Why these are needed:
Some Poodles take on chewing as their favorite hobby and have become skilled masters at ripping things to shreds. And if this describes your Poodle, no doubt you have had a hard time finding the right toys that will stand up to aggressive chewing.
A dog's urge to chew is not limited to toys; with this type of drive, nothing is off limits.
If a Poodle is not happy with his toys, one of two things will happen: 1)
the dog will move on to other objects in the house, which is not only destructive but also unsafe or 2)
the dog will become irritable and stressed as he's unable to satisfy his urges.
Qualities of the best toys for strong chewers:
To meet your Poodle's needs, the goal will be to provide fun chew toys that are specifically designed to handle aggressive chewers.
While no toy is literally indestructible, some come very close. The toy will need to:
- Be able to stand up to high bite force.
- Be safe - A great feature to look for is a color indicator that the toy has been chewed down too far. Some toys are guaranteed, meaning that if a color starts to show, you'll get a free replacement.
- Fun - If it does not have the right texture and pliability to feel good in a Poodle's mouth, it'll be of no use.
For this, both Kongs and Doughnuts are the two best options, with Kongs being the best for toy Poodles (images are below).
are great because they come in a wide range of sizes that will be appropriate for toys, minis, and standards.
These are color coded, with pink and blue for puppies, red for 'normal' adult chewers, and black is reserved for the strongest chewers. In other words, a puppy would never be able to bite down on a black Kong dog toy and an aggressive chewer could tear up a pink one.
The 'classic' Kong is designed to be filled with treats or kibble, which draws a dog to it and encourages him to stay focused.
If your Poodle likes to chew, but has not shown a history of shredding toys to bits, you may find that the Kong 'minimally stuffed' chew toys are well received. These are also great because they come in all sizes from small to large.
are colored coded as well, with yellow, orange, and green for strong chewers (140 PSI) and black reserved for professional grinders at a whopping 180 PSI.
What is great about these is that they are guaranteed. Each has red in the middle. If you see even a tiny spot of red, you may return the toy for just the cost of shipping out a new one.
There are 3 sizes as well; but these will be a bit too large for most toy Poodles. The .75 is for dogs 10 to 40 lbs. and the original size is for dogs 30 to 65 lbs.
Toys are shown below.
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