If you have recently found yourself buying, toy after toy for your golden retriever, then this post will probably help you to make some sense of why.
Or if you are just a first-time buyer in need of a little more guidance on what items or products to go for, then you are also in the right place. This post will give you a complete guide on the best golden retriever toys for chewing currently listed on Amazon.
Each product that I recommend has been tested by either me or my Golden retriever (Bella). Before we get into the good stuff, I’d like to go through a few tips on how to make sure you choose the right toy for your dog. Let’s dig in!
Choosing the best toys for your dog
Whilst this decision is not as big as who you should elect as the next president, it can still require a little thinking first. Because of this, I recommend that you get familiar with how to separate good toys from the bad.
So a few questions that you may want to ask yourself will include:
- Will this be for indoor or outdoor use?
- Is your dog needing mental stimulation from this toy?
- How much space do you have for your dog to play with the toy?
- How much can you afford to spend here?
If you are the type to get involved with your dog and play with him/her for hours upon end, then you may want to look at something that requires 2 to tango. On the other hand, if you are the type that goes to work for hours on end, then you may want to look into an interactive toy for mental stimulation for your dog.
This will keep the brain ticking whilst you are gone and prevent long hours of boredom too! Whatever you choose, just make sure to have a quick think of what would be best suited for your dog and circumstance first. Here’s a list of the best selling toys for goldens that you can choose from below.
10 Best Dog Toys for chewing!
Far too often I will find that toys are breaking into sharp pieces that can cause your dog to choke or worse. A good way of making sure that this doesn’t happen to you by simply checking some reviews beforehand.
Lucky for you Amazon has a great section for that, where you can see honest or sometimes dishonest reviews from other parents. Some people are just simply out to ruin a company whilst others will be making things out to be the best in the world.
I generally just take a wiz through to get a rough idea of what the product is like overall. As when you are buying a $5 toy, you haven’t got all day to be checking exactly what each person says.
It’s more a quick brief to just make sure that the seller is genuine. Once you can trust the brand, then you know the product is probably going to be just as trustworthy too. So the few things to keep in mind or check out for when buying a chew toy include:
- Making sure the toy is made of non-toxic materials
- Ensuring the toy is durable with the hard plastic of some sort
Again you will want to check the reviews and the product description to find this information out for sure. So you may be asking yourself the question of whether there are any toys that are completely resistant to damage. Here are my thoughts on this.
Indestructible chew toys
You will always see the big selling point on each item being that the toy is indestructible or unable to be damaged. I honestly do not believe that for one second as my dog tends to get through almost anything over time.
You have to think of it like this. If your dog is constantly thrashing the toy and chewing and biting it nonstop, then its only time before they eventually get in. So take all those sales slogans with a pinch of salt, and just let the reviews of the product do the talking!
Quality vs Cheap Toys
YUP! I an advocate of the old saying that you get what you pay for. If you pay for crap then you’ll get crap and that’s the basics of it with most things in life. Whilst I’m not here to teach you about all of that, I am definitely going to say that you need to obey this rule with chew toys.
Try to avoid buying crappy cheap toys just because you want to save some cents. When you add up how many times these things end up needing to be replaced in the future, you sure as ever end up paying more than you would have if you just front-loaded the cost.
Now that’s not to say that you will always get a great product when you pay more. It just means that if you do find a good product, then you shouldn’t hold back on paying the right price for it. Just before we get into the best chew toys for a golden retriever, I thought it would be good to go through a few materials that are good vs the bad when buying.
The best materials for dog chew toys
All of the materials that I’m going to list here are what I believe to be the safest. Whilst none of them have no guarantee to be ‘indestructible’ they are definitely a good choice for getting as close to that as possible. The safest materials that you should look out for when buying a chew toy include:
- Hard Rubber
- Toughened Rope
And that about it really! Now whilst that is what you SHOULD be looking out for. Here is a list of the materials you SHOULDN’T be buying for chew toys:
- Plush toys
- Vinyl & Latex
Any of these kinds of materials will not be able to hold up against your goldens mighty jaws. And for that reason, they are toys that I do not feel are safe for a golden.
By using chew toys that are made up of these materials, you run the risk of your dog breaking into them or breaking them into pieces of where the small chips can become dangerous if swallowed. The good part is that I have done all the hard work for you and researched the best toys on the market that all meet this standard.
The top 8 Golden retriever toys for chewing
The toys in this list are chewed toys that I have either tested with my dog Bella or believe to be good based on the safety a chew toy must-have for a golden. All of the toys are ones that have also been tested by other parents in the community and have good to great reviews on Amazon too.
To save you the time of doing all the research, I have compiled everything into a top 8 list. There is nothing in the order of priority but instead just a listed that covers all circumstances for you and your dog.
To explain this in simple, just pick the one you feel is best for you and buy with the assurance that it’ll be good.
This is a great toy that many of you may have already heard of. KONG is a highly reputable brand in the pet industry and when you buy one of their toys, you can be sure that you are buying with confidence. Although this is not based in order of priority, I must say that this had to be at the top regardless.
A few of the main pros to this toy include:
- Great dental care toy for your dog’s teeth
- Able to be stuffed with food or frozen foods too
- Durable and robust
- Made in the USA (always great)
You can also get this toy with a KONG ball too. So it may be worth buying the 2 toys at once. I’m sure there are many more pros to this toy, but I only have limited time and space, so let’s get onto toy number 2.
Right up behind the KONG had to be Goughnuts with the rubber ring chew toy. This toy is great for goldens as it is very durable and tough whilst being good for outdoor games too. A few of the main benefits include:
- Super durable for extreme chewers
- Good for fetching outside
- Able to float which is good for water sports
- Made in the USA (always a bonus!)
This toy is great for dogs that love to chew and if you know about Goughnuts toys already, then you would know that they are always great quality. Not only that but all of their toys are made to float, so you never have to worry about playing with them and you’re golden in the water.
This toy is great for dogs that can chew for hours upon end. That means if you are dealing with a golden that simply tears through anything, then this may be a good option. Just like the previous to by Goughnuts this toy also floats too. A few of the main benefits of purchasing this toy include:
- A 100% damage guarantee from the manufacturer
- Made with non-toxic and FDA compliant materials
- Recyclable and dishwasher safe
So as you may have noticed with this manufacturer to the others. They are willing to 100% back their product with a guarantee that they will replace any product that you are unhappy with. Heres a link with more details on the Westpaw website here.
I used to recommend these floppy looking tennis balls that seemed to do the trick for about 6 months or 6 minutes. But now I have found this product that is simply the best kind of tennis looking ball I have ever come across for dogs.
This ball is probably the most durable item on the list. And if you check the review s on Amazon, I am not the only one saying this. The product speaks for itself. Not only that but it comes in multiple sizes with different amounts of balls to a pack.
So no matter which amount or size you need, then I’m sure they will have something there for you. A few of the main benefits of this toy are:
- Built with tough durable rubber to last for long term use
- High bouncing which is good for outdoor games
- Floats in water
- Easy to clean in the kitchen sink with some warm water
As you can understand, there is only so much to talk about when it comes to a small-sized ball. But for this, I would make the exception and say that there is much more. Either way, this is a great product and I highly recommend it for any parent looking for a new ball outside.
If you have multiple dogs then I would recommend that you go for the 5 pack.
This toy comes as a bundle with around 10 ropes inside for your dog to play multiple outdoor games with. I have personally purchased this set of ropes for my pup and it was the best decision I have ever made.
All of the ropes are very durable and there is a rope inside the pack for almost any scenario. So whether you are going to the park or up to the mountains, then there will be a rope inside here for the day. A few bonuses to this toy include:
- A great value for money with 10 ropes for the price of 2
- Very durable ropes that avoid fraying or tearing
- Great to help dogs avoid chewing other items around the house
- The non-profit company that donates earnings to charitable causes
The last point alone separates these guys from any other company on Amazon. They are a nonprofit company and solely run for the benefit of helping to rescue dogs. Aside from their great cause they also make good products too. So that’s why this product made it into my top 8 chew toys for golden retrievers.
Goughnuts make it back into the list for the second time with another great product. This toy instead is made to cater to tugging over the first one that was more for chewing. That means that if you are used to sitting on the sofa, then you need to get up and play with your dog if you buy this.
This toy is similar to the ropes but is made from tough rubber instead of thread. I would say this toy is great for playing games that involve you and your dog as opposed to them playing alone.
A few great things that I really love about this toy include:
- The toy is manufactured around the idea of being safe for dogs
- Made from toughened rubber that is strong and durable
- A reputable brand that has been around for a long time
- Made to protect parents too
The last point may have made you think huh? Or what? And yes you would be right to ask yourself that because there are next to no manufacturers that cover this as a main priority.
Because of the use that this toy will be used for. Goughnuts have actually thought about how they can avoid injury to parents by making the toy a little larger than normal. That way, you can play tug of war and other games without worrying about your pooch taking off your fingers too!
Next up is the long jump ‘N’ jack rubber chew toy. This toy has one of the most unique shapes that I think I have ever seen. They have definitely put a lot of work into the design. And the best part is that the product lines up with the quality of that design too!
This toy is one that I have purchased recently and my dog Bella seems to love it. There are many great benefits to your dog using this toy such as:
- Great for stuffing treats and food inside
- Dental toy for teeth cleaning
- Available in multiple different sizes
- Made in the US of A
Not only that but you are also buying a toy from one of the best companies on the planet for dog toys. As many of you already know, KONG is right up there for when it comes to the best.
So you are also getting a guarantee of quality when you buy from them too! Just be careful with your dog playing with this out of sight as I have seen reviews of dogs chewing this toy up real good.
This toy is great for multiple reasons. Not only does this make a great chew toy for your dog, but it also helps with cleaning their teeth too. The idea behind the toy is that you fill it up with toothpaste for dogs, give it to your dog to chew on.
And the toy will do the rest of the work. I would not put this toy in the best list for the most durable, but again that is not the main purpose of this toy and you still get one heck of a toy for chewing at that too.
A few other benefits of this toy include:
- A toy that allows your dog to brush his/her own teeth
- Easy to clean with some warm water
- Durable enough to avoid small breaks in the material
There are a few more things that make this toy great, which you can read on Amazon. Hands down, this is a great toy and highly recommended which is why it’s on my top 8 list.
This is a list of the best chew toys on the market for your golden retriever. Every toy here is built for a different purpose but you can be sure that they are all made with non-toxic materials and built to last.
I would like to encourage you to read the first part of this post to understand what toy will be best suited to you and your dog. And then towards the bottom of this post, you have every product that I recommend to be the best for this purpose.
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