KONG Cozies Dog Squeaky Toy
Jalousie Dog Squeaky Toys
Chuckit! Indoor Ball
Just like kids, dogs require playtime to help them feel good about themselves, exercise their cognitive functions, enhance their problem-solving skills, and prevent boredom that can be the basis for the development of behavioral issues in dogs. And when it comes to playtime, one of the most important tools you can ever give to your pet hound are dog toys. These playthings come in different types that stimulate a dog’s innate cognitive functions while also providing endless hours of fun and entertainment. That is why choosing the best dog toys is imperative and we’ve got the dog world’s 20 best just for you.
The Best Dog Toy
KONG Classic Dog Toy
You’ll never go wrong with a KONG Classic. One of the nearly indestructible dog toys in the canine world, the Classic KONG dog toys are made of the highest quality of rubber. The Classic is designed primarily for moderate chewers, however. So, if you have a really powerful, aggressive chewer you should get the Extreme KONG. Regardless, pet parents love the classic not only because of its durability but also because of its versatility. One can easily fill it with treats or even your pet’s favorite human snack like peanut butter.
As a matter of fact, these durable dog toys from KONG are perfect for catering to your pet’s chewing tendencies while also helping them manage canine boredom and separation anxiety. It can also be used for food portion control as a means of managing your pet’s weight.
Designed for moderate chewers
Can be stuffed with snacks, treats, others
Made of nearly indestructible rubber
With an unpredictable bounce
Available in 5 sizes
- Weight7.2 oz
Chuckit! Ultra Ball
You’d be surprised to know that dogs only see shades of yellow, blue, and gray. The Chuckit! Ultra Ball is colored orange with a blue trim. This improves the visibility of the ball even if you manage to throw it on grassy terrain or even on water. These outdoor dog toys from Chuckit! are perfect for having a great day at the beach, by the lake, or even in your swimming pool since the core of the ball is made of lightweight, yet extra-tough rubber.
It is very easy to clean and comes with a high degree of bounce, allowing your pet to jump as high as it possibly can to fetch the ball in its mouth. The Ultra Ball is easily one of the best dog toys you can give to your pet.
Made of natural, extra-thick, high-bounce rubber
Floats in water
Compatible with Chuckit! dog ball launchers
Available in 5 sizes
- BrandChuck It
- Weight6.6 oz
Jalousie Dog Squeaky Toys
Jalousie’s funny dog toys are a collection of 5 different prey animals that your pet will surely have no issues playing with. Three of these – skunk, raccoon, and wolf – do not have stuffing while two – duck and monkey – are designed to be extra-soft and plush. Not to worry, though, as these dog toys are perfectly safe for your pet to pick up with its mouth. It’s the perfect playthings for working dogs as they get to live out their predatory instincts. Simply throw these nearly indestructible squeaky dog toys as far as you can and watch your pet run after them, pick them up, and bring them back to you.
Endless hours of fun should help get your pet out of its boredom.
Assorted squeaky toys: 2 plush, 3 zero-stuffing
For mild to moderate chewers
Pet-safe, non-toxic materials
- Weight7.2 oz
Chuckit! Dog Ball Launcher
Pet parents who already have a variety of Chuckit! dog balls really need to have the ball launcher, also from Chuckit! This long and ergonomically handled ball thrower comes with a rather simple design, yet throws dog balls farther than Nolan Ryan or even Pedro Martinez throwing for the Astros or the Red Sox, respectively. The other good news is that because of its 26-inch handle there’s no need to bend just to pick up a ball. The scoop on one end of the Chuckit! launcher makes it super easy to pick up dog balls.
You don’t even have to go into the water to retrieve the ball. The Chuckit! Launcher complements your interactive dog toys making it more fun for you and your pet to play fetch all day long.
Designed for Chuckit! dog toy balls
Portable and lightweight
Extra-long handle at 26 inches
Includes 1 Chuckit! dog toy ball
- BrandChuck It
- Weight8 oz
KONG Wild Knots Bear Dog Toy
These KONG dog toys are quite unusual. Unlike other soft and plush puppy toys that are filled with stuffing, the Wild Knots Bear actually comes with a knotted rope core. You can look at the knotted rope as the Bear’s skeleton. This gives it additional strength and durability that will last your dog’s lifetime. It’s one of those nearly indestructible dog toys made by KONG yet it comes with a soft and cuddly exterior that you wouldn’t know how tough it is until you pet decides to latch its teeth onto it. Of course, these are not dog chew toys.
However, they can be your dog’s or even puppy’s security blanket, allowing them to sleep and rest more peacefully knowing they have their favorite Teddy bear in between their limbs.
Adorable Teddy bear design
Core is made up of extra-tough knotted rope
Minimal stuffing with soft, plush materials
- Weight8 oz
Allstar Innovations Wobble Wag Giggle Ball Dog Toy
Because the Wobble Wag Giggle Ball dog toy is not a perfect sphere, rolling it on the ground will result in very unpredictable movements. Once rolled, the channels or tubes within the dog ball toy elicit a giggling sound. This makes these stimulating dog toys excellent for arousing the curiosity of your pet. They’ll be puzzled as to the origins of that giggling sound. Your dog rolls the ball attempting to predict where it will go only to find out that it has turned in another direction. This sudden change in direction will cause your pet to shift its weight and change direction, too.
The Wobble Wag Giggle Ball is one of those funny dog toys that you’ll love playing with your pet.
6 integrated clutch pockets
Built-in internal tubes that emit giggle sounds
Made of phthalate-free, pet-safe, durable vinyl
Not a perfect sphere
- BrandAllstar Innovations
- Weight1.1 lbs
TRIXIE Pet Products Flip Board Training Level 2
Designed for dogs that are of intermediate intelligence, the Flip Board comes in as one of the most stimulating dog toys you can ever give to a pet. It may not look like much, just some fancy cones and lids that are placed on top of a disk-shaped contraption.
However, underneath these ‘lids’ are holes which you can fill with your pet’s favorite treats or even snacks. These dog toys encourage your dog to figure out how to remove the lids so that it can get the treats underneath. It’s not really easy as it looks since each lid is designed to be opened in an entirely different way. Some can be slid open while others will have to be lifted. These dog toys are ideal for food portion control as well as helping your pet improve its problem-solving skills.
Multiple holes with variable covers
Different actions required to open each hole
Designed for intermediate-intelligence dogs
Non-toxic plastic with non-skid rubber base
- BrandTRIXIE Pet Products
- Weight1.19 lbs
Multipet Duckworth Large Dog Toy
Your Labrador, Chesapeake Bay retriever, German shorthaired pointer, Golden retriever, or even Boykin spaniel will surely love Duckworth. These dog toys are designed to mimic the natural prey of these canine hunters as well as other dog breeds that are well-known for their ability to fetch felled waterfowl. Duckworths are almost indestructible squeaky dog toys that play well to the predatory instincts of dogs. It is soft and plush enough to be picked up by your hound with its mouth without causing any harm.
Of course, your active supervision is required since the webbed feet and the duck’s beak are sewn into its body and have the tendency to break away at the seams.
Pet-safe, non-toxic materials
- Weight1.92 oz
KONG HDP Flyer
If you’re already tired of the usual game of ball fetch with your canine friend, why not play with the HDP Flyer instead? These KONG dog toys come with the same durable construction as the other durable and extra-strong rubber-constructed KONG indestructible dog toys in the market. What makes the HDP Flyer different from your conventional Frisbee is that it comes with dynamic rebound capabilities. Just in case your dog misses catching the Flyer in midair with its mouth, the KONG will bounce off the ground and fly again.
The HDP Flyer is one of the best outdoor dog toys that can help improve your pet’s agility, jumping prowess, and coordination. This is not to mention the tons of fun you will be having with your pet hound.
Frisbee-type of dog toy
Made of same indestructible material as in KONG Classic
Dynamic rebound capability
- Weight8.2 oz
Our Pets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy
If it’s interactive dog toys that you’re after Our Pets’ IQ Treat Ball should be a great choice. It’s like a Pokémon Ball that has a hemispherical color design, except that the IQ Treat Ball comes with a translucent half and a solid-colored other half. These stimulating dog toys are primarily intended to help sharpen your pet’s problem-solving skills, although they can also be used for managing the weight of your pet.
Available in different colors and 2 sizes, the IQ Treat comes with fully adjustable holes that will make it easy or difficult for your pet to retrieve the treats you place inside the ball. And even if you don’t fill it with treats your dog can still play with this just like any other dog ball toy.
Treat-dispensing dog toy design
Adjustable levels of difficulty
Easy to clean
Made of durable, strong, and non-toxic plastic
- BrandOur Pets
- Weight4.8 oz
Duoer Well Love Dog Toys
Giving the Duoer assorted dog toys is like giving your pet a treasure chest of playthings that it can use for a variety of purposes. There are dog chew toys and plush funny dog toys for all types of pooches, large or small. Each of these durable dog toys are made of non-toxic, pet-safe materials so you’ll feel more confident about the safety of your four-legged friend. There’s a tug-of-war ball which is perfect for training your pet about certain commands. Rope toys also make great dental implements so that food debris or particles can be removed from your hound’s teeth and gums, preventing gum diseases in the process.
There are puppy toys that your little hound will love wrestling inside its crate or even on its doggie bed. Whatever breed and type of canine that you may have there’s a toy that it will surely love from this Duoer assortment.
Assorted dog toys: rope toys, balls, squeaky toys, plush toy, tug ball, dog bones
Made of pet-safe, non-toxic materials
- Weight1.49 lbs
Chuckit! Paraflight Dog Toy
Considered as one of the canine world’s best dog toys following a Frisbee design, the Chuckit! Paraflight is guaranteed to get your hound jumping higher than ever before if only to catch this flying disk right in its mouth. The use of blue color makes it very visible for your pet dog. It will never miss this flying disk as it glides through the air. Made of durable nylon, these nearly indestructible dog toys are perfect for a great day in the park or even near the lake, making them great outdoor dog toys. The edge is raised and made of soft rubber, allowing your pet to easily pick it up without hurting its mouth.
The Paraflight is also available in glow-in-the-dark version, just in case you want to play Frisbee at night. Now that should be an interesting sight.
Frisbee-type of design
Floats in water
Made of multilayered durable nylon
Smooth rubber edge with raised sides
- BrandChuck It
- Weight4.6 oz
Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel and Puzzle Plush Dog Squeaking Toys
These lovable, adorable, and cuddly furry creatures will surely get your dog all pumped up whether it will be busy retrieving them from their holes or playing them as standalone dog toys. These almost indestructible squeaky dog toys make for an entertaining sight as your dog tries to get the squeaky squirrels from their makeshift holes in a plush and comfy tree stump. These can also be classified as stimulating dog toys since your pet will have to determine how best to get the squirrels out, stimulating their cognitive skills.
Take out the tree stump and you’ve got plush, squeaking squirrels to throw and for your pet to fetch. These also make great puppy toys since they’re soft enough to be cuddled with and made of pet-safe materials to never put your young hound in harm’s way.
2-in-1 play: fetch and toss
Multiple squeaky squirrels
Made of pet-safe materials
Available in 4 sizes
- BrandOutward Hound
- Weight7 oz
Benebone Real Flavor Wishbone Dog Chew Toy
Everyone knows that dogs love to chew. It’s already inherent in them. It’s no wonder that dog chew toys remain one of the best dog toys any pet parent can give to their furry little friends. But the problem is that most dog chews are quite difficult for our pets to hold between their front paws. Good thing the Benebone comes in a unique Y-shaped wishbone design so that your pet can anchor one ‘leg’ with one of its limbs. The other good thing about the Benebone is that it utilizes only real food ingredients that have been compacted to give your pet a toy that it will be munching on for hours. It’s like giving your pet real food, but in a form that will last a really long time.
Unfortunately, the Benebone Wishbone is not really edible so you’ve got to watch your pet as it nibbles on these nearly indestructible dog toys.
Made of 100% real food ingredients
Available in chicken, peanut, and bacon flavors
Y-shaped wishbone design
- Weight5.6 oz
KONG Cozies Dog Squeaky Toy
Whether you choose Elmer the elephant or perhaps Marvin the moose to give to your pet, you’d be glad to give these KONG indestructible squeaky dog toys. There’s also King the lion, Spunky the monkey, Rosie the rhino, Ali the gator, Baily the dog, Buster koala, Floppy rabbit, and Tupper the lamb. These interactive dog toys are super fluffy on the outside yet made of extra-tough materials in the inside. There is very minimal filling so that even if your pet manages to shred it to bits there won’t be plenty of mess to deal with.
These cuddly dog toys make for excellent security blankets to help put your pet at ease and be calm and relaxed if ever it feels anxious about anything. These KONG dog toys come in 3 different sizes so you’ll have the perfect size for your own pooch.
Made of soft, pet-safe materials
With the added layer of extra-tough material
- Weight1.92 oz
JW Pet Hol-ee Roller Original Treat Dispensing Dog Ball
Unlike other dog toys that double as treat dispensers, the Hol-ee Roller looks more like the skeleton of a soccer ball than it is a traditional dog ball toy. It comes with two shapes of holes – hexagon and pentagon – to give your pet more breathing room to insert its snout all the way through these holes to reach the treats you’re going to place inside. The Hol-ee Roller is constructed of natural rubber, making it extra safe for pets yet giving it a durability that should last many years. These durable dog toys also have an unpredictable bounce in them owing to the alternating pentagon and hexagon shaped holes.
You can play fetch with it or perhaps toss. Or if you’re feeling like you want to test your pet’s strength, it can very well be a great tug ball. These also make for great outdoor dog toys because of their design.
Treat-dispensing toy with open design
Constructed of non-toxic, natural, pet-safe rubber
Hexagonal and pentagonal cutouts
Versatile design for various plays
- BrandJW Pet
- Weight0.32 oz
Multipet Plush Dog Toy
These plush dog toys from Multipet deserve to be on this list of the best dog toys because of the way they are designed and constructed. You’ve got a choice of Lambchop, Mr. Bill, or Sock Monkey to bring fun into your dog’s life. These can be good puppy toys, too, since they’re made of pet-safe, extremely soft materials that will never harm your very young hound.
While they are not really indestructible squeaky dog toys, these Multipet funny dog toys never fail to stimulate the curiosity of canines everywhere because of the squeaking sounds that these toys elicit. It’s a dog toy that doubles as a security or comforting blanket for pups, seniors, and adult dogs alike.
Pet-safe plush dog toy
- Weight5.1 oz
Chuckit! Indoor Ball
Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you can already forego your pet’s daily playtime activities. With Chuckit!’s Indoor Ball you can now play with your dog safely inside your home without worries that your expensive decors might get broken. These Chuckit! dog toys are made of soft chenille fabric so you get to keep the integrity of the various surfaces inside your house while catering to your pet’s need for playtime.
You can also use a Chuckit! ball launcher to toss the Indoor Ball, although most pet parents think this is not necessary.
Made of textured soft chenille fabric
Multi-layer durable construction
Compatible with Chuckit! indoor ball launchers
- BrandChuck It
- Weight2.4 oz
Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Dog Chew
This Nylabone creation is not only a doggie toy, but also an excellent dental dog chew. The numerous nubs and ridges that run along the entire length of these dog chew toys make for a good tool for removing food debris or particles that are stuck in your pet’s gums and teeth, preventing the formation of plaque and tartar and avoiding the development of gum diseases. Available in chicken, beef jerky, peanut butter, bacon, and original flavors, the Nylabone Dura Chew is a sure hit especially among power chewers, making these nearly indestructible dog toys.
It’s a fun and truly satisfying way to discourage destructive chewing in dogs while also ensuring they’ve got healthier teeth and gums.
Available in different flavors: bacon, beef jerky, chicken, peanut butter, original
Formulated for power chewers
Comes with nubs and ridges for dental cleaning
Made of durable and extra-tough nylon
- Weight6.4 oz
StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy
These interactive dog toys from StarMark bear some resemblance to the Classic KONG dog toys in that they have a bulbous base and a rather narrow cylindrical neck. Technically, the Bob-A-Lot looks like a fat and short bowling pin that comes in 3 colors corresponding to its 3 sections – the neck, the upper sphere, and the lower sphere. The good thing about the Bob-A-Lot is that it has a huge interior space that can accommodate a full meal for your pet. Twist the base and your dog will be working through different levels of difficulty just to get the treats or the dog food. These stimulating dog toys test your pet’s ability to work through a simple problem while relying on the skills of its tongue to get the treats.
It works as a great outdoor dog toy, too, thanks to the integration of a weighted bottom. Regardless of how you toss it the Bob-A-Lot will always land on its fat bottom and stand up like your pet.
Adjustable openings for variable levels of difficulty
- Weight1.5 lbs
Best Dog Toys Buying Guide & FAQ
What to Consider When Buying Dog Toys
One of the things you’ll need to consider when buying toys for your dog is the type of toy you want for your pet. There are training toys, interactive toys, training toys, self-amusement toys, comfort toys, and enrichment or treat-dispensing toys. It all depends on what you want for your pet. Ideally, however, you should have at least one each of these types of dog toys.
The size of the toy is also an important consideration. And since dogs use their mouths to ‘play’ with these toys your reference should be the size of your pet’s mouth. The toy you buy for your pet should not be too large as they might have difficulty ‘holding’ onto these toys. It should also not be too small, lest you risk causing blockage in your pet’s throat or may even get lodged in their guts. Pay close attention to the recommended sizes of toys by manufacturers.
Another major consideration is your pet’s preferences. This is predicated on the assumption that you understand what your pet really likes and not what “you think” it needs. For instance, most dogs love to play with toy balls, but this doesn’t automatically mean your dog also like playing with balls. You’ve got to determine, as its pet parent, your dog’s likes and dislikes.
Your pet’s age and health condition are also things you need to consider. Puppies are still in the process of developing and strengthening their teeth. Giving them puppy toys that are made of extra-hard material might damage their still-developing dentition. Likewise, dogs that are diagnosed with certain health conditions may not be able to play certain toys. For example, getting a Frisbee or dog ball toy to be tossed for a geriatric dog or a dog with hip dysplasia may not be a good idea since jumping may not be that gentle on the joints.
The chewing behavior of your pet also needs to be factored in. Power chewers deserve only indestructible dog toys while mild to moderate chewers can easily play with other types of dog toys. That being said, the material upon which the toy is made from should also be considered with respect to your dog’s chewing behavior.
Importance of Dog Toys
Dogs need toys for a variety of reasons. First, the right doggie toys provide the necessary mental stimulation so that they will never feel bored. This can help prevent the development of unnecessary canine behavioral problems such as nuisance barking, destructive chewing, and digging among others. Toys serve as important tools for modifying the behavior of dogs so they will grow to become amiable and well-rounded hounds.
Some dog toys also function as comfort tools, allowing pets to feel more relaxed and fall asleep a lot easier. It also soothes them and feels less anxious. Other toys help in keeping the teeth and gums clean and healthy while also aiding in the teething process of puppies.
Other doggie playthings help in enhancing the problem-solving skills of dogs which can have an impact on their cognition and mental health. Overall, this translates to a better-rounded dog that has a good temperament and other amiable characteristics.
How to Make the Dog Toys Last Long
One of the things that you can do to ensure that your dog toys will last long is to choose one that it of good quality. While some parents would look at the price tag as a major factor in their buying decisions, we hope this is not the only factor you’ll consider. The quality of the design, its craftsmanship, and the materials put into the dog toy should be taken into consideration so that you can be assured it will last many years.
You also need to give your pet its toys a few at a time. Giving your pet its entire collection of dog toys can lead to boredom. Alternating its toys every several days should help prolong the lifespan of these toys. Not only that, by the time you bring out another toy, your dog will look at this toy as something brand new.
You can also make your very own dog toys. This way you get to choose the right materials that are not only strong, you also get to personalize the way your dog plays with such playthings.
Of course, adhering to the recommendations for the proper care of the dog toys will help ensure that these doggie playthings will last your dog’s lifetime.
Types of Dog Toys
One of the things you will need to think about before you buy a dog toy is the type of plaything your dog needs. Here are 5 types of dog toys you should know about.
- Training toys
Dog chew toys fall under this category of doggie toys since you are essentially teaching your pet which objects are considered good for chewing and which ones are called destructive chewing. The idea for this type of dog toys is to teach dogs that certain objects cannot be chewed on while others are perfect for such a behavior. Dental and teething chew toys are also considered examples of this type of toy.
- Interactive toys
Most pet parents look at interactive toys as tools where they can actively engage their pets in playtime activities. As long as there is ‘interaction’ between you and your pet dog, then it can be classified as an interactive dog toy. Playing fetch or tug-of-war are examples of these activities.
- Comfort toys
These psychological security blankets, as they are termed, function more in providing comfort for your pet. They are calmer, more peaceful, and more relaxed when these toys are around. As such, these toys are often those that your pet cannot sleep without.
- Enrichment toys
These dog toys do two things: provide mental stimulation and prevent canine boredom. Examples of dog toys in this category are treat dispensing toys, puzzle toys, and other similar doggie playthings that will encourage your pet to ‘mentally’ work through a problem to get to get the reward which is, more often than not, a really tasty treat.
- Self-amusement toys
Pets that are left home alone should be given self-amusement toys. These are usually made of sturdier materials and are generally more durable. The point is that they should be able to safely play with these toys even without your supervision.
Best Dog Toys FAQ:
Q: How do I wash dog toys?
A: Keeping your pet’s toys clean is crucial to keeping them healthy as they play along. Depending on the type of dog toy that you have, cleaning can be very straightforward.
For rubber and hard dog toys, you can easily use an old toothbrush to remove dirt or any other particle on the surface. You can then immerse the toys in warm, soapy water for about 15 minutes before rinsing them in cold running water. Dry them thoroughly before putting them in your dishwasher to have them sanitized.
If you have stuffed, soft, or fabric types of dog toys you also need to remove any visible dirt from the surface. Usually, a wire comb works best for this purpose. Place the dog toys in the washing machine and run it on a gentle cycle. We don’t recommend using any detergent, although you can use a mild one. Dry the dog toys for about 30 minutes on low heat, although we strongly recommend air drying.
It is best to read the manufacturer’s recommendations on how your dog toys should be washed. Make sure to adhere to these recommendations if you want your dog’s playthings to last very long.
Q: What can I put in a KONG for a puppy?
A: KONG dog toys are a very versatile treat and food dispensers for canines that you can literally put anything inside a KONG. You can go for a single-ingredient filling or go for multiple layers.
For instance, if you go for single ingredients you can stuff a KONG with peanut butter, canned pumpkin, cottage cheese, or Greek yoghurt. Cottage cheese is great for puppies because it’s rich in protein and calcium. You can also put inside your puppy’s favorite treats of canned premium puppy food. You can also fill it with a mixture of kibbles and peanut butter with the latter serving as the binding agent for the kibbles.
If you choose to go the layered route, then you can have a tantalizer at the base followed by a dessert then an entrée before layering with an appetizer. This way your puppy will be working its way in reverse order – appetizer, entrée, dessert, and tantalizer. You can use peanut butter for the tantalizer, puppy treats for the dessert, premium quality canned puppy food for the entrée, and additional tasty puppy treats as appetizers. Well, you get the idea.
Q: How do I choose the best size for my dog?
A: Size is one of the major considerations when buying dog toys. Since they use their mouths to ‘interact’ or ‘hold’ the doggie toy the size should be commensurate with the size of their mouths. It should not be too small, lest they swallow this and can cause blockage in the gut. It should also not be too large; otherwise, your pet will have a difficult time ‘holding’ the toy.
Our Top Pick
There’s no denying that Classic KONG dog toys are the best dog toys in the canine world. These have a very simple design, yet when it comes to functionality, they’re simply irreplaceable. The product is actually recommended not only by pet parents but also by veterinarians and animal behaviorists. It’s a puzzle toy that serves as a treat dispenser. It’s a boredom-buster and a venerable tool for managing your pet’s weight. It’s also a great way to address your pet’s behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and destructive chewing, providing your hound with an indestructible toy that will never wear regardless of how powerful a chewer your hound may be. KONG dog toys are, without question, always at the top of the minds of pet parents who want a doggie toy that is very durable, useful, and versatile for their pets.
Dogs need toys; period! Just as kids can benefit from playing with the right kinds of toys so, too, will man’s best friend playing with the right kinds of dog toys. With these 20 best dog toys we’ve shared in this article you should feel more empowered in helping your pet dog lead healthier and happier lives.