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Cool Dogs Deserve Cool Dog Toys
I just love toys! What dog doesn't? Squeaky toys, puzzles, tugs, flyers, balls, plush, interactive games, and more: The types of toys are endless. Here, we're featuring some of the hottest dog toys on the market and some of the up-and-comers. Check 'em out––we know your pup will love them!
1. Brainy Bones
Make your dog a brainiac! Brainy Bones are fun, interactive, treat-dispensing puzzle toys that were thoughtfully designed for pet parents who care about their dog's intellectual stimulation and growth.
The Whirl-a-Bone, Tug-a-Bone, and Peek-a-Bone Brainy Bones interactive puzzle toys can occupy your dog with intellectually stimulating activities, or they can be used as redirection tools to distract him from engaging in unacceptable behavior like play biting or chewing. Brainy Bones will provide the challenge and entertainment your dog needs.
Video: Watch Me With the Tug-a-Bone
2. Crinkit Crinkles
Dogs love the sound of an empty water bottle! The Crinkit, made and sourced in the USA, is an interactive toy your dog won't want to put down: It's unlike any other water bottle dog toy on the market.
The durable ZIGFELX material, designed to provide a protective barrier, allows dogs to play with an empty water bottle. Use the Crinkit as treat dispenser by putting a smaller 8 oz or 12 oz water bottle inside the Crinkit, allowing room for a treat on the end where you insert the bottle. Plus, if your dog loves water, the Crinkit floats! It also has a pleasant vanilla scent.
Note: Although the Crinkit is very durable, no dog toy is indestructible. We always recommend supervising your dogs when they are playing with their Crinkits.
Video: This Pup Likes His Crinkit
3. The Planet Dog Mazee
Clearly engaging, clearly rewarding, and clearly fun, the Planet Dog Mazee is a fresh take on the stimulating puzzle craze. The interactive brain teaser is designed for long-lasting play—it has a pliable, soft, Orbee-Tuff outer shell and a unique inner maze.
The transparent shell makes it fun for dogs and people to watch the treats navigate their way through the maze. Stuff with Planet Dog eats and enjoy! (The Mazee is 5 inches in diameter with a 1 3/16 inch hole for the treats.)
This toy is non-toxic, recyclable, and 100% guaranteed, but it is intended for puzzle-play, not chewing, so it is not rated on the Chew-o-meter scale. To clean, fill with hot water, shake vigorously, and rinse.
Video: The Mazee Is Amazingly Fun
4. Babble Balls
Babble Balls are interactive toys that talk or make exciting animal sounds when touched. The improved technology is so sensitive that it can be triggered by a pet breathing on it—or just by the vibration of a pet walking past it. When play is finished, the Babble Ball turns off automatically and waits to be touched again. Pets think it's actually alive!
Babble Balls now come in the wisecracking "Talking" series and the "Animal Sounds" series. This new generation of Babble Balls features durable high-impact ABS construction, triple the sounds, improved sound quality and replaceable batteries.
Video: My Sis Gracie Enjoys Her Babble Ball
5. The Chase It Pet Toy
The Chase It Pet Toy is a favorite of ours for entertaining and exercising dogs. Move the toy in circular, up-and-down, or zig-zaggy motions, and let the fun begin! You and your dog will have hours of fun playing predator-prey games with the Chase It Pet Toy.
The sturdy Chase It Pet Toy consists of a flexible rod covered with nylon braiding with an ergonomic handle at the end. The rod is 42" long and the nylon braiding extends into a 45"-long rope (similar to a lunge whip) with a plush bungee squirrel toy at the end. This squirrel toy is 13" long in its relaxed state and stretches to 20" in length. There is a squeaker in the end and in the head.
Video: Chase, Chase, Chase
6. Nina Ottoson's Interactive Games
Nina Ottosson's range of durable interactive games have been designed to stimulate a dog's brain while reinforcing his relationship with you. These puzzles and games are super fun for you and your dog: Yes, dogs can learn and have fun at the same time! Three great examples are the Dog Brick, the Dog Tornado, and the Dog Turbo.
Video: Gracie and I Love the Dog Tornado
Each design has a unique mechanism that requires mental as well as physical dexterity to work through the challenges and reveal hidden food rewards. They can be set to differing levels of complexity to satisfy all ages and breeds, so whether you have a Forrest Gump or an Albert Einstein, there is a Nina Ottosson game design to suit every dog!
Video: Grace and I Playing With the Dog Turbo
7. Humunga Stache
It's a ball, it's a stache...it's Humunga Stache! It's a ball and a mustache, all in one. Catch it, fetch it—just have some fun with it! These make great gag gifts for your friends. Take fun family photos or just plain crack people up as you and your dog walk by them on the street. The Humunga Stache is imported, and it's made from solid, non-toxic, all-natural rubber.
8. Dog Pyramid Toy
The Dog Pyramid, one of Nina Ottosson's collection of interactive dog toys, is perfect for occupying and stimulating dogs. Simply place treats or kibble in the hole near the top of the toy and then watch as the dog enjoys the challenge of getting the treats out by moving and knocking the toy around.
So how is the Dog Pyramid different from the myriad of other food-dispensing toys available today? Made of durable non-toxic plastic, the Dog Pyramid is shaped like a beehive and has a weighted bottom, which is what makes this toy unique. No matter how enthusiastic the game, every time the dog pushes the Pyramid over, it rights itself again. This toy is dishwasher-safe in the top rack.
9. The Kong Wobbler
The Kong Wobbler is a treat-dispensing toy that can be used to dispense a single treat, a handful of treats, or a complete meal. Made with an FDA food-approved, high-strength polymer, this toy is easy to fill and use. Just twist the toy open to separate the top treat dispenser from the weighted base, fill with treats, and twist the two parts back together again. This toy is a little heavier than the Dog Pyramid and more fun for the big dogs.
The Wobbler randomly releases treats or kibble as a dog nudges, rocks, tips, and rolls it around. The Wobbler can also be offered as a mealtime feeder, providing an active learning experience to replace normal feedings. The Kong Wobbler is 7.5" tall and 5" in diameter at the widest point. It holds up to 2 cups of food. The base is weighted with play-grade sand that is in a sealed compartment. It's dishwasher-safe in the top rack and is made in the USA.
10. Meteorlight K9 Ball
Don't miss the Meteorlight K9 Ball! It glows in the dark and was made just for dogs. Illuminated by a single LED that does not blink, the marvelous Meteorlight Ball offers up to 1 mile visibility! This light-up ball is constructed using a special plastic that is soft, flexible, durable, translucent, and shock-resistant.
The Meteorlight K9 Ball is 2.55" in diameter (about the size of a tennis ball) and fits into a Chuck-It ball launcher. This ball also floats and is water-resistant.
11. The Kong Zinger
The Kong Zinger will quickly become your dog's favorite toy! With the Kong Zinger, you zing the ring with lightning speed and a magical forespin that brings the ring to life for the dog. Watch as the ring rolls, skips, hops, and bounces erratically while your dog chases it down.
These irresistible, unpredictable movements are excellent for keeping your dog's interest. Unlike a ball that bounces a few times in a straight line and stops, the ring bounces and turns while racing through grass or sand. Use the Kong Zinger to play chase at the park, the beach, or just about anywhere. The ring even floats!
It's Tug-a-Jug time! This toy:
- is virtually indestructible
- is multi-sensory and interactive
- dispenses treats
- lets you fetch, tug, toss, and spin
- has a rubber wrap that cleans teeth and gums
Tug-a-Jug is a bulletproof food dispenser and chewing, pulling dog toy! Dogs who love toys will get the food and then entertain themselves with the bottle. Simply add your dog's dry food or favorite treats. Dogs are naturally predatory animals, so working for the food will be great. The Tug-a-Jug has a rubber chew thing at the top, a rope for pulling, and a tooth-resistant bottle.
Video: Clover With Her Tug-a-Jug
13. Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl & Game
I have got to get me one of these! The Aikiou (pronounced "IQ") Interactive Bowl was developed to provide dogs with intellectual stimulation as well as physical activity. It gives them a chance to solve problems in the form of an interactive game between you and your dog. But besides using the Aikiou as an anytime educational and fun activity, you can also use it as a food dish for meals. Because your dog will have to "forage" for his dinner, he will be eating his more slowly. This is a great way to slow down dogs that inhale their food.
The Aikiou bowl has four double compartments, each with a sliding door that moves back and forth, and six compartments with a large spinning door. You hide the food in the compartments and the dog accesses the hidden food by turning the wheel and opening the sliding doors. The spinning door comes off for ease of cleaning.
14. Jolly Egg Dog Toys
Eggs wobble this way and that! More fun than any ball, this unique egg-shaped dog toy wobbles around, shooting away from the dog as he tries to grab it. This super-tough toy will provide hours of entertainment for your dog.
This is as close to an indestructible toy as can be found. The unpredictable and erratic movement of this toy will drive your dog bonkers—and it comes in two sizes!
15. Water Bottle Crunchers
It's crunch time! Dogs just can't resist the satisfying crunch of an empty water bottle. Water Bottle Crunchers are perfectly sized to hold an empty water bottle (or any empty plastic bottle up to 20 oz. in size). This toy packs a punch with a crunch! And the best part? It's refillable!
- Recycle! Don't throw away...it's time to play!
- Refill! Use your old empties to fill this toy through the handy-dandy Velcro opening.
- Repeat! All crunched out? Remove the old bottle to recycle and stick a new bottle in!
Note: Although this toy is design to hold a bottle, you can stuff it with almost anything that the dog is interested in and then use the toy as a reward or a target in training.
16. Humunga Tongue
Warning: Only for dogs with a good sense of humor! The Humunga Tongue is a far-fetched dog toy for all-out fun. Your dog can catch it, fetch it, or play tongue o' war. Crack up your friends and family! This toy comes in three sizes: Mini (6" long for small dogs), Junior (8" long for small to medium dogs), and Jumbo (10" long for BIG dogs).
Video: Dogs Enjoying Their Humunga
17. Leo Canine Genius
Make your dog a genius—a Canine Genius! Named in honor of genius Leonardo da Vinci, Leo marks a renaissance in dog toy design. On its own, Leo is a great bouncing, fetching, tugging, and challenging treat-dispensing toy. You can also link multiple Leo toys together! When the toys are connected, the treats inside can move from one toy to another.
Design puzzles specifically for your dog's individual problem-solving level. Completely hollow, and made from a durable and irresistibly chewy space-age material, Leo is loads of fun. Large, medium, and small dogs love playing with Leo! Leo comes in "Regular" for medium to soft chewers and "Tough" for medium+ chewers.
Video: Leo in Action
18. Ballistic Ball Hyper Fling
Time for fetch! The Ballistic Ball Hyper Fling is all about enjoying quality time with your dog and having fun. Compact and travel-ready for pets and people on-the-go, Ballistic Ball Hyper Fling can easily fit into your glove compartment, backpack, or bag. It simply extends for throwing power to keep your dog on the run.
The Ballistic Dog Dental Ball, encased in a soft felt covering, is designed to be gentler on your dog’s teeth than a traditional tennis ball. It's compact for ease of storage and portability, with a racquet-style, Soft-Grip handle that provides throwing comfort. Keep in mind: It includes only one ball.
Video: Hyper Fling in Action
19. Henrietta Chicken
Meet Henrietta, the new chicken in town—she is one glamorous chick! MSG-free, de-feathered, and boneless for canine pleasure, this "retired Vegas show-chick" will be a perfect playmate for your pooch.
Hand-painted, poly-filled, and made of latex, the smaller Henrietta (9" tall) squeaks, and the large one (15" tall) belts out a cock-a-doodle-do! Henrietta's longtime boyfriend "Earl" is also available: He's an Earl-vis impersonator and self-confessed chick magnet.
Two years ago, Gracie got a really cool Santa's Little Helper Henrietta for Christmas. Being the goofy girl she is, Mum couldn't help but capture her playing with it on video. Gracie still plays with it; it's one of her favorite toys. Check out the video below of Gracie getting her groove on with Henrietta!
Note: Henrietta is not indestructible and should be supervised when playing with your pup.
Video: My Sis Gracie With Her Henrietta
20. The Sheepy Octopus Tug Toy
My favorite! The Sheepy Octopus Tug is made from genuine sheepskin and is a great toy for teasing and enticing puppies (and harder-to-motivate dogs) to play.
Drag it on the ground and the tentacles will flip and flop around, exciting your dog. The sheepskin portion of the toy is approximately 12" long; overall, the toy is approximately 32" long from the end of the soft suede leather handle to the tips of the tentacles.
Blow long-lasting bubbles for your dog to chase and pop. Not your average bubble stuff, IncrediBubbles are non-toxic, peach-flavored bubbles that last longer than any other bubbles we've tried. They also land without popping. The longer the bubbles float in the air, the lighter and more durable they become. Dogs love to catch them in the air or attack them on the floor or lawn.
IncrediBubbles is an inexpensive and fun game to play with your dog, and packaging comes in assorted colors.
Bark at me and let me know your pup's favorite toy!
Chui on May 28, 2019:
Hes a 6month pup .His favorite toys.First one waa called a doggie tail.It plays back.uses alot of batteries but iz hugely great.He wore the outside material and i put it in a sock.The toy is still going Great
Robin Branson on December 09, 2018:
Don't know a favorite toy yet because I haven't ordered one. How do we order these toys? So far doesn't seem to be any information to find out how to order. I have a 10 month old standard poodle. She weighs 60 lb right now.
Jane on May 21, 2017:
How do i order dog toys from pet helpful
AlyshaHaeems on February 27, 2014:
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ccreviews on December 22, 2013:
Great lens. Some really fun toys for dogs, love the suggestions.
ningbabyblog on December 06, 2013:
Great lens, Johann! Good to know that there are so many toys out there are designed for dogs.
nose2tail on November 11, 2013:
such a great lens! my dogs love toys and I struggle to find new ideas for them
Geni758 on September 29, 2013:
My do Abbey never met a toy she didn't like. There are some great new to us ideas here.
matt-hill on September 26, 2013:
Great lens. My dog Basil loves his "Read all about it" squeaky newspaper. It always has to be the noisiest toy with him!
electrolion on July 15, 2013:
I had a Border Collie with big brown eyes like the dog on the first picture and he would have loved these toys.
aud-vid-n-read on July 12, 2013:
The toys make for a good workout for a dog. Nice ideas here.
Shell Mayers on July 09, 2013:
I absolutely love seeing dogs playing ! Very interesting lens.
gadifi lm on May 29, 2013:
This is quite an interesting lens so I will show this link to my sister-in-law as she is in love with her small dog called mickie and she is always looking for new toys thanks for now
dakadare on May 24, 2013:
My dog has a Kong and she love it, but I've got to get her a tongue!
miaponzo on April 16, 2013:
That tongue toy is definitely the best!!!
JimHofman on April 11, 2013:
Great selection here of cool dog toys! We're going to check some of these out. Fun and interactive for pets and their owners.
Spiderlily321 on February 28, 2013:
What a nice lens. There are some really cool toys for dogs here. I know my dog would love them. Thank you for sharing. Angel blessed
WhatsTheBuzz LM on December 29, 2012:
Got some of my friends dogs a toy for Christmas. They tossed it in the air wrapped up and it took the dogs 2 seconds to tear it open. Was really fun to watch them all excited. Great lens :-)
viscri8 on December 29, 2012:
cool dogs toys for me!
Vikki from US on December 08, 2012:
lol, the humanga tongue; too cute. Yep, my doggies love these toys and there's a few here we haven't tried yet. Thanks for the suggestions!
anonymous on November 07, 2012:
Had to hide the Babble Ball in the end... it was driving us mad!
spids lm on November 01, 2012:
great lens love this!
Mr-Panda LM on October 27, 2012:
Those are some pretty awesome toys! Thanks for sharin' =)
pawmountain66 on September 10, 2012:
kongs are the only thing my two haven't chewed
LivingLikeCrazy on August 14, 2012:
They love a Kong Frisbee... It's floppy/rubber and my two big retrievers can tug on it all day, unlike a regular Frisbee that cracks apart on the trot back for another throw.
Thanks for all the information.
designerpuppys on July 20, 2012:
Alvin and Simon love the goughnuts chew toy and make up doggie games to play with the smaller round goughnuts and the goughnuts stick.
dream1983 on July 02, 2012:
Fantastic lens, well done!
Keepingscore on May 25, 2012:
The dog pictures are what won me over, then I read about the toys (my dog will never be bored again). Some of these toys I had never heard of or seen before, so I will have to look for them the next time we head to the pet store.
flipflopju on March 11, 2012:
Great gift ideas for a dog! I know my dog will love the Kong Wobbler.
Thomscy on February 28, 2012:
You can definitely see your expertise in the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart. Dog Supply
love4randomness1 on December 13, 2011:
Love your lens! So many cool dog toys. I liked the puzzle toys, I wanna get some for my dogs. Squid-liked :) Maybe you can check out my lens "5 Christmas gifts your dog will love." Hugs
baby-strollers on December 07, 2011:
I like the Ottosson line up you have there- had not seen those before....
KimGiancaterino on November 30, 2011:
Great gift ideas for my dog pals. I love the Humunga Tongue!
sallemange on November 30, 2011:
These are amazing. Such a variety. I'm always on the look out for new dog toys so this is really helpful. Thank you.
Johann The Dog (author) from Northeast Georgia on November 21, 2011:
@Vikk Simmons: Once thing I love about dogs is their different personalities! Gracie and I have very different preferences in toys, just like your 'kids'. For the ones that like to get the squeaker we bet they would like one of the interactive toys...satisfies that challenge to 'dig' for something :). For your toughie take a look at this lens http://www.squidoo.com/toughdogtoys, we like the Virbram and the Blue Kong; the toughest. For another idea for lighter toys, take a look at the squeaker less toys at JohannTheDog.com they are really light and can be carried and tossed. Good luck and have fun!
'Vikk Simmons from Houston on November 20, 2011:
Great page. With six dogs it can be a real trick to find a toy that will survive each one's foible. Riley, the Cocker Spaniel, slits the seam open and removes only the squeaker in under 20 seconds. Waco, the Great Pyrenees, chews on the corners enough to open the edges and remove stuffing. Teddy the Shih Tsu wants a soft toy he can suck on. Charlie, the Pug, needs something akin to steel to survive his nonstop gnawing. Freddie, the Maltese, wants a toy light enough to toss and HoneyBunn, the MiKi, wants one light enough for her 3 1/2 pounds to pull. Any ideas?
JoshK47 on November 05, 2011:
Great toys for pups! Great work on this, blessed by a dog-loving SquidAngel!
anonymous on October 25, 2011:
smart dog indeed! Am a dog lover, 'thumbs up' from me to you.
johnmarkusen on October 20, 2011:
Dog toys are awesome, better than kids toys!
BillSimmons on October 13, 2011:
Great lens! My dog will love most of those.
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LindaFoster LM on October 01, 2011:
Some great toys here, thanks for sharing. I love the Aikiou interactive dog bowl also the babble ball i'm sure my dog would love both these toys :)
kyhillbullies on September 27, 2011:
I'm going to have to get a babble ball
katesmart on September 22, 2011:
Would love pretty much all the toys. I especially love the puzzle toys. My boy needs more toys like that and this lens was great in not only writing about them but showing how they worked. Thank you.
brbrooks on August 29, 2011:
I like your lens :)
thesevenfigures on May 20, 2011:
I want them all :|
pwarlick on March 27, 2011:
These are really cool toys for dogs, especially if you live somewhere they can't run. The chase it toys looks like it provides plenty of exercise. Thanks
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anonymous on February 05, 2011:
very very good idea for my puppies!, thanks!
anonymous on February 03, 2011:
Good Lens! And I love dog tosy too. thank you for sharing.
DogToys LM on January 31, 2011:
Very nice lens, really good solid review on dog toys.
skiracersworld on January 27, 2011:
Great lens. There are too many toys out there to choose from. My dog has always just loved a tennis ball or a stick. Get any toy of any price for her and she will play with it, but pick up a ball or a stick and the toy is left for good.
anonymous on January 21, 2011:
Oh wow that poodle working out the treat wheel puzzle was so cool.
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FittedKitchens on January 21, 2011:
Excellent lens! We have a 6 month old german sheperd and some of these toys will come in very useful to calm her down.
dk1rein on January 20, 2011:
Great looking dog toys! Blessed by a SquidAngel. :) à¸à¸¥à¸à¸à¸¥
dahlia369 on January 08, 2011:
My Chiranian Ally's favorite are beanie babies. Nice lens, lensrolled to my dog related lenses - and thumbs up! :)
Loretta from United States on December 04, 2010:
I had never seen some of these before, awesome toys!
anonymous on December 04, 2010:
We have a little long haired dachsund (he's an old man at 13) and a rescue. She's a big, Great Pyrenees/Alaskan Shepherd mix - clumsy and energetic as all get up. Her favorite toy is whatever we throw in the recycling bin! She runs around the house showing her "toy" off Lol! Good Lens!
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catbehaviors on December 04, 2010:
Great looking dog toys! Blessed by a SquidAngel. :)
Sue Mah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 30, 2010:
Such a fun lens. Didn't realize that dogs had so many interesting toys.
ZablonMukuba on October 12, 2010:
nice one if my dog could read he would love this lens
Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on September 27, 2010:
This was a fun lens. I love the Humunga and the Interactive toys. I have not seen a lot of these before. Thanks for the dog toy education.
Makarenapages2 on September 17, 2010:
very nice lens!
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on September 10, 2010:
These toys are unique. Great finds!
anonymous on July 12, 2010:
Okay Johann you know how to pick great toys! Interactive toys? How cool!!!
makeitmp3 on June 24, 2010:
great list. I think my dog will like the jolly egg
VivekS on June 23, 2010:
was looking for interactive and hot dog toys for my landlady. amazing collection for the proud owners. got a hang of some lucky dogs out there!
HorseAndPony LM on May 31, 2010:
These are amazing. I love all of them. We need to try a few. Blessed! http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel
Rorik on May 08, 2010:
This is an awesome lens! Its really cool you have this passion for dog toys. Take care and good luck [email protected]
Angela F from Seattle, WA on October 19, 2009:
Fun lens! I know a few pets that would be in doggie heaven if they found some of these toys under the tree. :)
Joan4 on September 19, 2009:
Our dogs would love one of each! Great ideas for doggie gifts, too! Blessed by a SquidAngel!
RV1 on June 19, 2009:
Those do look like some amazingly fun toys for dogs!!
guapo on April 21, 2009:
Absolutely brilliant lens - my dog would love to get her paws on loads of those toys.
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anonymous on December 16, 2008:
What darling toys, kinda wish I was a dog! LOL @ the tongue picture! - Kathy
AstridNicole on December 09, 2008:
What a great lens! I especially like the toys that are dog/person interactive.. Dogs that interact with their people stay in their homes!
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 05, 2008:
I am going to feature this lens on my Doggie Birthday Party lens. These would make great Birthday gifts. Thank you.
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 05, 2008:
Oh wow. My granddogs would love to get some of these for Christmas. I especially like the tongue. Great lens.
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raghuvarun123 on July 31, 2008:
Ahaha, very nice lens.
tongue and it's Humunga is very good Friend
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RamyaV on July 23, 2008:
My dogs needs some , would be good.
rakhimora on July 23, 2008:
Humanga Tongue - amazing that is.
AkayLama on July 22, 2008:
Some very good toys you have on your lens.
ronyrost on July 22, 2008:
That sticking out tongue looks a great product..
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acne-guy on July 22, 2008:
I think I should get one for my puppy..
goawayacne on July 22, 2008:
Love your lens, I bookmarked it.
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rayadams on July 15, 2008:
Loved your lens on coolest toys for the dog. Very informative and interesting. Currently I am working on a series of lenses about hair loss treatment. Please check it out.
anonymous on July 14, 2008:
What a cool lens. I love the picture of the Humunga Tongue!
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The Party Animal from Partytown USA on June 27, 2008:
love the toys - great job - lens rolling this
EdwynProse on June 16, 2008:
Hey Johann, this is a real interesting lens you have here! Lots of toys for me to think about for my two little rascals! I'm a big fan of those Kong dog toys myself as they're a lot of fun for the dogs and they can't break them! I'm glad I found you - Edwyn
dogswish on June 12, 2008:
Arf... yip yip grmpfff woooooof!!!
CHOPRN1127 on June 06, 2008:
Great Lens and what a great idea. 5***** and lensrolled it. Visit our dog lens and let me know what you think.
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eccles1 on May 25, 2008:
Great idea and great toys!
NooNoo on April 20, 2008:
Great lens, very informative, thanks
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anonymous on April 19, 2008:
really helpful lense. I will try that Kong time for my dog, i think he will like that.:)
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EliteClubs on April 17, 2008:
This lens is great, very informative, thank you.
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Dermot on April 09, 2008:
Love this lens. I think he Busy Dog Ball is a cool idea. Puppy Leash Training
YouCanCallMeDan on April 02, 2008:
Fun stuff!! With 4 dogs in the house, we go through lots of toys.
Miaho on February 29, 2008:
Thanks JohannTheDog for a great lens. 5 stars from me. Really like your Cool Dog Stuff website too!
Keep up the good work.
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20 Dog Toys You Should Always Avoid
Your dog needs to have toys to play with, chew on and stay entertained with. When choosing the best possible dog toys, it’s important to think about safety and function. Not all dog toys on the market are durable or safe. In fact, just like children’s toys come with warnings and safety labels, so should the toys made for pups, but sadly, they don’t. If you don’t have experience with dogs or with which play items could be bad for your pooch, then you’re in the right place.
These are twenty of the worst dog toys that should be strictly avoided:
1. Stuffed animals (particularly with Poly-Fil)
You should avoid any dog toy that has Poly-Fil or other kinds of stuffing. The reason for this is that your pup will probably chew the toy and eat the filling. The first danger is the choking hazard. Many pets have chewed the filling out of stuffed toys only to have it get hung up in their teeth and prevent them from fully swallowing the string. It can get lodged in the throat and cause choking or death. If they are able to swallow it, other problems just as serious can arise. It could lead to intestinal or other types of internal blockages. While some animals can safely pass polyfilling, others are not so fortunate. It can stop the digestive process and create the need for expensive surgery to remove the blockage. If not attended to, come cases of blockage can result in death, so it’s best not to buy dog toys that contain stuffing or synthetic fillers.
2. Nylabone Plaque Attackers
This particular brand and type of chew bone is intended to promote healthy gums and teeth, but it can also cause damage. By no means are we knocking Nylabone’s brand. They make good products however there is a tendency for this style of Nylabone product to fracture into tiny pieces that become shards with more aggressive chewers. In fact, the company has recently issued a warning on the item. The shards could easily cause perforations in the intestines, causing harm to the dog. In some cases, surgery is required to repair the damages, but this type of medical intervention is not always successful, when the damage is extreme. The other Nylabone products are still considered to be safe dog toys and no reports of fracture have come in on them.
3. Squeaky toys
Rubber toys that have small plastic mechanisms inside to make them squeak can also pose a health risk to your pet. It is the natural instinct of the dog to chew on the toy and try to get the squeaker out. The noisemaker could be swallowed. The biggest health threat with squeaky toys is the choking hazard. While some owners will allow their dogs to play with them under supervision, it’s not really worth the risk if someone doesn’t know that they are dangerous leaves it down for your pet to play with unsupervised. Puppies are at especially high risk for choking.
4. Toys with bells inside
This is another popular style of dog toy. Many come with bells that are sewn inside the interior. As the dog shakes the toy, the bell rings and although they may have fun with the item, it’s not a good idea to let them play with these toys. The dog will attempt to chew the toy up in order to get to the noisy little bell. This is definitely a choking hazard. In addition, it could become lodged somewhere in the digestive tract leading to intestinal blockages.
5. Latex toys
Latex is a popular material that is used for making a variety of dog and other pet toys. Just as people can have allergic reactions to latex, so can your pet. If you’ve ever seen an allergic reaction to latex on a human, then you’ll know what to look for in your pet. The skin will become covered with a rash that has a tendency to blister and weep. In dogs, hair loss is also possible. Make sure to check the label if you are buying the toy at a local retailer. You could also get online before you make your purchase to find out what kind of materials are used to make the toy. It’s far better to be cautious and safe, than to have a sick dog on your hands.
6. Vinyl toys with Phthalate
Phthalate is a compound that is found in vinyl. You know that heavy smell that some vinyl products come with? The more it has the smell, the greater the amount of Phthalates in the product and this is a very bad thing. There are quite a few dog toys that contain Phthalates and they can be deadly to dogs as well as other pets. They can cause danger to the kidneys, liver, and other cell structures within the animal. They are so risky because dogs use their mouths when they play with a toy. They slobber on it and they breathe in the fumes that are put out by the item and this means that it gets into the bloodstream where high concentrations over a period of time can cause damage. Dogs are also likely to chew on the toy and bit off pieces, swallowing them. Vinyl toys should be strictly avoided.
7. Dog toys made outside of the United States
The sad truth is not all manufacturers are truthful about the materials that are used in the products that they make. There is a greater risk of the toy that you purchase coming with unsafe materials if it is made outside of the United States. There really are few regulations in place to ensure that dog toys are manufactured with safe materials. Some dog toys may come laced with different potentially harmful chemicals included fire retardants or formaldehyde. This is why you should avoid buying any toy for your dog that has not been made in the U.S.A. In addition to this, you should only shop with manufacturers who are transparent about the manufacturing process.
There aren’t too many out there, but if you look, you’ll be able to find some that clearly label their products with information about the materials used, and some even go so far as to ensure that the manufacturing process is completely safe. Companies that are concerned about going Green to save the planet are the ones that are the most likely to avoid generating toxins from the manufacturing process. They toys are more likely to be safer for your pet to play with.
8. Tug ropes
Tug ropes made specifically for dogs may seem like a harmless enough toy, but there are several reasons why you should avoid them for your pooch. The first is that they can cause damage to the teeth. When owners choose to play tug of war with their dogs, it creates a sense of competition. Vigorous play can be dangerous for the front and side teeth. In addition to this, some dogs become aggressive and have bitten their owners in a bid to gain control over the tug rope. When dog owners surrender control of the rope to the dog, the pooches feel that they have won the contest and they have a tendency to begin challenging the owners’ authority. Play with tug ropes can result in disobedience or owner injury. On a final note, some tug ropes are made of materials that splinter off and become lodged in the dog’s mouth. If swallowed, they can cause internal damages, particularly if the materials splinter off into shard like shapes which are sharp and may penetrate delicate tissues. It’s best to avoid tug ropes for your pet.
9. The Shoe made of hide or latex
This is a very popular dog toy, but it’s not a good idea at all. Some dog toy shoes are made of rawhide and this material can become softened and torn off into pieces that present a choking hazard. They can also lodge in the intestines and cause blockages. The latex or vinyl shoe toys contain potentially harmful chemicals that can be hard on the liver or kidneys of your pet, so it’s best to avoid them totally. There is one more reason that you shouldn’t ever buy a shoe toy for your dog. It encourages them to chew on shoes. Who in their right mind would want to give their dog the idea that it is ever okay to chew on a shoe? It’s not fair to the dog to let them chew on a toy shoe, then punish them for chewing on one of yours. Regardless of the materials they are made out of, shoes do not make good dog toys.
10. Pig Ears
Pig ears are another dog toy that you can pick up at several pet supply retailers. They were once considered to be ideal because they are chewy and help teething puppies to satisfy the chewing instinct. It has since been discovered that pig ears are frequently swallowed. This presents a serious choking hazard for dogs of all sizes. In addition, if they do manage to wolf it down, they are very hard to digest. In all likelihood, a swallowed pig ear is likely to be thrown up and the dog can either choke on it or you will have a really nasty mess to clean up. When pig ears are regurgitated by your dog, they are very slimy and smelly. There are lots of very good reasons not to give your dog pig ears as a toy.
11. The Tennis Ball
Most pet owners who have tennis balls lying around donate them to their dogs. While the surface is ideal for getting a good grip with the teeth, there is a danger in larger dogs for choking. Small dogs may not have this issue so it’s probably fine to let them chew on the ball under supervision. Remember that dogs have a chewing instinct. If the top layer of the tennis ball is chewed off in pieces, they can present a choking hazard. This is why it’s recommended that you avoid giving your dog a tennis ball as a toy.
12. Kong Beast Ball Toy
This is an attractive dog toy that has been popular with pet owners up until recently. You can check on social media and see that there are quite a few complaints about the Kong Beast Ball toy because of the danger that it poses. There are several pictures posted that show how the ball that is placed at the end of this once popular tug toy can become stuck on the dog’s tongue. Some animals have experienced damage to their tongues when the owners have not been able to remove them quickly enough. This can cause some serious health risks so put this one on your list of the most dangerous toys for dogs and avoid buying it for your pooch.
There are countless types of dog toys that are made out of rawhide material. This was once considered to be the ultimate material for making dog toys. The most popular types are chew bones and chew sticks. You can check the statistics and you will find that there are large numbers of dogs showing up to veterinary clinics on a daily basis for complications due to swallowing rawhide pieces torn from chew toys. The most common procedure used for treatment is removal of the pieces from the stomach. They can cause blockages or even make the dog sick.
Rawhide is really just a piece of leather that has been treated with chemicals. They can contain formaldehyde, ethoxyquin, arsenic or other potentially harmful compounds. BHA and BHT are preservatives that are commonly used in the creation of rawhide, and they are known cancer causing agents. The truth of the matter is that dogs who routinely chew rawhide over long periods of time have an increased likelihood for developing cancers, or acute pancreatitis. It’s best to avoid any rawhide toy for your dog altogether.
14. Dog Balls
These are different than tennis balls. There are several manufacturing companies throughout the world, that make a wide variety of balls for dogs in different sizes and materials. The foam rubber ones are among the worst because they are easily chewed apart and your dog is likely to swallow the pieces. If he doesn’t choke on them, he may develop an intestinal blockage and require surgery. Another concern with any type of dog ball toy is the size. If you can find a dog ball that is made of perfectly safe materials and it is fairly durable, you might have something worth owning for your pet, but the size must be right in order for it to be safe. Balls that are too small could be swallowed or cause choking. Balls with squeakers pose an additional chocking hazard. Balls that have slick outer coatings are among the worst for becoming choking hazards. As dogs carry them in their mouths, or chew on them, the ball becomes slimy with the saliva. This makes it easier for them to slide right down the throat and become lodged. We say no to most dog balls unless it meets perfect requirements for the safety of your pet.
15. Painted dog toys
Usually, painted toys for dogs are the ones that you can find on clearance or at a budget price. This is because most dog owners know that they are unsafe for their pets. The paint could easily be chewed and swallowed. In some cases, the paint may be toxic as is seen the most often in toys manufactured in China as well as in several other countries from the outside of the United States. Lead has even been found in some of the toys that are labelled as being specifically made for pets. Some experts on dog safety also recommend that pet owners should avoid ceramic painted bows that are intended for use as water and food dishes, because it is difficult in most cases to discern whether or not they are made of safe materials.
16. Chew toys with bumps on them
Some special chew toys have been manufactured with higher bumps that act as dental aids. While the concept is a good idea, what can really happen is not so good. The bumps that are intended to stimulate and massage gums can actually be chewed off of the main base of the toy quickly as easily. This is especially true if your dog is an aggressive chewer. The small pieces can lodge in the throat or cause problems in the digestive system in the form of blockages. Most materials used to make these toys is not readily digestible so they should be avoided. It’s no fun for your pet to go through the agony of a blockage or avoidable medical procedures. It’s not very pleasant for you to pay the vet bill either.
17. Rubber chew toys
Even the hardest rubber based chew toy will break down over time. As the rubber begins t age, it gets crumbly. The pieces can cause choking or be swallowed and lodge in the digestive tract. This could mean a trip to the vet to have the pieces removed. Time and dog slobber help to erode the integrity of any rubber product. Even the hardest formulations of rubber will break down every time. Never give your dog softer rubber toys. Not even if they are heavily promoted by the manufacturer. Go with the hardest rubber and replace when it shows signs of wear.
18. Cow Hooves
Cow Hooves are believed to be a safe and natural toy for dogs, and some are even sold in pet stores. There are a few different reasons by Cow Hooves dog toys should be strictly avoided. The first is that there have been multiple cases of dogs fracturing their teeth when chewing on them. In addition to this, some animals have also experienced a splintering of the jaw bone, particularly when they chew very hard and damage their teeth. The injury can go much further than just the teeth. They can lead to extreme dental issues in canines and the need for expensive dental work, not to mention to pain and discomfort as well as difficulty eating.
19. Pull toys
Pull toys are never recommended as a good choice for a dog toy. Just because they have them for sale in the pet store, doesn’t make them the best option for dogs. There are three major problems associated with pull toys for dogs. Number one, is that there have been far too many reports of owners being accidentally bitten because their dogs were playing hard and trying to get the pull toy away from them. The second issue is that when a pull toy is used for play, the owner will often give up and let the dog have the toy. This teaches your dog to think that he can become dominant over you. It can result in a dog that will be disobedient and may challenge your authority more often. The third reason why you should always avoid pull toys is that your dog could damage his teeth in rough play. Another issue with the pull style toy is that your dog is likely to chew the string or cord off of it and swallow it. Choking is one of the possibilities and so is swallowing the string and getting a blockage.
20. Chew toys with a hole in the center
There are quite a few dog toys out there that have a hole in the center. It’s not a laughing matter the toy forms a suction in your dog’s mouth. Dogs have lost their lives because of these types of toys. They can suction themselves into your dogs throat and change shape so they are nearly impossible for you to remove, let alone for your dog to do it with no hands. These toys should be strictly avoided because they are so dangerous. When giving your dog any kind of toy it is important to think about what kind of toy would be suitable and safe for your pet. Take into considerations the shape, materials and whether or not it could become a hazard for your beloved pet.
20 Best Dog Toys That Make for Hours of Fun for Every Type of Pup
These balls, games, ropes, and squeakers are perfect for dogs big and small.
Pet owners know that buying a new dog toy is risky business: If it's too complicated, they'll lose interest and if it's not durable enough, they'll shred that baby to pieces. Still, engaging dog toys are essential for challenging your pup and keeping him busy — and so it's important you make the right pick.
Luckily, this list has everything you need to buy the best dog toys that will keep your fur baby entertained long-term. From interactive puzzles that test your dog's smarts to durable ropes that promote healthy teeth, your pup will be in doggy play heaven (and your shoes won't be). And if you need even more expert picks, try these best puzzle toys for dogs.
This popular chew toy is a classic for a reason: it's safe, it's durable, and it's fun. Fill the inside with treats or peanut butter to keep your dog occupied for hours.
This super-tough bone is made of thermoplastic, which fuses together the plastic and rubber elements — in other words, it's going to be pretty tough for your pup to chew through it.
Your pup can roll this toy to get a treat — which means she'll jump in excitement as soon as she sees you fill it. Tighten or loosen the screws to adjust the difficulty level.
One of the best ways to engage your dog for more than a few minutes is with a challenging puzzle toy. This one allows you to lock some of its compartments to increase the difficulty level.
A teething puppy is sometimes a destructive puppy. Make sure Fido has enough toys to chew on to keep him happy. These teething rings have bumps that soothe angry gums and promote good oral health.
This puncture-resistant chew ring has a lifetime guarantee — and for good reason. Amazon reviewers say even their most aggressive chewers haven't managed to destroy it.
Kong makes plush toys with squeakers inside too! This one is made with an extra layer of material, so it won't get ripped to pieces as soon as your dog gets his paws on it.
If Frisbee is more his scene, this disc is made for land and water. Amazon reviewers say it holds up better against chewing than the plastic variety.
If he can't stop begging for your tacos, give him this plush instead. There's also a croissant, steak, and sushi if you want to "do the buffet."
This rubber toy dispenses small treats or kibble while she plays.
This bone is flavored with real bacon. Enough said.
The ridged edges of this ball make it bounce unpredictably, making fetch more of a thinking game.
Most dogs love fetch, but most owners don't have Tom Brady's arm. Enter Chuckit!: The launcher that catapults his favorite ball further and faster than your mere mortal attempt.
The dog that's entertained by every little animal noise on TV will live for this motion-activated ball. It chirps, growls, and croaks while she barks and chases it around.
Who knew maintaining good dental hygiene for your pup could be as easy as playing tug-of-war? This rope comes in two sizes for dogs big and little.
Fill this ball with his favorite treats and watch to your pup's delight as they fall out while he rolls.
This interactive ball wobbles and wiggles around for her to chase even when you're not home. So she'll focus on that instead of eating your pillows.
It's her dream come true: Squirrels she can actually catch — and once she does, these mini plush toys are great for fetch.
Give him a lab coat: Once he flips these treat-filled beakers, his experiment will be a success!
Have your more advanced pup try out this obstacle course. Next thing you know he'll be competing in the Westminster Dog Show .
Make a little extra time for them in the morning
We know it’s hard – even talking about waking up half an hour earlier in the morning makes us cry a little inside. But if you think of those beautiful big eyes begging you for a brisk morning walk, then you’ll be motivated to jump out of bed and put on those trackies. Push yourself to grab the lead and go for a quick walk. By doing this, your dog will be exercised nice and early so there’s a good chance they’ll end up sleeping through the morning. This means less time whining and sulking and more time catching those z’s.
If you can’t pull yourself out of bed earlier, add some one-on-one time with your dog to your morning routine. Your dog needs a little spark to ignite playtime because after all, they can easily tire of basic toys. Having a cute plush toy or a tug rope is great, but it isn’t that fun when you don’t have anyone to play with. Start-up playtime in the morning before you go, so when you leave, they’ll feel happy enough from your short time together to see you go without whining.
Our advice is to use interactive dog toys that are stimulating for their mind. Interactive dog toys are different to your standard squeaky toy. These toys are multi-functional. They are treat dispensers, bouncy balls and chew toys all in one. Interactive toys are ideal for when your dog is left home alone for extended periods of time. While we advise that you supervise your dog during playtime, these toys are super-durable so will take a good hammering to rip them apart. It could be a good idea to give them a supervised test run before letting them loose with the toy on their own. Interactive toys are ideal for when you want to give your dog a more stimulating playtime, or when you can’t focus 100% of your attention on them (like if you’re on the phone or trying to cook). So while they aren’t necessarily toys exclusively for dogs who are home alone, they certainly provide all dogs with engaging, interactive playtime.
How to choose the best dog chew toy
There’s a wide variety of different chew toys on the market, all designed to meet slightly different needs. It’s hard to go too far wrong when picking up a chew toy, but it’s worth paying attention to exactly how destructive your dog is to help you choose the right toy.
If you have a dog that likes to chew but isn’t overly destructive, you can probably get away with the cheaper options, or those which haven’t been labelled as tough. If you have an extreme chewer that really likes to go to town on a toy, look out for those which have been marked as durable or designed for extreme chewing.
You might also want to look out for chew toys which have a flavouring, whether that’s something that humans are likely to find appealing – such as mint or vanilla, or something which is more in line with your dog’s tastes, like bacon.
Look for chew toys which include a variety of textures to keep your dog from getting bored. Rope, raised surfaces, rubber, soft and hard surfaces can all be stimulating for your dog, especially highly intelligent ones that tend to get easily fed up.
Lastly, be wary of very cheap chew toys. It might seem prudent to stock up on low-cost toys, but if your dog chews them up in just a few minutes, they won’t seem like such good value for money after all.
The 8 Best Dog Toys of 2021
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As a dog owner, you're probably aware of how hard it can be to find the perfect toy. You want to find something that's fun, engaging, and durable enough that your pet won't shred it the instant they get their paws on it. When it comes to the ideal dog toy, there's no one-size-fits-all option. Some toys are intended for chewing, and others are for fetching. Some dogs enjoy challenging puzzles, and other toys can comfort anxious pups. To help you narrow down your choices, we researched the best dog toys available today.
Here, the best dog toys for your furry friend.