Boxers, like many other dogs, love to chew. The chewing starts when their teeth come in and never seems to stop!
When training your dog and introducing him to toys, don’t give him anything that resembles a household object, like a cell phone or shoe. He has no way to differentiate between the two.
To prevent your boxer from chewing everything in sight, and save on your dog toy budget, invest in some entertaining and indestructible dog toys!
Indestructible Dog Toys for Your Boxer
Heavy-Duty Rubber Toys
There are tons of companies out there making rubber, indestructible dog toys. Kong, Zogoflex, and Goughnuts all make high-quality rubber toys.
Most people have heard of Kong, whose toys are made out of all-natural rubber and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The company offers tons of toys to suit the needs of any dog breed, age, or destruction level. Many of their toys include holes to stuff treats into.
Hard Nylon Toys
The brand Nylabone pretty much dominates the hard nylon toy market and offers a variety of sizes to meet every dog owner’s needs. They even produce a line of ultra-durable bones for your heavy chewer.
Remember, when buying any toy for your boxer, you want to buy the biggest size bone he can handle. This will prevent the risk of your dog swallowing a broken off piece of a toy which can cause him to choke.
Tough Plush Toys
We know you're imagining stuffing all over your living room after mentioning plush toys. Don't because, in recent years, dog toy manufacturers have started using ultra-tough fabrics to make their chew toys. Brands making these plush indestructible dog toys include GoDog, Outward Hound, and Tuffy.
Do keep in mind, when purchasing a plush toy, avoid those with squeakers on the inside. Since plush toys will get worn out faster, there's a higher likelihood a dog could get his paws on the squeaker inside and choke.
Thick Rope Toys
While thick rope toys won’t be as indestructible in the long term, they are durable for a decent length of time. Because it’s easier to pull fibers out of these rope toys which can cause stomach problems, it’s important to select a high-quality rope toy.
Rope toys also make it easy for you to play tug-of-war with your boxer. Although, don’t play this game until he’s grown up because tug-of-waring too early can cause dental damage in your pup.
Hard Plastic Toys
Not too different from nylon toys, hard plastic toys are another great option when you have a heavy chewer on your hands. Keep in mind, plastic shows damage much sooner than other materials, so they will need to be replaced more frequently.
Some of the top brands selling hard plastic toys are Hueter Toledo, Company of Animals, and PetSafe. Company of Animals makes a 10" diameter ball your boxer will love to chase around the yard.
We have some final tips for you as you select your next indestructible dog toys.
- Clean your dog's toys regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions
- Check your dog's toys regularly to make sure there are still safe for your dog
- Keep up with your dog's size. He needs bigger toys as he grows!