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Dog Chew Toys: How to Choose the Best Dog Chew Toys

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Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs and you need safe dog chew toys to direct this behavior to appropriate items (and not your shoes or furniture!) Here are some tips to help you choose the safest and best dog chew toys.

Desirable Features in Dog Chew Toys

  • Size – large enough that your dog can't “swallow”
  • Safe
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean/wash
  • Guaranteed

    Ideal Choice for Dog Chew Toys

  • Super durable rubber toys such as Nylabone® and Kong® brands are safe, durable and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They can be loaded with treats, which can keep a curious puppy or dog busy for hours. Many also come with a guarantee. Use as directed.

    Shopping Tips for Dog Chew Toys

  • Don't buy dog chew toys with strings, buttons, small parts or loose fabric. Stuffed toys and rope toys are not recommended because dogs can chew through them ingesting the fabric or chew off parts like the eyes causing a life threatening intestinal obstruction or a choking hazard.

  • Don't use bones as a dog chew toy. Bones are not recommended for dogs or puppies. They do not break down easily which means your dog may have to pass them through his stool causing serious impaction and constipation.

  • Don't buy too many dog chew toys at first but have enough to distract your puppy from chewing on your furniture, shoes and other items.

    More Tips for Dog Chew Toys

  • Chewing is a natural behavior for puppies as they investigate the world with their mouths. However, chewing behaviors can be directed toward inappropriate items, such as furniture, pillows and shoes. It is up to you to teach your dog what is appropriate to chew on. One-way to do this is to offer your dog a variety of dog chew toys.

  • All dog chew toys have a certain element of risk involved. Extra strong chewers can tear apart just about anything, even so called indestructible rubber. Some dog chew toys can cause chipped teeth, while others can cause gastrointestinal problems. But with forethought and supervision, you can make your dogs toys as safe as possible.

  • Rotate dog chew toys periodically to keep your dog “interested”.

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    Please checkout my GoughNut
    by GoughNuts, Sunday, April 06, 2008

    Comment: Please know that this comment is biased based on the fact that the GoughNuts company is mine. However, I am interested in participating in thoughts regarding chew toys and welcome any questions that people may have. Based on the parameters of safe, guara...

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    nylabone chews
    by letitialange, Thursday, December 20, 2007

    Comment: As I have just come from a web page where countless dog owners recounted how their pets either died or suffered severe illness and had to have surgery to remove pieces of Nylabone that had become lodged in their intentines, I feel compelled to inform whoev...

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    Chew Toys
    by Lawrie, Sunday, August 26, 2007

    Comment: As most dog owners know, the Kong dog toy is the most indestructable toy on the market with the exception of the frisbee. I bought one for my dog and within 3 days it became a donut. Other suggestions other than the Kong and common sense for toys would b...

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