As you may have already experienced, not all chew toys are created equal. Finding the right chew toys for your Golden can be an expensive process of trial and error. It can also pose a potential health risk if they ingest shredded materials or jagged pieces of broken plastic. Well, we’ve taken the guess work out of it for you and compiled a list of our top five trusted chew toys for Golden Retrievers.
Understanding a few chew toy basics will make you be a more knowledgeable and savvy procurer of the perfect options for your Golden.
First, despite what some manufacturers may claim, no chew toy is indestructible. Smart owners know this and will inspect even the best toys for signs of excessive wear and replace toys before they can pose a health risk.
Second, because of their powerful jaws and persistent personalities, most Goldens would classify as power chewers. Therefore you will want to avoid plush, plastic and vinyl toys as they will be chewed to pieces and most likely ingested.
Finally, most people don’t realize that most of the rubber chew toys come rated for different chew temperaments from “gentle” to “power” chewers. Some brands (notably Kong and GoughNuts) are even color coded to make it easier to select. So check the packaging to ensure you are getting toys rated for power chewers.
So, here are our top five chew toys in no particular order. Try them all and see which ones become your Golden’s favorite:
Kong Wobbler (Large Black)
Goldens are smart and we love that the Kong Wobbler engages their brains as well as their mouths as they attempt to figure out how to extract the treat that you place inside this ingenious chew toy. If you have a puppy, get the blue or pink as it is softer and soothes their gums as those new teeth come in. If your Golden is full grown we recommend you get the black Kong for extreme chewers. Click here to shop now.
GoughNuts Ring (Black)
What’s not to like about this product? It rolls, bounces, floats and the simplicity of the ring design makes it free from weak spots and ensures that your Golden can’t fixate on one spot. The GoughNut also come with the great safety feature of an inner red ring. If you can see red, it’s time to replace the ring before it gets completely chewed through. We recommend the black ring for aggressive chewers. Click here to shop now.
Mammoth Cottonblend 5 Knot Dog Rope
This chew toy has the incredible benefit of promoting dental hygiene while satisfying your Golden’s need to chew. The fibers in this toy act like floss and clean your dog’s teeth as they chomp happily on it. This toy also encourages bonding play with you and your Golden as it is perfect for both games of fetch and tug-of-war. Click here to shop now. PLAYING WITH THIS TOY MUST ALWAYS BE SUPERVISED. TOY CAN BE INGESTED AND BECOME DANGEROUS.
Chuckit! Ultra Ball (Xlarge)
Almost nothing will bring a Golden more unbridled enjoyment than playing a game of fetch. Many Golden owners mistakenly turn to the trusty tennis ball without realizing that Goldens can demolish and devour a tennis ball in a matter of seconds resulting in expensive visits to the vet. Chuckit! balls were developed with a durable rubber core to last a long time and and a bright orange exterior to be easily seen. As an added bonus you can get the Chuckit! Launcher that will save your arm from hundreds of throws and your hands from picking up wet, slobbery tennis balls. Click here to show now.
West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Tough Dog Bone (Large)
We love that this toy comes with a guarantee. If your Golden destroys it they will send you a new one free (you do have to pay for shipping though, so it’s not entirely free - but we like the thought). One of the best features is that comes in bright colors so it’s easy to find if you’re playing fetch with it, especially at dusk. It also floats so it is a great summer time option when you want to cool off your golden at the beach, lake or pool. Click here to shop now.