Teething toys for puppies hold more significance than you may think. Puppies are like toddlers; both love to explore and get into things. With puppies, they like to explore the world with their teeth. New tastes, new textures; they’re testing out their environment. However, we all know this can sometimes be chaotic for dog owners. Toys that are designed specifically for your teething puppy will be your solution. Instead of your youngster finding their own materials to gnaw on, you can provide them with a safe and non-destructive option. In fact, this is your important first step as a dog owner to building healthy chewing habits with your pooch.

     Teething toys are great for puppies; they soothe their gums and defer destructive chewing habits. Fortunately, Nylabone offers a unique line of toys and treats designed just for cute little ball of fur. From rubber toys, to solid bones, to fully digestible treats, you can find all the toys your dog will need as they go through the teething process. Before breaking out the wallet and rushing to the store, take a look at how each option can benefit your puppy the most.

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Teething in Puppies: Why You Need Teething Toys

     All puppies have a natural instinct to chew. Nylabone Puppy Teething Toys are great for your new puppy’s mental health, behavior, and oral health. They will help your new pup develop healthy chewing habits; keeping them chewing on toys, rather than household items! Puppies will often chew to relieve the pain caused by teething; that’s where teething toys come into play. They are a healthy way to promote strong new teeth for your pup, without causing pain. Unlike other hard dog chew toys, they’re soft enough to prevent your pup from chipping a tooth.

     Most puppies will have all of their baby teeth at around 5-8 weeks old. Just like humans, dogs lose their teeth as well. You should look out for missing teeth around 12-16 weeks, because this is when their adult teeth come in. Through all of the stages of teething, your pup can experience pain and soreness to their gums. To ease their pain, vets recommend giving them a chew toy. Luckily, you can find plenty of puppy chew toys throughout this article.

About the Company: Nylabone

     Nylabone made their first chew all the way back in 1955, and they’ve been perfecting the process ever since. They pride themselves on making some of the greatest edible chews, teething toys, and durable chews for dogs.

     Many pup parents have found that Nylabone’s relieve stress, anxiety, and boredom in their dogs due to their long-lasting design and durability. In addition, Nylabone toys  promote dental health by removing plaque and tartar buildup. Ultimately, this helps to keep your pup’s breath smelling fresh. If your dog needs a toy to keep them occupied and chewing, Nylabone chew toys are a great choice.

Nylabone Gives Back

     Along with Nylabone’s high quality products, we also love this company for their charitable actions. They truly care for the wellbeing of dogs, which they prove by donating to shelter animals. By providing chew toys to dogs in need, they help reduce anxiety and create positive chewing behavior. Some of the organizations Nylabone supports are regional humane societies, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, United States Military, local rescues, and much more. You can feel good about purchasing a Nylabone product, because you will get a high quality chew toy while also supporting a charitable company.

Nylabone Puppy Teething Toys: Options

Bacon Flavored Stick Bone

Main Benefits
  • Soft rubber
  • Textured to clean teeth
  • Durable
  • Bacon flavored

     The Bacon Flavored Stick Bone is designed just for puppies. It has all of the qualities of a puppy chew toy, along with  a delicious bacon flavor. Your pup will get excited for the bacon flavor, with the added benefits of a teething toy. So what makes this so great for puppies? First of all, the stick is made with soft rubber to provide comfort while they chew. This not only soothes your pup’s gums, but also helps develop their baby teeth. Another great aspect of this toy is the texture, which will remove any plaque or tartar buildup on their teeth to promote dental health for years to come.

     Despite its softness, it is durable enough to withstand heavy chewing from puppies as they play with it. You can leave your pup alone with this toy for hours and the flavor will last just as well as the toy. In the summer months, you can easily freeze the toy to make it a fun treat for the heat.

     We have found these toys to be a great help with teething puppies. They’re the perfect texture to satisfy pups that have a strong urge to chew without hurting their delicate teeth.  We were surprised when the toy arrived, however, to find out that this is only one long bone, not two small bones. Very tiny pups may have trouble picking up and carrying the whole bone on their own; however, as your pup grows  they will be able to carry it around with no problem.

puppy starter kit

Main Benefits:
  • Three bones in one purchase
  • Multiple chewing levels
  • Teaches good chewing habits
  • Delicious flavors

     Here at Better Living with Fido, the puppy starter kit is one of our favorites. If you have a new pup that seems to be testing out his or her jaws on everything, this may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Before your little one gets into too much trouble, interviene by giving them this puppy starter kit.  Each bone has its own unique benefits that not only aid in oral health, but will also defer destructive chewing. The treats are designed in a three step process. Once your pup destroys one bone, they “graduate” to the next one until their teeth are fully developed.

Bone 1

     The first bone is a chicken flavored puppy bone (non-edible). It has a soft chewy texture that will soothe your pup’s gums and aid in the teething process. Additionally, it has a delicious chicken flavor that will keep your pup busy for hours. In short, this bone will introduce your pup to chewing, teaching them healthy chewing habits.

Bone 2

     The second bone is a chicken-flavored Dura Chew. This bone is ideal for pups starting to get their adult teeth. It’s soft enough to aid in the teething process, not quite soft enough for baby teeth. It provides increased durability to withstand heavier chewing, establishing good chewing behavior and great oral health.

Bone 3

     The final bone is a completely edible bacon-flavored bone; part of Nylabone’s Healthy Edibles line. This bone is ideal for puppies over 6 months old; it’s healthy, delicious, and a great treat for your pup when their teeth are ready for it. Nylabone was smart to understand how puppies go through the teething process. In most cases, only one type of teething toy will not be useful or safe for the entire teething process. We love the three-toy step process, because it meets the needs of different teething stages.

Caution

     Remember, only one of these bones is edible! The first two are chew toys, and the last one is a treat. As a safety measure, you want to ensure your pup does not ingest parts of the first two bones.

Dinosaur Dental Chew

Main Benefits:
  • Flexible
  • For small dogs and puppies
  • Chicken flavor
  • Massaging nubs for cleaning gums and teeth

     This T-Rex dental chew is an extremely flexible teething toy made exclusively for small dogs and puppies. Just like all of the other Nylabone teething toys, it’s also infused with a delicious chicken flavor your pup will love. The dinosaur is one of our favorites because it has tiny massaging nubs that help soothe your dog’s gums as they chew. It also has a very soft, yet durable, texture perfect for dogs with baby teeth.

     If you’re in search of a softer chew toy for your new puppy to provide comfort during teething, the dinosaur is a great choice. The rich flavor will keep them chewing this, rather than your favorite pair of shoes. We would highly suggest this product for any puppy under 25 lbs. who needs a healthy and chewable distraction.

 Romp 'N Chomp Freezer Bone

Main Benefits:
  • Freezable
  • Comes with treat insert
  • Treat will entice your pup to chew
  • Removes plaque and tartar
  • Durable

     The Romp ‘N Chomp Freezer Bone is one of the longest lasting puppy teething toys we’ve come across. The bone is made of durable, yet flexible material ideal for puppies and moderate chewers. It easily removes tartar buildup from your dog’s mouth;aiding in their teething process. The bone is also ideal for freezing. You may find this freezing process to be beneficial for your unique dog. The toy will get a little harder and your pup will be able to chew on it in the summer months to stay cool. We love that this toy comes with a treat insert, because it will entice your pup to chew longer and acts as a reward for safe chewing practices.

     When your dog manages to remove the treat from the toy, we have found that the replacement treats don’t fit in the bone as well. Ultimately, they tend to fall out immediately. Instead, it’s better if you fill the center with water or chicken broth, and then freeze it. This makes for a great summertime treat, just like a puppy popsicle! As far as the size goes, the petite size is for pups under 15 lbs, and the wolf size works for dogs up to 35 lbs.

Puppy Key Ring Bone

Main Benefits:
  • Variety of sizes
  • Cute design
  • Multiple bones
  • Soft rubber ring that’s gentle on teeth

      Have you ever seen babies using teething rings? This will mimic that, and be just as cute. The unique shape of the ring, as well as the long skinny “keys”, keep teething pups busy for hours. The keys are available in 3 sizes: extra small, small, and medium. However, don’t be surprised when the toy comes larger than expected. The medium is easily large enough for extremely large breeds; it’s about 6 inches long. Even the extra small is almost 4″ long.

     Nylabone really has teething toys down to a science. Their rubber is made from a durable yet gentle material that captivates young pups. Plus, the end of the keys are raised to not only clean your pup’s teeth, but also massage their gums while they’re playing.

Caution

      The entire key ring is made from soft thermoplastic polymer which is great for teething puppies. However, this soft plastic material can be harmful to any dog with adult teeth (over about 6 months old). Dogs with adult teeth may be able to break off pieces of the keys and swallow them. We would highly recommend this product to just about any pup that still has baby teeth, and because it’s available in 3 sizes, you can find the perfect size for your furbaby.

 Giant Chicken Flavored Puppy Chew

Main Benefits:
  • Textured surface
  • Big enough for larger-breed pups
  • Chicken flavored
  • Promotes dental health

     Finally, a large teething toy that can withstand your larger puppy’s chew! Whether you own a Great Dane, Rottweiler, German shepherd, or any other big breed, this toy will be a great fit for them.The giant chicken flavored puppy chew is big enough to entice your puppy without hurting their baby teeth. We love the raised bristles, because it provides a textured surface to stimulate their teeth and gums. The texture also cleans your dog’s teeth as they chew to promote dental health. Keep in mind that while this chew is larger, it is still only ideal for puppies with baby teeth. If you give this toy to any dog with adult teeth, they will surely rip it to shreds in a matter of minutes.

Cautions

     We have found that some dogs lose interest in the toy after several weeks because the chicken flavor fades. If you run into this problem you can simply cover the treat with peanut butter or any of your pup’s favorite treats. The raised bristles also make it a fun challenge! If you’ve got a new pup with a bigger bite, this is a great toy to help them develop healthy chewing habits.

  Puppy Teething Pacifier

Main Benefits:
  • Soft but durable
  • Textures provide a better chew
  • Bacon flavored

     The puppy teething pacifier keeps your pup interested with unique textures and a delicious bacon flavor. Each “pacifier” has raised bristles that clean the tartar off of your puppy’s teeth, and soothe their gums. Pups love these toys because of their soft and flexible plastic material. It’s gentle enough to help your new pup’s teething go smoothly, but not soft enough for them to destroy. The design of this toy is very similar to the Puppy Key Ring Bone, both having a ring with keys or pacifiers attached. The main difference between these two toys are the sizes. The Puppy Teething Pacifier only comes in one size: extra small. If you have a tiny pup on your hands, this will be a great choice for you.

     The pacifier is a great toy to keep your new puppy occupied with. It will help them develop chewing habits, and the bacon flavor will keep them gnawing on this, rather than household items. You will definitely get your money’s worth with this teething toy.

Caution

     Once your little one starts to grow adult teeth, you’ll want to take this toy away to prevent them from chewing off pieces and swallowing them.