When a dog sees their favorite toy, there’s a certain magic that comes into play. Whether they catch sight of a squeaky toy or a particularly delicious bone, a dog’s face will light up and serious tail wagging will ensue when they see their beloved item. We’re rounding up our favorite dog toys based on user response and personal experience, and noting a couple of helpful tips to help your pup find a toy that best fits their needs.
Tip #1 – Keep the number of dog toys to a minimum.
One of the greatest feelings a dog owner experiences is connected to toys and playtime. People and pets can interact on the same level, enjoying a game of fetch or tug of war. However, it’s important not to overwhelm your pet with too many options. Finding one or two items for your dog to enjoy helps keep them focused and can be used as rewards for training as well.
Tip #2 – Don’t confuse your pet with chew toys that look like children’s toys.
If you have children at home with lots of stuffed animals, take special care to find a toy that dogs won’t confuse with your kid’s. While that may sound tricky, there are actually a handful of toys that aren’t stuffed or animal shaped, and can be easily discerned from kid’s toys. Another way to help dogs understand what’s theirs and what’s not is by making sure the toys are kept in the same place, whether in a basket or on their bed.
Best Dog Toys
We’ve compiled a list of our top five dog toys based on user response and experience, and listed them below. Take a moment to discover which option best fits your pet, and keep that positive, toy-filled energy flowing!
Ethical Seek-A-Treat Puzzle
This interactive toy is a great way to keep your dog interested in something other than your furniture, and is a great option for dogs that eat their meals too fast. The puzzle gives your pooch mental stimulation and tests their ability to complete a task –the reward is tasty treats!
The Kong brand is a staple in the dog toy industry, and a name that people not only recognize but trust. The classic Kong is incredibly sturdy and stands the test of time. They’re made in the U.S.A. and can hold treats inside to keep your pup engaged and coming back for more.
Skinneeez Stuffing Free Animals
If your dog has been known to dismantle a stuffed toy or two, consider Skinneez Stuffing Free dog toys. These eco-friendly chew toys are stuffingless and generally last longer than typical animal toys. They’re also great for tug of war.
Another tried and true Kong product, the Braidz chew toys are soft but strong products. Braidz help polish your dog’s teeth and remove plaque along with providing tons of fun for playtime. The sizes differ for all sized dogs.
Chuckit Ball Launcher
For anyone who frequents the dog park, there’s a good chance you’ve already seen a Chuckit. These handy dandy ball launchers extend your arms reach and help propel a tennis ball for greater distances. Obviously this provides more exercise for your pet, and doesn’t leave your arm feeling overworked or even worse: thrown out!
These bones are ideal for chewers, and don’t carry the health risks that actual bones can have. Nylabones are offered for puppies all the way up to large dogs, and offer a safe, durable dog toy option.
If you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety and needs something to keep him busy, look no further than the Busy Buddy. This toy redirects the dog’s destructive chewing habits into positive toy time. There’s an entire line, but the Tug-A-Jug and Kibble Nibble are two of the most popular. Food is placed inside these toys and the dog works to get them out, creating hours of engagement.