Are There Really Indestructible Dog Toys?

If you’re a dog owner then you have probably had the pleasure of buying toys for your dog.  It’s fun to pick out a great new toy and bring it home.  What’s not fun is watching your dog destroy it in 30 seconds!  There are lots of toys that claim to be “indestructible” but are there really indestructible dog toys?  It depends.

First of all, it’s just a fact that some dogs are tougher on toys than others.  Some dogs will love and cherish their toys, carry them around and even sleep with them.  They would never dream of ripping the head off their favorite toy.  On the other hand, there are some dogs who love nothing more than seeing how fast they can remove the face from any stuffed animal you offer them.  It’s just a different style of play.  Some dogs like to nurture and some dogs enjoy playing by exercising their prey drive.  It’s all fun and nobody gets hurt — except the toy.

If you have one of the dogs who likes to exercise his jaws and eviscerate toys then you may go through a lot of toys.  Most toys are not designed to hold up to these toy-killers.  Soft rubber toys, squeaky toys and stuffed animals will all come apart fairly quickly when a dog really wants to destroy them.

However, some toys do claim to be “indestructible.”  That’s a matter of opinion.  The venerable Kong toys, which come in lots of different sizes and styles, are virtually indestructible, but even these hard rubber toys can be beaten by some dogs.  If you give a small Kong to a large dog with strong jaws who is intent on chewing it to pieces, the Kong can, in fact, be torn.  It may take a long time, but it can happen.  However, your dog will probably more than get your money’s worth out of the toy.  If you buy a large, appropriately sized Kong for a large dog then your dog will probably not be able to destroy it.

Jolly balls or large toy balls for horses can make good toy balls for dogs.  These balls are big and they are tough enough for horses to play with so it seems impossible for dogs to destroy them.

Hard plastic Nylabones  are durable and virtually impossible for a dog to destroy.  They can survive nearly anything.  These are the non-edible Nylabones as opposed to the edibles.

In general, if you are looking for indestructible dog toys, look for hard rubber and hard plastic toys.  These toys hold up much better to destructive dogs than toys designed for gentler play.  Always make sure that you buy bigger toys rather than smaller ones.  Toys will last longer if your dog can’t get the entire toy in his mouth.

Just because your dog destroys stuffies/stuffed toys and toys with squeakers/squeaky toys doesn’t mean he doesn’t like them.  On the contrary!  He probably really loves them a lot.  Unfortunately, you probably don’t enjoy buying them so your dog can rip them apart in a few seconds.  Do consider sewing them back up for your dog.  He won’t mind.  You can also buy second-hand stuffed animals at your local Goodwill for less than a dollar.  This is an economical way to satisfy your dog’s love for stuffies.  Just be sure to remove the eyes or anything that might be attached with wire.

Your dog will love whatever toys you give him.  Don’t forget the most important part of play time with your dog — spend a little time playing with him yourself.

Mark Mansfield

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