Our Readers’ All-Time Favorite Dog Chew Toys to Keep ‘Em Busy

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A dog’s gotta chew, and we’d rather have them direct that energy into something that isn’t our favorite pair of shoes. We combed through our data from years worth of articles to discover which dog chew toys our readers clicked on and commented about most. Then we compiled the data in order of popularity to reveal your all-time favorite picks.

Kong

Classic Kong

A classic for a reason, this versatile dog chew toy is a dog parent standby.

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Note: safety first! When in doubt, keep an eye on your dog while giving a chew. If you have a truly powerful chewer, some of these may not be appropriate for your dog. Scroll down to see our list of toys designed for strong chewers..

Our Reader’s All-Time Favorite Dog Chew Toys

In order of popularity, here are our readers’ favorite chews for their dogs. Did yours make the list?

A classic choice, these dried bull “pizzles” are incredibly popular with our readers and the dogs they love. It’s true that sometimes, fast eaters may gulp large pieces of these down too quickly, so keep that in mind if you have a gulper on your hands.

Features of Note:

  • Helps to break down tartar and plaque in your dog’s mouth
  • They won’t splinter into sharp pieces and are digestible
  • Made from 100% natural beef
Bully Sticks

Bully Sticks

A popular go-to chew, made from 100% natural beef.

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Dogs go crazy for these dried fish skin chews made from wild-caught fish. Bonus: They’re even a source of healthy omega-3s. Note that some dogs devour these pretty quickly, so they’re not necessarily in the long-lasting camp, depending on your dog’s chew enthusiasm level.

Features of Note:

  • Helps clean your dog’s teeth and strengthen their gums
  • Made with just one ingredient—fish!
  • No by-products, preservatives, or fillers
Beams

Beams

These single-ingredient chews are made from wild-caught fish.

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Kongs are a modern classic and a list of favorite chews wouldn’t be complete without it. These sturdy chews come in a variety of sizes and colors, but the concept is the same. You can stuff ’em with peanut butter, treats, or other dog goodies, and let your dog go crazy trying to get them out. Freezing one makes the game last even longer.

Features of Note:

  • Made from durable rubber
  • The unique shape makes for an intriguing game of fetch
  • Kong has over 40 years of experience making dog toys
Kong

Kong

A classic for a reason, this versatile chew toy is a dog parent standby.

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Nylabones are super-safe because they can’t splinter or crack, and they’re gentle enough for teething puppies. The flavors help make them enticing. Some dogs may still turn their noses up at synthetic chews, even if they smell like chili dogs, but plenty of dogs love these.

Features of Note:

  • Helps clean your dog’s teeth by fighting plaque and tartar
  • Comes in different flavors and combos
  • Different sizes available
Nylabone Dura Chew

Nylabone Dura Chew

Durable yet gentle, these chew bones come in several flavors.

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These grain-free chews are made from yak cheese. Which, what? They’re apparently delicious, however, because dogs LOVE them and are one of their favorite chews. Our office Yorkie spends a good long while (days, even) on one of these chews, as does our little Schnauzer-heeler mix. However, some of the bigger dogs, like the Labs, devour one of these quickly. Some reviewers have noted that their dogs break them into pieces too easily, so keep that in mind if you have a power chewer.

Features of Note:

  • 100% natural ingredients with no preservatives
  • You can microwave the chew for a yummy dog treat
  • Comes in different sizes and flavors
Himalayan Dog Chew

Himalayan Dog Chew

Made from yak cheese, these grain-free chews are a hit with doggos.

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Simple concept, big win. This canvas toy freezes quickly to give your dog a crunchy, cool treat in hot weather. However, word to the wise: it’s not the most durable chew in existence. (Pro tip: ice cubes are also a fun doggy treat.)

Features of Note:

  • Not designed for large dogs
  • Good for teething and maintaining healthy teeth
Chilly Bone

Chilly Bone

A freezable chew great for teething pups.

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These rawhide alternatives last a long time and pack a tasty meaty core that dogs will work for.

Features of Note:

  • Enriched with healthy vitamins and minerals
  • Easy on your dog’s tummy if they eat the chew
  • Made with real, wholesome ingredients
Smart Bones

Smart Bones

These chews have a meaty core, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

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Made by the same folks as the Smart Bone, the “dream bone” or dream stick is a rawhide alternative that’s easy for dogs to digest. It tends to get devoured pretty quickly by bigger dogs.

Features of Note:

  • Enriched with healthy vitamins and minerals
  • Easy on your dog’s tummy if they eat the chew
  • Made with real, wholesome ingredients
Dream Bone

Dream Bone

From the makers of Smart Bone, Dream Bones are also a great rawhide alternative.

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A variety of options exist for antler dog chews, which have the advantage of not being stinky. Yep, naturally-shed antler chews are practically odorless, and dogs gnaw on them for hours.

Features of Note:

  • Eco-friendly option since Elk shed their antlers naturally
  • Made for dogs up to 20 lbs
  • Organic and long-lasting
Antler Chew

Antler Chew

Long-lasting, elk antlers are naturally shed.

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Made with nylon and shaped to give dogs maximum chew access, the Benebone chews are a safe alternative to edible chews when you can’t be home. Be sure to get the right size for your dog, as bigger dogs can make short work of the smaller wishbones.

Features of Note:

  • Designed for paws so your dog can get a good grip on the chew
  • Benebone donates bones to shelters every week!
  • Comes in three food-grade flavors
Benebone Wishbone

Benebone Wishbone

Available in food-grade flavors, these durable chews are made from nylon.

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True to their name, Invincibles are made for serious chewers. We like that they’re stuffing-less, so when your dog does eventually make a hole (don’t they always?), you don’t have to contend with mountains of fluff all over the floor. Noise alert: they do have squeakers.

Features of Note:

  • A chew shield layer makes this toy more resilient
  • Comes in different animal shapes
  • Squeakers continue to work even if punctured
Outward Hound Invincibles

Outward Hound Invincibles

Squeaky and free of stuffing, Invincibles are designed for serious chewers.

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Puppies have special chewing needs thanks to teething. These rings help soothe their sore gums, while also keeping them busy for a while. Phew.

Features of Note:

  • Edible and easy to digest
  • Enriched with Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Fortified with Calcium for healthy teeth and bones
Puppy Teething Rings

Puppy Teething Rings

Great for teething puppy’s sore gums, these rings are long-lasting and made in the USA.

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Okay, the idea is kind of gross, but our dogs don’t care! These babies complete the list of favorite chews and keep a chew-happy dog busy. Do keep an eye on them, in case they crack one apart too quickly.

Features of Note:

  • Processing facilities are approved by the FDA and USDA
  • Help to remove plaque and tartar
  • Free from hormones, additives, and chemicals
Cow Hooves

Cow Hooves

Remove tartar and plaque with these long-lasting chews, free of addititves.

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Best Dog Chew Toys for Aggressive Chewers

Some dogs just have to chew like it’s their job. Though there are no truly indestructible dog toys, we present here our top picks for durable chew toys that can keep the strong chewer in your life busy.

1. Kong Extreme Collection

The extreme collection by Kong features all the great Kong toy shapes made of a tougher, all-natural rubber material than the standard lineup.

Features of Note:

  • Made from Kong’s strongest rubber
  • Come in different sizes for all kinds of dogs
  • Choose the shape that best fits your dog’s fancy

Choose from:

The classic snowman shaped dog toy that you can stuff with peanut butter or treats for extra engagement. This rubber toy is also great for fetch because it’s unique shape leads to unpredictable bounces that keep dogs on their toes.

Compatible with the Chuckit Thrower, this dog ball claims to be the toughest and most durable on the market.

Rubber Ball Extreme

Rubber Ball Extreme

One of the most durable balls available.

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For dogs who like a good ol’ fashioned bone to chew, this toy can be stuffed on either end with treats.

Extreme Goodie Bone

Extreme Goodie Bone

Stuff treats on either side of this durable Kong bone.

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The whole interior ring of this toy can be filled with treats for extended playtime. Pro tip: fill the interior with peanut butter and throw it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then your dog will really have a puzzle to solve.

Extreme Tire

Extreme Tire

Take this tough tire to the next level by stuffing and freezing it.

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Made for enthusiastic dogs who love a high-energy game of fetch, this tough and flexible flyer can stand up to diligent chewers.

Extreme Flyer

Extreme Flyer

For the serious chewers that love a game of fetch.

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Designed by mechanical and polymer engineers, these toys are made to withstand some heavy-duty chewing. Does your dog like to swim? No problem—this toy floats. It also features a red inner core that lets you know when it’s time to take the toy away and replace it with a fresh one.

The company guarantees their toys for a year, and will gladly exchange a damaged toy for just the cost of shipping.

Features of Note:

  • Recommended for teething puppies
  • Made in the USA
  • Designed for safety—yellow means “keep chewing”, red means “time for a new toy”
Goughnut Maxx 50 Ring

Goughnut Maxx 50 Ring

Made in the USA, this chew is designed by engineers.

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In addition to being durable, this chew bone features raised bristles that clean your dog’s teeth while they chew. Designed with aggressive chewers in mind, it comes in three flavors (chicken, bison, and flavor frenzy) to make it extra enticing for your pup.

Features of Note:

  • Not edible, but it’s too big to swallow
  • Made for dogs over 50 lbs
  • They’re experts—Nylabone’s been making dog chews since 1955!
Nylabone Monster Bone

Nylabone Monster Bone

A bone for aggressive chewers from pet parent fave brand, Nylabone.

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With a handy pocket in the back for stuffing treats, the Tux is durable, dishwasher-safe, and even floats in water. This toy comes in three bright, easy-to-spot colors and is made from recyclable materials.

Features of Note:

  • 100% guaranteed against damage by West Paw
  • Non-toxic
  • Comes in small and large
West Paw Zogoflex Tux

West Paw Zogoflex Tux

Durable and stuffable, this non-toxic chew even floats.

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For dogs who like to play tug of war, this rope toy is made from durable, natural cotton that actually massages your dog’s gums while they play! Rope toys are especially great because they encourage interactive play between dogs and their owners.

Features of Note:

  • Comes in different fun colors
  • Also great for teething puppies
Mammoth Cloth Rope Tug

Mammoth Cloth Rope Tug

This natural cotton rope holds up to several games of tug.

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Designed with heavy chewers in mind, the Nylabone Dura Chew is touted as a power chew toy made especially for large dogs. This tough toy has an intriguing texture and flavor to pique your dog’s interest. It would also work great for a game of fetch since the ring shape makes it easy to fling across the yard.

Features of Note:

  • Flavored to entice your dog
  • Not edible, but impossible to swallow
  • Comes in six different shapes and sizes
Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Ring

Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Ring

Made for large breed power chewers, doggos love the flavor and texture of this durable ring.

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