Probably one of the worst dog toys is a rope toy. If you’re wondering why it’s one of the worst, it’s because it could cause more harm to your dog than good. It may be one of the simplest toys out there, but the fibres and threads in the rope can stay stuck in your dog’s stomach for a while, long enough to cause problems!
Luckily, dogs are easily entertained, and you should be able to swap their favorite rope toy with something that is healthier and safer for them to play with without causing huge distress!
In this article, we list the top 6 dog rope toy alternatives you can easily find online. Trust us, your dog will thank you later.
Honking Duck Plush
Dogs are very easily entertained with noise and other animals. Even if something even remotely looks like a real animal, they will try to approach it!
This honking duck plush is perfect for curious dogs who haven’t found their toy best friend. It is ideal for playing, interacting, and because it’s made with soft furry material, it is also perfect for cuddling. We all know dogs (at least most of them) are very cuddly creatures, and they will appreciate a companion they can cuddle with (and chew on from time to time!)
Interactive Dog Football Toy
Are you a big sports fan? Then maybe it’s time to get your dog into football with this interactive dog football toy. This particular football toy is designed for small to medium sized dogs, and can be used to play virtually EVERYWHERE: indoors, outdoors, even in pools! Made with nylon, this lightweight toy encourages your dog to run about and exercise. Get your dog ready for the next football world cup!
Squeaky Snake Toy
Similar to the honking duck plush is this squeaky snake toy. It has almost the same features, but with an additional one: it rolls down to a length and can be used as a perfect alternative for rope toys if you and your dog love playing tug!
With its bright green color and extremely cute head, this snake toy is no doubt going to entertain your dog for hours on end.
This frame ball is not just your regular rubber ball. Its odd ring shape wrapping around the ball is interesting enough for humans, and even more interesting for dogs. The soft spikes covering the rings invite dogs to chew, and since it’s made with soft rubber, it’s completely safe for dogs to gnaw on!
It can be used to play both indoors and outdoors, and even with its odd shape, it is perfectly easy to clean and store.
Wooden Chew Stick
Unlike other chew toys, this wooden chew stick promises to improve your dog’s chewing muscles while improving their dental health. Since it’s made of wood, it is completely natural, does not contain harmful chemicals, and has been quality controlled and ensured they are durable and splinter-resistant!
This type of wood is carefully chosen for this toy due to it being densely grained, which means it’s tougher than most wooden chew sticks and will last your dog a long time.
Carrot Squeaky Chew Toy
The main selling point of this Toy is it is multi-functional. Its specifically made for more aggressive chewers, and also can act as a teeth cleaner for your dog.
The slightly raised surfaces can clean any left over food on your dogs teeth. You can worry less about your dogs oral hygiene, and protect their teeth from decay and diseases.
Another great feature is it squeaks! Luckily its not crazy loud, so you won’t get annoyed. Its loud enough to provide some light entertainment for you and your dog when playing tug of war. Also a great way to make your dog happy when the squeaker is sounded.
Kong Classic Dog Toy By Chewy
This toy has it all. You can stuff it with treats while at the same time give your dog fantastic chewy fun. Kong is also perfect for teething, separation anxiety, and boredom.
What’s also fantastic is Kong comes in different sizes and levels of durability. If your dog is an extremely aggressive chewer, you can get “Kong Extreme” which is most durable. Alternatively, if they are puppies the “Kong Puppy” or “Kong Senior” would be a wiser choice for softer durability.
You also have the option of selecting different sizes from XS to XL. Made from all natural rubber its the perfect toy for your pooch.
One word of caution though…Kong in some dirty minds does look like a kinky adult toy. So you will have to do some explaining if any friends are around.
M.C.works Pineapple Chew Toy
Appearance wise this is a fun toy and very safe. Bright yellow and shaped like a pineapple, it easily catches the eye.
The fact its shaped like a pineapple also prevents it from being a safety hazard. Round and chunky and more narrow at the top its a difficult toy for your dog to swallow or destroy.
It’s also entertaining enough watching your dog chew on it but it also provides some practical benefits.
MC works Pineapple chew toy has groves and textures to help keep your dogs teeth clean. So it not only acts as a chew toy, but also a fun toothbrush. Made from non toxic and environment-friendly rubber it is also safe to chew.
You can also stuff some treats inside. Stick some snacks or peanut butter. Your dogs bound to be entertained by this for hours.
Psychology Today says that dogs naturally love bones because it satisfies their love of chewing, but sometimes, depending where you are or on your lifestyle, real bones your dogs can play with may be hard to come by. Thankfully we have wishbone.
Your dog can make a wish with wishbone. Unique and sleek design that not only tastes great but also looks great.
As its shaped like a wishbone, so your dog can easily hold the bone between its paws and start knawing away.
Wishbone is also infused and made with chicken. Benebone is made of nylon and flavored with actual, real chicken. Not sure how this is done, but it provides an extra incentive to chew it.
Bare in mind this is for dogs who are aggressive chewers. The toy is not easily destroyed so you won’t have to worry about immediately replacing it. According to Benebone it can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The recommendation is to replace it monthly.
However, please be wary that a small amount of criticism of Benebone is that it has caused broken teeth…But there is also plenty of positive feedback of this products durability.
Nylabone Ring Chew Toy
Nylabone is made from Nylon. Nylon is a synthetic fiber that has the ability to be stretched but still stay strong. It also has superb strength and abrasion resistance, which means a long lasting dog chew toy.
Be aware though, like any synthetic/plastic toys, the material should not be swallowed or chewed.
Made with ridges and groves, Nylabone also keeps your dogs teeth clean. Save on those annoying dental costs.
It comes in a variety of sizes and flavours. If you have a smaller dog with less bite strength go for the small size. A larger dog will be better with the Large or extra large size.
The fact its shaped like a ring also makes the toy easy to hold, which allows a more fulfilling experience for your dog.