Top 5 Best Chew Toys for Powerful Breeds

If you are the owner of a powerful dog breed—think pit bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers—you’re probably no stranger to chew toys.

In fact, chances are you’re always on the lookout for the next, best indestructible chew item since your furry friend is a chomping machine. Lucky for you, there are some great items out there that are long-lasting, affordable and safe for your animal.

Mountain Dog Chews Elk Antlers

Perfect for dogs who go through rawhides quickly, Mountain Dog Chews offers elk antlers that are guaranteed to last a good stretch. Excellent for your dog’s teeth and effective for working his strong jaw, these antlers can be purchased by the pound to make for a more cost-effective treat. They also offer individual elk antlers, like the Mammoth Center-Cut Split, which provided my pit bull with 6 months of joyful chomping.powerfultoy1

Starmark Training and Behavior Solutions Bento Balls

Offering a smorgasbord of tasty and indestructible items for your pet, Starmark focuses not only on giving your dog a treat but training your animal to be non-destructive and self-entertaining. A personal favorite, the Everlasting Bento Ball was perfect for my active pit bull puppy who can destroy most treats in two minutes. Products are latex-free in case your animal has allergies.powerfultoy3

Puzzle Balls and Treat Dispensers

Designed to keep your animal entertained, puzzle balls and treat dispensers are a great way to occupy your pup’s time and give him a great jaw workout. Many have adjustable difficulty levels so as your dog gets more adept at getting the treat, you can change things up for him so he doesn’t get bored.powerfultoy4

A Plain, Old Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a safe and natural chew choice for your dog. Great for their digestion, pumpkins can be consumed by your dog, as long as the seeds and stem have been removed. This can, however, be messy so it’s recommended that they chomp outside. Also, if you’re giving your dog a Halloween pumpkin, make sure the shell hasn’t been coated with wax or chemicals.

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Hooves from Dr. Fosters and Smith

Hooves are tough and long-lasting chew items great for pit bulls and other breeds who like to work their jaws. These items help to clean your dog’s teeth and massage gums, all while providing hours of chewing.  However, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, these are not recommended since they can be irritating.powerfultoy2

Meet the Author: Hope Gately

Hope Gately is a haphazard outdoors enthusiast. She summits Colorado 14ners, hikes the backcountry, canyoneers, and climbs with the best of 'em. The best part about her travels is that her loyal Blue Pit Bull, Indy, is by her side at every step!

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