1. Has to be the Chuck it balls, ultra/whistler/glow in the dark varieties, they are made of rubber so are good for them to chew without bursting and wrecking it as itbounces back into shape. They fit in the ball launchers and they bounce really well, these are Tess’s favourite and she’s a big chewer as she has a slight overbite so the vet says she will act like she’s ‘teething’ forever and she hasn’t managed to destroy one yet
Update all chuck its are still going strong and remain in one piece. The only time I’ve had to replace them is due to them being lost on walks. If you have a strong chewer these are the balls for you! I can’t recommend them highly enough and now my friends are all using them with their staffies/dogs and not one has been demolished!
2. Indoor chuck it balls are larger than the launcher balls and are made of tough foam then covered in material, they haven’t wrecked these so far but haven’t played with them heavy duty so jury is still out on these
Update see above update
3. Starmark Durafoam ball, when I was told about these immediately I thought no way will they last more than 5 minutes being foam but they have really surprised me, they will give a couple of months of rough play before giving up the ghost.
4. Interball – I can only comment on the original football sized interball as they have just released the smaller one but I have put it away for their Christmas so I will comment then about it. Back to the football sized one, it has a handle either side and is made out of the same material as rugby balls, that really tough rubber. This does look and feel indestructible but if the dog manages to get their teeth in the right area and puncture it then it doesn’t take long to get ripped. It is also very heavy and I found I couldn’t interact with it well due to the weight and I can’t play tug with the dogs so the handles had no use for me although the dogs liked holding it by the handles as it’s the only area they can get their mouth round it
Update the small inter ball lasted well it was easier for them to carry and they didn’t seem to want to destroy it as quickly as the large one and they could still play tug with the small one.
5. Becoball, this looks like a hard rubber ball, it is made of natural rubber and rice husk so is environmentally friendly and non toxic for your dogs but it lasted Tess less than a minute before she destroyed half of it
Update they have since recieved the beco rings as presents which again are eco friendly but don’t seem to be very strong (although there has been no damage inflicted yet)Coal or Tess don’t chew them though they carry them around and play tug with each other and they haven’t burst yet!
Kygen Invincibles 6 squeak snake, this claims that it keeps squeaking even when punctured, this is not the case 2 squeaks gone within half an hour so it got returned! However the seams are tough so not so easy to rip apart and no stuffing so no mess to pick up!
Update the replacement snake is still all squeaking as does the little pig I got them so I would recommend these, just check the squeaks before purchasing
7. Kong Classic treat toy, this is very strong but doesn’t interest either of my dogs, no matter what treats I put in it.
Update my dogs now love these! It took a while for them to get into it but now they get so excited when they see me filling it. I fill them with their meal biscuits and a few tasty treats then I ‘plug’ the end with coconut oil to stop the biscuits falling out as easily and it keeps mine occupied for around an hour each time. It’s available in a range of sizes. I started mine off on the puppy ones (blue) which even though a lot softer they still haven’t managed to wreck it but now they are on the extreme kings (black) which are a lot tougher and take more stuffing
8. Kong Wild Knots, if your dog loves plush toys but rips them apart then these are for you, the inside is made of ropes tied together then covered in plush fabric, mine play tug of war with theirs a lot and it is still in one piece 6 months later!
Update these are still a favourite
9. Kong Wubba, my dogs love these and the only thing the have damaged has been the circle of fabric that ties all the legs together, unfortunately when this is removed it makes destroying the inside much easier but it can easily be replaced if circle remains in one piece, if not just use a piece of string/ribbon/rope to tie around the legs of the wubba.
Update the heads are the easiest to rip off!
11. Kong tennis balls, although these are tougher than regular tennis balls they don’t last that much longer to warrant the price difference
12. Kong Jump n Jack, this holds treat sticks and made of heavy rubber, my dogs haven’t managed to destroy it, the only problem I have found with this is that the dogs can manage to get so much of the treat out before it breaks and remains in the toy which can prevent other treats going in.
13. Kong Squiggles, this is a plush toy with a squeak at each end and elastic for the body, this has actually lasted very well, mine have had them for 10months now and I have had to sew the head back on twice but the rest of it has held up well
Update these are still a favourite and although they have been repaired a few times it has just been restuffing, the elastic hasn’t broke
14. Kong squeak air dumbbell, this is well loved by my dogs and originally was Tanya’s ( my previous dog that passed in 2011) and it still has both squeaks although it is missing some of the yellow tennis ball fluff but apart from that is perfect
Update These are one of Coals favourite, he tries to copy the squeak noise whilst carrying it around so more have been purchased. If Tess gets her paws on it it doesn’t last that long!
15. Kong on/off squeaker, this is a fantastic idea, it has a switch on it that turns off the squeak, and we have all had those moments when the squeak drives you daft! Unfortunately after a day the switch was broken!
15. Kong Safestix, again another fantastic idea to save dogs choking or hurting themselves on real sticks and this one lasts, my dogs have had theirs since 2011 and there’s hardly a mark on it
16. Pet face seriously strong rope ball, this lasted a week before starting to go but as it is rope I managed to save it so got about a month out of it in total
17. Boomer ball, this is made of hard plastic and is designed to be too large for your dog to fit in its mouth so they can only use their paws to move it hence it is still going strong, drives them crazy! so funny to watch
18. Bento ball, this is fantastic it is made of non toxic rubber and fits treats in the centre so has been chewed a lot, by my dogs trying to get the treats out, for 10 months and there is only 1 tooth mark on it, definitely recommend although the replacement treats are expensive so I make my own using teacake moulds and a treat recipe from the Canine Chef ( a book that I wrote for Staffordshire Rescue Scotland with over 30 recipes for dogs including treats and meals, available at http://www.staffordshirerescuescotland.org.uk and the Just Dogs shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh for only £7.50)
19. Stag bars, these are very tough chews but my dogs aren’t interested in them, which is maybe just as well as there has been a lot of reports of tooth damage to dogs, my vet said a good rule of thumb is if you press your fingernail into the toy and it doesn’t leave any indentation then it can cause damage to your dogs teeth
20. Tuffy squeaky strong ring, this has very strong seams and is still going strong after 2 1/2 years and the squeak still squeaks!
21. Grass ball, this is soft pliable rubber with grass like spikes on either side. It has a hole in the middle that you can stuff with treats. This is a great ball for chewers as due to the hole it won’t burst and the grass like spikes massage their gums whilst chewing.
22. Rope snake, this is long so great for 2 dogs to play tug with, it has a squeak in the head and the tail rattles and the body is a long rope covered in plush fabric. I have had to sew the head back on twice but it remains a playable toy
23. Kong Tugga, this is a nylon twist toy that has withstood a lot of chewing and tugging without damage so far!
24.Twisted ball, not sure what this is actually called but it is solid rubber tubes twisted together to make a ball. It is easy for the dogs to pick up but hard for them to chew!
25. Bottle toys, these are toys that cover an empty plastic bottle made of neoprene and the dogs love the sound that the bottle makes, they managed to rip the eyes off the salami one but that is the only damage so far
26. Nerf balls these have either a tennis ball or a crunchy sounding ball inside a tough rubber outer which makes it a lot stronger. These are much loved by my two and are very strong so far
27. Outdoor Dog large stuffed soft football with handles. Coal really loves this and although one of the handles gas ripped due to excessive tugging games between Coal and Tess it is more or less in one piece and has been played with a lot
28. Nylabones these are fantastic for chewers and keeps them busy for hours. They come in a variety of sizes and flavours although mine prefer the marrowbone one (white) which has marrowbone through the centre rather than the whole bone being flavoured like the rest. they also have bacon, cheese and a stick one. Their next favourite is the stick one
29. Treat balls. The lids where the treats come out didn’t last past the first play but the balls are still useable just the treats fall out a lot easier. In my opinion you are best making your own treat dispensing toys from bottles or toilet roll tubes rather than buy these see my other post on how to do d.i.y treat toys https://vickyandherdogs.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/easy-d-i-y-brain-training-games-for-dogs/
30. Kong treat toys. My dogs like these but they are quiet expensive for what they are and one has been ripped. Again I think your best making your own
31. Hide’n treat bone. This us not something they have all the time it gets put down when I fill it with treats then once they’ve finished it gets lifted again. They do live this but learned very quickly how to open the Velcro to remove the treats from the pockets. I don’t use it for months at a time to give them time to forget but they always work it out quickly. If you are going to buy brain training games like these and the wooden brain training games then I would recommend doing what I do. I buy some and my mum buys different ones and every few months we swap as they are expensive and once the dogs work it out it’s no longer working their brains
35. Kong jellies these toys have a protected squeak to make it harder to burst the squeak is located on the inner toy then the outer toy squeak hole is at the opposite end from the inner squeak hole. The squeaks do last longer than others (except the puncture proof squeaks from Kygen, the snake and pig mentioned in this post) and they love the jelly texture of the rubber and an added bonus us the irrational bounce when thrown.
36. Five senses ball this is now in competition with the chuck it balls! My dogs adore it and will play with it for hours. The ball smells and tastes of beef, has raised textured patterns on it for touch, it has a squeak as well as a bell inside for sound and is brightly coloured for sight. Tess burst the squeak in hers after two days of near constant play but luckily it still gas the bell inside. The balls have been chewed and chewed but haven’t burst I highly recommend this toy
37. Star Mark Bob a lot this treat toy us like a weeble (if you remember those kids toys – weebles wobble but they don’t fall down) you can control the amount of treats that fall out and the dogs love it
38. Pistachio Pets braided rope snake due to the loose braiding if this toy it stretches when they play tug with it. It has a leather tail and a squeak and crunchy bit in the head
40. Kong squeak now this was given as a present to my dogs but I was only given one between them but as usual they both want to play with it at the same time do I have been searching for another but gave yet to find, so if you find one please let me know where so I can purchase another! These are just as strong as the kongs that you fill but has a squeak inside instead of filling it
One toy to AVOID is the Giggle ball, this is a hard plastic ball which Tess destroyed but in the middle (the thing that makes it giggle) is a tube with little metal bits that your dog could swallow, making it really dangerous so if you have one make sure they are supervised when playing with it!!!