Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs and has numerous benefits. Blue Heelers, although a medium-sized breed, can be very powerful chewers. Chewing style is generally categorized into three types – gentle, average, and power chewers.
Blue Heelers are either average chewers or in most cases power chewers. That is why it is important when selecting chew toys for a Blue Heeler to chose durable toys that will last. This will save a lot of money replacing chew toys constantly and prevent the chance of your Blue Heeler choking on small pieces that have broken off.
Benefits of chew toys for Blue Heelers
There are numerous benefits your Blue Heeler will derive from chewing. These include:-
Dental Health. Chewing on dog chew bones or hard toys helps scrape away plaque, which can cause bad breath and a number of potentially serious dental problems. The action of the bone against the teeth scrapes away plaque and controls tartar buildup – helping prevent periodontal disease and yellowing of teeth.
Relieves Boredom – dogs that don’t have anything to do get bored, especially when home alone. A chew toy will entertain them for hours and keep their mind stimulated. A bored dog will look for things to occupy themselves. This can lead to unwanted behavior problems such as destructive chewing, barking, or even escaping.
Mental Stimulation – the act of chewing itself takes a lot of concentration and brainpower. It’s better to have your dog work hard on a toy than it is your furniture or shoes. To learn about the six categories of mental enrichment read “Mental stimulation and enrichment for Blue Heelers”
Saves your household items – By giving your dog appropriate chew toys you can prevent them from using your furniture or shoes to relieve their natural desire to chew.
Teething puppies – For teething puppies, chewing on a chew bone or chew toy helps stimulate the growth of adult teeth. Like human infants, the pressure on a dog’s teeth and gums from chewing on something hard helps relieve any discomfort from the new teeth pushing through the gums.
Stress relief – Dogs hold tension in their jaws. Chewing helps release this tension and floods the brain with endorphins giving them that feel-good vibe.
Tough chew toys for Blue Heelers
These are my recommendations for the toughest chew toys for your Blue Heeler.
Gough Nuts Indestructible Chew Toy
The Gough Nuts chew toys are my number one pick for aggressive power chewers. Extremely popular with Pitbull owners and people with power strong dogs for their toughness.
Extremely tough and a good size and shape (11.75 inches long). Dogs like stick-shaped toys because they can hold them between their paws while they work on the end. Also great for a game of fetch.
View the Gough Nuts Maxx chew stick on Amazon.
The Gough Nuts ring is 5″ in diameter with a 1.75″ cross-section. Virtually indestructible, guaranteed! If your pet can chew through the outer layer to expose the inner red layer, GoughNuts will replace your toy.
View the Gough Nuts Chew Ring on Amazon.
Kong Extreme range
KONG Extreme represents the most durable version of the KONG toys. The ultra-strong, ultra-durable, black rubber compound is recommended for the most powerful chewers. These are the black Kong toy for dogs. The other advantage of the Kong toys is that they can be stuffed with treats or filled with a flavored paste to provide additional mental enrichment. To learn more about how to use a Kong for dogs click here. Every dog should have at least one Kong toy.
There are a number of different types of Kong Extreme toy for dogs in a variety of sizes to suit your Blue Heeler including;
The Kong Extreme Classic – view in Amazon
The Kong Extreme Ball – view on Amazon.
The Kong Extreme Goodie Bone – view on Amazon
Dental Chew toys for Blue Heelers
Chewing is beneficial for a dog’s dental health as it provides scraping action on the teeth and gums helping to remove build-up. It also increases saliva production also helping to clean the teeth.
In addition to normal chew toys, there are chew toys designed especially to maximize contact with the teeth. Many of these dental chew toys also have a breath-freshening application.
Our recommended dental chew toys for Blue Heelers are;
All the nubs and ridges on this dental chew help remove plaque and tartar, as well as encouraging gum health. Designed for power chewers so will last.
View Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Ring on Amazon
Like all the Kong toys it is durable. What makes it different from the other Kong toys are the ridges running around the toy. These ridges help to clean in between the teeth and gum line. They can also be filled with paste to make the toy more enticing for your Blue Heeler. Alternatively, the ridges can be filled with dog toothpaste. Remember to use toothpaste made for dogs. As dogs can’t rinse, human toothpaste is toxic to dogs if swallowed.
View Kong Dental Toy on Amazon
These are edible dog chew that helps to prevent bad breath and the build-up of plaque and tartar. Even though these are editable they are quite hard and will last a reasonable amount of time.
View Whimzees Dental Dog Chews on Amazon.
Chew toys for Blue Heeler puppies
For Blue Heeler puppies that are teething, the urge to chew comes from the fact that the very act of chewing relieves the pressure of all these new teeth breaking out through and hurting their gums.
Also remember, that if your puppy doesn’t even like the toy, they will look for something else to enjoy instead. There are a couple of things to consider when selecting chew toys for puppies.
Firstly, they should not be too hard and should have some give. This prevents damage to the jaw and the new teeth. It is also important that they do not shatter or break into small pieces. This is to prevent the risk of your puppy choking on any fragments that come off the toy.
My top picks for chew toys for puppies are;
Kong puppy toys
The Kong range of puppy toys is made from durable rubber that will not break into pieces. They are also soft enough with a little give to avoid any damage to the jaw or teeth. The other bonus with the Kong toys for dogs is that they can be stuffed with treats or filled with paste. This makes them more attractive to your puppy and provides mental enrichment. See “How to use a Kong for dogs” for more tips. They come in a range of different sizes to suit your puppy and type including –
Kong Puppy Classic – view on Amazon
Kong Teething Stick – view on Amazon
Kong Puppy Goodie Bone – view on Amazon
Edible chews for Blue Heelers
Some dogs prefer an edible chew over a chew toy due to flavor and smell. However, with your Blue Heeler, you want to choose dog chews that will last. These are the longest-lasting chews for dogs.
If you are wanting a more edible dog chew, deer antlers are one of the toughest and longest-lasting. These are available in a range of different sizes to suit your dog. Antlers are a source of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. And many dogs seem to really like the taste.
View Deer Antlers on Amazon.
For more chew toy recommendations see here.
Like antlers, buffalo horns are low in calories, high in protein, and last quite a long time. They also don’t have a strong odor.
View Water Buffalo Horns on Amazon.
Let us know in the comments what chew toys you recommend for a Blue Heeler.