Everybody knows that dogs like to chew on things. But, it’s not until you own an aggressive chewer that you realize not all dogs chew the same way. While some dogs might like to chew on a toy, but leave it in tact for future play, your dog doesn’t hold back. After all, why chew for enjoyment when you can chew to kill? Once your dog has shredded its way through several tennis balls and tug ropes, you might start asking yourself, “What can my dog actually play with?” Well, here are a few options.
Most dogs love playing with balls. They’ll play fetch with you for hours. But, if you leave an aggressive chewer alone with a tennis ball for a more than a few minutes, you’ll find bright green fuzz all over your house when you return. For an aggressive chewer, you need something more durable. Kong balls are a popular choice, as they can stand up to virtually any amount of chewing, and provide a little hole to push treats into–a great way to provide mental stimulation for your dog.
If you’re looking for a slightly more exciting option, you could look at Babble Ball dog toys. These make different sounds as their rolled around, but are still extremely durable.
Tug-of-war is a great way for you to play with your dog, or for two or more dogs to play with each other. But rope tug toys tend to get ripped apart by aggressive chewers. Instead, look for tug rings made of durable materials like nylon. These are harder to tear apart and will last much longer.
You might think that an aggressive chewer simply can’t have a plush toy. They’ll probably shred them and leave stuffing all over your house within an hour, right? Well, that’s not necessarily true. Your aggressive chewer can enjoy a plush toy if it’s made of the right materials. Look for plush soft toys for dogs that are made of more durable materials like canvas and nylon. These can provide your aggressive chewer with a softer chewing experience that doesn’t result in a gutted toy.