The world is filled with a wide variety of good dogs, but some are harder on their toys than others. You know the type: they take less than five minutes to turn a brand new stuffed animal into a cloud of torn cloth and stuffing.
It can be a challenge to pick the right gift for these dogs knowing that you’re going to be shelling out money that leads to a big mess for you to clean up.
I know this from first-hand experience.
So, what can you do to get something your high-energy, toy-tearing pup will enjoy for more than just one romp, while also being easy on your wallet? We’ve run down 15 solid options.
This adorable toy is made of multiple layers of “tuff” material and features webbing around the edges rather than a single seam, making it tougher for your pooch to rip the toy apart at its weakest points. Like a real lobster, this toy lobster can also be played with in water. Bonus points: it looks pretty easy to throw to keep your pup running after at it, tiring your dog out in the process.
Price: $15.88 on Chewy
In a similar vein to the lobster, these dragon toys come in a wide range of sizes and colors. These flying monsters are a bit different for your own four-legged beast because they have a minimal amount of stuffing, which makes for fun, different play over typical stuffed toys. Double seams also reenforce the toys for those tough playing pups.
This one’s labeled a “classic” for a reason: it’s a tried-and-true design that’s not just durable but designed to keep a dog occupied for a while. These chew toys feature a hollow in which you can squirt in any number of treats. If you want to get even more play time out of these toys, fill one with peanut butter and then throw it in the freezer for a frozen treat that’ll keep your dog occupied for a while.
If you want to up your game beyond the Kong, consider West Paw’s Zogoflex Tux. Like the Kong, it’s durable and features a pouch to stuff with treats or peanut butter to keep your dog engaged. But it has a completely different shape from the Kong that’s bound to confuse and delight your active pooch.
If you’re dog’s a chewer, there are a variety of products from Nylabone that offer dogs long-lasting chewtastic times. Unlike rawhides or other chew toys that eventually get totally chewed down and consumed, these bones are made of nylon that offer up long-term chewing for active dogs. Bonus point: These toys make good supplementary dental tools.
An ingenuous toy with an adorable design, the sledgehog is made of rubber and its ridged spikes make for fun bounces and also serve as grips for your dog’s mouth. Throw it around and watch it bounce in odd directions to keep your pup on its toes.
Price: $14 on Bark Shop
Okay, your dog loves to destroy toys, right? So why not give them a toy that’s meant to be destroyed? The Tuppy Talon is a perfect trick: what appears to be a fluffy toy ripe for destruction holds a second, more durable spiked ball inside for additional fun. It’s like two toys in one, and one heck of a bargain.
Price: $10 on Bark Shop
Perfect fetch toy? Check. Lifetime durability guarantee? Check. Easily washable? Check. Usable in water? Check. The all-purpose Dawg-Nut is a perfect donut-shaped fetch toy for active dogs and it’s durable enough to stand up to aggressive chewers.
Price: $18.95 on Dog Tuff
If you’re noticing a trend here, it’s toys that are hard to destroy and can be used to play fetch because high energy dogs need all the help they can get in getting their zooms out. Enter the Cycle Dog Flat Tire Flyer-Flying Disc. It’s easy for dogs to chase, but hard for them to ruin.
Price: $18.26 at Amazon
Okay, so your pooch likes to chew up your shoes or your sandals or your slippers or whatever it is you choose to put on your feet. Fool them with these handy-dandy rope toys that offer plenty of chewing time and makes them think they’re destroying whatever they shouldn’t be, because what is dog if not a mischievous little furball?
Price: $7.99 at Amazon
A bouncy, rubber toy that will bring lots of fun to your tireless dog, the squeaky JW Pet Good Cuz Dog Toy is another toy perfect for fetch or tug of war or just letting your pup chew and chew. The little toy’s “legs” are a quirky design touch that add good grip if you’re getting in on the fun with your dog. Fun bonus: There’s a devil-horned version for the naughty pooch in your life.
If you need something to occupy your destructive dog for a good spell of time, these antler chews are the perfect option to keep them chill and chewing. It’s a durable treat that will require a lot of time and focus for your dog, keeping them entertained for quite a while. While the treat contains calcium and protein, it also helps keep teeth and gums clean thanks to all that chewing and won’t turn into a goopy mess like rawhide bones will.