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10 Dog Toys Your Dog Won’t Destroy Right Away

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Every dog parent knows that a graveyard of chewed-up, gutted, and shredded toys come with the territory. Even the gentlest of dogs will usually find a way to destroy their toys. The hunt for indestructible dog toys is often a trial and error situation. But I want to take the guesswork out of it for you.

In thinking about writing this post, I really had to “chew” on which toys in my dogs’ toy box don’t look like they’ve been through a garbage disposal! My dogs Chilly (a senior) and Tulip (a young pup) are both playful and love their toys. Through the years, though, I’ve come to appreciate that not all toys are made equal!

If you’re on the hunt for (nearly) indestructible dog toys, I’ve got you! Here are some of the best toys I’ve found that your dog won’t destroy right away. And they’re dog-approved to be fun!

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Indestructible Dog Toys That Squeak

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I’ve met very few pups that don’t like squeaky toys! They do exist, but most dogs love the sound a squeaky toy makes when they have it between their teeth. The problem is, those little squeakers are simply thin plastic bladders. And when your dog digs out the squeaker from the toy, it becomes a hazard.

Here are some toys that keep the squeaker right where it belongs — inside the toy.

Kong Wild Knots Bear Dog Toy

This is a hot item on Amazon and for good reason. The squeaker is very subtle, not loud and obnoxious like many squeaky toys are.

What landed this toy on my list, though, is the sturdy rope that runs through the bear. Even the toughest of terriers will have a hard time destroying this toy right away.

Zuzu, part of our extended Pet Living family, has had her Kong Bear for over a year and it’s still going strong, even with her schnauzer friends attacking it

Kong Floppy Knots Dog Toys

This toy is great for small puppies who are aggressive chewers since it has varied textures (and a fun squeaker!). Unlike the bear, it has no stuffing, so if your pup should tear a hole in it, there will be no hazardous and messy stuffing to worry about.

KONG Floppy Knots Fox

KONG Floppy Knots Fox

  • Internal knotted rope and no stuffing satisfies your dog's natural instincts with less mess
  • Made with varied textures and squeakers to entice play 
  • Available in 4 different animal designs
KONG Wild Knots Bear

KONG Wild Knots Bear

  • Internal knotted ropes and minimal Stuffing for less mess
  • Comes in assorted colors and sizes for different size dogs
  • Soft and durable

Tug and Rope Dog Toys That Last

I’m picky about which ropes I give my dogs. As a general rule, I don’t like them because they often fray and the little strings and fibers come apart and pose a swallowing risk which has the potential for intestinal complications. Always be choosy about your rope toys!

Here are the ones I recommend.

CHUCKIT! Mountain Rope Tug Dog Toy

This rope is not only sturdy and great for aggressive chewers, but it loops, so you don’t have to worry about those frayed ends that most rope toys have.

I’ve long been a fan of Chuckit! toys since they’re so durable and most of them are designed for outdoor play, so they’re perfect for getting in some bonding time with your dog.

Chuckit! Ultra Tug

This is another Pet Living family favorite, and it’s also part of the Chuckit! line. It may seem confusing at first — is it a ball? Is it a tug toy? But you and your dog will quickly figure it out!

The ball part is nearly indestructible and the while the tug part can break, it doesn’t do so easily. And there are no frayed pieces for your dog to swallow if it does happen to rip.

The ball bounces easily and the little handle looks a bit like a tail, so dogs love chasing after it. And the tug part gives you a handle to throw the ball even further or play a tug-of-war with your pup. The ball itself isn’t heavy or overly bouncy, so you can even use it for some easy indoor playing.

Chuckit Ultra Tug Dog Toy

Chuckit Ultra Tug Dog Toy

  • Durable two-ply nylon cord handle to take fetch and tug of war to the next level and make it easy to toss
  • Bright blue & orange colors make it easy to spot and retrieve 
  • Different sizes to work for different dogs
Chuckit! Mountain Rope Tug Dog Toy

Chuckit! Mountain Rope Tug Dog Toy

  • Looped ends to give you an easy place to grip
  • Can be used for one-on-one play or with multiple dogs
  • Great for indoor play

Indestructible Fetch Toys for Dogs (Even Aggressive Chewers!)

Fetch toys covered in slobber are pretty normal for most pet parents, but that doesn’t mean we like them!

Chilly with Chuckit
Chilly playing with his Chuckit! toy

Fetch toys may get the most abuse of all. One of  the last things you want to grab from your dog during playtime is a slobbery, half-chewed toy that you know in your heart should go in the trash, but you can’t bring yourself to disappoint your dog that much.

There are so many great options to avoid ripped up fetch toys, and even the slobber!

Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher

This is one of Chilly’s absolute favorites! And I love it because it requires minimal contact with slobber and it throws the ball farther than I could with a regular throw, meaning more exercise for Chilly!

This launcher is often used with tennis balls, but for those aggressive chewers, you’ll want to use a more durable ball like this one. It’s basically the same ball used in the Ultra Tug toy above, so it’s very durable.

West Paw Zogoflex Echo Zwig Squeezy Dog Fetching Stick

I love West Paw toys for the very reason that they’re tough to destroy. My dogs have several toys from West Paw and they have held up beautifully!

This fetching stick is a favorite, not just for its long-lasting power, but because you can throw it in the dishwasher when it gets gross.

Chuckit Classic Dog Ball Launcher

Chuckit Classic Dog Ball Launcher

  • Enhances your throwing speed and distance with less effort
  • No need to touch muddy, slobbery balls
  • Floats and is brightly covered for easy retrieval
WEST PAW Zogoflex Echo Zwig Squeezy Dog Fetching Stick

WEST PAW Zogoflex Echo Zwig Squeezy Dog Fetching Stick

  • Durable, bendy, squishy and easy for your dog to grasp or hold between their paws
  • Won't splinter or harm your pet's mouth like sticks can
  • FDA-compliant and latex free and dishwasher safe for each cleaning

Durable Chewing Sticks for Dogs

Chewing sticks are sometimes made to be destroyed, but then there are other times when your dog might just want something to gnaw on.

Here are my favorites.

West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Bone

Another favorite from West Paw! This bone is specifically designed for aggressive chewers and you don’t have to worry about splinters!

I also love that it floats, so it’s a great chew and fetch stick for land or water. Like the fetching stick, the bone is dishwasher safe and is made from non-toxic materials.

Petstages Chewable Stick

This stick is actually meant to be destroyed, but I’m adding it here because it’s great for aggressive chewers, and really any dog. If your pup is in the habit of chewing furniture or other beloved household items, this stick can be a great replacement.

It’s made from natural wood fibers and other non-toxic materials that mimic the taste and feel of a real stick, but without the mess or the risk of splinters.

Petstages Dogwood Wood Alternative Dog Chew Toy

Petstages Dogwood Wood Alternative Dog Chew Toy

  • BBQ flavor doggy chew with the texture of real wood for a tough, safe, non-toxic, stick alternative
  • A combination of real wood and synthetic strength to let your dog safely indulge their stick-chewing wishes
  • Comes in a range of sizes for different size dogs
10 Dog Toys Won't Destroy - WEST PAW Zogoflex Hurley Dog Bone Chew Toy

10 Dog Toys Won't Destroy - WEST PAW Zogoflex Hurley Dog Bone Chew Toy

  • Durable and made especially for aggressive chewers
  • Floats and comes in bright colors for easy retrieval when playing fetch
  • Non-toxic, recyclable, and dishwasher safe

Long-Lasting Puzzle and Treat Finder Toys for Dogs

Puzzle toys are great to keep your dog’s brain engaged and strengthened, even into his senior years. But not all puzzle toys are made to last. There are many that are great for your dog’s brain, but are made with cheap plastics that your dog can chew and that can develop sharp edges.

Kong Classic Toy 

There’s a good reason why this toy has more than 40,000 reviews on Amazon. Not only is it very durable, it’s really a multipurpose toy. You can throw it and it bounces this way and that, making a fun game for your pup. Or, you can fill it with peanut butter or other treats and let your dog figure out how to get it all out.

In our house, we do both! In fact, I often fill Chilly’s with peanut butter and then put it in the freezer so it lasts even longer and gives him something to chew on.

This is a very easy “puzzle” for dogs to do, but it still keeps their brains engaged for a quite a while.

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

The Bob-A-Lot is an oldie but a goodie in our house. Chilly has had one for years, and when we brought home our puppy, Tulip, it didn’t take her long to figure out how to use it too!

The bottom of the Bob-A-Lot is weighted, so your dog will have to hit to toy to make it “bob” so the food or treats spill out.

Most days, this is how Chilly eats all of his food. But if you want to stick with traditional feeding, you can put some small treats in the Bob-A-Lot and watch your dog have a ball!

KONG Classic Dog Toy

KONG Classic Dog Toy

  • Bounces unpredictably to make play time and fetch more exciting
  • Durable and vet recommended
  • Can be filled with treats to make it even more fun for your dog
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy

Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy

  • Adjustable treat dispensing toy
  • Large chamber for extended play times and larger dogs
  • Adds enrichment to treat time to keep your dog engaged for longer

Thanks for letting me share my favorite indestructible dog toys with you! If you have a favorite that I didn’t share here, let me know in the comments!

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Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert, influencer, and Fear Free Certified® Professional with over 30 years of experience working with pets.

Through this blog and her book, Pampered Pets on a Budget, Kristen has helped millions of pet parents solve problems and provide the best care for their dogs and cats.

Working alongside hundreds of pet professionals, including veterinarians, behaviorists and trainers inspired Kristen to become a pet parenting “guide”, providing readers with reliable information about health, wellness and lifestyle for dogs and cats and the people who love them.

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