Your hands and arms are covered with scratches, band-aids and slowly healing puncture marks from the sharpest little puppy teeth! You thought you brought home the sweetest little furball to quickly find out there’s a SHARK zooming around your ankles that can attack at any moment! Thank Goodness for puppy teething toys to not only save the day but your extremities. From about 3 to 8 months of age, puppies chew to relieve the discomfort of teething when their adult teeth are coming in. Chew toys help puppies learn the appropriate way to channel their chewing urges.
The following are some of my favorite chew toys that I like and recommend to my clients. I am not sponsored by any of these companies and I do not receive any compensation from them. I recommend them because many of my clients over the years have given me such great feedback after gifting them to their Fur Babies. Many of these toys are chewy, bouncy fun. Some can be filled with tasty treats that will keep your pet occupied and help redirect behaviors like destructive chewing, barking and separation anxiety.
Kong Binkie. This is a softer more flexible rubber made especially for puppies. These binkies soothe teething pains and encourage healthy mouth and jaw development. Anything that will get those shark teeth off you and onto a toy is a joy! You can fill the center with something yummy if you want it to be even more special and fun! These are available in two sizes and are made in pink and baby blue.
Petsafe Busy Buddy Squirrel Dude. These are an excellent alternative to the classic Kong that I am always raving about. It’s durable, slightly bigger and just like the Kong, can be stuffed with goodies. However, a fabulous little design addition is that the Busy Buddy Squirrel Dude has little teeth inside the opening that create a little more of a challenge to get whatever treasure you have put inside. The Squirrel Dude is non-toxic and dishwasher safe.
Fluffy Paws Chewing Ring. These rubber rings are great fun for both puppies adult dogs. They float in water which makes them amazing for the beach or visits to the lake as well as excellent for playing fetch and tug of war. These are available in two different colors and sizes.
West Paw Design. I am a huge fan of these toys. This brand has many shapes, sizes, and designs. I also like the fact that all Zogoflex dog toys are made in the USA, certified-safe, and guaranteed to last. Plus, they’re FDA-compliant. These are great for playing fetch at the beach or in the pool too!
A few more West Paw designs I particularly like are West Paw Zogoflex Bumi and West Paw Zogoflex Qwizl. The Qwizl is another food puzzle toy that can be stuffed. You know how much I like toys that stimulate their minds! Both of these are fantastic for gentle chewers!
Kong Puppy Teething Stick. These little rubbery toys can keep your pup busy chewing for hours. They have a ridged exterior that the company says gently “squeegees” teeth and gums clean. Like traditional Kongs, the teething stick features a hollow center that you can fill with treats. A little organic peanut butter in a few of the wedges should work nicely!
Kong Puppy Activity Ball. I love this ball in the red rubber for my adult dogs as well! This toy has a fabulously unpredictable bounce and makes an excellent toy for fetch. Plus, puppies enjoy chasing it or rolling it around and trying to get the treats to fall out from inside. This activity ball like the Kong Teething Stick has the ridges around the outside perfect for something like doggie toothpaste or peanut butter.
Keep it exciting and entertaining for your puppy. A bored puppy can be a destructive puppy. Think about your pups size and how it relates to the size, shape and texture of the toy. You want good quality flexible materials and avoid anything brittle, sharp and hard. Engaging your puppy with playtime and teaching them appropriate things to chew on will make all the difference as your best friend gets older. Also, rotate your dogs’ toys. Never leave them all over the floor to gather dust. Change them out every few weeks and your puppy will thank you for the new exciting toys!