Dogs have an innate desire to chase, chew and play tug; interactive toys provide the perfect way to tap into these instincts while providing an enriching alternative to TV or computer gaming.
Choose a durable toy that complements your pup’s playstyle and preferences. Many dogs enjoy carrying around plush toys to carry, snuggle and even sleep with, while other pups may prefer rugged rubber toys they can chase and chew on.
1. Kong Cozies
KONG toys provide safe, durable playtime fun that meets both your dog’s instinctual needs and stimulates their minds. Available in an assortment of shapes, sizes and features such as treat-dispensing puzzles to keep pups engaged for hours on end!
KONG Cozies are knotted rope plush toys designed to channel your dog’s natural chewing and shaking instincts into playtime rather than destructive behavior. Plush KONG Cozies feature squeakers for added interaction – ideal for tug-and-fetch dogs of any size! Available in small and medium/large sizes.
2. Goughnuts Indestructible
No matter their preference, all dogs can find something fun to play with! Puzzle toys provide mental stimulation while keeping pups busy during home alone times.
This plush toy wiggles, vibrates and barks to keep dogs interested. The batteries are rechargeable, made from durable material and come fully assembled; perfect for pools and beaches alike! Also floating, making this toy perfect for pools or beach trips alike; suitable for average chewers of various ages with various color options available!
3. Wobble Wag
Wobble Wag is an interactive ball shaped toy designed to keep your dog entertained by wobbling and engaging their play instincts. Requiring no batteries and made from pet-safe vinyl material.
Dogs that possess the natural desire to chase will find its giggle noises irresistible; also encouraging play and exercise which helps maintain both mental sharpness and physical fitness in dogs. Its size suits both small and large breeds; all it takes to start playing is just one push on its nose!
4. Outward Hound Brick
Search-type toys can help keep your dog active while discouraging negative behaviors. One such option is the Paw5 Wooly Snuffle Mat* which encourages foraging for treats by engaging their nose to find treats hidden inside it.
Nina Ottosson puzzle games offer intelligent dogs the perfect challenge. Simply hide treats or kibble in their various compartments to keep your pup busy, plus these toys are easy to clean after use!
5. Goughnuts Maxx Heavy Duty Tug Toy
There are plenty of dogs who enjoy grabbing things with their mouths and playing tug-of-war, which makes this toy essential for many owners.
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6. BiteKing Natural Rubber Dog Toy
Heavy chewers will love this toy made of flexible yet rugged natural rubber that’s safe for them to bite and chew on. Plus, its grooved design helps clean teeth while massaging gums!
Made in the United States, you’re supporting local small businesses while giving your dog a sturdy toy that stands up to gnawing. Plus, it floats! And is machine washable too – win/win!
7. Chew King Fetch Balls
If your pup is an aggressive chewer, look for toys made of thick rubber that are unbreakable – like this fetch ball made of thick rubber which can withstand powerful bites.
Smart pups love puzzle games that let them show off their intelligence. Keep your pet entertained by hiding treats or kibble in all the hidden nooks and crannies to keep him stimulated and engaged!
This toy features a programmable setting, enabling you to control how quickly its balls roll and bounce. Plus, it’s safe for teeth and easy to keep clean!
8. Kong Balls
Most interactive toys require some level of technical sophistication and may need to be combined with an app. Tech-averse individuals might prefer simpler toys like KONG balls.
These durable rubber balls offer great bounce, making them great for chewers. Stuff them with food or treats for added interest!
Dog Tipper has created this easy DIY toy that your pups will love playing with for hours of entertainment! Be mindful when using treats as too many can lead to obesity and should only be given occasionally.
9. Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Plush Toy
This plush puzzle toy allows your dog to hunt squirrels hidden inside a soft tree trunk, providing plenty of mental enrichment without becoming overly challenging for smart pups. Perfect for moderate chewers.
Plush critters with squeakers make for additional entertainment, and additional squirrels can be placed into the tree stump for added amusement. Please be aware that this toy requires human supervision as it was not designed to withstand rough play or extended chewing.
10. KONG Vibration Ball
Many dogs enjoy interactive toys that test their problem-solving skills. Examples include hopper-style ball launchers that you fill with kibble and allow your pup to push illuminated buttons to release treats; or plush toys featuring hidden compartments where treats must be found and sniffed out by them.
One toy that has earned favorable reviews among owners is the KONG Wobbler, featuring a large frame with two plastic soda bottles that spin around a dowel.