Are you being driven crazy by your dog chewing everything in site? Does your dog destroy their toys almost immediately or are you looking for a toy that will keep your dog's mind active as well as his jaw?
We totally understand!! We have put together loads of information on the why's and what's of aggressive chewers and how to find the best dog chew toys for aggressive chewers.
So, Why Do Dogs Chew?
Chewing is very important for you dog. It helps with both their mental and dental and physical health. It keeps their mind occupied, teeth clean and body exercised.
Chewing is normal for a dog. There are many reasons why a dog will chew and it is important to understand these so that you can reward good behavior and correct inappropriate chewing. A dog that as allowed to chew will be kept busy, happy and healthy.
Puppies are extremely playful and investigative. It is an important part of social development and it is how dogs to learn about their environment. It is a normal behavior for puppies to investigate their environment by sniffing, tasting and, yes, chewing.
Puppy's teeth start coming through at around 2 months of age. Between 4-6 months when their baby teeth fall out and are replaced by the adult teeth. This is the start of the destructive stage. Puppies will chew to help their teeth cut through and to help relieve sore teeth and gums.
Some dogs may chew because they receive attention, whether it is positive or negative, you dog doesn't care. By distracting, shouting, giving toys to your dog while chewing the wrong things, you may be inadvertently rewarding the behavior. When you give them treats or talk to them in order to get them to stop chewing, your dog loves it. So what does he do... yep, keep chewing.
Chewing and destructive behavior may also be a response to anxiety. Dogs that are confined in areas where they feel insecure may dig and chew in an attempt to escape. Dogs that are anxious may turn to chewing as an outlet and chewing may help relieve a dog's tension and anxiety.
5. Dental health
Chewing is great for your dog's dental health. It is important to a dogs health to keep their teeth, guns and mouths clean. Just as we brush our teeth, dogs chew to keep their teeth clean.
Your dog is being a grown up. As your puppy grows up, 6 - 12 months, they start to following their instincts and this may mean they begin to hunting for food, protect their families and themselves.
7. Exercises jaw muscles
Just as we run or go to the gym, dogs chew to exercise their jaws. Chewing can last for months, even years, and increasing regular and physical exercise can help to redirect the need to chew and be destructive. Lots of exercise will wear your dog out and they will be too tired to chew.
A lonely or bored dog will be more destructive and chew for longer periods of time. Dogs are looking for ways to occupy their time and are finding things to do. If you do not give your dog ways to beat their boredom, look out!
Your dog will practice chewing on what you teach him to chew on. If he can't find an appropriate item to chew on, he will use what ever he can find in stead. Give your dog alternative to 'whatever' they find in the yard or your shoe cupboard.
Dogs will look for something that smells good, tastes delicious and feels good in their mouth, they will want to come back for more. Teach your dog what is appropriate to chew and what is not.
Habit! Dogs can develop obsessive chewing disorders . When we allow our dogs' habits to progress to the point of obsession we are creating a very frustrated, unhappy dog.
Why are some dogs destructive?
My friend gives her 60 lb Old English Sheepdog soft toys to play with, most have lasted since she was a puppy, almost 6 years. My 16 lb Lakeland Terrier destroys soft toys in a matter of seconds, literally! He will also chew most rubber and most hard toys into little pieces. My little terrier was originally breed to kill small fury animals, a soft plush toy doesn't stand a chance. My friends sheepdog was breed to guard and protect, so her toys couljd be in better hands.
Also, some dogs have considerable bite pressure with one test measuring Rottweilers as the strongest at 328 pounds of bite pressure. German Shepherds came in second with a 238 measured bite force, and the American Pit Bull Terrier came in third with 235 pounds of pressure. This can make a significant impact to most dog toys on the market.
Terriers have teeth that are very large in proportion to the size of the dog. They have a scissor bite or a vice-like bite which is why terriers can be very destructive despite their size.
We also need to be careful with what our dogs chew on. Some things that your dog finds will injury your dog. Sticks tend to be the worst offfenders and can splinter in your dogs mouth or easily be swallow. Some dogs like to chew on bricks or rocks - No! These will damage your dog's teeth and you will end up spending a fortune at the doggy dentist.
What Is The Best Dog Chew Toys For Aggressive Chewers?
I see a lot of articles advertising dog toys that wouldn't stand a chance with an aggressive chewer or a tough terrier. Having a terrier myself I have to look for tough toys that won't be destroyed in second.
Keep in mind that it IS a little bit of trial and error. My terrier destroys almost everything but he can't destroy a little ball that I bought him. It is hollow and bounces back in his mouth making it very difficult to destroy. So don't be deterred at first try but try to work out what you dog finds it difficult to chew.
Tags, tabs, tails, buttons and some shapes will allow you dog to grab hold and pull to pieces. Also, most toys' will likely not last forever. Mine last a few months which is a good stretch for my dog. Others, my dog has had for years. It is trial and error but when you get one that works, stick to it. Here a a few that I am having luck with my dog. Below, we have put together a few of the best dog chew toys for aggressive chewers.
1. The Black Kong Extreme
The Black KONG Extreme represents the most durable version of our original KONG toy. The ultra-strong, ultra-durable, black rubber compound is recommended for the most powerful chewers.
Kongs come in many different sizes and it is best to get the right size four your dog and this will help with it not being destroyed. For the correct size KONG for your pooch, check out this KONG sizing guide.
A kong can be stuffed with treats or peanut butter for added extra interest. The s unpredictable bounce of the kong provides a great games of fetch. The kong is used worldwide by police, drug enforcement and military dog teams. They are made int he USA and come in multiple sizes; S, M, L, XL and XXL.
2. Antler Dog Chews, Natural
I have had many good reports for the Antler chews and many people find they work amazingly well. My dog didn't like chewing them, I think because they are quite hard. But I have included them because many other people have had success with antler chews.
The Jim Hodges Antlers are Grade A premium quality elk antler dog chews. They are naturally shed and hand picked off the forest floor in the USA. Each one is hand sorted to ensure the best quality and accurate sizing. Some antler chews are fragile and splinter so ensure you get a good quality chew like the ones below.
Antlers are also a fantasic Source of Naturally Calcium, Phosphorous, Manganese and Zinc. They are a great for tartar build up and can be nicely used indoors - No Sticky, Stinky, Greasy Mess On Your Floor or Hands. There are two sizes of antler chews I would recommend for aggressive chewers, XL Antler Dog Chew - 7' - 12" and the XXL Antler Dog Chew XXL - 8" - 12" and very thick.
3. Snug Rubber Dog Balls
The Snug Rubber Dog Ball is the toy that I have had the most success with. This is the type of ball that my terrier chew and cannot destroy as it bounces back in his mouth and keeps him chewing. I'm not sure if it's because he likes the feel of it or be can't get a purchase on the ball to destroy it.
NOTE.... This one is suited to smaller breeds of dog like tough terriers. Not suitable for large breed dogs as this may be too small for their mouth size and may get lodged.
The snug ball is 100% all natural rubber, not made from plastic foam. The ball is FDA compliant, BPA free, food grade heavy duty rubber that is is thick, tough and durable.
3.Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Ball
The Orbee-Tuff Diamond Plate boasts the durability of diamonds, the strength of steel, and the unparalleled durability of Orbee-Tuff®. Available in three color, violet, orange or steel and two sizes, the 3" and 4" diameter. It is rated at 5 out of 5 'chompers' on the Orbee Durability Scale, making it suitable for most dogs.
The Orbee is made in the USA from non toxic BPA free and is FDA approved. The ball will float, bounce and is infused with natural mint oil. When the toy get a bit dirty, just pop it in the dishwasher for a good clean.
4. Goughnuts - Indestructible Chew Toy MAXX
The GoughNuts Sticks MAXX have become the Goughnuts #1 selling interactive chew toy. The stick is being used by Police K9 units around the world and are guaranteed for life. It comes in a few sizes with the MAXX Power Stick being the largest and toughest. MaXX Stick in Black for large dogs and heavy chewers is 11.5 inches in length and 2.1" across.
What is different about GoughNuts? Well, GoughNuts has a two layered technology, and a guarantee, for your dog's safety The inside of the toy is RED which means STOP. The Safety Guarantee instruction states that if or when the pet chews through the outer thickness where by the red indicating “Stop” color is seen, you should return the product to the manufacturer for replacement.
Many companies claim it but GoughNuts guarantees it. Every GoughNuts toy has been designed by Mechanical and Polymer Engineers. Understanding leverages that are present in the jaws of a dogs mouth and relying on 25 years of rubber technology experience has resulted in a nearly indestructible product. If your pet can chew through the Green to expose the Red, GoughNuts will replace your toy. Dogs that are capable of getting through the toy may be asked to be tracked for GoughNuts plan for continuous improvement.
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