Toys are an essential part of your dog’s life. They provide mental stimulation, exercise, and chewing benefits. When you play with your dog, the bond grows stronger and it is easier to create a lasting connection. Playtime can be used to reward good behavior, but should also be a part of your dog’s everyday life. Be aware of what sized toy will work best for your dog’s size. Most toys are meant to be used with supervision; unsupervised, many toys can lead to choking hazards. Frequently inspect the toys to ensure there aren’t pieces falling off and to see if the toy is ready to be replaced. Toys that can be stuffed with treats should be washed regularly. While some toys may be durable or advertised as “indestructible,” use caution and never underestimate the power of a bored dog with sharp teeth. You will find below a list of the most popular dog toys that can be purchased in commercial pet stores and online.
- Nylabone DuraChew Bone
This chewy toy comes in five sizes from “petite” to “souper,” so there will be a size for even the smallest and largest of dogs. It also comes in flavors to entice your dog to play! These sturdy toys provide a chewing outlet, strengthening your dog’s jaw and providing dental cleaning. They are highly popular among dog owners with heavy chewers and with puppies for teething—check out Nylabone’s puppy line!
- KONG Classic
You’ve probably seen these at the pet store and wondered what the big deal is. Pet owners go crazy for KONG products! They are constructed of a highly durable rubber compound and are shaped to fit easily between your dog’s teeth. There is a hollow part down the middle where you can put peanut butter, treats, or KONG filling. This provides both chewing relief and mental stimulation as your dog tries to get to the treats. It comes in a variety of colors based on the type, such as pastel blue and pink for puppies and black for the extra durable.
- Chuckit! Ball Launcher
No one likes picking up slobbery tennis balls! This ball launcher provides mess-free pickup and allows you to throw a ball twice as far. When using a launcher, you can provide more exercise for your dog, and he or she will love chasing the ball all the way across the yard or park. If your dog loves to play fetch, this is the toy to get!
- Outward Hound Firehose Toys
These toys are highly durable for even the most persistent chewers. They are constructed of real firehose material to withstand chewing and playtime. If your dog loves the water, these toys can float, too! They come in several different sizes with a squeaker option to grab your dog’s attention.
- Megalast Gummi Bear
One more for the strong chewers! This bear provides a softer chew than the Nylabone and is ideal for teething puppies. It can be thrown for fetch or tossed around to help your dog’s mental abilities. It comes in several bright colors and two sizes (medium and large). While super cute, these toys can withstand your dog’s nibbles for a long time.
- Leaps and Bounds Multi-Color Rope
If your dog loves to play tug-o-war, this toy is perfect! Your dog can spend hours tossing, tugging, and chewing on this braided rope. It is great for having more than one dog as they can play together, and they can play with you, too!
- goDog Plush Dragon
For the more cuddly types, this stuffed dragon is perfect for gentle chewing and playing. It provides comfort for your dog and can still take light nibbles. These are best for light chewers or smaller dogs, and they come in a variety of sizes and colors!