Dog Chew Toys
Free, Standard and Unique
Chewing is an integral part of being a canine.
The right dog chew toys are good exercise, relieve tension and will save your shoes.
Here are ideas for free, fun and unique toys.
My dogs spend a lot more time chewing a good dog chew toy than anything I put in their food bowls.
That's probably because chewing food like we do isn't necessary for their digestion. (I'll tell you why in a note at the bottom of this page.)
Still, dogs have a real need to exercise that jaw and those teeth. Whether it's a behavior passed down from the beginning of dogs or not, it is still important for dog health and here's why:
- Chewing calms and relaxes a dog
- Chewing is both a mental and physical exercise
- Chewing relieves tension and pent up energy
- Chewing the right thing is good for the teeth and jaw
If a dog does not have his own chew toys he will find something. A stick, your tennis balls, a baseball, plastic drink containers, your socks, shoes or the remote control for the television. The need to chew is simply part of being a dog.
Free Dog Chew Toys
Dogs will find their own things to chew on. Some are fine while others are dangerous.
Wood - While its kind of hard for me to actually promote sticks, they seem to love them. Every dog I've had over the course of 30 years has chewed on natural sticks (small branches) that fall from the trees. I used to take them away thinking they were bad, but I've never found they caused discomfort or ended up as slivers in my dogs' gums.
The biggest drawback to free sticks is they are NOT indoor chew toys. What a mess!
Rocks - I can't believe I'm bringing this one up but one of my dogs actually enjoyed chewing on rocks. That is a definite no-no. It will wear down their teeth far to much and if swallowed, must be surgically removed.
Antlers - Talk about a unique dog toy. If you know anyone who hunts deer or finds shed antlers - they make a good and healthy natural chew toy. You can saw them into manageable pieces so no one gets poked and you can even buy them online now.
Click on the picture for pricing.
Free Balls - If you know anyone who plays tennis, ask for the 'dead balls' that no longer bounce well and get thrown away. Sometimes even tennis coaches will save them for you if you ask.
Know anyone on a baseball team? Same thing. When balls get old, they throw them out. It takes my tough pit bulls much longer to strip the cover off a baseball than a tennis ball and I don't mind free stuff at all!
How Do You Rate a Toy?
The best dog chew toy for one dog may be uninteresting for another. This is part of knowing your dog. For my own furry kids, the selection is rather meager. I can't buy stuffed toys, squeaky toys, soft toys or even most rope toys since I have power chewers. (I have my own little demolition squad.)
There are some adorable and humorous choices out there if you have a gentle chewer or your dog just falls in love with a toy. My demolition princess, Lulu, found a tiny stuffed lion several months ago that became a favorite. The other dogs must know because they'll take turns carrying it but no one has chewed it up yet.
Heiniesniff Beer Toy
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