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What's a Dog to Chew? Dog Chew Toy Tips for Different Types of Dogs

11/19/2016
by Jessica Rollins

By Jess Rollins
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Want the best chew for your power chewer or picky chewer? Spending some chewing time daily is a great way for your dog to get a little exercise, enjoyment and improve their dental health. I've written up some tips to help you choose the best chew for your dog or puppy. My tips here are geared towards the hard-to-buy for dogs. The "regular" dog can choose just about any of our toys and enjoy them safely. Please comment and let us know what has worked best for your dog!

Dog Chew Type

Chewing Tips for Different Types of Dogs

Bully Sticks
Bull penises that have been rinsed and dried.

Bully Stick Dog Chew

Strong chewers will need your supervision with Bully Sticks (one of our most popular items), so they don't eat too much of the chew or swallow large pieces. Trade your dog for a treat when you want to take it back. The chew will last longer and be safer if you order a larger size for strong chewers. Unfortunately though, bully sticks may not last very long with a strong chewer.

Picky chewers will prefer the regular bullies as opposed to the "low odor" and may like the bully stick soaked first. Make sure that you don't get a 12" bully for a small dog as a picky dog may just not be motivated to work harder at it.

Puppies should be supervised and not allowed to eat more than 2" at a time. Bully sticks are one of our favorite chews to recommend for puppies.

Himalayan Dog Chew
A very hard cheese chew.

Himalayan Dog Chew

Strong chewers will need supervision (as all dogs do), so they don't eat too much of the chew or swallow large pieces of the Himalayan chew. Trade your dog for a treat when you want to take it back. Ordering a size larger than you normally would will help the chew to last longer.

Picky chewers: Most picky dogs are fans of the Himalayan chews, but if not you can try soaking it or scratching it a bit to release some fresh flavor.

Puppies should be supervised and not allowed to eat more than 1" at a time and then monitored to see how digestion goes.

 

Antler Chews
Deer antlers that are cut up.

Dog Antler Chew

Strong chewers will require supervision with Antlers so they don't eat too much of the chew or swallow large pieces. Trade your dog for a treat when you want to take it back. Order a larger size for strong chewers. These are our biggest sellers and a big hit with owners of dogs who love to chew!

Picky Chewers: Try sanding the antler chew, rubbing it with peanut butter or soaking it in water if your dog is not interested in it.

Puppies should be supervised and not allowed to eat more than 1" at a time. Most puppies digest antler just fine and antlers are one of our favorite puppy "pacifiers".

 

Rubber Toys
Rubber dog chews such as the Kong brand.

Kong Chew Dog Treat Dispensing Toy

Strong chewers will need supervision so they don't chew the hard rubber Kong into pieces. Trade your dog for a treat when you want to take it back. Order a larger size for strong chewers and choose the black or blue Kong. If you see your dog trying to break the toy interrupt with "eh eh!" and than praise for chewing without destroying the toy. Click for more on teaching your dog not to destroy toys.

Picky chewers: Kongs are great for these guys because you can put a smear of peanut butter inside or a piece of chicken wedged in that they have to work on for awhile.

Puppies: Kong's are a puppy raising staple! You can put your puppy's daily food in several Kongs, freeze and give them to your puppy to entertain him or her.

 

Flavorit, Flavor Cell Nylon Chew

Strong chewers will require supervision so they don't eat too much of the chew or swallow large pieces. Trade your dog for a treat when you want to take it back. Order a larger size for strong chewers.

Picky Chewers: Rub some peanut butter into the dimples of the Flavorit To make it more tasty.

Puppies should be supervised but will likely not be able to chew this up very much. Use a small amount of peanut butter (or none at all) with puppies sensitive tummies.

 

Treat Dispensing Toys
Put your dog's daily food in these toys and keep him busy and out of trouble.
Treat Dispensing Toys

Strong chewers do best with the Squirrel Dude, Booya, and Treat Stik. Those toys are all very durable. If you see your dog trying to break the toy interrupt with "eh eh!" and than praise for chewing without destroying the toy. Click for more on teaching your dog not to destroy toys.

Picky chewers will enjoy treat dispensing toys as long as you make sure it is easy for your dog to start with and that the treats you are using are tasty.

Puppies will also enjoy the treat dispensing, puzzle toys as long as you help them figure out how to use them. Start with treats that fall out easily and show your puppy how to get the treats out.

Related articles:
All About Antler Dog Chews from Pet Expertise
Dog Chew Comparison - Choosing the Best Chew Toys for Your Dog

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