Finally- Tough Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers!
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Finally- Tough Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers!

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Finally- Tough Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers!

The pet industry generated $58 billion last year, with a large percentage going toward pet toys. $15 billion went toward vet care. According to some pet insurance websites, when a dog ingests something that will not pass through their system, it could cost owners $10,000. With these staggering figures, pet owners have a responsibility to purchase toys that hold up to the chew level of their puppy. But how do you figure out which toys to choose? Which ones are safe, eco-friendly, and made here in the USA? Will they last for even the toughest chewers? We went to the veterinarians and found a unanimous decision- the Zogoflex product line. No toy is indestructible, but this one is sure close! 

West paw design Zogoflex products

A Toy Eaten and the Aftermath

After our $700 emergency vet visit, we decided that enough was enough. Any toys we get for Penny will now be made specifically for aggressive chewers, especially puppies that destroy toys easily.

Ex) "Here Penny! Look! A brand new toy!" ...turn around and put the groceries away...."Penny! How did you get the stuffing out of that already!?!?"

It was time to stop going to Pet Smart and just buying a random toy on the shelf that was cute, looked fun, or squeaked loud. Too much money was wasted on Penny destroying dog toys within the first day, so we wanted to spend a little more on quality. Of course, no toy is indestructible and it is recommended that you supervise your pet when they play with a toy; however, some toys stand out as excellent options for  strong chewers past the typical Kongs. He told us about a new company out of Montana that makes tough, eco-friendly dog toys.

west paw dog with toys

West Paw Design- Tough Dog Toys

Some highlights from our manufacturer, West Paw Design:

  • Toys are buoyant (float)
  • Made in the USA
  • Guaranteed if damaged for a one time replacement
  • Recyclable (old toys can be sent in and they make them into new toys)
  • Top shelf dishwasher safe
  • Non-toxic
  • Gentle on dog’s teeth

So you're telling me there is a guarantee in place that gets me a new toy if the dog destroys it?? Well, now I want to give it to Penny and hope she destroys it, just to get a replacement! Two weeks in, no luck. Every toy looks as new as when we got it, even with her collie-level playing times. 

You have choices too; a bone shaped toy, a ball, a stick looking thing, a Frisbee-like option, and a treat dispenser. They made a cute YouTube video that shows how much the dogs love the toys (we shared it on our site under the product descriptions). Nothing like true voice of customer to give you confidence in the product line. Like the Kong products, there seem to be a million uses for the Toppl products, and on our website we have some listed in pictures that should get you started. The group suggests that you buy the small and the large treat dispensers, interlock them, and really challenge your pup! Since the toys are machine washable, it is easy to put whatever you want in the Toppl and keep it from smelling.

You can also check out some other options for aggressive chewers! We have a bunch of awesome stuff for destruct-o dogs!


All in all, we were very impressed with the company and have decided to add them to our group of quality products. If you have an aggressive chewer, I suggest you check them out today.  

We hope these products help your dog's aggressive chewing like it did for our dog. Please share this with friends that have had chewing problems, maybe we can help them too! As always, leave your questions, comments, or reviews!

Happy chewing!
Matt and Penny

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