Tired of waking up seeing another pair of shoes your new dog ruined? Choose the best chew toys for them and they will surely “woof” you for it. It will also finally save you from buying new shoes every week.

Together with continuous training in puppy school, having the right chew toy is essential for the growth and development of your puppy. Running around playing and chewing on things in your Provo property is natural behavior for canines. Young dogs chew mostly to relieve the pain of incoming teeth. Meanwhile, older dogs have different reasons for chewing. They might be stressed, hungry, or too wired because of lack of exercise.

Fortunately for your wallet, the appropriate chew toys last long and cost way less than a pair of your shoes, a favorite fluffy throw pillow, or any other household items that your little fur baby may fancy. We’ve outlined how to “chews” a chew toy wisely.

  1. Figure out what type of chewer your dog is

Before you throw all restraint out the doggy door and buy every cute and colorful toy bone you can find, you must first identify what type of chewer your dog is. There are typically three types: the gulpers, the destroyers, and the nibblers.

  • Gulpers are dogs who tear off large chunks of edible chews and gulp them in fast.
  • Destroyers often chew until they thoroughly destroy whatever they’ve got their mouths on.
  • Nibblers take their time, chewing their toys for long periods.
  1. Pick a style of toy based on your pup’s chewing behavior

Once you’ve identified which type your dog is, you can start thinking about what kind of chew toy to give them. Rubber and rope toys, as well as bigger plush toys and tennis balls, are great for gulpers. Rubber toys, together with edible chews, meanwhile, will do quite nicely for the destroyers. And, if you own a nibbler pooch, any of these toys will make them happy.

  1. Select a quality chew toy

After somewhat narrowing your choices, the next step is to choose quality chews that also match your dog’s play and chew strength.

First off, consider the durability of the toy. You don’t want the toy to be so soft your dog can shred it in one good chew. They may swallow the chunks of a ruined toy, which can cause digestive issues. On the other hand, when a chew toy doesn’t give even a bit when you press it between your fingers, it’s likely too hard for your dog and could break their teeth.

Next, consider the size and shape of the toy. Good ones are big enough that they’re not a choking hazard and should not have narrow holes where their tongues might get stuck. In addition, choose a toy that doesn’t have coatings or flavoring that could upset your dog’s stomach, and also check to ensure that the toy is made with non-toxic paint and other suitable materials.

Finally, choose a toy that looks like it will last a long time. This increases its entertainment value and you won’t have to repeatedly buy chew toys for your canine.

Keep in mind that chew toys do not only provide an alternative for your dog to chew; they also provide mental stimulation and pain relief for your furry friends. That is why thinking carefully and thoroughly about the type of chew toy to purchase is one of your most important tasks as a responsible pet owner.