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Pet Present Extravaganza: Heavy Chewers

Chewing is a natural habit for dogs. It not only relieves the pain of teething, but it also cleans teeth, gums, and releases endorphins when your pet is anxious or upset.

If you have a super-chewer on your hands — one that tears through his toys as soon as he gets his paws on them and is constantly gnawing on one thing or another (including your favorite pair of peep toe pumps) — I have some great gift ideas for you.

To check out these ultra strong toys to keep your heavy chewer occupied all day long,

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chapsticknchanel chapsticknchanel 8 years
I have two teething, mastiff pups - 100 lbs each - who chew through everything. Have you seen those dog toys that are made out of real fire hose? They chewed through that the day they got it. The XL Kong toys for extreme chewers are the only ones they haven't shredded.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
colormesticky - check petsmart ... that's where i found the kong bones. and, if you buy the trader joe's circular peanut butter dog cookies they fit inside nicely and take a while for the pup to crack into bite size pieces. i also bought the trader joe's healthy biscuits that come in the zip lock bag - those are firmer and harder to break. however, when the dogs eat the ends off, it pains the fingers to push the itty bitty piece free that's stuck in the center.
luloops luloops 8 years
Awwww. That eggplant dogtoy would be perfect for my Italian doggies.
Cole Cole 8 years
Kong products are definitely great for strong chewers, my dog, who can chew through pretty much anything enjoys his with treats in them (although he has figured out he can just crush the treats and shake them out). We have both the regular shape and the bone shape. However, what he loves best of all are his durable Nylabones. We have to get him the large dog size even though he is only a medium sized dog because he can fit an entire medium one in his mouth. He will sit and chew on the Nylabone durables for 30 mins at a time. Granted he gets tiny pieces off, but that is what the bones are supposed to do. These are the only two brands that have worked for him. I’m going to try some of the Orbee balls this Christmas though (only the round ones for strong chewers), we’ll see how the hold up.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
My dog is 1 1/2 and he still chews through everything! It's sad but we can't get him any nice squeaky soft toys so he is always trying to get our towels, socks, anything soft. When we do give him a soft toy its gone within 5 minutes! We joke and say he thinks it is his job to destroy them! He also eats through most rubber toys so we just give him bones at night to chew on--we HOPE he grows out of this!
pattyxxcore pattyxxcore 8 years
Planet Dog is the BEST!! I've got two dobies and they LOVE their indestructable balls. The classic Kongs seem a little rough for them, and they get that weird hard... scum? on them after a few months. Maybe that's just my experience, other people seem to like them.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I go through a couple Nylabones a week. As soon as the ends get rough I throw them out. I haven't seen bone shaped Kongs before, but I'm definitley going to look next trip to Petco.
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
def. need these- my husky's 4 months old and wants to chew and chew on anything she can get her paws on!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I thought my pup was just chewing a lot because he was teething, but his last trip to the vet told us all his adult teeth were in! I brought him home and gave him a flexible Nylabone, which he always has LOVED to chew, and discovered it an hour later...half chewed away. I couldn't believe he'd torn through a RUBBER bone...but I took it away and went out and got some of the heavy duty Kongs. Now I know I have a heavy chewer on my hands :)
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 8 years
We had a strawberry Orbee (like the eggplant pic above), & my pup shredded it.......very disappointed in that one.
millarci millarci 8 years
I agree with Rally RE. The Kong toys are the best for heavy chewers.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
another good chew item for pups is the kong bone. they are durable and the sides of the bone have openings where you can push dog biscuits so the pups have something to chew for. after a zillion dollar trip to the vet and dental surgery, we've tossed all hooves, bulley sticks, and anything else hard that causes teeth to crack. the kongs are the best - durable and bendable. the dogs can really get a good chew going and (so far) they haven't ripped. these are my new favorites. oh, and they come in a variety of sizes so my sheltie can have a smaller one while my two aussies get the larger ones. they have very strong jaws and theirs are in great condition still.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
That is so adorable!
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