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The Top 10 Most Fun Toys For Dogs
Are you one of those dog owners who spends more money on toys than food? It may or may not surprise you to hear that this behavior is quite common among dog owners, especially since a bag of food will last for quite a while, whereas a dog toy could last all of five minutes in the jaws of your playful companion.
Some toys are better than others, whether we’re looking at durability, the amount of noise it does (or does not) make, and how safe it is for our pet. After all, the last thing we want to do is hand over a dangerous, overly noisy toy that will break or come apart within minutes.
What follows is a list of some of the best dog toys available today. Whether your dog prefers large or small toys, plush or not, take a look through this list to see if you can find your dog’s next favorite toy.
- Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel 4-Piece Squeak Toy
What’s better than ONE great toy? How about four in one?
The Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel gives your pet three plush squeaky squirrels and a plush tree trunk to play and wreak havoc with. It’s all made from durable material and designed to last, though your dog may have a different perspective on the matter. This toy is especially great if you have multiple dogs, or just one dog that likes to have multiple toys to itself.
KONG Medium Cozie
This squeaky toy includes an extra layer of tightly woven fabric to make it last at LEAST three minutes longer, depending on the size of your dog. It comes in a variety of fun characters to entertain your pet whether they want to play with an alligator, squirrel, elephant, rabbit, or any of the other six variations.
And the best part? The toy contains minimal filling for minimal mess!
- OurPets Smarter Interactive IQ Ball
This is an interesting way to engage your dog mentally and physically. How it works is simple: put some treats inside of the ball, adjust the opening to an appropriate difficulty, and let them have at it. The ball will roll around and occasionally disperse treats, helping your dog stay motivated to keep playing.
When you’d like to take a break from throwing the tennis ball, whip out the IQ ball to let your dog entertain itself for a few hours.
- StarMark Bob-A-Lot
Similar to the IQ Ball, the StarMark is weighted to keep itself upright rather than roll around constantly. It’ll bob back and forth, teasing your dog to keep going, while sometimes letting treats out as a reward.
This is another “set it and forget it” dog toy that will help fill in the gaps when you’re tied up with other tasks.
- PetSafe Busy Buddy Waggle
Ideal for medium and large dogs, the Busy Buddy Waggle does a fantastic job of motivating your dog to play more. The flexible rubber waggle will randomly reward treats out from two locations, and can withstand a medium amount of chewing and pulling.
When not used as a treat dispenser, you could use it as a throw toy. It may not last very long during a game of tug-o-war, so it’s best to stick with rope based toys for that type of play.
- Tether Tug Dog Toy
The ultimate piece in the collection of ‘automated’ dog entertainment tools is the Tether Tug Dog Toy. This flexible toy bends in all directions after an easy setup in the back yard. It comes in a variety of sizes depending on how large or small your dog is, and will provide hours of tugging time for your pet.
The Tether Tug is a favorite among dogs (just ask them!), but it’s also best to mix it up with the occasional IQ Ball or Waggle.
- Outward Hound Invincibles Plush Snake
The plush snake is built to last with its invincible squeakers that keep making noise even after they are punctured. It’s built with a strong inner lining to prevent ripping, and there’s no stuffing to make a mess with.
This long, colorful, fuzzy snake has double layered seams all around to give your dog plenty of entertainment while you relax and enjoy squeaky noises.
- ChuckIt! Medium Ultra Balls
You’re likely to have plenty of balls around to keep your dog entertained, but have you thought about the material used to make them? Eventually, pieces of any ball will come off and could potentially harm your dog.
ChuckIt! balls are made with high quality material which won’t make your dog sick, are incredibly durable, and have bright colors for easy locating. There’s even a ChuckIt! Ball Launcher for when your pitcher’s arm gets tired, and since it’s safe to say some of them will get lost, you can order them in bulk and save a few bucks.
- Ethical Plush Skinneeez Fox
There’s no stuffing and no mess to worry about with this long, tightly woven fox toy. The built in squeaker will keep your dog’s attention while its strong design remains resistant to ripping and tearing.
Although it’s still likely your dog can rip it apart, the lack of stuffing will not provide an incentive for the dog to rip and shred it. Less mess means more fun for the both of you.
- Duckworth Large Yellow Duck Dog Toy
If you haven’t already seen Duckworth around, chances are you’re not spending enough time around dogs. This classic, squeaking, plush filled duck has found its way into the hearts of many four-legged friends.
Duckworth’s floppy nature will give your pet a playful friend to have fun with until it meets its inevitable end as a shredded duck.
There are plenty of great toys out there to engage and challenge your pet. It’s safe to say you’ll need several, so you might as well get them in bulk. Don’t forget to mix in the odd stick every now and then, as that could help cut down on dog toy expenses over time.