To help deal with the problems of a teething cockapoo pup, therefore, you need to have suitable toys. Which is why we’ve put together this guide.
Contents and Quick Navigation
- 1 Our Recommendations
- 2 Teething Cockapoo Chew Toys
- 3 Things to Consider When Choosing Teething Toys for Cockapoo Puppies
- 4 Things to Avoid When Buying Chewing Toys For Your Teething Cockapoo
- 5 How to Make Sure Your Cockapoo Pup Stays Interested in Their Chew Toys
Nylabone Bacon Flavoured Dummy, Puppy Chew Toy
First up, yes, this chew toy is exactly what it looks like it is, a dummy like the kind you would give to baby. The major difference is that it has been made with cockapoos and dogs in mind. It is made from 100% polymer and tastes of bacon. We really like the fact that there are lots of ridges and bumps on the dummies because the different shapes will add extra fun and relief. It also wipes clean, so it won’t stay yucky and sticky to touch.
Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit
Next, we have the Puppy Starter Kit from the same company as the product above, Nylabone. As well as being designed to keep your dog entertained and to stop boredom from settling in, they are made to provide a safe, easy and very convenient way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and hygienic, as they help to remove tartar from their growing teeth. You get a three-pack of tasty bones that your cockapoo pup will love, including the Bacon-flavoured bone, the Chicken-Flavoured Flexichew bone, and the Chicken-Flavoured Dura Chew.
What’s more, the kit actually has directions and guidelines for which bone you should use first, as they are all made slightly differently. The first is very soft and gentle and not ideal for cockapoos with permanent teeth, the next is designed to be better for puppies who actively chew and have permanent teeth, while the third one is designed with growing cockapoos of 6 months or more.
Kong for Small Puppies
Kong is one of the most popular and renowned manufacturers of dog toys and other accessories and it’s not hard to see why. One of their most well-known and highly regarded products is undoubtedly Kong. This is a chew toy that has been made from all-natural rubber and provides the gentlest experience for your cockapoo’s new and growing teeth. Thanks to the fact the rubber is bouncy, it also makes for a very entertaining toy if your puppy is highly energetic. Did we mention it can be filled to the brim with lots of tasty treats your dog will love trying to paw out?
MEKEET Puppy Chew Toys
For something a little different, why not choose this rope toy made from completely non-toxic and very soft natural cotton? You can choose from a duck or a giraffe, depending on what your animal prefers (okay, so it actually will depend on what you prefer, but you know what we mean) and offers a durable biting and chew toy that they will not get bored with easily.
DoggyLush 10 Dog Chew Toys
Last but certainly not least in our guide to puppy teething chew toys, we have this excellent pack from DoggyLush featuring not just 1, 2 or even 3 toys, but 10 toys, for under 15 quid. Various kinds of toys will appeal to puppies of all personalities and can be used in lots of different ways.
For starters, you get an extremely fun and soft frisbee made from 100% cotton that offers hours of fun inside or out and will protect their new teeth and sore gums. This is a very kind toy to give your cockapoo.
Then there are 4 different rope-based, cotton-made pulling toys. These can be used for a good old-fashioned tug o’ war with your dog that will help give them relief and something to keep them occupied and entertained.
There are also 3 chew toys and 2 feeder balls. So, there really is a diverse range of toys you can use as part of training and to help your cockapoo puppy and you cope with their teething.
Teething Cockapoo Chew Toys
Cockapoos when they are puppies, like all other breeds of dog, have an insatiable desire to chew that starts once they have been born. Like baby humans, puppies explore the world using their teeth and by chewing. It’s all very natural. The chewing really ups a gear considerably, though, once they start teething.
You need to understand that because their teeth are growing and starting to break through their gums, the area is inflamed and sore and the best way to relieve the discomfort and pain is by chewing…well anything!
Nothing is safe from harm during this part of their life and it can be quite distressing for you as an owner. You need to try, though, and manage it. Carefully watch your cockapoo pup and correct them and train them to learn what they are allowed to chew and what they aren’t allowed to chew.
Things to Consider When Choosing Teething Toys for Cockapoo Puppies
As we’ve noted before, while they are teething, cockapoo puppies, just like other breeds, chew because it helps relieve the pressure they experience as their new teeth break through their gums and cause them a lot of pain and discomfort.
How do you choose the right toys for your dog? We’ve given an overview of the products we think are best and that our team here at CockapooHQ would highly recommend, but how do you choose your own? There are some key factors to consider.
There are a shocking number of puppies and indeed adult dogs who die each year from choking or just ingesting small bits of toys, among a list of many other objects. It is important therefore that you choose a toy that has been made to be shatterproof from a material that won’t break down into those harmful small pieces.
Durable But Chewable
Following nicely from the above point, you need a chewing toy that falls between being soft and chewable, but also durable that it will not be a waste of time and break easily.
The Right Size
Size is everything when it comes to the right chew toy for your teething cockapoo. One that has been designed with smaller breeds in mind, like Chihuahuas or Bichon Friese may not be too easily swallowed by your cockapoo, which could lead to them choking on it.
whereas a toy that is designed for a much bigger animal like a Rottweiler or St Bernard may prove to be too big for your cockapoo pup.
Taste Should Not Be Ignored
If there is one thing that’s better than a soothing chew toy, it’s a soothing chew toy that tastes delicious. There are lots of great options, both in terms of toys that can be filled with tasty goodies for your cockapoo and those that have materials enriched with meaty and sweet flavours.
Things to Avoid When Buying Chewing Toys For Your Teething Cockapoo
You may have wondered why we only highlighted a small number of toys, considering there are so many available on the market. Well, although many toys are marketed as chew toys suitable for teething dogs and cockapoos, not all are made to the same standard. Even if they are not toxic, your cockapoo pup may just not find them appealing enough.
So, you can avoid making mistakes, particularly those that could injure or endanger your puppy, avoid the following:
Toys made with BPA
BPA is a toxic chemical that is often used by companies to make very cheap toys. Even in small quantities, there has been evidence to suggest BPA is dangerous, so you need to make sure any teething toys or chew toys you choose are BPA-free.
Cheap Squeaky Toys
We need to make clear that we are not suggesting for one minute that all squeaky toys are bad for your puppy. Many dogs love the interactive quality of them, and many manufacturers put a lot of thought and effort into making them safe. However, there are cheap squeaky toys that are made from inferior products that fall apart too easily, which can lead to your dog swallowing the squeaker, which in turn could cause potential health risks.
Toys Made of Many Parts or Break Into Pieces
While it’s rare to find toys that match these descriptions, you should still be diligent to avoid any that you think may fall into this category.
Toys That Can Fit Completely in Their Mouth
Although it’s been mentioned already, size is something you should pay attention to when choosing a chew toy for your dog. The last thing you want is to cause your cockapoo problems by giving him or her a toy they may choke on. So, the general rule of thumb to use when choosing the right size of toy for your animal is whether they would be able to fit the whole thing inside their mouth.
How to Make Sure Your Cockapoo Pup Stays Interested in Their Chew Toys
What happens if your dog becomes bored with a particular toy? They will look elsewhere to get their chewing fix and that relief from the pain and discomfort they are feeling. This means, if you don’t offer them enough variety when it comes to toys, it may be something they shouldn’t be putting their teeth or mouth on.
First and foremost, to avoid this happening, you need to pick the best toys possible for your particular cockapoo and their personality. In addition to that, though, there are other things you can do to ensure they don’t lose interest too quickly.
Some of the best toys for teething cockapoos are the ones that are interactive in some way. While all toys are interactive to an extent, we mean those that are either designed to provide your dog with a challenge to get at the treats, are flavoured with edible materials or can be filled with tasty goodies. The harder your animal has to work on their toy to get what they want from it, the more focused and less bored they will be with it.
One simple way you can make a chew toy instantly more attractive to your teething cockapoo is by sticking it in the freezer. The cold of the toy will help offer relief from the discomfort and pain they are feeling in their inflamed gums.
Switch and Swap Toys
One very obvious way to avoid your dog becoming bored too easily with their chew toys is by switching and swapping their available options regularly. This will help prevent them from becoming too used to one toy.
It’s not the most fun period for either you or your dog when they are teething, but by choosing the right toys, using our guide above and the recommendations we’ve offered, you can hopefully help your cockapoo to get through it with as little discomfort and distress as possible.