Indestructible Dog Toys – Fact or Fiction?

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Several years ago, we owned a that went through normal toys faster than rain through a spout. We would buy him toys and buy him toys but they never seemed to last much more than a month. In some cases they would be gone in a week.


This got me into what’s called – or tough dog toys – capable of keeping your pooch happy and gnawing away for months.


What I eventually discovered is that, to be honest, no dog is completely indestructible except maybe one made out of cast iron – assuming your dog would be happy with a cast iron chew toy. The is aggressive chewers like our Dalmatian will eventually chew up even the toughest of toys.


However, “indestructible” dog toys are better than standard dog toys simply because they end up costing you less because they last so much longer.


Here are the costs of three typical tough dog toys:


Stone Bone Durable Dog Toy — $12.95

Dog Toy — $8.99

Kong Original Red Tuffy — $8.99 for the large size


While that may seem a bit on the high side vs. toys that can cost $2.00 or less, chew toys are really a bargain when you consider how long one will last versus cheap plush toys.


What to look for in a tough dog toy


Round dog toys are better than flat ones because it’s just more difficult for a dog to destroy a round one than a flat one. Second, look for a toy made out of polyethylene as this tends to be stronger and harder to destroy – even by strong such as our Dalmatian or a German Shepard. Also, make sure it won’t splinter or fall apart and cut the dog’s mouth or get swallowed and cause a gastric obstruction


Third, consider what your dog is fun. Does it like to play tug-a-war or does it like to fetch things? If so, look for a toy that’s chewable but also easy to throw. If your dog likes the water, get a toy that will float. On the other hand, if your dog likes to just lay around and chew, then the toy’s durability should be your number one priority.


Also, the toy shouldn’t be so small your dog could swallow it but not so big he or she can’t handle it. You might also ask yourself how easy it would be to clean or wash.


If your dog is big into chewing, like our Dalmatian, you should consider a rubber toy like the Kong or the Nylabone or the Hurley Indestructible Dog Toy. While toys are not truly indestructible, they will keep your dog chewing happily for many months.


What not to give your aggressive chewer


If your dog is a heavy chewer, you should stay away from stuffed dog toys or rope toys. will eventually come apart and your dog could end up swallowing loose bits of rope, stuffing or even plastic eyes. And believe me, some dogs will swallow just about anything. Our Dalmatian once swallowed one of my wife’s knee-high stockings and it plugged him up like a cork in a bottle. It cost us more than $500 to get him “unstuck.”


Finally, be sure to check the dog toys from time to time for signs of wear. If the toy is looking frayed or seems ready to fall apart, just throw it away. You might also remember to rotate the dog toys from time to time to keep your dog interested.

Douglas Hanna lives in a suburb of . He and his wife have owned a number of dogs over the years. Hanna is the publisher of the popular website,http://www.doghouseplans360.com


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