The Best Dog Toys for Every Type of Dog

Choosing the proper toys for your dog can provide comfort and amusement — here are some of the most popular choices available for every breed.

Nylabone Puppy Teething Chew Toys

The Nylabone teething pacifier is designed for puppies that are teething. “The grooves on the pacifier and ring massage your puppy’s gums”, according to dog trainer Khara Schuetzner, who was the current chair of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Board of Directors.

KONG Gyro Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

The KONG Gyro is a wonderful paw and eye coordination toy with an immediate food reward, according to Patrick Patience, the current chair of the APDT Board of Directors. The toy has a spinning orb in the middle that allows it to spin freely and a tough plastic outer ring. It distributes kibble and goodies from a tiny hole on the ball and comes in small and big versions.

Multipet Chilly Bones for Teething

For teething puppies, Dr Schuetzner suggested the Multipet Chilly Bones since they can be frozen and soothe your puppy’s gums — you simply wet them in water, place them in a plastic bag, then freeze them. They’re intended for small and medium-sized dogs, and the manufacturer urges supervision when playing with this toy since it may be shredded and expose the internal stuffing. Similarly, Bennink advised winding up damp washcloths and freezing them to help decrease biting and chewing while teething.

Kong Wubba

The Kong Wubba is available in two sizes: small and extra-large, and it’s ideal for solo or interactive play. The tassels on this toy, as well as the additional squeaks to engage your puppy, were recommended by Schuetzner. The Kong Wubba is constructed of sturdy reinforced nylon that can prevent simple ripping and tearing if they’re inclined to shake or tug at toys.

Kong Wild Knots

The Kong Wild Knots toy has an internal knotted rope skeleton that gives small dogs something to grip, according to Schuetzner. This toy is available in extra-small or tiny/medium sizes and comes in a number of colours and animal forms, including a bear, eagle, or flamingo.

Benebone Real Bacon Durable Wishbone Dog Chew Toy

“These long-lasting bones are made of nylon and are meant for powerful chewing”, according to Schuetzner. It has a paw-friendly curved wishbone design and comes in three flavours: bacon, chicken, and peanut butter. The brand advises shoppers to check with their veterinarian if the bone is appropriate for their dog’s teeth, but adds that over time, you should keep an eye on wear and tear. Benebone offers a visual indication of when it’s time to replace your bones.

Chuckit! Kick Fetch Ball Dog Toy

Do you have a big dog who loves fetching but your average ball just isn’t cutting it? The 7.5-inch-diameter Large Option from Chuckit! is bright in colour, making it easy to spot. The ball is composed of rubber and foam, allowing it to float in water and making it an ideal playtime option at the beach, poolside, or backyard.

goDog Dragon

Because they have little stuffing and a tough squeaker that’s difficult to remove, goDog chew toys are recommended for bigger dogs by Dr Schuetzner. This toy comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including dragons, dinosaurs, and alligators, as well as medium and extra-large for larger dogs. The toy has reinforced seams to endure rough play — if it does break during play, the manufacturer will give a 30-day one-time replacement valid from the purchase date.

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