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BetterBone Classic & BetterBone Tough FAQs


BetterBone provides two densities to allow you find the right bone for your pup. We try to keep it simple.

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BetterBone CLASSIC - Perfect for teething puppies, older dogs (10 to 11 and older) , and light to medium chewers. Expect small flakes to come off (this is by design and to protect teeth).

BetterBone TOUGH- 5% harder than nylon and is meant for tough, aggressive, and strong chewers. Get this for your super chewer.

We recommend that your pup get a new BetterBone once the ends are 50% worn. A good indication is to look at the dental ridges and/or nubs to see if they are thoroughly worn. Another great way is to look at the knuckle of the three ends. If you can no longer see the contours, we suggest swapping out for a new BetterBone. Once all larger “ends” of the bone have been chewed off please throw the bone out for your dog's safety and replace.

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Yep! Flaking is entirely normal, and how the BetterBone is designed. (Our thinking is that a small mess is better than a broken tooth!) We developed the BetterBone Classic to be safe on and protect teeth by making it softer than industry standard materials. We reduce the chance of cracked teeth compared to nylon, rubber, and other highly processed chew products.

If you feel like your pup is plowing their way through the Classic too quickly, check out the BetterBone Tough, designed for superchewers. It's a little harder and denser, so please be sure your dog's teeth are healthy and strong before giving it!

The BetterBone IS NOT meant to be eaten or be a meal substitute. During regular chewing, there is the possibility that they will ingest the shavings. BetterBone is designed with an optimal density to flake off as your dog enjoys playtime. You will notice some tiny pieces left behind in the area they were playing, and sometimes those pieces are ingested. In small quantities, those should pass without any issue with its all-natural composition, but this is not a meal substitute product. Please monitor your dog while playing with their new BetterBone. If your dog is ingesting too many shavings, remove the BetterBone from their possession or reduce the time you allow the dog to chew on the BetterBone each day. We recommend moving to the BetterBone Tough if your dog is ingesting too much of the Classic.

Made from two easy-to-understand ingredients, our bones are elegant in their simplicity. Our material has passed the REACH EU standards as we manufacture in Croatia. These strict standards ensure no phthalates, BPA, PVC, nylon, parabens, or substances of very high concern are in any of our products.

We manufacture with strictly the trunk of fir or pine trees, NO bark, needles, cones, or leaves, which are the causes of allergies to trees. The wood pulp/flour we use is sourced directly from the food industry for the safest possible ingredient for your dog.

We use no dairy, nuts (any nut), meats, wheat, gluten, or fish to manufacture our original, non-flavored bones (both Classic and Tough).

Our FLAVOR-INFUSED bones may contain soy, wheat, meat, gluten, or nuts. Please order accordingly.

We love that your pup loves the BetterBone! We also know that every dog is different. Some dogs will chew through their BetterBone Classic faster than others, so knowing exactly how long a bone will last is tough to estimate. We recommend that you monitor your dog at all times and ensure that your dog has chewing “sessions” that last a reasonable amount of time, 10 to 30 minutes. The bone is meant to be softer than traditional nylon products to be safer on teeth and reduce damage to your pup's mouth.

The new BetterBone Tough lasts up to 5 times longer than our Classic bone due to its increased density. Your dog should have strong and healthy teeth before chewing on the BetterBone Tough.

No. The BetterBone is not meant as a meal replacement in any regard.

When not in use, please make sure to keep your Better Bone in an out-of-the-way place to prevent any potential tripping or fall hazards. This is a hard material product and has the potential to cause injury if stepped on. Remain vigilant in an attempt to prevent any unnecessary spills or falls.

Dental Benefits

Our innovative and proprietary material allows us to create a durable yet tooth-friendly bone. Our Classic chew bone is for mild to moderate chewers and is 20% softer than traditional nylon bones. Under normal circumstances this allows our bones to be non-splintering, allowing your dog to sink their teeth into the bone. This perfect density reduces the risk of injury to your best friend’s teeth and allows the unique nubs and ridges to properly clean above the gum line along with the entire tooth!

The BetterBone Tough is a denser version of the BetterBone that matches the density of standard nylon bones while retaining the sustainability, hypoallergenic, trident shape, and dental health-promoting qualities.

Please be sure to evaluate your pup's teeth and use your best judgment when determining the health of their teeth.

The BetterBone Classic is the perfect density to protect and clean your dog's teeth. Our innovative material allows your dog to satiate their need to chew while the teeth-cleaning nubs and ridges clean above the gum line and prevent the buildup of tartar, helping to stop bad breath and tooth decay in its tracks.

The new BetterBone Tough is significantly denser for the biggest and most aggressive chewers.

Bleeding gums, just like in humans, is a sign of inflammation. Light bleeding is expected in most cases, especially when the dental ends are chewed and plaque is broken up off your dog’s teeth. BetterBones are not a substitution for tooth brushing. If significant bleeding is observed, this is an indicator that your dog may need more intensive veterinary care.


Two simple all natural and sustainable food-grade ingredients: PEFC sustainably forested wood flour and renewable sugarcane oil. The wood flour is the same one found in parmesan cheese & yogurt that's in your refrigerator right now!

We sustainably source our material and manufacture the BetterBone in Croatia. Being manufactured in Europe requires us to adhere to all REACH and EU standards, meaning you will never find any harmful chemicals, colors, dyes, or flavors, including mutagenic or carcinogenic compounds. These innovations allow us to produce a new industry standard in terms of health and safety for your dog.

The BetterBone is made from PEFC sustainably forested wood pulp/flour sourced directly from the food industry and certified renewable sugarcane oil, along with a lot of love. A 3rd party life cycle analysis (LCA) discovered that BetterBone creates far less CO2 and consumes fewer fossil fuels than virgin plastic petroleum-based products. We also use no-nonrenewable material sources in the manufacturing of our dog chews.

Better Leash & Better Collar FAQs

All of your questions answered about the new Fair Trade & 100% Recycled ocean-bound plastic BetterLeash & Collar

Our collars and leashes are made from fair trade, recycled ocean-bound plastic, meaning your new leash and collar are helping to prevent discarded PET bottles from polluting our oceans. Also, these accessories for your four-legged best friend are helping informal waste workers in India build a livelihood. They come from some of the most marginalized sections of society and play an essential role in retrieving recycled plastic waste to make your doggo's leash.

Plastics For Change enables industry partners to transition towards a circular economy while measuring progress toward Sustainable Development Goals. The company works towards breaking the cycle of poverty for millions worldwide that are at the base of informal recycling supply chains while preventing ocean-bound plastics from contaminating the environment.

It partners with global brands and manufacturers to catalyze positive change in coastal communities through its franchise model for plastic collection that creates responsible and sustainable supply chains which empower informal waste collectors to become entrepreneurs.

Each leash from Better Leash contains 85 water bottles worth of recycled ocean-bound plastic.

Each collar removes 34 bottles worth of recycled ocean-bound plastic water bottles.

One set of leashes and collars removes 119 water bottles worth of waste from our oceans.

The Better Leash has a two-year manufactures defect warranty. We guarantee our leashes and collars are free from manufacturing defects for up to 2 years.