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Just For Teething Retrievers! 5 Best Puppy Chew Toys

America's favorite dog breed for twenty years running, is also one of America's toughest power chewers.  These five toys have been tested for durability, interest and safety.  Several of these toys float, making them ideal for retrieval training, as well as all round chew toys. Your Labrador Retriever puppy is guaranteed to love these toys for a long time to come!

Best Lab Puppy Toy The Goughnut Stick
The GoughNuts Stick is Guaranteed for Life

The GoughNuts Guaranteed Indestructible Dog Chew Toys

Designed with maximum safety in mind, the GoughNuts Dog Toys are made from premium rubber that is not as plastic tasting as some of the competitor's toys.  The Original Toy comes in green with a red center. Their slogan is, "Green means Go! Red means Stop!" If your dog reaches the red center, it is time to take it away from him and send it in for a replacement.  You pay shipping and a small handling fee for the replacement.

Cross section of the GoughNuts  Dog Chew Toys
Here Black means Go, and Red means Stop!
Lab owners rave about the durability of these toys.  To maximize your value and the longevity of the toy, go for the Goughnut Maxx 50 Ring. This toy has the strongest rubber of any chew toy on the market, and is available in both the stick and doughnut shaped designs.


  • Made in the USA
  • Floats in water; ideal for water loving Labrador Retrievers
  • Guaranteed Indestructible. GoughNuts will replace your toy for free when it reaches the red inner core.

Doughnut Shaped GoughNuts Three Sizes:

  • .75 Ring is offered in Green, Black, and Yellow - 3.75 inches in diameter and 1.3 inches cross section.
  • Original GoughNut Ring in Green, Black, Pro 50, Yellow & Orange - 5 inches diameter, 1.75 inches CS
  • MaXX Ring in Black, Pro 50 (distinguished with a yellow marking) - 6.25 Inches diameter, 2.1 inches CS

Stick Shaped Goughnuts in 3 Sizes

  • .75 Med Sticks in Green, Black, Orange & Yellow - Length 6.5 inches, Cross section 1.3 inches (for 10 to 25 pound dogs or used as a quick reward for larger dogs).

  • Large Stick in Green, Black, Pro 50, Orange & Yellow - Length 9.0 inches, Cross section 1.75 inches (Ideal for medium and large - 30-60 pound - dogs for play and moderate chewing).
  • MaXX Stick in Black & Pro 50 - Length 11.5 inches, Cross section 2.1" (Large dogs for play and moderate to heavy chewing).

To maximize the lifespan of the toy for your lab, purchase either the Black Pro 50 or MaXX for extremely heavy chewers.

Best All Natural Chew for Labs: Antos Origins Natural Root Chews

Best Natural Chew Toy for Lab Puppies
All Natural Root Dog Chews are sourced in Spain
These long lasting root chews satisfy your lab puppies desire to chew on sticks, but are guaranteed not to splinter or cause digestive upset.  They look and feel like very dense cork. Our "Sprout" size root chew lasted for 4 weeks with 7 growing puppies! That's better than any antler chew has lasted, and it won't break teeth.

The Himalayan Chews come in a variety of sizes. We recommend the Sprout size (3x4x4 inches) for Lab puppies and the Stump size for adult Labrador Retrievers ((5x5x6 inches).  The irregular shape allows puppies to always find an angle to chew on the treat no matter what size it start out at.

  • All natural
  • Sourced in Spain
  • Will not splinter or break teeth
  • Natural toothbrush
  • Durable and long lasting
  • High interest for all dog breeds

Nylabone Teething Keys: Best Puppy Teething Toy - For Puppy Teeth Only

Best Teething Toy for Puppies

We can't explain the intense interest puppies have in these teething keys, other than the fact that they really do smell like bacon.  The introduction of these toys in the puppy pen caused a minor riot. Puppies were snatching them and guarding the toys from each other.  If you have more than one puppy, get enough to go around with a few spares!

  • Made in the USA
  • High Interest
  • Encourages nondestructive chewing habits while satisfying the natural urge to chew
  • Softer material designed for teething puppies
  • Bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth and prevent tartar buildup
  • Different textures massage gums and teeth for better oral health
Warning: These are designed specifically for puppy teeth. Remove these toys from puppies once the adult molars erupt. Not recommend in households with adult dogs present.

Recommendation: Purchase the medium or large size Nylabone Just For Puppies Medium Key Ring Bone Puppy Dog Teething Chew Toy for Lab puppies.

The Toughest Retrieving Toy - The Tuffy Ultimate Series of Dog Toys

Durable dog toy for fetch, tug and Frisbee games
Start your Lab puppy's retrieving skills with this durable ring toss toy from Tuffy.
How can this dog toy be so tough that it has lasted for years, when other indestructible dog toys made from fire hose material have failed within 30 minutes? The construction of these toys is, in fact, quite a feat of engineering:

Each toy is made with four layers. The first two layers are made of industrial grade luggage material, 1 layer of plastic coating, and the outer layer is made of soft fleece on the outside. All of these layers are sewn together to make one super strong layer of material. 

Each toy is sewn together with 2 layers of quilted cross stitching and then 2 layers of linear stitching. After the toy is sewn together an additional piece of black trim is added to cover the four rows of stitching. This extra piece of black trim is sewn with 3 linear stitches to give the product a total of 7 seams.   


  • Great for teaching puppies to retrieve: roll it on the ground, sail it as a Frisbee or use it as a tug toy.
  • It Floats!
  • Incredibly durable
  • Machine washable, air dry
  • Comes in a wide Variety of colors, shapes and sizes

At 20" Tall, the Tuffy T-Rex Toy can stand in as a companion for your lab puppy!
Recommendation:  We recommend the Tuffy Ultimates Ring Dog Toy, Red Paws to start.  It floats, making it a great starter tool for retrieval training and beginning Frisbee training.  its soft edges won't damage teeth and gums.

Best Toy For Soothing Irritated Teething Gums: Chilly Bones

lab puppy teething toy
This durable toy stays frozen for a long time and cools burning gums during the teething phase.

This delightful toy is made with non-toxic, quick freezing gel covered with durable canvas.  It has a slight vanilla scent, that seems to be appealing to most puppies.  The toy should stay cold for over an hour depending on ambient room conditions.

The cold gel chills out red inflamed gums as puppies are cutting new teeth. Just rinse and return to freezer to chilly it out again. We recommend that you get two so you can have one chilling out while the other is in use.  

  • Great for teething puppies or chilling out adult dogs during the dog days of summer
  • Promotes healthy teeth and gums
  • Simply hand wash and return to freezer
  • Inexpensive
  • Comes in two sizes

Recommendation: Purchase the Large size for Lab Puppies.

Bonus Recommendation: The Ultimate Retriever Training Kit

retriever training kit for duck hunting
Retriever training kit for teaching duck retrieval
Coastal Pet Duck Training Kit
If you want to get your young retriever off to a good start and teach a soft mouth for retrieving fowl, Remington makes a complete kit for teaching dogs to retrieve both ducks and pheasants. The kit includes a retrieving dummy, scent for either ducks or pheasants, a 25 foot lead, so you don't lose your dog during training, and a whistle with lanyard for teaching commands.

This is an ideal gift for the new bird dog owner. It can be used for both serious gun dog training or just for a fun game of fetch.  The long lead is recommended for any serious long stay training, as it still gives you control over the dog, if he breaks his stay as you walk away from him.

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