Safe Natural Rubber Toys for Your Dog

    Dogs love rubber toys. After all, what’s not to love with the bouncy, exciting ingredient commonly found in many dog products? While many dog products are made from rubber, a surprising number of these toys are actually made from conventional synthetic rubber. These products can be dangerous to your dog and should best be avoided.

    In this post, we’ll talk about why they’re so dangerous and why choosing 100% natural rubber toys is safer for your cherished pet.

    The Dangers of Conventional Synthetic Rubber Dog Toys

    Man-made rubber is not safe for dogs due to the amount of chemicals that can go into them. Dog toys are shockingly not regulated for pet safety, meaning anything can be put into your dog’s toys if they don’t exclusively state otherwise. Here are just a few facts about the dangers of synthetic rubber:

    • They’re Toxic

    Synthetic rubber dog toys may contain artificial dyes, phthalates, lead, formaldehyde, and other toxic, cancer-causing chemicals.

    • Plastic in Disguise

    Synthetic latex is made from petroleum, which is not actual rubber! When you purchase artificial rubber, your dog is essentially chewing on plastic.

    • Not Environmentally-Friendly

    Since synthetic latex is made from plastic, this means it’s made from fossil fuels that pose a danger to our environment.

    • Less Durable

    Fake rubber is less durable than natural rubber and may break off, posing a choking hazard for your pup. Not to mention, seemingly harmless objects like tennis balls contain coating that can come off and choke your dog.

    • Teeth Hazards

    In addition, other rubber balls with one hole for air to escape are dangerous to dogs because they can get stuck on your dog’s teeth or even his tongue, where the suction can cause permanent damage.

    • Digestive Issues

    Your dog might also have upset stomachs if he does happen to swallow a piece because of the unclean ingredients.

    The Benefits of Natural Rubber Dog Toys

    The safest rubber toys for your dog are 100% natural rubber. Natural rubber comes from the rubber tree, where the sap is extracted and made into rubber in factories, where it is then molded into the fun shapes your dog loves.

    Unlike synthetic or artificial rubber dog toys, natural rubber toys have many benefits that make them an obvious choice when selecting a safe toy for your dog:

    • Free of harmful chemicals
    • Extremely durable
    • Naturally helps remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth
    • Softer, safer parts
    • Versatile and fun
    Chopper & Otis Chewing On Beco Bone Eco-Friendly All Natural Rubber Chew Toy For Dogs

    Natural and Clean

    Due to the numerous benefits of having truly natural dog toys, many dog products claim to be natural when their business practices are not. In fact, factories around the world use unsustainable ecological practices to create rubber, even though it’s 100% natural. From unfair wages to child labor, natural rubber doesn’t always mean sustainable.

    That’s why we at Chopper & Otis only choose natural rubber that has been made in sustainable factories under clean regulation standards. Our dogs deserve the best of the best when it comes to what they’re playing with, and you deserve to know exactly what you’re buying when investing in a rubber pet toy.

    Natural Rubber Toys for Your Dog

    If you want to invest in a product that is both safe for your dog and environmentally-friendly, check out these options below!


    1. Dawg-Nut Chew Fetch Toy

    RuffDawg DawgNut Natural Rubber Chew Toy

    The Dawg-Nut Chew Fetch Toy is perfect for playful pups. Made from natural rubber, you can enjoy playing with your dog without the stress of hidden ingredients that are found in other rubber dog toys. This unique toy is shaped like a neon-colored donut that helps you find it when playing outside. It also floats, bounces and is safe for your dog’s teeth.

    Durable and long-lasting, the Dawg-Nut gives your dog the joy of many rounds of rough-play. The best part is that it’s non-toxic, made in the USA, FDA-approved, recyclable, and has a lifetime guarantee through the RuffDawg company!

    Take your pick between 4 exciting colors (orange, yellow, green, and pink) and 2 different sizes:

    • Regular (3.5”) is recommended for 20-40lb dogs
    • Extra Large (6.5”) is recommended for dogs 40lbs and up


    2. Bull Frog Chew Toy

    SodaPup Bull Frog Natural Rubber Chew Toy

    Is your dog an avid chewer? If so, Sodapup, a veteran-owned company, has just the toy for him! Bull Frog Rubber Chew Toy and Treat Dispenser is a great way to keep your dog entertained. This adorable frog is ultra-durable and contains a space inside for storing yummy treats.

    The bull frog is designed so that your pup has to slow down his eating, while also serving as an interactive puzzle toy that is engaging for your dog’s brain development. It is also FDA-compliant, natural, nontoxic, top-rack dishwasher safe, made in the USA, and it’s even biodegradable! It comes in two sizes:

    • Medium: 2.25" x 2.25" (for dogs between 15-30lbs)
    • Large: 3” x 3.25” (for dogs between 30-60lbs)


    3. Beco Bone

    Beco Pets Beco Bone Natural Rubber Chew & Fetch Toy

    The Beco Bone is the perfect, natural rubber dog chew toy alternative for dogs who love bones. Your dog will get his fill of chewing on a “bone” without the risks of oral and digestive issues that come from actual bones. Made from both all-natural rubber and also rice husk fibers, the bone is non-toxic, durable, and 100% biodegradable. It also has a natural vanilla scent to keep your pup engaged.

    Your dog’s Becco Bone comes in your choice of pink, blue, or green and also comes in three different sizes:

    • Small – 4.7” x 1.3”
    • Medium – 6.8” x 2”
    • Large – 8.7” x 2.4”


    4. RuffDawg Dog Retrieving Ball

    RuffDawg Ball & Ball XL Natural Rubber Retrieving Ball

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s your dog’s new retrieving ball soaring in the air! The RuffDawg Retrieving Ball is an excellent choice for small and medium dogs who love to fetch and run. It bounces and floats in engaging colors of your choice (pink, green, orange, or yellow).

    As with the Dawgnut, your retrieving ball is a heavy-duty chew toy that is nontoxic, FDA-approved, recyclable, and made in the USA. It has a lifetime guarantee through RuffDawg, and it comes in two different sizes:

    • Regular Ball: 2.5" (for dogs 16 - 40lbs)
    • Ball XL: 3.5" (for dogs 40lbs and up)


    5. Sodapup Original Can Toy

    SodaPup Natural Rubber Original Can Toy

    Last, but certainly not least, is the Sodapup Original Can Toy. This rubber dog toy is a fan favorite, with a cute soda can design that makes it both fun for your dog and adorable for taking photos of him playing with it!

    The Sodapup Can comes in three colors of your choosing (green, purple, and orange), is FDA-compliant, nontoxic, all-natural, biodegradable, and made in the USA. The can is also considered an entry level puzzle toy that will provide your dog with lots of fun. Just pop a treat into the hidey hole and watch as your dog uses his brain to solve the puzzle.

    It comes in 4 sizes so that your dog has the perfect fit:

    • Small 2-1/2” x 1-1/2” (for dogs 0-15lbs)
    • Medium 3-5/16” x 1-7/8” (for dogs 15-35lbs)
    • Large 4-3/16” x2-1/2” (for dogs 30-60lbs)
    • Extra Large 5” x 3” (for dogs 60-90lbs)


    *All of our toys are designed for dogs, not children. As with any dog toy, no pet toy is indestructible. Always supervise your pet and remove if your dog tries to eat, bite off, or swallow pieces of the toys.


    Until next time--