Puppies basically have tiny knives for teeth, as any puppy parent will attest. We can’t fault them—biting stuff is part of the learning process for canines. Just like humans, a dog’s baby teeth fall out (three months or so after birth), and bigger chompers start growing in. During this stage, the best chew toys for puppies will soothe irritated gums, stay intact and teach her the do’s and don’ts of chowing down. Expert tip: Keep an eye on your pup’s chewing style; some take their time with tiny nibbles while others just start destroying. You’ll also witness lots of drool.
By about 6 months old, your puppy should have all her adult teeth, and it’ll be time to graduate to adult dog toys. Until then, stick to hard rubber or nylon materials with some give, and steer clear of ropes or plush toys that can break down and become toxic snacks. Here, the ten best chew toys for puppies.