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There are two universal truths about all puppies: They’re adorable and they love to chew. And much like human babies, they explore the world by putting things in their mouths. It’s your job as a pet parent to redirect them from unsafe or inappropriate things, like your shoe or a table leg, to a more chew-friendly object that's designed to be gnawed on.
Here, the best chew toys for puppies.
Best Overall: Nylabone Power Chew Flavored Durable Chew Toy for Dogs
A bacon-flavored chew toy with bristles that clean teeth and freshens breath is a win for both you and your pup. The durable nylon is gentler on developing teeth and the bacon flavor is long-lasting and will keep your pup happily occupied—and away from your favorite shoes and furniture—for hours.
The Nylabone DuraChew comes in a range of sizes; if you have more than one dog in your house, get the size that’s a match for the larger one to avoid any accidental swallowing. The general guideline is that the toy must be larger than the width of your dog’s mouth.
Best Treat-Based: KONG Puppy Dog Toy
Stuff it with spray cheese, frozen apples, yogurt, or dog treats, then sit back and watch your pup go to town working to try to get it out. Between figuring out how to pop the treat out and the Kong’s erratic bounce, pups will be totally distracted—making these a great treat if you're crate training and need something to keep them calm in the crate.
The puppy version is made of all-natural rubber that’s gentler than the adult versions and helps them gnaw with all 28 teeth. While you don’t need to worry as much about giving too many treats to a puppy as you would with an older dog, moderation is important.
Best for Teething: JW Pet Play Place Butterfly Puppy Teether
It’s next to impossible to stop a puppy from chewing, nor should you try to curb this natural instinct. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite sandals and kitchen cabinets for dead.
This butterfly-shaped puppy teether is made of durable, non-toxic nylon that will soothe your pup's aching teeth and gums—you can put it in the freezer for even more relief. The butterfly shape is easy for the pup to hold in his paws and one wing is hollow and the other solid to provide different types of relief for your puppy's sore gums.
Best for Toy Breeds: All Kind Latex Squeaky Puppy Toy
At a little less than 6 inches long, this dog-shaped squeaker is the perfect chew toy for your tiny fur baby. It’s made of hard-to-tear latex and hides a squeaker inside that will pique your puppy’s curiosity.
While this pick is sized for smaller chewers, latex is on the softer side, so keep an eye on the toy and take it away if you start to see tears or rips.
Best for Large Puppies: Gnawsome Squeak & Light LED Ball Dog Toy
This large 4.5-inch, extra-large ball is just the thing for your Great Dane, Akita, Belgian Malnois, or other large or giant breed puppies. It’s made with food-grade, non-toxic, BPA-free thermoplastic rubber with extra-large, spiky bristles that help to massage puppy’s sore gums without being too tough on their teeth.
An LED light turns on and off with every bounce—and those spikes make it bounce erratically, so puppy will really have to stay on their toes. There’s also a squeaker inside for even more mental stimulation. The ball is the perfect size for a game of fetch and it even floats, so it’s safe to toss into a pool or stream.
Best for Heavy Chewers: WENXUAN Pineapple Dog Chew Toys for Aggressive Chewers
If your pup has chewed through everything you’ve tossed at them, not to mention secretly gnawed off the legs of the kitchen chair and destroyed all the shoelaces in your house, you’ve got a heavy chewer on your hand. Satisfy that urge to chew with this hearty pineapple-shaped toy.
This pick is made of non-toxic food grade rubber that’s flexible, so it won’t harm pup’s teeth. It can be stuffed with treats or peanut butter—when playtime is over, you can toss it in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning. The toy is available in different sizes so you can find the right one for your furball.
Best Soft Toy: Petco Alpaca the Fun Llama Plush Dog Toy
Though it can be tempting to toss your curious new pup one of your kids' old stuffed animals to use as a chew toy, that’s a mistake that could be deadly. How? If any pieces like eyes, clothing or other embellishments fall off, your puppy could swallow it and potentially choke.
That doesn’t mean plush toys are off-limits, just look for one that’s specifically made for dogs, like this adorable alpaca chew toy. Bonus: It has a squeaker inside that will keep puppy captivated as he munches and chews.
Best Novelty: P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You Puppy Love Barking Bubbly Squeaky Plush Dog Toy
Chances are, your pup’s toy is going to be lying around your living room or kitchen when they aren’t actively playing with it, so it’s understandable that you want a toy that’s got some personality. This pink bottle of “Muttscato” answers the call!
The plush toy is shaped like a champagne bottle with gold accents and has a squeaker that pup won’t be able to resist. It’s made by hand with a double-layer exterior and double-stitched edges for durability and filled with Planetfill stuffing, made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. When it’s time for a cleaning, toss it in the washing machine.