This (updated) guide reviews all of the best dog toys for this year.
There are many aspects to ponder over when you bring a dog home. In addition to offering him a complete, high-quality diet for great health, you must also understand the importance and physical benefits of regular exercise. Regardless of the size, breed, or lifestage of your dog, physical activity is essential not only for their great health but also for the intellectual benefits.
And while it’s a great idea to take your dog outdoors for a walk, it may not be enough for the mental stimulation they need. This is where toys come in! Introducing toys to your dog does not only help up their activity and exercise game but brings all the fun your dog needs to stay happy and active. Toys are also a great way to strengthen the bond you share with your dog.
So if you are looking for the best dog toys to spoil your furry buddy this year…then you’ve definitely landed in the right place! The best dog toys list that I have shared here has you covered.
P.S Do check out the DIY dog toys video I added after these product reviews.
Let’s dive in…
The Best Dog Toys
1. Chuckit! — Ultra Ball
Rating: (4.7 / 5)
- Thick rubber core to reduce destructibility
- High impact bounce
- Colorful design for increased visibility
- The buoyant design makes it excellent for poolside playtime
- Encourages physical activity and exercise
- Helps improve your bond with your dog as you plat together
- Made from high-quality material
Give your pet a chance to enjoy the activity he loves the most with this toy. No matter where it goes, your beloved pooch is going to fetch and Chuck It! The best chewy toy that brings all the fun and adventure for your dog. The Ultraball encourages playtime and regular activity and keeps your dog on toes.
Encourage your dog to jump and play with every bounce. Involve with your dog and strengthen your bond as you play ball with your furry friend. Made from natural, high-bounce rubber, the fetch game can be taken to a whole new level with this toy.
2. Benebone — Real Flavor Wishbone Dog Chew Toy
- Dog-friendly, easy to grip design
- Available in other flavors like chicken and nuts
- Real bacon-infused flavor
- Smells irresistible for dogs
- Highly durable to make chewing and playtime safe
- Looks like a real wishbone
Provide your super chewer the perfect dog bone to chew on and play with! This Benebone Wishbone Chew Toy has the real flavor of bacon, which instantly makes it a hit amongst dogs. The dog-friendly curvy design gives this toy a grip so your four-legged furry buddy can easily grab and chew.
Made in the USA, the toy is available in three different sizes suitable for dogs of all sizes. It is one of my favorite picks because of its durable quality and tough-to-chew component, which makes it more than just the average chew toy for your dog.
3. Outward Hound Interactive Puzzle Toy — Plush Hide and Seek Activity for Dogs
- Available in four different sizes to choose from
- Adorable design
- Squeaking squirrels to make the toy more attractive and interactive for dogs
- Interactive hide and seek toy
- Squirrels are also used separately as fetch toys
- Enhances your bond with your dog
This toy is a dream come true for dogs. The interactive brain-buzzing game is an exciting toy for dogs and for all the right reasons. Now you can enjoy an interactive game of hide-and-seek with your dog using this Outward Hound puzzle toy.
The plush tree trunk has five holes and three squeaky squirrels to hide to make the game more challenging and interesting. The squeaky sound of the toy is another reason why your dog’s going to absolutely love this toy.
4. Haute Diggity Dog Muttini Bar Collection — Unique Squeaky Plush Dog Toys
- Wide collection of beverage-themed toys
- Interesting colors and designs
- Made from durable material
- Multi-purpose chew toy
- Can be used as a training tool
- Has a squeaky sound
Your dog deserves a happy hour and what could be better than a plush toy to play with! The muttini bar collection includes a wide range of interesting beverage-themed plush toys that your furry buddy’s going to love.
The squeaky chew toy is made in interesting colors and using a durable material so your pooch can play with it, lick it, fetch it, and paw it, without tearing it apart. The stylish toy can be used as a training tool to keep your dogs from tearing apart things around the house.
5. KONG — Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy
- Extremely durable and can resist hard chewing
- Comes with a twist of dispense to fill with treats
- Multipurpose toy
- Can be used for training purpose
- Keep dogs entertained
- Great for playtime and activities
This simple looking toy has been the best seller for the longest time and for all the right reasons. The toy is as popular with dogs as it is with the owners. Referred to as ‘the Kong’, not only it is an excellent chew toy for the most passionate chewers, but it is also a great way to train your pooch.
Play fetch or fill it up with small training treats and let your dog have a great time. The interesting wobble action will keep your dog entertained while the twist of dispenser filled with treats will keep them hooked. Now that’s a win-win situation!
6. Chuckit! — Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower
- Customizable handle length
- Increases exercise intensity
- Different ball sizes
- Excellent for outdoor use
- Made from lightweight and durable plastic
- Can be used for handsfree pickup
Refresh the classic game of fetch and improve your playtime with your furry buddy with this interesting toy. This is another great toy by Chuckit! that my dogs absolutely love. The toy allows you to boost the excitement of your happy hour by throwing the ball at a longer distance with more speed and without extra effort. Increase your dog’s exercise by challenging them to run faster and farther to fetch the ball. This one’s an excellent pick to have a great time outdoors. Available in different sizes, choose the one that perfectly fits according to the size of your dog.
7. SmartPetLove — Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy
- The perfect pet calming solution
- Helps your new puppy to adjust
- A great snuggle toy
- Features heartbeat to imitate real pup
- Reduce stress in little puppies
- Helps reduce separation anxiety
Comfort your pet with the SmartPetLove toy designed to help dogs with anxiety and other behavioral problems. This toy is more of a stress controller for little pups who are trying to transition to their new homes and are experiencing separation anxiety. The toy gives out a real feel with a heartbeat to calm your little fella and even help reduce negative behaviors like barking and whining.
8. Pet Qwerks — Dinosaur BarkBone with Real Bacon Dog Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers
- Features real flavor of bacon
- Made from FDA-approved nylon
- Suitable for aggressive chewing
- Big bone-shaped
- Great for a dog’s gums and teeth
- Unlimited fun for your dog
The perfect toy to chew on! Your aggressive chewer’s going to love this sturdy, flavorful bone toy that’s also great for their gums and teeth. Made from FDA approved nylon and real flavors of bacon, your furry buddy’s going to enjoy playing and chewing on this one. A chew toy is also an excellent source to help relieve boredom and keep your pup healthy. Available in sizes up to XXXL, the toy is suitable for large and giant dogs as well.
9. Petstages Dogwood Wooden Dog Chew Toy — Safe, Natural & Healthy Chewable Sticks
- Available in four different sizes
- Durable stick toy with no splintering
- Shaped like a wooden stick with the real wooden flavor
- Encourages interactive playtime
- Can be used to play fetch
- Mess-free, safe chewing
If your dog loves to chew on a stick, he’s surely going to fall for this one! Train your pup to stick to his chew stick so you don’t have to worry about your wooden furniture. This wood-flavored, tough stick is all you need to get your hands on for your passionate chewer. The best part is that it won’t splinter off into chokeable shards and your dog’s absolutely safe with this chew toy.
10. KONG — Rubber Flyer Frisbee Dog Toy
- Encourages mental and physical stimulation
- Available in two attractive colors: red and black
- Supports healthy exercise and activity
- Interactive playtime
- High-class durability
- Available in two sizes for different dogs
Take your fetch game up by a notch with this classic frisbee flyer by KONG. Made from durable rubber, the material creates a dynamic rebound to make the fetch game more fun. Boost your pooch’s exercise routine and let your dog enjoy running and taking flights to keep up with his healthy activity. The soft material is also safe for your dog’s teeth and gums.
11. Mammoth — Pet Products Flossy Chews Cottonblend Color 3-Knot Rope Tug
Rating: (4.2 / 5)
- Up to 25 inches long for larger dogs
- Made from a fine cotton blend
- 3-knots for grip
- Multipurpose toy
- Encourages interactive gameplay
- Rope fibers floss your dog’s teeth
So your dog loves his rope toys and enjoys fetching and chewing on them? If yes, then you definitely need to invest in this rope tug. Finished in a cotton blend with three knots, the colorful rope is an inexpensive yet interesting way to keep your dog entertained. The multipurpose toy serves your dog as a chewable, or to play fetch or tug-of-war. Available in different sizes, you can pick the right size toy according to your dog. The best part: it helps floss your dog’s teeth; hence the name!
12. Wobble Wag — Giggle Ball, Interactive Dog Toy
- There are two versions of the giggle ball: regular and glow-in-the-dark
- Great for both indoor and outdoor play
- The giggle ball is suitable for dogs of all ages and sizes
- 6 pockets to pick and play
- Multipurpose toy for fetching, rolling and shaking
- Interactive toy
Indulge your dogs into some serious activity with this interesting and interactive toy. Claims to be one of the most addictive toys, the Wobble Wag Giggle Ball is a multipurpose toy that can be used as a regular fetch ball or a dispenser for treats. Featuring a six-pockets design, the toy is easy to pick and play with. It also has a unique giggle sound when shaken or rolled that keeps your dogs entertained and hooked.
13. Nylabone — Dura Chew Original Flavored Dental Dinosaur Chew Toy
- Fun T-rex shape
- Real savory beef flavor
- Suitable for large dogs up to 5olbs
- Great for training dogs against destructive chewing
- Features bristles and nubs for cleaning teeth
- Interactive toy
Nylabone features this interesting T-rex shaped chewing toy that’s a hit with large dogs. The chew toy has a real beef flavor to encourage chewing and keeping your dog hooked. While the toy is designed with sturdy material for extreme chewers, monitoring your large dogs is important. Use the toy to train your dog against destructive chewing and encourage playtime while the nubs on the design work as dental cleaners for your dogs.
14. KONG — Cozies Dog Squeaky Toy
- The perfect cuddling partner for your pup
- Available in four sizes; small, medium, large, and XL
- With an added layer for extra strength
- Squeaky cozies for entertainment
- Minimal filling to avoid the mess
- Available in a variety of designs
You can’t keep your tail-wagger away from their plush friends for too long. And it will be particularly very difficult if the cozies are so adorable, cuddly, and soft. However, these are designed with minimal filling and an extra layer of material to add the element of sturdiness. These cozies by KONG are great for snuggling or for playing a game of fetch – whatever your pooch prefers!
15. ZippyPaws — NomNomz Plush Squeaker Dog Toy The Foodie Pup
- Attractive taco plushie design
- Features two noisemaking speakers
- Soft and cuddly for snuggling
- Perfect for a little pup’s sensitive teeth
- High-quality material
- Multipurpose toy
There couldn’t be a better toy for your little foodie pup. Serve a mouthwatering plushie taco treat to your playful little fella and see him jump. The toy is much more than what the eye could see. In addition to the enticing colors and design, the plushie also includes two speakers to keep your furry buddy entertained. The interactive toy is a great way to train your pup to avoid chewing everything while using it as a fetch toy to keep him healthy and active.
16. RUFFWEAR — Gnawt-a-Rock Durable Dog Toy
- Available in three attractive colors
- Perfect dispenser for small treats
- Great for igniting curiosity and playfulness
- Unique design inspired by nature
- Boosts engaging playtime
- It can also be used for a fetch game
Rock your tail-wagger’s world with this unique treat ball by RUFFWEAR. Even though this one’s not going to roll like a regular ball – thanks to its rocky shape – it is definitely a popular pick for dog owners. Available in attractive colors, the uniquely structured toy makes your furry buddy curious and determined. The tiny hole can be filled with treats, which will encourage your boy to roll it up and play around. Great for regular activity!
17. AWOOF — Puppy Toys, 10 Pack Cute Puppy Plush Chew Squeaky Dog Toys for Boredom
- Excellent variety of designs and colors
- Suitable for small dogs and puppies
- The material is durable, soft, non-toxic, and absolutely safe
- Pack of multiple squeakers
- Supports relaxation time
- Affordable high-quality toys
Why pick one when you can have a bunch for your dog. Take the playtime with your dog to another level with 10 pieces of adorable puppy toys. Put an end to the boredom and let your puppies play with their favorite plushie. Use it for a fetch game or can be used as a cuddling buddy to treat separation anxiety. Get your pup engaged and fix their bad biting behavior by treating them with a handful of their favorite, colorful toys to play with.
18. HETOO — Dog Teeth Cleaning Toys Natural Rubber Dog Toothbrush Stick
- It’s a toothbrush hidden in a toy
- Unique design
- Best for play and entertain
- Natural milk fragrance
- Can be filled with anything to clean teeth
- Best for aggressive chewing
This isn’t just a toy. It’s a toothbrush! And the best part is, that your dog’s going to love it. You can fulfill both the purpose of cleaning your dog’s teeth while ensuring your pup’s entertainment with this single toy. Made from sturdy, natural rubber, the eco-friendly and non-toxic material is excellent for your dog’s teeth and gums. Let your dog take control and clean their teeth by themselves!
19. West Paw — Design Jive Zogoflex Durable Ball Dog Chew Toy
- High bouncing
- Boosts activity and exercise
- Suitable for chewing as well
- Interactive gameplay
- Bright colors to entice
- Excellent for an outdoor fetch game
If your dog is not satisfied with the regular ball, he’s surely going to find this one interesting. This special ball has an excellent bounce and will keep your furry buddy on his toes. Instantly add a proper exercise routine in your dog’s life with this single toy. Play with your dog and enjoy some ‘us’ time and bond over an exciting ball that your dog can also enjoy chewing!
20. Chuckit! — Indoor Ball Dog Toy
- Safe toy for indoor playtime
- Great fun for excellent bonding
- A bouncy ball for indoor games
- Soft and durable material
- Suitable for chewing
- Attention-grabbing bright colors
This one’s another favorite of mine from the ChuckIt! family. The best part about this one is that it can be used and played with indoors. The soft material is absolutely safe for indoor playtime and keeps your dog entertained even if you have to skip a day outside. Do not compromise on your quality time with your pooch and get this indoor-play ball for your little fella.
21. Pet Qwerks — Talking Babble Ball Interactive Pet Toy
- Interactive toy that talks
- Highly efficient and turns on automatically
- Turns off automatically without activity
- High quality
- Multipurpose toy
- Encourages bonding
Crack your beloved dog’s boredom with this super package toy loaded with entertainment. The interactive toy activates on motion and is capable of more than 20 funny wisecracks and sounds. Made from sturdy material, the ball is excellent for outdoor play and can keep your dog entertained and occupied for hours. The toy is available in three different sizes so you can pick one accordingly.
22. Flossy Chews — Cottonblend Color 5-Knot Rope Tug, X-Large
- X-large size is perfect for larger dogs
- Multi-purpose toy
- Excellent for different interactive games
- Beneficial for teeth health
Let your big dog play with his favorite tug toy! The 36-inch long cotton-blend rope tug is a multi-purpose toy that your dog just won’t let go off. The chew and play toy comes in a 5-knot design to make playtime fun and more exciting. You can play along with your pooch and take the excitement up by a notch. The best part is that the rope is made with fiber floss, which makes it healthier for the teeth and gums when your dog chews on it. Perfect toy for your picky one!
23. Oneisall Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers — Indestructible Pet Chew Toys Bone for Puppy Dogs
- Attractive bright green color
- Available in three different sizes
- Features real bacon flavor
- Interesting bone-design
- Made from food-grade nylon
- Indestructible design
Why let your pet destroy your furniture and other belongings when he can have a bone he would love to chew on? This is one of the best toys you can use to train your dog against destructible chewing. Train your furry buddy while also satisfying his chewing cravings. The sturdy bone toy is made of food-grade nylon and features real bacon flavor to stay hooked on the toy. What’s more interesting is that it also helps keep his teeth healthy.
24. Trixie — Mad Scientist for Dogs
- Mind tweaking activity
- Interactive game for intelligent dogs
- Training for flipping and balancing
- Treat releasing tactics
- Strengthens bond
- Keeps your dog curious and excited
Reveal the mad scientist in your dog and introduce some scientific training to their routine as you use this interactive, highly-skilled training set for your dog’s entertainment. Tweak your intelligent dog’s mine and channel their energy into positive training that features the perfect design for an intermediate canine gamer. Fill up the beaker with treats and train your dog to flip and balance to release the treat. Keep increasing the challenge so your dog stays energized and excited.
25. SPOT Seek-a-Treat Flip ‘N Slide Treat Dispenser for Dogs
- Bright colors for mental stimulation
- Excellent toy for training the brain
- Sharpens cognitive skills
- Improves mental capacity
- Enhances decision-making skills
- Encourages dog and owner’s interactive bond
Stimulate your dog’s intelligence and use this cool food dispenser game that’s strategically designed using different colors for your dog’s training. Since your dog loves spending time with you, this toy is surely going to give you a lot of chance for some quality time. Use this interesting game by SPOT to sharpen your tail wagger’s decision-making skills, cognitive skills, and mental capabilities. You and your dog are going to love this one!
26. Ultra-Durable Chew Toy
Rating: (4.7 / 5)
- Virtually indestructible
- Features lifetime replacement guarantee
- Aggressive-chewer approved
- Great as a multipurpose toy for chew, fetch, and playing tug-of-war
- Made from industrial-strength natural rubber.
- Absolutely safe to chew on or play with
If you’re looking for the sturdiest chew toy that even your strongest, most aggressive chewer cannot tear apart, then get your hands on this Ultra-Durable Chew toy that comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee. Tested by large and strongest dogs, this one’s aggressive-chewer approved and can be the ultimate chew toy that your big fella would love. The simple tire-like design is also 100% safe and non-toxic for your passionate chewers!
27. Arm & Hammer Dental Chew Toy for Dogs
- Made from an all-natural material, which makes it safe for chewing and playing
- Bright color and unique gorilla shape to entice your dog
- Takes care of your dog’s dental health
- Sturdy design
- Reduces tartar and freshens breath
- Dishwasher safe
Made in an interesting and unique gorilla shape, this chew is not only great for chewing and playing, but also excellent for taking care of your dog’s dental health care. The design features an all-natural rubber that could withstand even the most aggressive of chewers and is also dishwasher-friendly. The shape and color can be instantly eye-catching for your furry buddy and can keep them distracted and entertained for hours. If you’re looking for a great, entertaining toy for your dog that also serves as a dental health solution, this one’s a great pick.
28. Buck Bone Organics Elk Antlers For Dogs
- Hand-crafted natural antlers
- Eco-friendly chew stick
- Premium-grade quality antlers only
- Large-split chews are suitable for large dogs
- Freshly picked 100% natural
- Absolutely organic
Let nature take care of your dog’s requirements! This eco-friendly antler chew is another interesting and unique toy for your beloved dog. The Elk antlers are selected from the premium-quality selection based on the combination of density, weight, and color. This works as a super-food chewing toy for our dog and is suitable for dogs as large as 70 lbs. The antlers are absolutely sage and organic to ensure it doesn’t harm your dog in any way.
29. Interactive Dog Ball by FurryFido
- Interactive ball toy
- Boosts IQ level
- Treat dispenser, chew toy
- Great for an indoor activity
- Improves your dog’s exercise levels
- non-toxic, indestructible
Keep your dog active and healthy and make sure he has a great exercise routine. Introduce this interactive ball in your dog’s life and up the activity game right away. This simple toy can engage your dog in great entertainment for hours keeping them fit while also stimulating their mental capabilities. Fetch and throw, chew on it, or just keep rolling to find more treats – there’s so much that your dog can do with this ball. The tiny package has everything that your pet needs to enjoy the happy hour!
30. ZippyPaws Burrow Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy
- Unique design, fun characters
- Stimulates interactive play with the puzzle
- Includes speakers for sound delivery
- Mind tweaking puzzle for dogs
- Multipurpose toy
- Perfect size for a small dog or puppies
Want your dog to have a great time with his plushies? Make it a little challenging and tweak their curiosity with this interesting toy. Featuring three adorable monkeys hiding in their banana home, your dog can enjoy hours of playing digging them out. The plush toys include speakers and interact with your dog during playtime. Challenge your precious pooch and stimulate an interactive playtime as they try to find the hidden monkeys. The toy, however, is best suitable for small dogs or puppies and is not recommended for passionate or tough chewing.
31. Trixie Mad Scientist for Dogs
- Interactive game puzzle
- Helps with training your dog
- Can be used as individual boxes
- Strengthens the bond between dog and owner
- Increase the challenge by changing order
- Fun and mind tweaking
Training your dog? This toy can really come in handy for training purposes and for keeping your dog entertained. The set comes with four boxes, each opening differently to retrieve the treat. You can use the boxes individually or place them on the base together to train your dog on opening each body. Vary placement and number of treats to make the game more fun and challenging. Your dog’s really going to love this one!
32. Nylabone Dura Chew Power Chew Dog Toy
- Textured bone-shaped chewing toy
- Thoroughly flavored
- Suitable for passionate chewing
- With nubs for dental cleaning
- Suitable for puppies, adult, and senior dogs
- Can be used to train against destructive chewing
Another great toy for your passionate chewers! This textured chew bone has nubs and ridges for maximum dental health. This particular design is made from long-lasting, durable material and encourages powerful chewing. Encourage your dog’s natural activity of chewing and help them chew their way through anxiety, boredom, snack time, and destructive chewing. Not to mention, this dental solution is suitable for curious puppies, gentle seniors, and also active adults.
33. PetSafe Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat, Treat Dispensing Dog Toy
- Can hold several kibbles and treats
- Treat dispensing toy
- Multipurpose toy
- Boosts playtime and activity
- Interactive gameplay
- Suitable for gentle chewing
One of the best treat and kibble dispensing toy, this one by PetSafe is a hit among dog owners. Not only it is very easy for your pooch to hold, but the toy contains several holes to dispense treats and kibbles. The two half ends should be twisted to get the reward and that’s what the fun is all about. The toy will dispense the treats as your dog plays with his favorite toy. The multipurpose toy can also be used to play fetch and is suitable for gentle chewing.
34. ZippyPaws – Colorful Caterpillar Squeaky Stuffed Plush Dog Toy
- Unique and adorable design
- 6 noisemaking speakers
- Multipurpose toy
- Bright, enticing colors
- Fun character
The unique plush toy by ZippyPaws is an adorable toy for your dog. The long, caterpillar-shaped stuffed toy is squeaky and durable and ensures a great playtime with your dog. The 20-inch long caterpillar plush is a multipurpose toy and is loved by dogs of all breeds and sizes. The toy features 6 large speakers to make the toy all the more exciting and interesting for your dog.
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Why do dogs need to chew?
Chewing comes naturally to canines. Whether you have a big dog or a little puppy, chewing on objects is their way of exploring and staying engaged. For younger dogs, it is also a way of relieving pain that comes with teething. Dogs also feel the need to chew to keep their gums, teeth, and jaws strong. While you can train them to prevent destructive chewing, you can’t take away this natural instinct from your canine buddy.
Is it necessary to buy toys for my dog?
If you don’t want them to chew on your furniture, shoes, bedding, and other valuable belongings, you must buy them toys. Since chewing is also a way to combat boredom and frustration, having toys around will keep them happily engaged. Other than the chewing toys, you can buy a variety of toys for your dog to keep them entertained. Introducing toys in your dog’s life is also a great way to add activity and exercise to their routine.
Is rawhide unhealthy for my dog?
Rawhide based chewable toys and bones can cause blockage and choking risk. In worse case scenarios, it can be a bigger problem than digestive irritation or contamination. If your dog ends up swallowing pieces of rawhide, it can get stuck in the digestive tract or esophagus and cause fatal obstruction risk.
My dog loves chewing everything. How do I make my dog stop?
It is best to start this training at a young age, in case you’re bringing home a puppy. However, despite your dog’s lifestage, you can follow these tips to stop them from chewing everything:
- Keep an eye on your dog
- Until they’re trained, keep them confined if you have to leave them alone at home
- Put away things that your dog can chew on
- Choose your dog’s toys wisely and make sure whatever you choose is designed with their maximum safety in mind
- Do not hesitate to interrupt and try to divert their mind
- Never give your belongings – like an old sock or show – to your dog to chew on
- Set a schedule for playtime with your dog and interact using different toys
- Encourage when your dog chooses only the toys to chew on
How do I find out my dog’s favorite toy?
Your dog’s favorite toy could be connected to his personal instincts. Just because a toy seems great to you does not mean your dog wouldn’t disagree and vice versa. Get your pooch a variety of toys including fetching toys, chewing toys, plush toys, and puzzle toys and let them make their own choice.
Is an interactive dog toy better than the regular ones?
An interactive toy is quite enticing for any dog, especially because it can keep your dog entertained and engaged. This toy is different because it is physically and mentally stimulating for your canine friend. This is a great option if your purpose of providing this toy is to encourage your dog for physical play and safe chewing. An interactive toy is a great addition to your dog’s toy collection as it promotes your pet’s mental focus and capabilities. This interactive toy can be in the form of a puzzle of any sort.
Is mental stimulation essential for your dog?
Mental stimulation is great for every living being, especially for canines. Without this kind of engagement, a dog can quickly become frustrated and bored, which can lead them to seek entertainment elsewhere. Lack of stimulation and boredom can make a canine destructive, which is also referred to as ‘excitement’.
How can I offer mental and physical fulfillment to my dog?
To stop exploring for another activity and to be content, your dog must be both mentally and physically fulfilled. Offering a variety of dogs can encourage this both and give your dog a chance to have a great time even when indoors.
Are plush toys safe for my dog?
Plushies are adorable and definitely a great toy for dogs. However, these cute toys may not be suitable for aggressive chewing. If your passionate chewer has a lot of power, you should look for the sturdiest plush toy available. If your dog can tear apart a plush toy, he may as well end up eating the stuffing. That’s definitely not safe. Plush toys are safe for smaller dogs with less chewing power.
A regular dog toy will entertain your dog temporarily, but a great toy will keep them engaged for hours! That’s the difference you can experience if you pick the right toy for your dog. And when it comes to choosing the perfect dog toy, it is more about finding what your dog loves.
A great toy should not only keep your dog entertained but should also be able to stand up to heavy chewing and rough play – that’s exactly what your dog’s going to do. However, testing all the available dog toys on the market is not possible. But you don’t have to deal with all that hassle. We have done that work for you. Check out the details below and find the best dog toys out there!
Why Do Dogs Need Toys?
There are many amazing reasons for using dog toys properly. Just like toys help kids in achieving their full growth potential and spatial development, dogs too can use toys for these amazing benefits listed below:
Taking your dog for a walk or playing with the ball aren’t the only two ways to engage your dog in regular exercise. Toys mean more exercise, more entertainment, and definitely more amusement for both you and your canine buddy. Exercise and physical movement are important to keep your dog happy and healthy and exercise is the main reason why dog owners invest in dog toys. Adequate levels of exercise can keep your dog from becoming obese and becoming a victim of diseases.
Dogs have the tendency of becoming too bored too soon. They constantly need attention and engagement. If not satisfied with enough entertainment and activity, your dog can develop destructive behavior. When they say that a ‘tired dog is a good dog’, they’re right!
This is particularly important for working breeds. Without intellectual stimulation, dogs can create chaos and become downright disobedient and impossible to handle. Interactive toys give your dog a chance to exercise, play, and bond with their owner.
Training and Learning
Toys are a great way to divert your dog and indulge them in fun activities while indoors. This is a great way to train them to avoid destructive chewing. You can provide your dog proper chew toys to chew on so they can fulfill their innate need for chewing without targeting any of your belongings. Training and learning are particularly beneficial with interactive toys.
Improved Dental Health
If it’s hard for you to motivate your dog to brush teeth, toys can be your savior. Invest in toys and immediately give your pooch a fun way to improve their dental health. Some toys are designed for passionate chewing and include nubs to help clean your dog’s teeth. This also minimizes the requirement for surgical cleanings. Toys that are designed for dental health encourage chewing, which stimulates saliva to reduce the presence and recurrence of plaque.
For little puppies, toys can also help soothe teething pain and discomfort and relieve gum swelling, which is common during puppy teething.
Boost your bond with your furry buddy by engaging in an entertaining playtime that involves lots of their favorite toys. Most popular toys require you to play along with your tail-wagger, which promotes bonding. Not only you can improve your connection with your dogs but you can also encourage bonding if you have more than one dog.
Satisfied the Need for Chewing
As mentioned earlier, chewing is natural for dogs. This is one activity that’s deeply ingrained in their genes. Therefore, it is best to help them with it instead of trying to modify something that’s a part of them. Instead of allowing them to chew on your belongings, carpet, and furniture, provide them toys, especially those that are virtually indestructible, so they enjoy their chewing time, stay engaged, and are not easily bored.
Reduces Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety is a very common emotion that most pups experience when you bring them home for the first time. Dogs are particularly social in nature and this could be a very sensitive time for them. In addition to staying close to your little buds, offering them toys to play with and actually playing with them is a practical means of offering companionship.
Helps with Weight Management
If you have been struggling with your dog’s weight management, toys can come in handy. Toys that are available in the form of interactive designs, puzzles, and treat dispensers can trigger your dog’s curiosity and put him on his toes. Encourage your dog to engage in activities and work to get to their favorite treat. There are toys where you can hide their favorite treats inside and your dog must work around it to figure out how to dispense it out. These activities and engagement are not only great for their mental stimulation but also aids in weight management.
Diverts Attention from Barking and Digging
Disobedience and misbehavior are often the side effects of boredom and anxiety. It usually happens when they experience a lack of attention. Toys are a great way to divert their attention and keep them engaged. Give them their favorite toy so you can go about your regular day. When your dog’s having fun, he wouldn’t bark or dig or even misbehave. They have a toy to play with.
Alleviates Canine Boredom
What do you do to kill your boredom? You do something that you thoroughly enjoy or are passionate about, right? Toys offer the same kind of excitement, fun, and play to your dog so they feel less bored. Noise-making, chewing and interactive toys are the best dog toys for alleviating canine boredom.
Determining the Right Toy for Your Dog – Factors You Need to Consider
Picking the right toy for your dog can be a really daunting task, especially if you’ve just brought your fur baby home. To make this decision a little easier, here are some important factors that you must take into considerations:
Your Dog’s Life Stage
Soft toys or plushies are great for younger dog’s fragile teeth. It’s not suitable to allow your pups to chew on or play with rugged toys as it could damage the teeth. This is particularly important if your puppy is teething. Pick a toy according to their lifestage and opt for something with a firmer texture. You can find tons of great options suitable for puppies.
Once the teething stage is over and your dog enters the adulthood stage, you can look for more indestructible, harder toy options. Balls and rope toys are great for this lifestage. You can even introduce more interactive toys during this time. Give them something that satisfies their need for chewing while strengthening their teeth and gums.
For your golden dogs in their senior lifestage, you can go back to softer toys as their teeth and jaws may no longer be as strong. You can reintroduce them to the toys they loved when they were little puppies.
Other than the lifestage, the chewing behavior of your dog is another important factor. Some breeds are naturally more aggressive chewers than others. Even their pups can be quite destructive. Others may take an occasional swipe on the toys but nothing too serious. So you really need to pay attention to their chewing behavior.
Observe to see whether your tail-wagger is a passive chewer or an aggressive one and pick a toy accordingly. The key is to evaluate their specific chewing behavior so you can decide on the type, material, and sturdiness of the toy you pick.
This factor is pretty obvious! Whether the toy is a hit or a flop depends majorly on this single factor. Even if all the other characteristics match perfectly but u choose the wrong size, it could increase the risk. Too small a toy for a large hound can create the risk of choking and intestinal obstruction while too large of a toy can be a hassle for your little pup to handle.
Most of the popular toys are available in different sizes with proper guidance on their suitability according to the size of their dog to help you pick the right size of the dog toy.
Dog Toys – Features to Consider
Here are some additional toy features to help you make a more informed decision.
This is a very important feature. Even the softest plush you get should be durable enough to not tear into pieces in the first few minutes. The toy is to keep your dog entertained. Tearing it shouldn’t be a part of the fun as it encourages destructive behavior. Also, toys that can be easily torn or broken increase the risk of swallowing and choking on the pieces. This could be fatal in some cases.
Make sure that whatever you pick is durable enough for the type of chewer your dog is. If you have an adult breed that’s known for its strong jaws and bones, pick a toy that can stand such aggressive chewing. Most toys will have this mentioned on the packaging.
Not every material is suitable for your dog, especially if they are prone to breaking or tearing the toys. Swallowing certain things can be detrimental to their health and result in choking. For chew toys, make sure it is made from a suitable material that does not harm your dog. Check for the grip and sturdiness of the material the toys are made of to ensure the utmost safety during your dog’s playtime.
What’s the purpose of the toy? Are you picking up something that would help you take care of your dog’s dental health without struggle or are you just grabbing a fetch toy? Do you want a toy for mental stimulation like a puzzle or something your dog can snuggle against? The reason why you’re investing in a dog’s toy will further narrow down the options for you, making it easier to make a decision.
Dog Playtime – Pet’s Safety Considerations
While fun and entertainment are important, safety should be your first priority around dog toys. Your precious pooch cannot decide if a toy is safe or not. When picking the best dog toys for your four-legged companions, make sure you follow these important tips to ensure maximum safety.
Determine the Pooch’s Chewing Capability
It is okay to overestimate but never underestimate your dog’s chewing capability. Even if your dog is a well-behaved, mild chewer, there could be instances when he may end up shredding his regular toy into pieces. This could be simply because of excitement, willpower, fun, determination, or boredom.
What you must remember is to thoroughly determine your dog’s capability of chewing. This would help you pick the right material, size, and type of toy that’s durable enough to stand your dog’s chewing.
Inspect the Toy
Do not simply believe the claims on the packaging. Even the indestructible toys can worn out with time. Therefore, it is important to always inspect the toys before you give them to your dog. If you notice a crack in your dog’s toy, make sure you replace it.
According to me, this is the most crucial part of your dog’s playtime – SUPERVISE! There are no warnings before accidents and you cannot risk it for your beloved dog. One moment they are playing peacefully and the next thing you know is that they’re already choking and can’t breathe. Everything happens in a flash so make sure you’re always around to keep an eye. In case that’s not possible, adjust your dog’s playtime around your schedule when you can actively participate or at least supervise.
If you can’t do it by yourself, appoint a responsible person for your canine’s supervision for your dog’s playtime activities.
Play with Different Toys
Make playtime fun by introducing different toys to your dog. Try investing in the different types of toys so your dog can have a great time both indoors and outdoors. Alternate your playtime activities by switching up the toys to keep your dog excited and happy. This will also reduce the chance of breaking toys regularly.
Dog toys are a great investment if you wish to see your pet happy and entertained. It is also a great way to introduce exercise and activities in their lives. Toys can help you train your pet while strengthening your bond with your darling dog. You can gain all of these benefits by simply getting your hands on the best dog toys!
Toys can be more than just fun and activities. It can offer various behavioral development and health benefits to your dog. Make this task easier by taking the time to observe your dog’s chewing behavior and specific characteristics. In this article, I have listed the most popular dog toys based on the dog owner’s personal experience to help you make an informed decision. Pick the most suitable for your dog from the list of these favorites and surprise your beloved dog today.
So which toy is your dog fond of and why? Let me know in the comments!