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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
They come in various types such as edible dental treats, bones and hide chews. Again, size is important for two reasons:
Some of these are a good choice as an occasional treat and can help keep your puppys teeth clean and even freshen his breath.
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.
We have already mentioned some types of chew toys to avoid but you should also avoid the following types.
We at Golden Retriever Owners recommend Kong teething toys or the Nylabone Dura Chew & Nylabone Rhino Chew ranges as being top quality and best puppy chew toys and especially suitable for Golden Retriever Puppys.