Where can I find indestructable dog toys? #Pets#advice#dogs#toys April 26 | Guest post by Natalie Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. I have two dogs and they seem capable of tearing through any and every dog toy made by man. The big one has a very strong jaw that can power through the toughest of toys and the little one has small needle-like teeth that penetrate through everything. I have tested LOTS of toys on them and the only thing they haven't been able to get through so far are Kongs. They LOVE playing with toys but it seems like five minutes later the bunny is missing a head, pig is missing a tail, etc. Does anyone know of any other tried and true indestructible dog toys? I need your help! -Natalie What have you found, guys? What's the best way to make a dog toy that might have a chance of standing the test of time? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Natalie Law student. Pet lover. http://www.facebook.com/siren0327 PREVIOUS Nice for tender feet: let's chat about soft shoes for babies and toddlers NEXT 19 tips for raising a trans kid Show/Hide comments [ 82 ] I haven't found much that is indestructible. What I have resigned myself to is letting them de-stuff the toys and play with the tattered remains. They like it, so whatever. I have bought the skineez type that don't have stuffing, they get defuzzed and beheaded, but they're still fun for the pooches. Just make sure no one eats the stuffing or the squeakers. Oh, also long lasting at our house, twisted rope bones and chains like these http://www.petco.com/product/115972/Petco-Five-Knot-Rope-Dog-Toy.aspx I sort of figure destroyed toys are okay, destroyed house is not. That's what I buy toys for, right? Worth the price, to save my stuff! 14 agree Reply I like the Kong toys. If you have a really crazy chewer try the Kong Extreme, its what they give to the baby tigers at my local zoo. I've heard rumor that some dogs manage to chew through them. My in-laws beagle still hasn't. Either way, maybe they'd at least last longer before being chewed to bits. 11 agree Reply Our lab mix has destroyed both the softer red Kongs and the black Kong Extreme, so it's definitely possible for dogs to destroy them 🙂 20 agree Reply My dog loves the black kongs — after 15 minutes he is chewing the pieces he tears off, like gum 🙁 15 agree Reply It's a bummer but my dog doesn't like Kongs very much. She's not interested in toys that she can't annihilate. 🙁 14 agree Reply Boil them in broth, see if she likes them then. And lots of Kongs have ways to put food paste or something (peanut butter?) inside them. After a while, my dogs actually started liking the toys they used to ignore, simply because the food smell was still there. 11 agree Reply I give my dog flavored bone chews because he'll ignore the rest and I've found he'll chew but mostly lcik them until the flavor is gone than he is back to ignoring them! 11 agree Reply We have a lab mix who has managed to destroy almost every toy we've given him, except this one: http://duradoggie.com/products/beba.html He did manage to get a tiny chunk off one of the legs, but we've had it for months, and that's the only destruction he's managed. Given that we've had him destroy brand new toys in under 20 minutes, we've been very impressed with this one. We also really like ropes for him. He does eventually chew them to pieces, but rope pieces aren't terribly messy or annoying. 12 agree Reply I am also totally fine with destroyed toys as long as our boy doesn't eat them. For rubber-type toys, have you tried West Paw? There isn't even so much as a dent in the z-shaped tug toy we got for our dog, although that could be because it's a bit too big for him (he can't carry it very far! it's quite comical to watch). They are even friendly to the environment and an independent company: http://www.westpawdesign.com/ As for soft toys, Ethical Pet makes "Skineez" – stuffing-less animals that look hilariously like road kill. The squirrel I got for our squirrel-crazy pup is, a year after the purchase, missing a few limbs and both squeakers, but oh my does our dog love this thing. We can play serious tug, and what is left of the no-long-recognizable-as-a-squirel doesn't rip, stretch or threaten to break apart. It's his favorite toy ever. http://www.amazon.com/Ethical-Plush-Skinneeez-24-Inch-Stuffingless/dp/B0018CIDTE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1335459160&sr=8-4/catathome-20 12 agree Reply I have the same problem…our more "energetic" dog will destuff a toy and then slowly start devouring it, thread by thread (not good.) The poor other dog would probably love a stuffed animal to cuddle with but the other one would destroy it 🙁 Some people have good luck with these lasting forever, but ours slowly and patiently chewed open the stitching at the end. Sigh. The durable nylabones have served us well (they can't bite off chunks and no broken teeth yet, so they seem to be good for them, though I know other people have had issues.) No soft toy success yet, though. 9 agree Reply We've had similar results here. We have a border collie X kelpie and a patterdale terrier. They have softish toys only for supervised play – both wubba's the big dude has a large red one, the pattedale goes nuts for his little fluffy fox wubba (who has no ears or face anymore). Besides that the only two toys we've found survive outside with them that they like (they're not into kong's unfortunately) are nylabones and the good or evil Cuz's. We cut the Cuz's feet off so they don't swallow them but one is 18 months old now, lives outside and still squeaks! We have them in a few different sizes and even the little ones haven't been chewed open after a year. We tried a few of the other JWPet toys, but only Dexter the Elephant survived who's basically just another style of cuz and doesn't squeak as well. Our big guy loved their Arachnoid Ball but he chewed all the bubble bits off and killed the squeaker in one day. What we've found works best for us is keeping most of the toys in a basket inside and rotating them once a week. Though it hasn't stopped Moz from digging up my lettuce this morning. 9 agree Reply Yes! Rotate toys! (if they even last past one play session…) 9 agree Reply Yes, the KONG has been the only toy that my pit bull of destruction has not been able to completely ruin. I highly recommend them. Plus you can stick dog toys in them and they entertain themselves for a while trying to get 'em out. I also found the Tizzi dog toy — apparently it's 100% recyclable, non-toxic, buoyant and comes with a guaranteed against dog damage. But I haven't purchased one yet. 8 agree Reply NYLABONES!!!!!! They are slowly destructed but at the rate of replacing maybe once a year with a cattle dog/lab mix and a pit mix. Also check out planet dog toys. Made from recycled materials, they generally show how tough the toy is on the tag. 1 tooth = weak 5 teeth = difficult to shred. I am not a fan of rope toys if you have a dog that eats whatever they shred…I have one of those. The strings from the rope can wrap around while in the intestine and cut off blood to an area and kill that area off or are just lovely when they come out the other end. 15 agree Reply I second this. The Nylabones are the only things that stand up to a 100 lb laberdoodle's strong jaws. We've tried the Dura Doggies without success. The JW Petsqueak toys you can find at like the local pet product stores, lasted longer against the Kongs or the Chuckit toys. Meaning…longer than a day. Hope that helps! 7 agree Reply Yes to Nylabone all the way! But we have discovered that if we buy the ones with bumps or groves on them then our cattahoula can chew them a lot faster. The smooth ones last closer to a month versus just a few days. Also, we've discovered that having more toys and a variety of toys leads to him less likely to chew them all up. He doesn't spend as much time just chewing and chewing one toy. 6 agree Reply My pit bull destroyed every Nylabone I ever bought her within days, if not hours. A friend of mine gave her destroyer (also a Pit Bull) an old ATV tire and he threw that thing around like it was a tennis ball. 6 agree Reply As the owner of a 90 lb Great Dane mix who is constantly bored and loves to chew on things, I totally get your frustration. Especially because she has no interest whatsoever in Kong products. Rubber just is not her thing. I will go out about once a month and buy her a giant bone at the pet store, what looks like the femur from a large animal. Yes, it get bone fragments everywhere as she destroys it, but at least it lasts the month. Some of my friends with large dogs also suggest deer antlers as they are extremely tough to destroy. Good luck! 6 agree Reply Our dog loves knuckle bones (they look like the ball of a hip joint), especially if they're coated in that gross, sticky, meaty flavor stuff. We don't give them to her often though because when she drops them on the floor they make an awful crashing noise that scares the shit out of me. 6 agree Reply We do the deer antler thing with our beagle, she loves and it never breaks. 6 agree Reply Same here. The deer antler we got the same day we got our dog from the shelter 9 months ago is still going strong despite lots of abuse, and it doesn't get gross stuff all over the place like other bones do. They sell them at some pet stores. (Also they use naturally shed deer antlers, so don't worry.) 4 agree Reply We use antlers for our dogs! My Weimaraner is a chewing machine, and antlers last forever with him. We also like hoofs, but they don't last longer than a week. My puppy love the hooves. 6 agree Reply echoing the antler recommendation, but i use elk. 5 agree Reply Where does one get deer antlers? 3 agree Reply post on craigslist asking hunters. 3 agree Reply Or look for them online, and thru major pet retailers. They're becoming pretty popular 5 agree Reply Try a butcher who does game meat processing for hunters, if you have one nearby; they might have some. 3 agree Reply go for a hike in the woods…right now. this is the time to find them. 🙂 3 agree Reply Check your local laws, though. Where I live it's illegal to take found antlers. 3 agree Reply Actually, the Petsmart near me just started carrying them. All kinds: moose, elk, deer. My dogs prefer elk, but that could also be because more marrow is showing (it's the rough inside part, as opposed to the smooth and apparently boring outside). Also, there's a place called "Pet People" or something near me that carries them too. Brace yoruself, though – antlers are pretty expensive relative to other dog toys, imo. 3 agree Reply there is a great mom and pop shop called acadia antlers (http://acadiaantlers.com/) where you can order moose antlers of all sizes. they are naturally shed antlers found in Maine. Reply My dogs are toy-destroyers as well. I second the knotted ropes; those seem to last a long time in our house. We tried Mutt Puppets (http://www.muttpuppet.com/), a line of stuffing-free soft toys that are supposed to be indestructable. They lasted a little longer (3-4 days as opposed to 10-20 minutes). I just can't be okay with buying toys over and over that will get destroyed. I can't afford it and it's bad for the environment. Here are the things that DO work in our house: Nylabones, like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Nylabone-Dura-Chew-Double-Action-Souper/dp/B000ER3QM8/offbeathome-20. We bought one for each dog months ago and they're still being chewed. These are of a harder material than something like a Kong and really satisfy the chewing urge. Most Nylabones are flavored with chicken or pig, but the one I linked to is artificial flavoring. My husband's old socks, tied in knots. Once his socks start getting holes in them, I tie a few together and toss them to the dogs. They like playing tug and fetch with them and working to get the knots out. Only downside to this is we have to make sure that we don't leave our good socks anywhere they can get them, as they can't be expected to understand which socks are for chewing and which aren't. I'm excited to see others' responses to this question! 3 agree Reply I'd be cautious about socks – I stopped giving them to my heeler when I discovered that he was eating them whole. 6 agree Reply I made my dogs a rope style toy out of worn-out pantyhose by taking 3+ pairs and braiding them together, and tying the ends in knots. (For smaller dogs use 3 pairs, for larger dogs use 6 or 9 pairs to make a thicker braid). Usually the toy lasts about a year, but I have 3 dogs who are all heavy chewers. I have also used old t-shirts, sweatshirts, denim, or mixed materials to keep it interesting. 4 agree Reply We've done this with strips of fleece blanket but plan on using a canvas material next time. 3 agree Reply Our yellow lab, Agda, is almost three. She has a couple toys that she's had since she was three mos. old that are still going strong: This is one we call Marvin (he kinda looks like an alien). It's a rubber squeaky that she somehow hasn't managed to puncture yet, despite carrying it *everywhere* and squeaking on it for a long-ass time (I usually have to take it away from her after 45 minutes because it gets irritating to listen to.) This is similar to a toy she has that's a big, oblong/footballish shaped squeaky ball (the "squeaks" sound more like farts and groans, though) covered in a plush hedgehog cover. She destroyed the cover within days, but the ball (named "Tiggy's Soul" after its erstwile Tiggywinkle outside) is still around three years later. Again, she'll spend hours batting it around the house making stupid noises. What they both have in common is that they're made of thick, durable rubber that's more pliant than what's used in Kongs (and they make ridiculous noises when squeezed). Rather than being able to get her teeth under an edge or on a corner that she could then gnaw away, these toys are all rounded edges that bend under her teeth instead of letting her get a good chew going. That's my theory anyway. (This is my first time in a loooong time trying my hand at creating links, so my apologies if I mucked it up) 4 agree Reply I have cats, so no help here, but can I just say that I love that you have names/terms for your toys? Our cats have the cheese, the fish (which is a mouse), the sperm, the atom… 3 agree Reply Nylabones and Orbee balls are a favorite in our home 🙂 3 agree Reply We found a toy made of fire hose – it's super tough and comes in different sizes. The larger ones have empty plastic bottles inside (no, you can't remove or replace them). My terror of a puppy has had hers for almost two months, it's the only thing she hasn't managed to rip apart OR lose interest in playing with. The ends are frayed but they're not stringy like rope toys get (the rope toys scare me – I'm afraid she'll end up with intestinal damage from swallowing the strings! I let her play with them only if I'm supervising). Anyway the fire hose things are pretty durable compared to other "soft" toys. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11198326 3 agree Reply Our Patton is one of those dogs … Kongs? Child's play … Tiger toys? 30 second toy .. but, I've found that the softer the plastic, the longer it lasts. Some of his favorite balls are those from Target. It seems counter intuative .. but I can assure you it worked for us. Also, he likes the soft RuffDawg sticks .. and the Chuck it balls .. almost everything from RuffDawg works for us .. except the 'rocks' .. those were gone as soon as we turned around. We still buy him those 30 second toys occasionally though .. he just loves them so much! 3 agree Reply My parents very chewy whateverdoodle has a frisbee from target and it's the only one she's managed not to wreck- apparently they've got a pretty tough line of toys! 3 agree Reply Our dog seems to destroy tough rubber but not thin rubber. I think it has something to do with how it feels in her mouth. Its not a traditional toy as such but the only thing thats almost as old as our pup is the pyramid treat toy. http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=dog+pyramid&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=575&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=16569214593708779660&sa=X&ei=fcaZT-_1DImhOsbblNwG&sqi=2&ved=0CG0Q8wIwAQ She knocks it around the floor and treats fall out. Shes fine being left alone but we still give it to her when we leave. Its nice for her to have something to distract her when we go so that she sees us leaving as a positive thing. 4 agree Reply You might consider the Buster cubes. They come in a variety of sizes and are even used by zoos for otters. Apparently otters are one of the hardest chewers around, so these toys are really tough. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ARQYQ/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02 3 agree Reply Of course they are! They eat clams!! 3 agree Reply Deer antler. Make sure they are untreated and only have the tips cut off, but the shaft shouldn't be cut in half lengthwise (makes it weaker.) And the antlers are shed by the deer yearly, so no animals harmed! 3 agree Reply My dog is a destroyer, too. Kongs and natural calf bones (available at Petsmart)are the only things she won't chew through in seconds. But I recently found something surprising that she loves. We were given one of those stuff-less stuffed animals that are made for dogs and amazingly, she doesn't just eat them like she does with a normal stuffed animal! She plays with them all the time, they last forever and they get dirty and torn, but she doesn't completely destroy them. I have a completely unscientific theory that a stuffed animal is like a "living" animal to a dog. Their instinct is to pull out all it's stuffing until it's dead. But I think these stuff-less toys must feel more like dead animals to the dogs. She carries it around like a trophy, shakes it, drops it at our feet and plays tug of war with it but she doesn't seem to have the instinctive need to tear it apart. Some do come with squeakers so you have to be careful with those, but they don't have eyes or noses that can be chewed and eaten. Hope that helps! 4 agree Reply I am a fan of the VIP range of products. We have a mastiff that loves the tearing sound of toys, rags, etc. These she hasn't been able to destroy yet. They also have a program where you can be a tester for the toys and get them at a substantial discount. Yay for a good deal!! 🙂 https://vipproducts.com/retail/files/index.php/store_pages/view/62/dog-toy-tester 4 agree Reply Even their biggest toughest toys were a total fail with our Basenji! He's a piece of work for sure…. 2 agree Reply Both our small chi-terrier and large shepherd mix can destroy Kongs within days, but they both really like chewing on springy, rubbery balls. This is the one our larger dog loves, and it's lasted a year. OMG IT GLOWS IN THE DARK. 2 agree Reply As the owner of a notorious chewer, and a former pet store employee and dog groomer, I've only ever encountered ONE toy that is truly indestructible. The Nylabone Galileo is pressure cooked to make is really durable, and I've yet to meet the dog that can destroy it. http://www.nylabone.com/product-finder/by-product-type/galileo-bone.htm 3 agree Reply Galileos are awesome. My dad's very chewy lab looooved them–she went nuts every time we took a new one out of a package, they don't have a human-detectable smell but they put some sort of flavoring in them–but I did have one person tell me their dog managed to destroy one. I didn't think it could be done! 2 agree Reply Our one-year-old Puggle deforms the ends of the biggest size of the Galileo bones (and the smaller ones, too, of course). She's shaped an end into a very sharp point within hours of getting the toy. Previously, that biggest size Galileo bone (not the same bone, just the same kind) had withstood 10+ years of a Rottweiler/Shepherd's chewing. We replace the toy when it's easy for her to remove pieces of it — she's determined enough to tear off big chunks of toys but not old enough to know NOT TO SWALLOW those chunks. I'm saving all of these links to try for her! She is the most determined, dedicated, fiercest chewer I've ever had. 2 agree Reply My dog had that and he chewed the plastic so that it became sharp and cut at his gums! He was an exceptionally large and playful chocolate lab. 1 agrees Reply My Basenji can chew even the larger Nylabones like the Galileo until they become unsafe and prickly. I just replace when that time comes (it takes him a while.) No dog toy is supposed to last forever, eventually you have to be willing to replace! 2 agree Reply I have the same problem! I have 2 dachshunds, and they love to shred the crap out of any and all toys they have ever owned. I have 1 toy that they have not chewed up/shredded, it has a couple holes in it but nothing too bad where it would be a danger to them or anything. http://www.godogfun.com/page.asp?id=37 I bought mine at Petco, but you can buy them online. They do have a squeaker, but they don't have stuffing. I love this toy and now that I googled it to see where you can buy it, I am definitely going to be buying more for my dogs. 1 agrees Reply I'd say go with natural bones. They'll get chewed to bits but the dogs will eat the bits (no mess) and it's good for their teeth. I'd skip getting them at the pet store though and just pick up some soup marrow bones at the grocery store. And don't forget the staple of zoo enrichment programs everywhere – the boomer ball. They are pricey, but it takes even a tiger a while to wreck one to the point of no more fun. Reply Yes, when our dogs are going to be left alone and not exercised for longer than normal (my mate is home all day, so anything longer than about 3 hours merits special treatment) we give them a raw beef marrow bone, which we get from the butcher (the lady there loves our dogs and gives us big bags of them for FREE) we have the butcher cut them into 1 1/2 inch widths and store them in the freezer, then give them to the pups while frozen. They luv them!! It's major treatime if daddy is going out of town! They get excited if they see us pull out the overnight bag…cause that means BONES! Reply I've watched my dogs make short work of just about every toy (and bed) imaginable EXCEPT the wool bone from Trader Joe's. It's about 9 inches long and only cost $3.99. I can't say if they still sell them, but ours has been around for at least two years. Unlike antlers and Nylabones, there's no danger to the dogs' teeth or your foot when you step on one. Reply don't get me started on dog beds! Our dogs are skinny and have very little hair, so a bed to nestle in is essential, but they always chew them! I sew the corners up over and over again, and keep cheap fleece blankets over the bed itself as much as possible, but still, they get chewed and destuffed eventually. The sturdiest one I've found so far is from K-9 ballistics http://www.k9ballistics.com/ but they are pricey!! Reply Try Orvis, they have a ToughChew line of beds that are great and if your dog does happen to chew and destroy it, they will either replace or refund no questions asked. They can be pricey, but worth it when you factor in replacement costs. http://www.orvis.com/store/shop.aspx?dir_id=1633&group_id=1634&shop_id=10206 Reply Yeah, but my little prince and princess need beds with bolsters to snuggle, and the only one they have seems too big for my 23 lb dogs! And $200+ for a dog bed, I just can't do it!! Reply I found chew-resistant beds made by American Kennel Club at stores like TJ Maxx and Ross. Not as cozy as fleece, but they don't get eviscerated the first week, either. Reply My little dogs leave a path of destruction whereever they go. The only thing i have found near good enough is the planet orbee ball. It has been two years and it is only missing a few continents (it is shaped like Earth). Best part if you take the pieces in they replace it for you. And it smells minty. Reply I have a husky-shep mix that destroy anything. I go to the butcher and buy large stew bones. They are SUPER cheap and once she has had all the marrow (if you don't want your dog to eat it all in one sitting, you can put it in the freezer for another day), she loves to just chew on the bone. I have had some bones now for over 3 years that she has not fully destroyed. Reply We had a toy poodle who would eat rubber squeak toys. He ended up at the Vet's with a bowel obstruction. We found some hard rubber toys that he wasn't able to rip apart, but that was about it. I don't know what they were called, but they came out of the general merchandise section of my Dad's grocery store, so they weren't anything too exotic. Reply Stuffed toys are always ruined however we have a basket full of heads and feet and random shreds of fake stuffed animal fur. She plays with them just as much…orobaly more. Reply I've threatened to go to the craft store and just buy a yard or two of fake fur and sew it into tubes and let him go at them! 1 agrees Reply I have a pug-spitz mix who chews A LOT. I took an old towel, cut it into 3 strips (the long way), braided those strips together, and knotted both ends. It's been 6 months and this thing is still intact; sure it looks disgusting and is covered in dog slobber, but it works. My in-laws have braided two towels together to make a thicker rope for their coonhound-of-mass-destruction. The best part about these ropes is that they are free! Reply Pretty indestructible and not dangerous if your dogs happen to chew through them are thick knotted ropes. The dogs I know love them. Reply Definitely Nylabones. Our vet isn't a fan of them (apparently they can chip or break bad teeth), but our beagle mix Pete looooooves them and will chew strictly on those. Thick rope bones are good, too. Quality is important here; the cheaper store-brand rope bones can fall apart easily, but those Booda rope bones seem to last nearly forever. Basically, nothing soft and squishy that can be easily ripped apart by your hands. If you'd have to take scissors to it, it'll probably last a while. We've got some canvas toys with squeakers in them that have lasted for years. Reply Have you noticed any patterns to their chewing? With my boxer, we have observed that while she loves to chew, she also has anxiety issues. While eliminating the toys she was eating, we also gave her a variety of textures to chew on. I think that because she has choices, she does seem to spend a significant more time chewing on the indestructible toys than the ones that are more vulnerable. She has her kongs (in different shapes and sizes) and an elk antler which are allowed inside and outside the crate with her. If her bed is in her crate, it gets destroyed. Towels, regular blankets, sheets, etc. would also be shredded/eaten in the crate. Super soft fuzzy blankets that feel oh-so-good against your skin? Not only do those survive with minimal chewing, but she actually likes going into her crate with them! ($13 per blanket at Costco for anyone interested). Outside her crate, she can chew on her tennis ball, which is fuzzy but doesn't seem to sustain any damage. We recently have gotten her a few different textured stuffed animals that did suffer "wounds." When a hole was punctured, I pulled out all of the stuffing. She seems to still enjoy playing with the carcasses and doesn't chew on those much. One particular stuffed animal survived longer than all the others. It was bought at one of those tiny mom and pop dog stores, and it was marked as indestructible with triple layer sewing – and I think the only reason it did develop a hole was because my boyfriend made the mistake of playing tug-of-war with her using that toy. So you may want to look for something along those lines. When she seems to want to play tug-of-war (one of her favorite games) or if someone comes over, we take out this rubber chain. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3207026 We usually put it away when we're done playing but it's been left out a few times and I've seen her chew on it, and it seems unharmed. What definitely does not work: rubber teething toys, tire toys, anything with a rope, or hard plastic. Reply As a kid who grew up with a pack of huskies (8-10 at any given time) I have to say I remember the stew bones and cow toes being the best. We also had great success with our corgi by getting one of those hard plastic balls you put in horse stalls. He herded it around all day but it was impossible to destroy. I would also say, as a kid who grew up showing those huskies in the ring at dog shows that dog show vendors are invaluable. My pro tip: Vendors often carry hard-to-find supplies AND toys at shows. Sometimes things that aren't ever sold on the internet or in stores. Really. It is SO worth looking up your local dog show (often hosted/sponsored by your local kennel club at an arena or warehouse) and pay the small parking fee to get access. You can find all manor of supplies and toys, plus talk to the vendors themselves about your specific dog (even if it's not purebreed!) to get their suggestions on toys they might not be able to destroy. 1 agrees Reply My mum has a Newfoundland and he can chew just about anything. She was looking for something tough and found Safestix. They were initially designed as an alternative to throwing sticks (as they can splinter in a dogs mouth) but are made from similar stuff to a Kong so are really durable. They are UK-based but you may be able to buy through Amazon Reply I use the "Go Dog" kevlar-material double sewn toys for my boxer and he and his bulldog best friend have been pulling at it and ripping at it together for the last few months with minimal damage, also they're relatively inexpensive so I don't mind when I do have to replace them. 1 agrees Reply Here are two websites you can peruse at your leisure: Boomer Ball: http://boomerball.com/ We use these at the zoo for all kinds of animals. The tigers and wolves eventually will chew/claw them, but they won't break from dropping and if you get one big enough it's harder for the dog to get it's jaws around to chew. AussieDog: http://www.aussiedog.com.au/products.php?rangeid=15&catid=23 Click on Products and then zoo range. These toys are made for big cats, and so are going to be much more indestructible than a toy marketed for domestic dogs. That being said, two of my friends have pit bulls that haven't met a truly "indestructible" toy yet. I'll have to suggest the deer/elk antlers! Reply I WORK IN A PET STORE!!! I have seen a lot people desperately searching for "indestructable" dog toys. Unfortunately, the truth is, there is no such thing. ALL toys will eventually wear, but here are two that stand up to the test (and come with guarantees). The first is WEST PAW DESIGN (http://www.westpawdesign.com/catalog/dogs/dog-toys). Their toys are made of recyclable material and are kind of "squishy". Instead of your dog's teeth tearing through, the squishy material absorbs the impact of the teeth. Plus, once they do tear it up- the company will replace the toy (once) for FREE! The second (and best BY FAR) is made by Goughnuts (http://www.goughnuts.com/). Same idea as the West Paw Design toys, but their guarantee is FOR LIFE! That's right! They will replace your damaged toys FOR LIFE!!!!! Hope that helps 🙂 1 agrees Reply My 18 month old lab/rottweiler mix can destroy most toys in seconds flat. So far the only ones that have lasted are the Galileo Bone from Nylabone: http://www.petco.com/product/2566/Nylabone-Galileo-Bone.aspx & the Orka Bone http://www.amazon.com/Petstages-230-ORKA-Bone/dp/B001FK46MW. The Orka bone in particular is still completely intact, while the Galileo bone has slowly been ground down by her chewing, but is still 95% in tact. As for plush toys, we've had great luck with Tuffy toys. The tug toy in particular has lasted several months without a single hole! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K8IHUC/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00. Go for the items with the higher tuffy rating (8 or above) for best resistance to destruction. Reply Thanks for al of the suggestions. We have a pugalier, so getting him a gigantic hard toy is out iof the question as he just won't use it. But anything soft he chews through, pulls out the stuffing, eats the stuffing, sucks on the material. He pulls the individual threads free that make up the big rope toys and eats them, he chews nylabones until his mouth bleeds….my sister has also tried sewing a bunch of calico together, it lasted him a little longer than shop bought toys but still needed a lot more stitching! Sometimes we do just buy him the throw aways as you can see how much joy they bring him! Reply Petsmart has these awesome toys made out of canvas (can't remember the brand name, sorry! It's an environmentally-friendly line, though!). I bought my GSD the squeaky lion, and he loves it. I had to sew up the neck and one of the legs, but it's lasted since December. Most of their toys are for smaller dogs or ones that are less-intense chewers… Reply The only thing I found that was completly indestructible which was thrown over my fence by my neighbor, who works as a high school gym teacher, who did this whenever the balls would start wearing out was a hands on football. It's a teaching football and I let some of the air out and my 100lb lab could destroy police blue kongs couldn't destroy this thing. She had it for 5 years before she passed and it's now a year later our found lab puppies new toy. She's 7 months and 70lbs and can destroy anything as well. We found her at 5 weeks walking along the side of the interstate and wow has she been a rough chewing machine. I ordered 8 more footballs and 4 basketballs once I found where I could get them, it took me a year to find where I could buy them searching high and low, and have inflated 2 more for traveling but non of them have holes in them. http://www.esportsonline.com/hands-on-153-basketball.html Reply I have two dachshunds and they pretty much rip of anything I give them. They just love to rip out the stuffing to get to the squeaker. There are some more rubberized toys that I have found, but not so much on the plush toys. There's a great site the researches these: http://www.indestructibledogtoys.org go there and check it out. It pretty much puts all of the toys in one place and breaks them down. Reply Little bit late to the party here, but I've found some good ones for our oversized Am-Staff.. I'm not sure if they're in the USA (I'm in the land of Aus!), but there's a company called Aussie Dog that make a range of very tough toys (they use them with zoo animals). http://www.aussiedog.com.au/ The staffy ball and the home alone range I highly recommend. We've had his home alone toy for 4 months and it's still going! Another good one is the Good Cuz/Bad Cuz balls.. http://www.jwpet.com/dog/cuzdetails.html The squeaker is gone, but it's still in one piece! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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