May 01, 2020
As a puppy owner, you know all too well the excessive chewing needs of this age group. All dogs have an intrinsic need to chew, but for puppies its often in overdrive!
And I’m willing to bet you want to make sure that chewing is channeled towards a chew toy for puppies and not your newest pair of shoes.
Because puppies chew for a range of reasons, we want to be mindful of choosing toys that meet their unique needs. With new teeth budding and jaws that aren’t as strong as adult dogs, an array of choices is a good idea.
What’s more, your young dog is likely far more playful and curious which is another reason lots of different chew toys for puppies are best. Toys provide an important source of stimulation for your pup as well as relief from painful teething!
Read on to learn about what materials, shapes, and sizes are best for your puppy’s chew toys. We’ll also talk a bit about why puppy’s chew and point you towards some other resources to get it under control.
In order to pick the best chew toys for your puppy, it’s helpful to understand exactly why they chew in the first place. You’ll be glad to know that it’s not just about touching your last nerve and actually serves an important purpose in their development.
When you understand the why, you can pick toys that meet their needs. For example, a hollow toy with a frozen treat inside may be good for erupting teeth. A tough rubber toy is better for an older puppy, and softer chews are good for baby teeth.
Read more about Surviving the Puppy Chewing Phase
Now that you know the why of puppy chewing, let’s talk specifics for the needs of your puppy. Most often, when dog owners are seeking chew toys for their puppy, they need toys that will relieve teething pain. Here’s what you need to consider.
Related Reading: Why Do Dogs Like Squeaky Toys?
Dogs and chewing go hand and hand. And while the worst of the chewing is often during the puppy phase, it’s something you’re going to see for the rest of your dog’s life.
For that reason, I want to point you towards some other excellent articles and resources for getting it under control and coping with the chewing once and for all:
As you add to your puppy’s chew toy collection, don’t forget to add some all-natural rubber toys! Check out our full selection here. For large-breed puppies, we love the treat stick and ring toy best.
Most of all-- enjoy the puppy phase and don’t let the chewing drive you too crazy! It’s a good thing they’re so cute, am I right?
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