Over the last few years of helping raise a Boston Terrier, I can tell you a happy Boston Terrier is a happy owner. Anyone who owns a Boston Terrier knows how lovable these pets can be, however a bored Boston Terrier can quickly become a problem. I can attest that their high energy and need for attention can cause them to get into all sorts of trouble if they aren’t kept busy. This problem is often compounded by the issue of finding the proper toys to suit their strong jaws, flat muzzle, and high intelligence.
The most important thing with Boston’s is to keep in mind their love to chew. These dogs can’t get enough of chewing things, and if you don’t provide them with something to chew they’ll quickly find something on their own. If you value your dog’s happiness (and your favorite pair of shoes) then you’ll need to find them a durable toy for their powerful jaws to chomp on. Don’t expect to give this dog any wimpy toys either if you expect them to last longer than 3 minutes; Boston Terrier’s may look sweet but their jaws are pure steel.
Also, you’ll need to find a toy that’s not only extremely durable, but that won’t damage your dog when (yes when) he or she swallows pieces of it. This means don’t buy any toys with long pieces of fabric or thread, like the stringy pull toys. If and when your dog happens to swallow these pieces, they can get clogged inside their bowels and cause all sorts of nasty problems. Examine each dog toy you’re thinking of buying in person and try to imagine if you could break it with your hands. If you can break the toy, then you can imagine what your Boston will do to it.
Because of their flat faces, it can be hard to chew certain types of toys without having your Boston chew his own lips in the process of trying to get to it. Don’t choose toys that are too large or wide for your dog’s jaws. Choose something large enough to not choke on, but compact enough to have core strength. Rubber balls and cones make great options.
It’s important to note that no matter what toy you buy you’ll Boston Terrier will probably love chewing it. No matter what claims a toy manufacturer makes, your clever pet will destroy them all eventually. Stronger toys might last a day, or weeks, or maybe even months depending, but eventually they will all succumb to the mighty jaws of the Boston Terrier. Take joy in the fact that its not your shoes he’s chewing (hopefully), and most of all just have fun providing your dog new challenges!