Puzzle toys, in particular, can help alleviate boredom while simultaneously encouraging adorable head tilts and perked ears – not to mention helping address issues such as separation anxiety and light-speed eating behavior.
Our testers loved this mouth-friendly frisbee with molded ridges for extra gripping power and an irresistibly squeak that plays on even when punctured – an added benefit that made this product popular with dogs who eagerly seek toys with squeakers!
1. Chuckit Launcher
Dogs love playing with frisbees. This one, designed like a flying squirrel and meant to fly further than traditional frisbees, makes it easier for owners to throw.
Long games of fetch can wear both pets and owners down, but this ball launcher allows owners to toss balls longer without ever touching a slobbery ball again! Plus, its hand-free pickup feature means they never have to touch another slobbery ball again!
Many owners found this toy engaging and their pups did as well, enjoying multiple distance and time settings to suit different playing situations and accommodating standard tennis balls and 2.5-inch Chuckit! balls.
2. Wet Wubba
This toy wiggles, vibrates and barks to engage dogs. Owners have found this toy invaluable in terms of addressing various behavioral issues in their pups; and are ecstatic at how long the toy keeps their pets’ attention!
This outdoor dog toy features bright and easily-visible neoprene fabric for water play. Perfect for throwing, tugging and retrieval; plus it dries quickly after coming back inside!
Most dog owners recognize the joy of playing fetch with their pup, with some entering formal frisbee catching competitions to test themselves and their pup against others.
This Frisbee was designed to be virtually unsinkable and is perfect for beach and park games. Plus, its extra-durable rubber and memory foam construction is pet-safe!
Enrichment toys are intended to keep your dog entertained with challenging puzzles or treat dispensing toys that force them to work for their food. Some of the highest-rated enrichment toys, like Trixie Pet Treat Puzzle or Plush Hide and Seek Toy, force dogs to exercise their problem solving abilities and may help avoid destructive chewing of other toys or accidental ingestion of something they shouldn’t.
4. Squeaky Dog Toy
Some dogs love plush toys so much they take them with them everywhere and snuggle them to play all day long! Our crowd-pleasing tug toy makes the ideal toy for these dedicated plush animal enthusiasts.
Most interactive toys fall into one or more categories, but some stand out by defying categorization. One such toy repurposes a plastic water bottle into something most dogs could figure out quickly and keep busy for hours! Our testers found it also helped develop problem-solving skills while encouraging creativity.
Most dog toys are self-explanatory: they dispense treats when your pup plays with it or performs certain behaviors, while some, like Outward Hound’s Hide N’ Slide Level 2 Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, require your pup to use sliding and spinning covers to access treats hidden inside.
The Bob-A-Lot is a sturdy toy designed for powerful chewers that dispenses treats or kibble as your dog plays with it, while being dishwasher safe and earning rave reviews from most owners.
6. Tennis Balls
Playtime with your dog is essential to strengthening the bond and providing mental stimulation and physical exercise for both of you. A few toys around can help prevent boredom while potentially helping address problem behaviors like chewing and barking.
Like its West Paw Wobbler counterpart, this interactive treat-dispensing toy will keep your pup busy for hours while encouraging healthy activity. Simply load up its hopper with treats of their choosing and turn it on – your pup will love knocking it over to release their rewards!
8. Twisty Twisty
This outdoor dog toy is the ideal solution when your pup wants to chase and run! Similar to fishing pole-type cat toys, but much larger.
CleverPet comes preloaded with various games designed by dog-loving neuroscientists to keep your pup entertained and stimulated mentally. Starting out simple and becoming increasingly challenging as your pup plays, many owners found this toy ideal for keeping their dogs occupied while providing mental stimulation; durable yet easy to clean are other benefits!
9. Pup Suds Tug Toy
This bright orange tug toy is the ideal outdoor plaything, since it floats and offers ample surface area for dogs to grab onto. Crafted of extra-durable materials and designed to be highly visible at beaches or lakes so it can easily be located should your pup lose track of it in the water, this toy makes outdoor playtime fun!
Most dogs were delighted by this toy and owners appreciated how simple and quick loading it with balls is – simply turn it on, drop in one ball, and release. Plus, it easily cleans up with just one rinse!
If your pup is an aggressive chewer, it’s essential that they have enrichment toys made from tough materials such as rubber or neoprene that will stand up to his chewing. These durable toys typically make great additions to enrichment programs for canines with chewers!
This lightweight ball launcher protects indoor surfaces while remaining portable for easy transport, and features peanut butter-scented bubbles to keep dogs entertained by chasing and popping them. These toys also help promote environmental socialization and problem solving skills for canines of all ages!