Please note that this article is written by a dog and not a human. I am not trying to be rude, but the truth is that humans cannot speak for animals. That said, you can see my paw print at the bottom of each page so please know it’s me who wrote this article!
I’m going to give some advice on what types of chewy dog toys are best because as an animal with teeth and claws I find those ones most satisfying. If you’re looking for some ideas on chew toys for your pup then read on!
What are Chew Toys for dogs
Chew toys are one of the most underutilized marketing tools of all time, in my opinion. It’s like some people don’t even know that dog toys come in different shapes and appeals.
Chew toys come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the core concept is pretty simple: they are designed to hold your dog’s teeth while it chews on something else. Most come with a string or some kind of hook on the end (the hook usually comes in different lengths and materials).
The idea is that your dog will be motivated to chew on something else when it has nothing left to chew on, so you can just take the toy away without having to worry about losing the entire piece.
Why are Chew Toys beneficial for dogs
Dogs are intelligent and curious. So, why do we sometimes find them chasing balls and things? And why do we feel that owning a dog is for us, not for the dog? It’s because dogs love to chew, and so does their human.
You see, their mouths are full of food that they can’t get at otherwise — which is why chews are great! Chewing also helps them clear their brains. It keeps them from getting destructive. And it helps them stay mentally agile in stressful situations (like being away from home).
Dog owners often worry that if they give their pets a chew toy (which they can easily buy online), the dog might be using the toy in a “misguided” way — doing something harmful to itself or something harmful to its owner (for instance chewing on furniture).
While it’s true that some dogs do have destructive tendencies (just as some people have destructive tendencies) it is far more common for dogs to use toys in healthy ways than for owners to worry about this.
The fact is, most dogs enjoy chewing on toys and often play with them long after their owners remove them from their mouths. And this is great news for humans! We don’t have to worry about our pets chewing up our furniture or other belongings — because they don’t need to!
How to choose the right Chew Toys for your pet
There are countless varieties of dog chew toys out there, so we can’t possibly cover all of them in one post. However, we can address a few of the most popular ones and give some example-based information to help you choose the right one.
The first thing to consider is size: small toys tend to be more digestible because they’re not as “chewable” (meaning their surface area is smaller), and larger ones are easier for the dog to swallow, which helps with oral hygiene (and perhaps promotes the idea that your dog needs more exercise).
The second thing to consider is texture: soft and smooth will be more difficult for your dog to chew on, which can cause gums or teeth injury.
Third, some chew toys are better suited for groups; it doesn’t work well if you have a dog that doesn’t like other dogs or gets aggressive while chewing on something else.
Then there is the matter of durability: certain materials tend to wear out faster than others, so it might be worth giving your pet a couple different chew toys, just in case one wears out too quickly.
Finally (and this is not addressed by most manufacturers), there are all kinds of health issues that can occur when dogs ingest natural materials that aren’t meant for them (i.e. fruits or vegetables). Give it a little extra consideration before you buy your next toy!