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This post was originally published on September 22, 2015, and was updated on March 5, 2020.
When a dog’s gotta chew, a dog’s gotta chew. But not every dog chew will hold up to sustained chewing, nor is every dog chew safe, or best, for your determined, chew-tastic canine.
Rawhide, for example, is a popular chew many dogs enjoy, but it poses a host of dangers to your dog, from choking hazards to exposure to toxic chemicals. Other softer chews may delight your dog but be gobbled in in seconds. And it goes without saying your shoes and the legs of the coffee table are not an option.
If you’re looking for a sensible, long-lasting chew that, with supervision, is safe for your dog, here are seven dog-friendly and totally tasty chew ideas to satisfy your chewing, chomping pooch.
7 Long-Lasting Dog Chews for Serious Chewers
Antlers are a natural, healthy, odor-free, and long-lasting chew toy for really strong chewers. They are derived from wild deer and elk, “by way,” the company says, “of either natural shedding or from deer and elk that have been hunted by sport hunters…deer that live full lives in the wild and are hunted according to regulations.”
Size options range from single split prongs to a full rack for the super-heavy chewer in your life—and unlike processed bones, they’re less likely to splinter and chip while your pet is enjoying them.
Horns are another natural option that dogs adore, with water buffalo treats being one of the most popular options. They’re high in protein (but not in fat), can even help clean your pup’s teeth and reduce tartar buildup, and are said to last longer than antler chews, making them one of the longest-lasting dog chews out there.
Just keep an eye out for the horns that are 100% natural, and come from grass-fed, free-range water buffalo—as these specific horns are.
So…dried pizzle is made of…well…wieners. Bull, sheep, or pig penis to be specific. There. We said it.
On the bright side, dogs go wild for it, but unfortunately, it gives off an unpleasant odor once your dog gets a-chewing. It’s worth it to drop a little more money on higher quality pizzle such as this variety (which we tested at Rover on an enthusiastic Doberman puppy, who went bananas for it) because it smells somewhat better. After all, it is pizzle we’re dealing with here, people.
Pizzle comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, from circles to braids to fancy curlycues and everything in between—so figure out what your pup is most into, and let them chew away!
This rubber Kong toy comes in small, medium, and large, so this is a chew toy for dogs of all shapes and sizes. When used as a fetch toy, it’s a foolproof way to get your buddy’s chompers nice and clean. The ridges in this toy’s design reduce plaque, a huge contributor to dental decay in dogs.
Super durable and made in the USA, these chews are easy to stuff with treats (which makes them even more enticing).
A little culture never hurt anyone! Made of yak and cow milk, salt, and lime juice, this chew is highly digestible. Great if you’re concerned about any your dog might accidentally swallow.
This is considered a tough, long-lasting dog chew for smaller dogs but bigger dogs may gobble it up faster, like a cheesy little snack.
Pro tip: When the chew is worn down to a nub, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and it will puff up into a crunchy snack for your dog.
Carrots (They’re Probably Already in Your Fridge!)
What’s up doc? This chew is cheap, healthy, and you might just already have one in your crisper.
Not all dogs will fancy this chew, but it’s worth a shot (and can’t be beat when it comes to convenience).
If all else fails and you can’t get your pup to give it a try, dip the carrots in some peanut butter or throw them in some DIY dog food for a healthy snack.
For the “power chewers” out there, Nylabone makes a “virtually indestructible” long-lasting dog chew for your determined chomper.
This variety pack of chews comes in beef, chicken, bacon, and peanut butter flavors—so there’s bound to be a taste your dog will adore. And with this variety, they’re bound to distract your dog from chewing on other things in the house…at least for a little while. Bon appetit, Fido!
Want to learn more about healthy, long-lasting dog chews, or other ways to entertain your pup (and keep them from chewing on your favorite items)? Continue your research with one of the articles below.