Best Puppy Chew Toys For Golden Retrievers

Best Puppy Chew Toys For Golden Retrievers

Best Puppy Chew Toys

If your little Golden Retriever is in the process of losing his baby teeth and growing his new adult ones, then he's 'teething'. Just like a human baby, this can be a challenging time; not just for your puppy but for everyone. To make it easier you need to choose one of the best puppy chew toys.

Dogs of all ages tend to chew almost anything. It's just natural dog behavior. However, a dog will chew the most between the age of 8 and 24 weeks because this is when they are teething. As a result, you need to make sure your puppy has some suitable toys to chew on other than your furniture, clothing, shoes, rugs and more. The toys need to be safe, sturdy and durable.

How Do I Choose The Best Puppy Chew Toys?

The best puppy chew toys, especially when your puppy is teething, are those that are well-constructed from safe and durable materials. Not only will this protect your puppy from injury but will save you money on toys that cannot stand up to the chewing of little sharp teeth.

A Golden Retriever puppy is a quite large breed of dog, therefore, you should take this into account when selecting the best shew toys. Small toys are unsuitable and can be dangerous for your puppy. Especially toys like balls, or small hard bones. Your puppy could even choke on the the smaller sized chew toys. Make sure that you choose the larger size of the most durable chew toys.

What Do I Need To Look For?

When your puppy is teething, his gums are sore, itchy and uncomfortable. To relieve this, he has an uncontrollable urge to chew, gnaw and bite on everything and anything. So you need to look for a chew toy that can help relieve the discomfort he is feeling.

The main qualities you should be looking for are:

  • Flexible materials that are firm and maybe also have fabric areas
  • Durable construction from top quality materials
  • Nothing sharp or brittle made from hard plastic materials

Your puppy will bite firmly on the chew toy in order to relieve the discomfort, or even pain, from his teething. If a chew toy is too soft, it won't provide enough resistance he needs. If it is too hard, or with sharp edges, it will likely cause him more pain.

Combined Flexible and Textured Puppy Chew Toys

Your puppy has a short attention span and his gums can become irritated by too much chowing on something too firm. To avoid this, there a lot of chew toys available that are made up of different surfaces, materials and  textures.

These types of chew toys are great for actively teething puppies and will keep his attention for longer. He can also chew on the different areas, depending on how how sore his gums are.

Cold/Frozen Puppy Chew Toys

There are some chew toys available that are specifically designed to be refrigerated or frozen before your pup plays with them. This type can work well if your puppy has particularly sensitive gums because the coolness of the toy helps reduce swelling and numb the discomfort.

Dog Treat Puppy Chews

Puppy treat chew toys are always very popular. You place a selection of treats inside the toy and let your puppy work out how to get to them. Your puppy will take an interest in them for a long time, but, you have to make sure that your puppy can't easily get access to the treat and eat it all too quickly. It wouldn't be good for his appetite, teeth or weight.

Edible Puppy Chews

These are not really toys as such, however, it is likely your puppy will still have a lot of fun with them.

They come in various types such as edible dental treats, bones and hide chews. Again, size is important for two reasons:

  1. A tiny edible bone could be swallowed whole and cause choking hazard.
  2. The ones which are easily crunched up and swallowed don't last very long and you can't give your pup too many of them without risking tummy upset.

Some of these are a good choice as an occasional treat and can help keep your puppys teeth clean and even freshen his breath.

Soft or Stuffed Puppy Chew Toys

We know how much our retriever, Marley, enjoys his soft, stuffed toys. Unfortunately he can destroy one of these within minutes. There are some types of soft toys that can withstand the chewing, but they should not be regarded as a long-term option.

We do let my Marley have these sorts of play things as his 'babies'. Amazingly, he has his favourites which have lasted a long time and which are regularly put through the washing machine to keep them fresh. However, we always watch him carefully while he is playing with them and take the toy away as soon as it starts to rip and the stuffing starts to show.

What Types of Puppy Chew Toy Should I Avoid?

We have already mentioned some types of chew toys to avoid but you should also avoid the following types.

  • Toys that are the wrong size
  • Thin, Poor Quality or Cheaply-Made Toys
  • Certain types of soft toys
    If they don't have reinforced seams or added details like button eyes etc.
  • Certain Types of Ball
    Soft rubber balls because chunks can get torn out of them
    Most tennis balls as your pup is likely to eat the fuzzy outside coating and then rip up the main body of the ball
  • Cowhide, Bully Sticks etc.
    These can be used as a chew toy for your puppy, however, some puppys will tear off large chunks which can cause choking
  • Natural bones
    They are often very hard and can break or damage your puppy's teeth.
  • Cooked bones
    Some types can splinter and not only damage your puppy's mouth but also his insides

Our Best Puppy Chew Toys Recommendations

We at Golden Retriever Owners recommend Kong teething toys or the Nylabone Dura ChewNylabone Rhino Chew ranges as being top quality and best puppy chew toys and especially suitable for Golden Retriever Puppys.


Hi, my name is Stuart and with my wife, Shona, we are the proud owners of two Golden Retrievers. Our boy Marley and our little girl Chloe.


  1. Laura Davenport says:

    Chew toys for golden retrievers
    I have 6 month old golden retriever. She likes to chew everything. What are the best chew toys or bones to buy her?

    • Stuart says:

      Laura, from the experience of our 2 Retrievers, nothing seems to last for very long. When they were young, we used to get them cheap toy animals from the local charity shop. (remove all glass eyes, plastic noses etc. for safety) They did get destroyed but did not really matter.
      For something that is really durable, we can recommend the range of KONG toys. They are about as indestructible as you can possibly get. Also, some are designed to keep your puppy amused by allowing you to place treats inside. The following link will show you what is currently most popular. – Affiliate link.

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