Duke’s been a heavy chewer for probably his entire life. When we adopted him, the paperwork said that he couldn’t have tennis balls or rope toys unsupervised. Before we realized this about him, I had bought him a traditional, red Kong as his first toy.
He tore through that one pretty quickly, so in September we bought him a black Extreme Kong.
Well, here it was when mid-November, about two to three months later.
When we finally took it away before Thanksgiving, it was practically in two pieces.
Here’s what he’s done to the Jolly Pets Monster Mouth that isn’t meant for Extreme Chewing. He’s probably chewed on this toy for less than six hours cumulatively.
We also got a football in the mail that we let him play with. He popped it within 30 minutes and tore it up within a few days, even though he only had it for 2-3 hours a day.
So, I’ve hunted down some seriously chew-proof toys. Of course, no toy is indestructible. But Duke and his Kong were attached at the hip yet I refuse to spend $15 every two or three months on a chew toy for Duke. I had heard good things about West Paw toys and found a good deal on Amazon, so I bought one!
They have two kinds of toys, chew toys and play toys. The chew toys have a guarantee – if your dog can chew through them you get a one time replacement or refund. Duke is now sporting a Zogoflex Tux in Tangerine Orange. So far, so good!
I really love it so far because a) Duke loves it and b) I can stuff it with goodies yet it is still a good tug of war toy. The Kong was great for filling, but we couldn’t play tug of war with it. This is the best of both worlds!
We’ve had it for about a week and he’s already put some scratches in it, but nothing major. I still think he might get through this one, but I am hopeful that it will take him a bit longer than the black Kong. And it won’t leave scuff marks all over my walls like the Extreme Kong did. True Story, you have been warned!
I have my eye on the GoughNuts but our local boutique doesn’t sell it and I’m hesitant to spend $20 on a chew toy. But the company looks good and has a lifetime guarantee. Has anyone tried one or have anything to say about them? I’m curious to know what you think! That’ll be our next purchase. But he isn’t getting anything new for a while because, thanks to so many of you, we won the Zuke’s group giveaway! Thanks to those of you who hosted the group giveaway, we’re super excited to try so many kinds of Zuke’s! So we’re on a dog shopping freeze because I don’t want Duke to get spoiled with material things. (Human love falls into a different category, 😉 )
Q: Do you know of any other toys that might be able to stand up to Duke’s heavy chewing? Or anything he could chew on?
Disclaimer: We have not been contacted by or spoken to any of the companies mentioned. We are simply sharing our experiences with products we have purchased and looking for your advice!
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