The Best Toys For Dogs That You Can Get
Let’s face it, people who say that dogs aren’t the brightest animal on the planet obviously don’t know dogs well. They are as smart as the average human toddler, but need interaction and care like hoomans. Toys are important for their development, entertainment, and education. We hunted out the best toys for dogs that we could find, to match all the needs your pooch has.
It’s important to start early with your dog, providing safe toys to chew and play with while teaching the animal to avoid household items it may wish to use as toys. Some dogs will chew on power cords, risking a harmful (or fatal) electric shock. Teach your dog early on what things are for chewing and playing and what things are off-limits.
The Best, Safest Dog Toys
The size of a toy is an important consideration. Kongs, balls, and other typical toys must be small enough that the dog can chew them and carry them, but not so small that they can become lodged in the dog’s mouth or throat.
Durability is a factor, especially for a dog that loves to chew. A toy that will break apart easily can become a hazard as the small, sharp parts can be swallowed, caught in the throat, or cut the mouth and gums. Again, a hard rubber Kong (easily one of the best dog toys ever conceived) is an excellent choice.
Softer toys, like the popular “squeak” toys made of thin plastic and full of air, are good for dogs that are a bit gentler. They’re unlikely to chew through such items and are usually attracted by the squeaking sound.
Tennis balls are great for some dogs, but poor choices for others. This is a question of size ratios. If the dog is too small to fit a tennis ball all the way in its mouth, then it can be an excellent toy that the dog will love but costs very little. If the ball can fit all the way in the dog’s maw, however, it becomes a choking hazard.
Basic Dog Toy Information
Here is the thing – dog toys are not indestructible – they WILL and CAN be destroyed. It goes back to their wolf heritage of wanting to kill something and rip it apart.
This is why dog play should be supervised. You don’t just give a dog a toy and then leave them alone. You will have a lot less “broken” dog toys if you keep an eye on what is going on while your fur baby plays with them.
Dog toys are meant to be replaced. You need to keep an eye on what the toys are looking like – and remove any that are damaged beyond repair. We want to avoid choking hazards and swallowing things that they shouldn’t.
Also – do not give dogs toys that are meant for children – there are different safety standards involved.
Dog toys for dogs
What toys should you look at? Well, we pulled together a list of some great gems that will entertain, educate, and occupy your pup safely – and think they are well worth the money.
Hide-a-squirrel plush dog toy
Puzzle toys are very important for dogs – they are mentally stimulating to prevent boredom. While dogs play hide and seek with these squeaky toys, they are using their problem-solving skills and focusing their energy on something positive, playful, and fun.
Outward Hound’s hide and seek plush dog puzzle was designed specifically to eliminate boredom, encourage positive play, and feed your dog’s natural hunting instincts. 2-in-1 interactive play means double the fun with options to play fetch or hide and seek to keep your dog mentally stimulated.
For dogs who can’t get enough of these plushy squirrels, check out our replacement 3-pack of Squeakin’ Squirrels! Bound to become your curious canine’s new favorite, our plush hide and seek line of puzzle toys are perfect for supervised fun of all sizes! Just remember to consider your dog’s size and activity level when deciding which toy to get.
ChuckIt! Kick Fetch Ball
If your dog is a fan of balls, this is the golden Cadillac of doggie balls. Tazuna not only loves it but goes nuts at the mere mention of her “chucky ball”.
The Chuckit! Kick Fetch ball is designed to get both pets and pet parents moving for fun, interactive play. Each time pet parents kick the Chuckit! ball, the deep-grooved design creates a random, exciting bounce, satisfying dogs’ chasing instincts. For quick and easy retrieval, the ball’s curved grooves allow dogs to get a secure grip for comfortable carrying.
Featuring a canvas, rubber, and foam construction, these strong dog toys are durable for tough play outdoors and float for dogs that enjoy playtime by the water. The bright orange and blue design grabs dogs’ attention in the air and can be easily spotted in tall grass, on water, or in the dog toy bin.
For pets that are active at night, a glow-in-the-dark Max Glow version is available, requiring as little as five minutes of charging under bright light for 20 minutes of illuminated play. Offered in small and large sizes, a wide range of dogs enjoy fetching with the Chuckit! Kick Fetch ball, making it an excellent addition to your dog toy box.
If you have ever wondered “What are the best toys for herding dogs” then, now you haven an answer.
Set of squeaky toys
Squeaky toys for dogs are something you can never go wrong with, no matter the kind of dog it is that you have at home. But pets get so rough with these toys that the foam inside comes out easily, turning your home into a winter wonderland with all the white fluff on the ground.
I have been there and can relate.
Thus, most squeaky toys are considered more of a mess by pet owners than something that can make their life easier.
Instead, you should look at getting squeaky toys that are not filled with foam, so pets won’t tear them open as easily. These are amazing to chew on for dogs instead of chewing on clothes or any other precious stuff of yours. These toys also make noises which makes them more interactive as well as interesting for your pets.
Skinny Peltz are no-stuffing plush dog toys that provide hours of squeaking fun without the unnecessary need of cleaning up fuzzy stuffing mess! This plush toy set includes 3 large characters that were lovingly brought to life using the best quality materials that are durable and safe for your pets.
The fox, raccoon, and squirrel will keep boredom at bay by entertaining your pooch with their fun designs and enticing sounds. Each toy contains 3 round squeakers, ideal for medium dogs who want to have a “squeakin’ good time”.
Playing fetch is something dogs enjoy more than anything else in the world, mainly because it is interactive with their humans. It’s one of the best ways to get their energy out and also teach them a new skill at the same time. We have one of the best toys for dogs that you can use to play fetch whenever your puppy has a little bit too much energy.
This amazing ball launcher comes with soft tennis ball-like balls and a handle that enables you to pick up the balls without touching them. Thus slobbery balls won’t touch your hands and you won’t have to struggle to throw the ball far away for your dog as well.
I HAVE seen a knock off version at my local DollarTree.com store – keep your eyes out!
PEWOD Strawberry Dog Chew Toy
I absolutely love treat dispensing toys, but have a “super chewer” on my hands. The treat dispenser has to be VERY durable for me to even think about it.
I love how this product is made of eco-friendly, natural rubber material that is elastic and tough. Importantly, it is safe for your dogs.
Put dog treats through the top hole or squeeze toothpaste, peanut butter, kibble on the surface of the toy. Play throw&fetch games with him/her, which could enhance their jumping reaction ability effectively.
I love how this one is sized so well that it can double as a dog teeth-cleaner too with the aid of dog-safe toothpaste and does the job well after you give it to FIDO to play with.
Benebone Real Bacon Durable Wishbone Dog Chew Toy
Chew toys are never the wrong toy option for your pets. Dogs love to chew, especially on stuff that tastes like real peanuts. The Wishbone is easy to handle, tastes awesome, and stands up to heavy chewing.
At Benebone, they started with the premise that dogs experience scent and flavor in a way we can’t even grasp. So they ditched the neon colors and loud squeaks. Inspired by a dog’s powerful sense of smell, they developed a long-lasting durable chew that’s jam-packed with real peanuts.
Once your dog takes a bite of our USA-made chews, he’ll be hooked.-Benebone
The wish-bone shape is very paw-friendly and makes it beyond easy for them to hand on to so they can really let their teeth dig into it. Get it here if you have a super-chewer as we do.
Outward Hound – Interactive Puzzle Game Dog Toys
The last toy we have for you today is another great one for your dogs that can help you train their brain correctly. This one by Nina Ottosson is certainly something you have to have in your dog toy collection.
Did you know that 15 minutes of mental exercise equals 30 minutes of physical exercise for dogs? Dogs love to explore and problem solve in their own way. Some use their paws and some use their nose. Each game is designed with your dog’s natural behaviors, senses, and safety in mind.
The Dog Casino interactive treat puzzle is a level 3 advanced dog game from Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound that’s ideal for bored dogs! This interactive dog puzzle features six treat drawers for dog treats which can be accessed by twisting the bone locks.
Just simply place the treats in the drawers, slide them in, and twist the bones for an added sequential step challenge. Your pup will enjoy pawing, sniffing, and nudging around to reveal the hidden tasty rewards! The Dog Casino interactive puzzle dog toy is made of safe and durable BPA, PVC & phthalate-free material.
Easy to clean with warm water and soap between uses. SAFETY AND CARE: ALWAYS SUPERVISE your dog closely, teach your dog how the game works. Do not leave your dog alone with a treat puzzle, do not let your dog chew on the game or pieces.
Last, but not least, we have gem that is great for those anxious pooches: a ball that is literally attached to your dong’s collar. Think of it as a pooch-pacifier.
Does your dog love tennis balls? Do you find yourself constantly searching for your dog’s ball after it rolls under the couch or they leave it behind on a walk? In anxiety-filled situations, such as going to the vet or groomer, or meeting new people, does giving your dog a tennis ball help keep them calm.
SO, it is basically A tennis ball with a collar and leash rope attachment for Dogs.
I thought this was goofy – until I chatted with a pal who had a dog with high anxiety. This BallAlong would be the perfect toy for her little furry man.
Does your dog love tennis balls? Do you find yourself constantly searching for your dog’s ball after it rolls under the couch or they leave it behind on a walk? In anxiety-filled situations, such as going to the vet or groomer, or meeting new people, does giving your dog a tennis ball help keep them calm?
BallAlong tennis ball comes with a built-in, easy-to-latch attachment that can be connected to almost any dog collar or leash. The attachment prevents the ball from rolling away and getting lost and also prevents the added expense of frequently buying new balls.
Do you know of an amazing dog toy that we missed? Let us know!
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