As your puppy begins to grow up it is an exciting time for both of you. Yet, you might not realise his need for a chew toy until it is too late. The average pet causes £700 of damage to their home, with indiscriminate chewing a big part of this in some cases.
When he starting chewing on everything that he can sink his teeth into then this could be a clear sign that he has started the teething phase in his development. Smacking him and telling him to stop chewing your shoes and furniture isn’t the solution to this problem.
Instead, you should look to satisfy his natural urge to chew by getting him the right kind of toy to do this with. Once you start looking you will see that there is a big collection of these toys to choose from, so being able to choose wisely is going to ensure that you spend your money wisely and get something that is truly useful for him.
Before you make your choice it is worth taking some time to understand what it is about some puppy toys that makes them completely irresistible while others aren’t so enticing.
A study carried out by the University of Bristol’s Veterinary School looked into it and discovered that the best type of toy is soft and easily manipulated. It should also be easy to chew and make a noise. However, they also realised that dogs tend to get bored of any toy once the novelty factor wears off.
Overall, they believed that dogs think like wolves and see these toys as preys to be attacked. Bearing this study in mind, it is a good idea to look at some of the toys on the market just now that you might be interested in for your Cockapoo.
Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, Pack of 3
This terrific kit is for puppies ages 6 months and over. It is made up of 3 edible, chewy bones that are designed to take him through the chewing stage in a happy and non-destructive way.
These bones help to clean his teeth and remove tartar as well as satisfy his natural urge to chew. They are also entertaining for him and should keep him amused for hours on end.
The pack is made up of a chicken flavoured durachew bone, a bacon flavours healthy edibles bone and a chicken flavoured flexichew puppy bone.
- Good variety with 3 different bones
- Value for money
- Tasty and entertaining
- Some dogs just don’t seem interested in them
Nylabone Puppy Teething Rings
These teething rings are all about giving your Cockapoo puppy a safe and healthy way of chewing and having fun. They are designed to stand up to even powerful chewers with adult teeth.
With these Nylabone puppy teething rings you can encourage him to chew in a healthy and non-destructive way that also keeps his plaque and tartar firmly under control. Naturally, this can also work out to be a fine way of keeping him entertained for hours on end.
This product is recommended for dogs that weigh up to 11 kg (25 lbs). Like any kind of puppy chewing toy, you need to be careful to replace it once it becomes damaged.
- Strong and durable
- Comfortable to chewing
- Great fun
- Some owners have found it to be too hard for their dogs
KONG Puppy Small, Assorted Colours
This interesting dog toy is made especially with the teeth and gums of puppies in mind. It helps to teach them good chewing behaviour and stimulates them as well.
When you play with it then the unpredictable bounce makes it incredibly good fun. You can also stuff it with treats and snacks to encourage your Cockapoo to really get stuck in.
It is especially useful for crate training or for those cases in which you want to keep the dog occupied. The price is nice and, while many dog owners are delighted to see how their dogs love playing with it.
- Highly versatile
- Can be stuffed with treats
- Useful for playing games of fetch as well
- May be too small for some dogs
Puppy Kong Goodie Bone – Teething Toy and Treat Dispenser (small/medium)
This product is made from natural rubber and has been designed with a puppy’s growing jaws and new teeth in mind. It is shaped like a bone to be more enticing and measures 5.5 inches in length.
As always, it is best to supervise your Cockapoo while he chews on a toy like this.
- Great for filling with treats
- A long-lasting toy
- Good quality build
- Fairly small, which could be a problem for some bigger dogs
BioSafe Puppy Ring- Blue
This is a smart, hygienic dog toy that uses antimicrobial technology to stop bacteria and mould from growing on it. While your Cockapoo chew on it the toy will massage his gums and clean his teeth.
Interestingly, this BioSafe Puppy Ring floats in water and is impregnated with an enticing mint scent. It is tailored for puppies and small dogs, with a tough but soft feel to it.
Overall, this is a fun and safe teething toy that will give your dog hour after hour of tremendous fun.
- Safe and hygienic
- Cleans his teeth as he chews
- Particularly strong chewers may destroy it too quickly