– Invented in the 70’s and released to the public in 1976, these toys made of a patented natural rubber compound come to the rescue for every major toy need. In the case of looking for the best teething toys for Beagles, you’ll want to look to the pink and blue ones, as these are designated for puppies and therefore are not only sized to fit in a pup’s mouth but as have the correct density and tension for chewing due to teething. (KONGS are color coded: pink and blue for puppies, red for ‘normal’ chewers, purple for seniors
and black for strong chewers).
The soft rubber helps to alleviate teething pain and are intended for puppies up until the age of 9 months. At that point, you will want to move onto the red or black ones.
Cool Teething Sticks
- Aside from chewing on toys, which is essentially the pup being able to apply pressure to the areas in his mouth that are itchy or painful, another important element that helps is for the Beagle pup to be able to apply a cooling sensation where needed (similar to a human using an ice pack). And this is where toys meant to be frozen come into play. The cold reduces swelling and can offer soothing relief. While you can give ice cubes (plain or safely flavored with fruit
juice – 100% real apple juice is a good choice), they do lack the various textures that the right toy can offer. For these, you’ll want to look for soft, stuffed toys in which the outer shell freezes when placed in your freezer and offers a crunchy texture that allows a pup to work the toy into just the right spot.
Knotted Rope Toys
– While these may look simple enough, properly sized knotted rope toys offer two things that teething pups are looking for: The right consistency and a nice ‘rough’ texture that works well to scratch an itch. Imagine this: you have a terrible itch and you have two choices to scratch it, a piece of paper or a piece of fine grain sandpaper, which would work better? So, having a couple of rope toys will always come in handy when a pup really just needs something to properly scratch his gums while doing so in a safe way.
– Nylabone makes both non-edible and edible chews; for teething Beagles, you’ll want to opt for the non-edible teething toys that come with small bristle-like projects (about the size of grains of rice) which are meant to rub against gums to provide relief. The ‘key chain’ toy works particularly well, as there are helpful angled shapes that a pup can fit into nooks and crannies of his mouth. These, like many toys, are not indestructible (more ahead for toys for strong chewers), so you’ll want to keep an eye on these to throw away and replace as needed. These are made of a soft material that flexes in and out rather effectively for young pups and also, come in a variety of color, which does play a role since dogs see color (rather how humans perceive technicolor time).