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Play, play, play. Playing and engaging with your dog is such a wonderful way to bond with your dog and truly make a lasting connection. Did you know that regularly playing with your dog also improves his social connection with humans and reduces negative interactions? (1) It’s more than just fun and games!
If your dog enjoys playing with toys, you are probably looking for durable ones that are tough and indestructible. When you and your dog find a tough dog toy that you can toss around or tug, you are connecting with your pup on his level. He’s interacting with you and learning just how fun you truly are.
But what about those dogs that just tear apart supposedly durable dog toys? What is the best way to choose a dog chew toy for your extreme canine friend?
Indestructible Dog Toys: What to Look For?
First, let’s discuss the concept of finding the best durable dog toy on the market. First, let me be clear—indestructible dog toys do not exist.
Even the most durable dog toys can be destroyed by your canine’s set of canines if your dog is out to kill his toys. You may be surprised to learn that even a small dog can chew up an extremely tough dog toy. However, there are definitely durable dog toys that are better than others.
As a professional dog trainer, I’m always on the lookout for the toughest toys for my dog-training clients. Here are a few things that I take into consideration:
It puts product safety first. Yes, I’m looking for durability, but I’m also concerned with a pet’s safety. If a tough dog toy is too hard, then it can cause injury to a dog’s teeth and jaw.
It passes the shred test. I don’t want dog toys that will shred to bits after being chewed on or played with a few times. The last thing I want to encounter is a dog eating the bits and pieces of a toy.
The company offers transparency about manufacturing. If the origin of your dog’s toys is important, then you will want to know where the manufacturer sources the materials, not where the toy was made. For example, made in the USA does not mean the raw materials used for your dog’s squeaky toy came from the US.
How I Ranked My Top Durable Dog Toys
Durability was my #1 ranking factor in this dog-toy roundup. I looked at how a toy held up during fetching and tugging.
I also took into account my past history with the toy. A lot of my recommendations are toys that have been in my dog’s toy box for years or that have been successfully used by my dog training clients.
Next, I took the toy’s safety and precautions into consideration. If a product isn’t safe, I would never recommend it.
Finally, I gave bonus points to those pet toy brands that use eco-friendly manufacturing and provided quality sourcing information for their raw ingredients.
Most Indestructible Dog Toy: Overall Winner
Choosing a one size fits all was no easy task. When it comes to longevity, thick rubber tends to be more durable than other materials. I also have a long history with this brand’s interactive dog toys. Actually, the product line was originally created by a dog trainer and manufactured under another brand some 15+ years ago.
What I like about the Squeak ‘n’ Treat Booya is the design and shape of the toy. It reminds me of a bowling pin. This allows a dog to grab the top and toss it around.
It also doubles as a durable squeaky toy and triples as a dog puzzle toy. The bottom of the toy allows you to toss in a few healthy dog treats. The little rubber prongs make it a pretty challenging rubber dog puzzle toy. If your dog finds it too challenging, you can cut the rubber tips to make a bigger hole, allowing the treats to fall more freely.
Cleanup is a breeze with a little soap and water.
- Made of durable rubber.
- Available in two sizes: medium and large.
- Doubles as a squeak toy and food puzzle.
- It floats in water.
- It’s easy to clean.
Things to Consider
- It’s manufactured in China. Many pet products are, but it’s something to note if you’re looking for American-made dog toys.
- Some reviewers say it has a strong, rubbery smell that you might find unappealing.
Best Durable Plush Dog Toy
My Pick: goDog Skinny Dragons with Chew Guard
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