got a dog that absolutely loves to chew, then the Extreme version of the “Classic” Kong toy is the one to get. It’s been specifically designed with ultra-chewers in mind with a black rubber formula that can withstand even the most powerful jaws.
Just like the other Kong toys, you can fill the Kong with treats, or even with special Kong Stuffing treats. It will keep your dog interested in the toy for longer – especially if you pop it in the freezer first.
If you’ve got a dog with separation anxiety, a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter can help take their mind off the fact that you’ve left them alone. The excellent news is that Kongs are dishwasher safe, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning it after your dog’s done with it for the day.
There are plenty of Kong-like imitations on the market, so if perhaps your dog isn’t a super-chewer, you might be tempted to go for a cheaper version (just don’t expect the same level of quality). The variety of sizes available in the Kong Extreme is great news if you have a very large dog, but be aware that the super large model is highly priced.Sedioso Stuffed Dog Toys
Best value dog chew toy
Material: Cotton | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: One size | Flavoured: NoGreat valueBuilt-in squeakerEasy to washWon't last long with heavy chewers
Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen? Okay, maybe it's just us but this adorable donkey toy has a sweet look and a low price that makes us want to rush out and buy one right now!
Super affordable and full of fun, this toy features a built-in squeaker to add a touch of unpredictability and the rope legs mean that it also doubles up as a great tug-of-war toy.
Made from plush cotton, it's lightweight and durable enough to hold up to moderate chewing. It has a waterproof layer inside too which prevents it from getting soaked through with dog slobber. We love that's it's machine washable as well, so it's a breeze to freshen it up.
The toy has a soft and comfortable feel which is great for soothing anxiety, stress, loneliness or boredom, and if you give this to a young pup, you can use it as a way to teach appropriate chewing behavior.
Not keen on the donkey design? No problems, this toy also comes as a cute lion, or at this affordable price, why not get both?PetSafe Chilly Penguin
Best dog chew toy for hot days
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: Yes | Size options: S, M/L | Flavoured?: VanillaGreat valueEasy to cleanDurableStrong chewers may destroy it
There’s a lot to like about this great value dog toy, which has been specifically designed to be filled and frozen with your dogs favourite treats. You can simply fill it with water to provide a soothing a safe toy to help when your puppy is teething, or to cool down your dog on a scorching hot day.
The toy features a rounded base that wobbles as part of the fun, but since it lies with the treat compartment facing up, there’s less likely to be mess created from treats falling out of the side of the toy.
The design also makes it easy to stack multiple Chilly penguins in the freezer to make sure you always have a supply ready to go – as they’re available at a low price it makes sense to stock up.
Helpfully, the Chilly Penguin is easy to clean and can even be popped in the dishwasher to make sure it’s perfectly sanitized before putting it back in the freezer again.
Some users have reported that extreme chewers may make light work of the Chilly Penguin, so it’s always best to supervise any dog, especially the first time it has been presented with a toy like this. It’s a lot cheaper than similar equivalents from Kong, so if you have a dog that is particularly destructive it’s something to bear in mind.
Chilly Penguins come in two sizes – one which is small, ideal for small to medium dogs, and another which is Medium / Large and better suited to larger dogs or those with larger appetites. The larger toy will also take longer to defrost, too.Antos Antler Chew
Best dog chew toy for extreme chewers
Material: Deer antler | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S, M, L | Flavoured?: NoNatural materialsVariety of sizesLong lastingCan leave bits behind
Instead of adding to the mountain of plastic and rubber toys, you could go down the natural route as an alternative.
Antler chews are exactly what they say on the tin – chews which are made from deer antlers. This brand in particular uses antlers from red deer and fallow deer, much of which is from Scottish highland herds. The antlers are cleaned (without chemicals) and cut to various sizes.
You can buy Antos in a number of different sizes depending on the size of your dog, encompassing small, medium and large.
The idea is that over time, your dog will naturally grind the antler bone down until it has completely disappeared. Depending on what kind of chewer your dog is, you might find very little mess left behind – but some users reported that bits can break off from time to time.
As the toy is made from natural materials, no two bones are the same. They can be a variety of colours and lots of different shapes and sizes – this should also help keep your dog interested since each one should be slightly different from the last.
Designed for extreme chewers, many find that antler toys last much longer than other toys which are designed for chewing, while also holding your dog’s attention more. Since they are natural, you’ll also be less worried about your dog ingesting small parts of the toy and causing a potential problem – it’s still worth supervising your dog while they are chewing a toy like this, especially for the first time.ChuckIt Ultra Ball
Best for throwing
Material: Rubber | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S, M, L, XL, XXL, | Flavoured?: NoGood valueVery durableMultipurpose toyNo squeakerHigh price for a dog ball
ChuckIt is another go-to brand when it comes to reliable and dependable dog balls. If you’ve got a dog that has chewed up no end of ordinary (cheaper) dog balls, then ChuckIt is worthy of your attention.
The balls come in a variety of sizes, making them suitable for pretty much every breed. If you’ve got a small dog that might otherwise struggle or be overwhelmed by standard tennis ball sized dog balls, then the small is the one to go for. Equally, if you’ve got a very large dog, you can match them to an XL Chuckit.
Being made from a lightweight rubber material, these balls can float in water and also bounce erratically and highly, making them ideal as chase and fetch toys. When your dog catches it, you can feel confident that even if they spend the next hour chewing it, they’re unlikely to do too much damage to the ball.
We also like the bright orange colour of the ball, not only is it fun to look at – they’re easy to spot among grass, on the beach and in water, or even among our dog’s other toys. If you don’t fancy touching the ChuckIt when it’s covered in dog slobber, further good news is that it’s compatible with a ChuckIt launcher.
The only major downside of ChuckIt balls is their high price compared to standard dog balls. However, if you’ve got a dog that loves to chew, we can’t recommend these highly enough. There’s no squeakers in the Ultra Ball, so if you’ve got a squeaker lover, look out for the ChuckIt Ultra Squeaker Ball instead.Rosewood Mint Bone
The best dog chew toy to help reduce plaque and tartar build up
Material: Nylon | Can be used with treats?: No | Size options: S/L | Flavoured?: YesGreat valueGood for gumsNicely scentedSome dogs uninterested
Rosewood makes an array of tough and durable toys which are designed to meet the needs of extreme chewers. This cute mint bone is a classic toy that should resist even the toughest of jaws.
The textured surface of the bone, as well as the ultra-strong and ultra-hard Nylon material are good for massaging gums and helping to prevent tartare build up. This is a bone which isn’t pliable at all so it withstands strong chewing - the down side is that some dogs simply find it hard to engage with and may ignore it – you could try smearing some peanut butter on it to get their attention at first.
Available in two sizes, the small size is ideal for puppies and small dogs, while the large version should suit adult dogs and larger breeds.
You can wash the bone super easily, being wipe clean for a surface clean, or you can even boil or put the bone in the dishwasher to give it a really deep clean. The bone has a mint flavouring cooked into it to help keep your dog’s breath a little fresher than it might otherwise be.
This is a bone which has been designed to be ultra-tough, and as such, it shouldn’t splinter and present choking hazards. No toy is completely indestructible though, and it’s still worth supervising your dog when it is left with this toy – especially when the toy is new, or the dog is very young.Petstages Dogwood Stick
Best wooden dog chew toy
Material: Wood fibers and synthetic materials | Can be used with treats: No | Size options: Petite, small, medium, large | Flavored: NoDurableSafe from splinteringEncourages positive chewing behaviorNot suitable for aggressive chewers
If you're looking for something a little bit different that mimics what your dog would play with in the wild, then this wooden stick from Dogwood might be just the ticket. Pups love playing with sticks and this one is made from a blend of natural wood fiber and safe synthetic materials that mimic the taste and texture of the real wood your dog loves.
Available in a range of sizes from a petite 4' H x 0.75" W up to a large 8" H x 1.5" W, this wooden stick is ideal for all ages and stages from teething pups all the way through to senior dogs. It also changes color as it wears down, so you'll know when it needs replacing.
Unlike the real deal that can easily splinter and cause oral and intestinal damage, the blend of materials in this toy prevent splintering to keep your dog safe. That being said, no chew toy is indestructible, so we still recommend supervising your pup when they're playing with this.
A great toy for indoor and outdoor play, it's far messier than a real piece of wood so your dog gets all of the fun without you having to do any of the usual cleaning up!How to choose the best dog chew toy
There’s a wide variety of different chew toys on the market, all designed to meet slightly different needs. It’s hard to go too far wrong when picking up a chew toy, but it’s worth paying attention to exactly how destructive your dog is to help you choose the right toy.
If you have a dog that likes to chew but isn’t overly destructive, you can probably get away with the cheaper options, or those which haven’t been labelled as tough. If you have an extreme chewer that really likes to go to town on a toy, look out for those which have been marked as durable or designed for extreme chewing.
You might also want to look out for chew toys which have a flavouring, whether that’s something that humans are likely to find appealing – such as mint or vanilla, or something which is more in line with your dog’s tastes, like bacon.
Look for chew toys which include a variety of textures to keep your dog from getting bored. Rope, raised surfaces, rubber, soft and hard surfaces can all be stimulating for your dog, especially highly intelligent ones that tend to get easily fed up.
Lastly, be wary of very cheap chew toys. It might seem prudent to stock up on low-cost toys, but if your dog chews them up in just a few minutes, they won’t seem like such good value for money after all.Amy Davies
Amy Davies is a writer and photographer with more than ten years’ experience working in the media. She lives with her miniature dachshund, Lola, a rescue dog who is very much the boss.
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