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Updated January 30, 2023
Playtime just got a whole lot more fun with this list of the best indestructible dog toys! The betterpet team tested each one with their furry friends, leaving you with our list of the best possible toys for you and your pet.
We love a toy that does it all. The Arm & Hammer Treadz mini gorilla dental chew toy offers incredible teeth cleaning and breath-freshening benefits while giving your pet an all-around great time. The product is incredibly easy to clean and survived some pretty serious chew sessions with our reviewer’s furry friends. Based on its safety, chew rating, and easy-play design, it’s a great choice for small- and mid-sized pups.
|✓ Prevents plaque and tartar buildup as pets play||✗ Heavier material may be too much to lift and chew for toy or extra-small breeds|
|✓ Neutral smell and pet-friendly taste, via a safe, baking-soda infused design|
|✓ Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning|
The KONG Extreme is reminiscent of the classic KONG design, but offers an even sturdier, more engaging shape and structure. You can choose to put solid treats inside or a delicious puree of your pup’s favorite filling, then let them lick away. Looking for a new way to play? You can also use this toy for some seriously bouncy games of fetch if you’re looking to burn off your pup’s energy. Our review team found this toy nearly impossible to destroy and believe it’s KONG’s most durable toy yet, making it a great choice for those chew-happy furry friends.
|✓ Puzzle piece-like shape and design gives your dog a more mentally engaging play experience||✗ May not be suitable for extra-large breeds|
|✓ Easy-fill with KONG Stuff’N Treat Paste or your favorite choice of solid treat||✗ Only comes in one color choice|
|✓ Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning|
Our reviewers couldn’t get enough of the Mammoth Flossy Chew rope. It was safe to use, easy to play with, and intricately knotted enough to keep the testing pups engaged in autonomous play.
Our review team noted that the length of the rope was great for a game of tug-of-war but still light and flexible enough for the dog to flip-flop on their own. The rope strings weren’t fragile, and the toy remained safe after one week of intense chewing and tugging.
|✓ Crafted from non-toxic American cotton-poly yarn for safe play||✗ Extra-large dogs or tough chewers may consume the fibers, which can cause blockages|
|✓ Available in a variety of sizes for comfort and use|
|✓ Naturally cleans teeth and promotes dental hygiene|
Too-tough Frisbees can make for some pretty uncomfortable games of fetch. However, KONG took its unique material (check out the KONG Extreme, above) and created soft-catch discs that are chew-resistant and flexible, giving your pet a safe and fun play experience. This toy is suitable for dogs up to 65+ pounds.
Our review pups appreciated the springy feel of the material as they chewed, giving them a new texture to explore and play with. Even after days of play between multiple pups, this disc held up, giving you a great toy to reach for if your furry friend is especially chew-prone.
|✓ Made in the USA from KONG’s trusted rubber blend||✗ The product is thinner than other KONG items, which may not be good for dogs that tear/use sheer force|
|✓ 9” diameter for easy throwing and chewing||✗ The disc doesn’t sail far due to the dense nature of the materials used|
|✓ Safer than traditional discs due to the resilient and soft design|
Looking for an ergonomic chew toy option that’s also indestructible? Look no further than the Benebone Wishbone. Our review pups loved the bacon-infused chew and the unique dual-prong design, which gives them plenty of surface area to gnaw and nibble.
Plus, every purchase of the Benebone toy also goes to supporting nationwide animal welfare and safety, so you can rest assured that your money is going to a great cause.
|✓ Infused with real bacon to engage your pup quickly||✗ Customers report that the toy is too hard for dogs with weak teeth|
|✓ Easy-to-chew size||✗ The smell and shape alone may not draw dog’s attention compared to louder or more recognizable toys|
|✓ Contributes to national animal welfare charities|
Tuffy’s No Stuff durable dog toy offers a unique design crafted with multiple layers of bonded and sewn material to make a single uniform exterior sheath. It’s strong yet soft for pups with more sensitive gums. Plus, it comes equipped with an extra-fun squeaker for some seriously silly play.
It’s machine washable and can air dry easily, giving you a simple cleanup routine. However, while dogs of all types can play with this toy, we do want to note that this toy is best for larger breeds over 20 pounds or more.
|✓ No poly stuffing keeps your pets as safe as possible||✗ Ultimately could not stand up to our heavy-chewing testers|
|✓ Easy cleanup routine||✗ When torn, fabric pieces could become a choking hazard|
|✓ Large diameter for engaging play|
The West Paw Zogoflex Durable Dog Bone is all of the “good” things about wooden sticks without the risk. It’s fetchable, flexible, and held up well to the chewing and gnawing of two very excited test pups.
We appreciated the versatility we found in this toy, since it’s suitable for both land and water play. It’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and it is also completely recyclable.
|✓ Made in the USA from safe toy materials||✗ Too large for many smaller dog breeds|
|✓ Non-toxic and recyclable|
|✓ Gnaw-proof and comfortable for both senior dogs and young pups|
The Zogoflex Tux Tough treat-dispensing toy is the perfect combination of a puzzle toy and a treat distributor. It’s durable, easy to use, and a great hiding spot for your pup’s favorite goodies. It also gives them a completely non-toxic and safe play experience with each use.
It’s dishwasher safe and crafted exclusively from 100% recyclable BPA and phthalate-free materials. It’s also stretchy, resilient and tough against sheer ripping force. You can also use it for water play thanks to its simple and buoyant design. Our three testers loved trading (and stealing) this toy back and forth, even without a treat tucked inside. Despite ultimately succumbing to their heavy chewing, the Tux Tough was the favorite out of several test toys in this household.
|✓ Made from USA-sourced materials||✗ Some dogs may not engage with the toy without a treat tucked inside|
|✓ Simple cleaning process||✗ Ultimately could not withstand our heavy-chewing testers|
|✓ Works with multiple treat types|
The Nylabone Power Chew is a great chew of choice for larger breeds. While our smaller testers didn’t quite take to the unique design or flavor, we’re confident that bigger dogs that love to chomp will appreciate the unique textured design.
The loop comes flavored with a meaty, savory scent, and is designed to promote plaque and tartar reduction with each use, benefitting both the pet and the owner. It’s durable and made in the USA.
|✓ Made from tough nylon sourced in the USA||✗ Too large for small breeds|
|✓ Sufficiently strong against sheer force and gnawing||✗ Scent may be offensive to those with sensitivities|
|✓ Extremely hard exterior promotes engagement to reach meaty-flavored core|
Our review pups loved the novelty and shape of the Jive Tough Ball. It’s flexible, firm, and strong enough to withstand above-average gnawing and chewing, with a size that suits large and extra-large breeds. While smaller dogs can play with this toy, they may not get the most benefit or may have trouble fitting it in their mouth.
The Jive Tough is stretchy and resilient enough for tug-of-war or fetch, and is made with recyclable BPA and phthalate-free material for your dog’s safety. It’s simple to wash – all you have to do is load it on your dishwasher’s top rack.
|✓ Non-toxic for safe play||✗ Too large for small breeds|
|✓ Suitable for land and water use|
|✓ U.S.-sourced materials and assembly|
The Goughnut Chew Ring is incredibly durable and great for ripping and shredding-prone dogs, offering an incredibly thick design that’s supported by the small diameters and ring construction.
It’s safe and designed to prevent breakage, giving your dog a safer chew toy. Toys are manufactured in the USA and covered by a lifetime warranty in the event of destruction. These toys are created by a specialist with over 30 years of experience, and it shows. Our test pups seriously enjoyed nibbling at this delicious (faux) doughnut!
|✓ Unique, thickened diameter minimizes risk of shredding and breakage||✗ Too heavy for extra-small breeds|
|✓ Perfect for fetching and chasing||✗ May take dogs time to engage due to simplistic design|
|✓ Lifetime guarantee|
Wondering what really constitutes an indestructible dog toy? We’ve got you covered. An important thing to consider is that “indestructible” looks different across different dog breed types and temperaments. Does your dog shred? Chew? Gnaw? What types of toys does your dog enjoy and play with strategically rather than destructively? All of these are important questions you can use to determine your dog’s play style and align your toy purchase choice to that style.
Now that you’ve determined your play type, it’s time to do your research. We recommend checking out the following criteria to help you walk away with the best possible indestructible dog toy:
Toys are always a good investment for your dog. They encourage cognition, play and total-body engagement and exercise. The question is: How can you keep your pet safe with your toy choice? Do marketed toys actually pose a risk to your dog?
Simply put, yes. Toys, if not constructed properly, can pose a serious risk of choking and abdominal blockages in the case of shredding or breakage. For example, we considered but ultimately opted against the popular Smash Potato toy for this reason. While it might be well-suited for supervised teething puppies, veterinarian Dr. Erica Irish says to avoid cloth toys that can be easily shredded and digested by your dog. The cloth pieces can cause intestinal distress. Understanding how your pet plays with toys, investing in quality toys and having playtime with close supervision can help you mitigate your risk.
If you notice your dog is continuing to chew excessively or in a distressed, strained way, it’s time to make a vet appointment. Voracious chewing or violent outbursts when chewing could point to emotional distress or anxiety. Your pup may also be trying to address a dental problem, such as plaque or tartar buildup in the teeth. A vet can confidently diagnose your pup if there’s an underlying cause to the chewing, and offer helpful alternative strategies to curb the behavior safely (in addition to indestructible dog toys).
The betterpet lab developed a set of criteria then put them to the test in real-world situations. Those factors included:
The writers, editors, and staff of betterpet are pet parents, and we know the value of accurate, trustworthy information. Because of this, the products we review are first approved by our vets. We tested these indestructible dog toys, so that when we say a toy is best, it comes from firsthand experience.
Exercise, agility challenges, and a fun romp in a new environment may keep your pup engaged enough to leave the destructive tendencies behind. Play releases endorphins, which work to combat anxiety and stress hormones in your dog, which may contribute to reduced destructive behaviors. If you’re still struggling, we encourage you to seek veterinary care. A vet can determine if there’s an underlying problem or cause for concern.
Dogs absolutely do get bored. They experience emotions, too! That’s why play is so critical – it’s a way of offering them attention, stimulating their brains and keeping them happy and healthy.
Generally, you’ll want your dog to chew on toys made from non-toxic materials, or materials that don’t shred off to smaller pieces. Bones and sticks can splinter, causing gastrointestinal distress or danger to your dog’s health. Consult with your vet to get a personalized recommendation of what toys and items are suitable for your furry friend’s unique needs.