The 20 best dog toys of 2020 (KONG and other brands)


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Comparison, opinions and buying guide


In this post we will see the best toys for dogs. You will find the content divided into 3 blocks:

  • Quick guide: in which we provide an initial orientation of the toys by talking to you about their key points.
  • Analysis and opinion: where we give you all the details about each toy and our opinion about them.
  • Buying guide: in which we tell you the factors to consider when buying dog toys.

 

 

Quick guide: a first look at the best dog toys on the market

 


  • The dog’s favorite teething and toy

  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Unpredictable boat that dogs love
  • Can be filled with snacks

 


  • The best frisbee for dogs

  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Doesn’t damage the dog’s teeth
  • Versions for all types of dogs

 


  • The ideal dog toy bone

  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Can be filled with snacks
  • Versions for all types of dogs

 


  • The best dog ball on the market

  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Available in different sizes
  • Versions for all types of dogs

 


  • Interactive tooth ball for dogs

  • With slots that clean the dog’s teeth
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Can be filled with snacks

 


  • Interactive toy with slow food dispenser

  • So that anxious dogs eat slowly
  • It also exercises the dog’s mind
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber

 


  • Tire-shaped dog toy

  • Made of resistant and elastic KONG rubber
  • Uncontrolled and unpredictable bouncing
  • Can be stuffed with food or candy

 


  • Ideal dog toy for playing tug-of-war

  • Manufactured with ultra-resistant ballistic nylon
  • With ball and whistle inside
  • Its fringes allow you to grab it and throw it

 


  • Interactive ball toy with rope for dogs

  • The ball has a whistle in it
  • Strong rope through the ball
  • Comfortable grip handle

 


  • The ideal cuddly toys for dogs

  • Various models and sizes available
  • Soft, reinforced plush exterior
  • Softer and more resistant models

 


  • Rubber dog balls (pack of two)

  • Made of soft but resistant rubber
  • Slots to clean the dog’s teeth
  • For medium to large dogs

 


  • Dog rope toy

  • Ideal for playing tug-of-war
  • Strong, good quality and 92 cm long
  • For medium to large dogs

 


  • Interactive dog chew toy

  • Made of thermoplastic rubber
  • Strong and flexible
  • With snack fillable dental slots

 


  • Intelligence toy for dogs

  • Used by hiding snacks inside
  • The dog will have to think to find them
  • 3 versions, with different levels of difficulty

 


  • Doggie scent pad

  • Stimulates intelligence and smell of the dog
  • Used by hiding snacks inside
  • The dog will have to think to find them

 


  • Pack with 11 dog toys

  • With ropes, teethers, balls…
  • Great value for money
  • For small and medium dogs

 


  • Ball pack + manual ball thrower

  • Throw more distance than just by hand
  • Made of good quality plastic
  • Can be used with more tennis balls

 


  • Foot-activated ball thrower

  • Throws up to 23 meters away
  • The dog returns the ball directly to the pitcher
  • For use with tennis balls

 


  • Automatic ball thrower

  • The dog can play ball by himself
  • Throw up to 9 meters away
  • Motion sensor and automatic shutdown

 


  • Agility training set for dogs

  • With fence, posts, tunnel and square
  • With mounting elements and floor fixing
  • Includes several bags for storage

KONG toys for dogs


When we talk about dog toys it is inevitable to talk about KONG, probably the most known and prestigious brand in this field: who has not ever seen that famous and resistant conical shaped toy in which you can put food or prizes to keep the dogs entertained?

The story goes that the company’s founder was inspired to create the popular classic KONG toy on his dog Fritz, an old German shepherd he adored, despite his destructive habit of biting everything he came across.

One day, while his human companion was working on a vehicle repair, Fritz took a piece of rubber from the car and put it on his knees to throw it at him. The conical shape of the piece made it bounce in an unpredictable way, and this made the dog love it, and that’s how the idea to create this great toy came about.

Since then, more than 40 years have passed and now KONG manufactures a whole variety of pet toys, beyond the classic refillable “cone” of food that we all know, but they all have one thing in common: great quality. Let’s take a look at them.

KONG classic: the dog’s favourite teething and toy

 


Key points of the Classic Kong


  • The most popular dog toy
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Unpredictable boat that dogs love
  • Can be filled with snacks


Every dog should have at least one classic KONG for dogs. This popular toy is very affordable and has many virtues:

  • First of all, it is made of the brand’s exclusive natural rubber, which is really resistant and, of course, non-toxic.
  • Secondly, its conical shape, reminiscent of a snowman’s body, makes the KONG bounce unpredictably, something dogs usually love and are encouraged to play with.
  • And thirdly, as it is hollow inside, we can fill it with food, and our hairy partner will have a good time, until he gets it all out.

With the KONG, therefore, we have two dog toys in one: if we are at home and we want to have a good time playing with our dog, we can play throwing the KONG to bring it to us, or also hide it somewhere, with food inside to look for it.

If we are going to leave the house and we want to keep the dog entertained, we can fill the toy with food, and we will make sure that he will be a good time entertained and relaxed.

However, we have to take into account that in order to get our friend to become fond of using the KONG in this way we must make things easy for him the first times he uses it: if the first time we give him the toy with food inside it is very difficult for him to take it out, he may get frustrated and never play with it again. That’s why the ideal is to make it very easy to extract the food the first few times, and then complicate things little by little.


Kong Classic – Pocurull –

For example, the first time your dog plays with the KONG you can put some grains of its food inside, mixed with some “chuche” that it likes very much, or pieces of sausage, ham, or anything else that it likes. This way, with little touching it, the food will come out, and your furry friend will understand perfectly what the game is all about.

From then on, you can gradually make things more complicated by including pâté, peanut butter, or spreadable cheese, for example, or by dipping the food into a paste.

Little by little we will make the thing more difficult, pressing more the food so that it is more difficult to extract, and forcing the dog to think of the best way to do it, combining movements, throws of the KONG to the air and laps to obtain it.

Within the classic KONG toy we have several options, depending on the size of the dog, its age, or its bite strength. Whatever kind of dog you have, there’s one for him. Let’s look at the options:

  • KONG Classic: the original in red, recommended for adult dogs of any breed
  • KONG Extreme: black, especially for dogs with stronger bites
  • KONG Senior: purple, especially for older dogs
  • KONG Puppy: blue or pink, especially for puppies

They all come in several different sizes, so you’ll find the right one for your furry dog, whatever it is.

I have to say that my dog Rufus has two KONG Classic toys (the red one of his life), one big and one medium, since four years ago and they are still intact, so I can testify of his resistance, because my furry dog is very fond of destroying every toy that falls into his jaws, and with the KONG he has not succeeded… nor I think he will!

And, if you have a very, very “destroyer” dog, who can’t even resist the classic KONG, you can choose to buy him a KONG Extreme (the black one), which has an even harder rubber, proof against even the strongest jaws in the dog world.


Who should buy the Kong Classic toy?


The KONG Classic is the toy that can’t be missing from any house where a dog lives, so… if that’s your case and you don’t have it yet, get one. Your furry friend will love it!


The price of the classic KONG dog toy varies according to the version and size we choose. You can see all the sizes and offers available – and, if you want, buy one – by clicking on the following links.


Where to buy the Kong Classic

Note: For more specific dog bite control products, be sure to check out our specific dog teething post as well.

KONG Flyer: the perfect frisbee for dogs

 


Key points of the KONG Flyer


  • The best frisbee for dogs
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Doesn’t damage the dog’s teeth
  • Versions for all types of dogs


Undoubtedly one of the most popular dog toys – with permission of the traditional ball – is the frisbee, that flying disc that we will have to throw to our playmate, and that he will have to catch in the air.

Unless your dog has a health problem that makes it unsuitable for him to jump too much, the Frisbee is a highly recommended toy, which will provide moments of great fun for both you and your furry friend, and can have many benefits for your dog: it will provide him with complete physical exercise; it will improve his reflexes; it will help him channel his energy; and it will also help strengthen the human-dog bond.

If you want to buy a flying disc, one of the best options on the market is the KONG Flyer. This is a Frisbee made of flexible and resistant natural rubber, so it will not damage the dog’s teeth during play, and it will also last a long time.


Kong Flyer – The Ultimate Dog Frisbee

Let’s see the different varieties that KONG offers us in this respect – yes, there are also different versions for each type of dog!

  • KONG Flyer Classic: red, recommended for adult dogs
  • KONG Flyer Extreme: black, especially for dogs with strong bites
  • KONG Flyer Puppy: blue or pink, especially for puppies

The Classic version is also available in two different sizes, so you’ll have one that’s right for your dog.


Who should buy the KONG Flyer?


Anyone who has a very active and energetic dog and wants to have a good time playing with him.


The price of the KONG Flyer varies according to the version and size chosen. You can see in more detail the sizes and offers available and, if you feel like buying one for your dog, by clicking on the links below.


Where to buy the KONG Flyer

Note: you can see more flying discs, and discover the best ways to play with them, in our specific dog frisbees post.

KONG Goodie Bone: a fantastic toy bone for dogs

 


Key points of the KONG Goodie Bone


  • The ideal dog toy bone
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Can be filled with snacks
  • Versions for all types of dogs


The KONG Goodie Bone is a toy that has a bone shape that dogs love, and has holes on its ends called “Goodie Grippers” patented by KONG, which serve to fill them with snacks. Like the rest of the toys manufactured by KONG, they are made of non-toxic natural rubber, and are very resistant.

As with other KONG products, the Goodie Bone is available in three different versions, so you can choose the one that suits your dog best. Let’s see them:

  • KONG Goodie Bone Classic: red, the original, for adult dogs
  • KONG Goodie Bone Extreme: black, for the strongest biting dogs
  • KONG Goodie Bone Puppy: blue or pink, its rubber is softer and ideal for puppies

You will also find several different sizes for each version of the toy.


Who should buy the KONG Goodie Bone?


Whoever wants to give their dog the perfect toy bone: it is very resistant and can be filled with snacks, for more dog fun.


The price of the KONG Goodie Bone varies depending on the size and version you choose. You can see the available sizes and offers in more detail, and buy it, by clicking on the links below.


Where to buy the KONG Goodie Bone

Note: you can see more products of this type in our specific post about bones for dogs.

KONG Ball: the almost unbreakable dog ball

 


Key points of the KONG Ball


  • The best dog ball on the market
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Available in different sizes
  • Versions for all types of dogs


When we talk about dog toys, without a doubt one of the most popular is balls, and it is rare for the dog to resist that game which consists of us throwing a ball to him, running to get it and bringing it back to us so that we can throw it again and again. It is a simple game that, practiced in moderation, stimulates our furry friends to exercise, while strengthening their bond with us.

Of course, in the KONG catalogue, the balls could not be missing and, as with the rest of the brand’s toys, they are made of its exclusive natural rubber, which makes it really resistant, proof against the most destructive dogs.

As we saw with the other toys, the KONG Ball is available in several different versions, from which you can choose the one most suitable for your furry friend:

  • KONG Ball Classic: red, for adult dogs
  • KONG Ball Extreme: black, it is an almost indestructible ball for strong biting dogs
  • KONG Ball Puppy: blue or pink, with softer rubber and intended for puppies

As usual with the brand’s products, there are also different size versions of the KONG Ball so you can choose the one that best suits your dog’s needs.


Who should buy the KONG Ball?


Whoever wants to get a very strong and high quality ball to play with their dog.


The KONG Ball is priced slightly differently depending on the version and size you choose. You can see it in more detail and buy it, if you like, by clicking on the following links.


Where to buy the KONG Ball

Note: you can see more alternatives of this style in our specific dog ball post.

KONG Stuff-A-Ball: interactive tooth ball for dogs

 


Key points of the KONG Stuff-A-Ball


  • Slotted ball “Denta-Ridges”
  • Clean teeth and massage gums
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber
  • Can be filled with snacks


It’s a fact: dogs need to bite, it’s something instinctive they should do, and it will help them to stay relaxed and exercise their jaw. That’s why this interactive ball is a highly recommended toy for any dog, as it offers several advantages: thanks to its octagonal shape, this toy will roll and bounce in unpredictable ways, something that will awaken your furry hunting instinct.

In addition, the ball has a hole and numerous slots throughout its surface, the exclusive “Denta-Ridges” patented by KONG, which clean teeth and massage the gums, and can be filled with snacks or pâté.

The red Stuff-A-Ball is made of the exclusive KONG Classic rubber, which will allow your dog to bite it all he wants without destroying it, even though it is soft enough so that it does not hurt its gums or teeth, by inserting them into its slots, or “Denta-Ridges”, which you can fill with some snacks so that your furry dog can have even more fun.

Also, whatever the size of your four-legged friend, you will have a Stuff-A-Ball for him, as KONG offers it in four different sizes.


Who should buy the KONG Stuff-A-Ball?


If you want to kill two birds with one stone, you can get a toy for your dog that will also take care of its teeth.


The price of the KONG Stuff-A-Ball varies slightly depending on the size we choose. You can see all the options and, if you wish, buy one, by clicking on the following link.


Where to buy the KONG Stuff-A-Ball

 

KONG Wobbler: interactive dog toy with slow candy dispenser

 


Key points of the KONG Wobbler


  • 2-in-1: toy and food dispenser
  • So that anxious dogs eat slowly
  • It also exercises the dog’s mind
  • Made of the exclusive and resistant KONG rubber


The Wobbler is a toy that has the shape of the classic KONG, but is much bigger and, instead of having a hole on the bottom, it has several on the sides. This is an interactive dog toy that will keep your canine friend entertained while feeding him in a fun way.

This interactive dog toy opens by unscrewing its top from its bottom. Then we can fill it with treats, or with our dog’s usual food, and the fun is guaranteed.

The toy will stay upright, until the dog touches it with a paw, or with his muzzle; then it will start to wobble, bending and turning, which will make the food fall through the holes. Once your hairy man learns the mechanics, he’ll love playing with it.

The Wobbler is made of FDA-approved high strength food-grade plastic polymer and is dishwasher safe. It is also available in two sizes, so you can have a suitable one no matter what your dog is like.


Who should buy the KONG Wobbler?


It’s especially ideal for anyone with an anxious dog who tends to gobble up his food like there’s no tomorrow: the Wobbler will help him eat more slowly and also exercise his mind.


The price of the KONG Wobbler varies slightly according to the version you choose, and you can see it in more detail -as well as buy it- through the following link.


Where to buy the KONG Wobbler

 

KONG Traxx Wheel: dog toy in the shape of a tyre

 


Key points of the KONG Traxx wheel


  • Wheel that dogs usually love
  • Made of resistant and elastic KONG rubber
  • Uncontrolled and unpredictable bouncing
  • Can be stuffed with food or candy


This tyre-shaped dog toy will delight the most doggy lovers of chewing on anything they can find, thanks to its wheel format, which makes it very comfortable for them to hold and transport.

The unique shape of its side bands and the thick external pattern create a very strong and elastic barrier, which will be very attractive to your furry friend, who will be able to bite and chew without it breaking, as it is made of the exclusive KONG rubber.

In addition, thanks to the shape of the tyre and the elasticity of the rubber, the KONG Traxx bounces uncontrollably when launched, which will delight your loyal friend. Another advantage is that it can be filled with food or candy, as it is hollow, which gives it a plus when it comes to keeping your furry friend busy, who will have a good time until he gets it out.

The KONG Traxx is available in two different sizes. These are its dimensions:

  • Small: 8.9 x 8.9 x 3.2 cm.
  • Medium/Large: 11.4 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm.


Who should buy the KONG Traxx dog wheel?


Whoever has a dog that likes to bite everything he catches and wants to provide him with a toy that will keep him entertained while nibbling.


You can see all the purchase options of the KONG Traxx – and, if you want, get it – through the following links.


Where to buy the KONG Traxx wheel

KONG Wubba: the perfect dog toy for drag, fetch and pickup

 


Key points of the KONG Wubba


  • Ideal for playing tug-of-war
  • Manufactured with ultra-resistant ballistic nylon
  • With ball and whistle inside
  • Its fringes allow you to grab it and throw it


The KONG Wubba is an ideal dog toy for playing tug-of-war, or for throwing and having the dog go get it. It is made of very resistant ballistic nylon fabric, which covers two balls: the upper one is a tennis ball, and the lower one has a whistle inside that makes it sound every time the dog squeezes it.

In addition, it has several long fringes that allow it to be easily picked up and thrown away, and which our furry friend will love to shake around.

It should be noted, however, that while the Wubba is a sturdy toy, it is not designed for chewing sessions, but rather for us to interact with our furry friend, either by throwing it or playing tug-of-war with it.

The KONG Wubba is available in red or purple, and comes in three different sizes:

  • Small: with dimensions of 22.2 x 5.1 x 5.7 cm
  • Large: with dimensions of 33 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm.
  • Extra-large: with dimensions of 43.2 x 8.9 x 9.5 cm


Who should buy the KONG Wubba?


Whoever wants a good toy to play tug-of-war with their dog.


The price of this interactive dog toy varies slightly depending on the version you choose. You can see all the sizes, colors and offers available by clicking on the following link.


Where to buy the KONG Wubba

 

KONG Squeezz Ball: interactive ball toy with rope for dogs

 


Key points of the KONG Squeezz Ball


  • Ideal for throwing or playing tug-of-war
  • The ball has a whistle in it
  • Strong rope through the ball
  • Comfortable grip handle


The Squeezz Ball with rope is another interactive toy that you and your dog will certainly have a lot of fun with. This is a KONG Squeezz ball, which has a whistle inside, crossed by a strong rope, which has a sliding middle piece, and a comfortable handle so that we can grab the toy while our four-legged friend bites the ball at the other end.

As with the KONG Wubba, the Squeezz Ball is not designed to leave the dog alone with it and bite it, but for the two of us to interact with the toy together: we can throw it to our friend, and let him go get it, or we can play tug-of-war. We also have it available in two different sizes.


Who should buy the KONG Squeezz Ball?


Anyone who wants to get hold of an original ball and string toy to play tug-of-war or to throw at their dog.


The price of the KONG Squeezz Ball with rope varies a bit depending on the size we choose. If you want to see it in more detail, or buy it, you can do it through the following link.


Where to buy the KONG Squeezz Ball

 

KONG cuddly toys: the most “kooky” toys for your dog

 


Key points about KONG cuddly toys


  • The ideal cuddly toys for dogs
  • Various models and sizes available
  • Soft, reinforced plush exterior
  • Softer and more resistant models


All dogs love stuffed animals. Some take them everywhere, take care of them and sleep huddled up with them, hugging them or using them as a pillow; others shake them up and down and throw them into the air, as if they were prey… Anyway, the truth is that they all find them irresistible, and if they squeak and make sounds on top of that, I won’t tell you.

It is not known exactly why dogs like stuffed animals so much. Some say that, especially in the case of females, it may be a maternal instinct, which makes them see the cuddly toy as a puppy.

In other cases it may be their predatory instinct, which would make them see the cuddly toy as prey they have just hunted. Whatever the reason, the truth is that stuffed animals are one of the most popular dog toys and, of course, KONG has a good assortment of them.

As with all the products of this brand, KONG’s soft toys are of very good quality, with a soft and reinforced plush exterior, an interior with little padding and, in some cases, with a knotted rope skeleton, to make them more resistant. Here are some of his best proposals.

  • KONG Teddy Bear: an adorable teddy bear for dogs
  • KONG Wild Knots: sturdy teddy bear for dogs
  • KONG Scrunch Knots: stuffed animals with little padding and whistle on the head
  • KONG Squiggles: elastic and flexible cuddly toys for dogs
  • KONG Cuteseas: octopus or stuffed whale for dogs
  • KONG Dodo Birds: Stuffed birds for dogs


Who should buy KONG’s stuffed animals?


If you want to get a good quality cuddly toy for your furry friend: KONG is a safe bet.


Without a doubt, KONG’s dog toy cuddly toys are a fantastic option when it comes to expanding the leisure objects of our canine friends. You can see all the models currently available – and, if you want, get the one you like best for your furry one – through the following link.


Where to buy KONG cuddly toys

 

EXTRA: Snacks to fill your KONG

 


Key points of KONG snacks


  • Snacks designed for KONG toys
  • There are cookie-cutter and spray-on types
  • Adult and puppy versions
  • Liver flavored


As you have seen, KONG offers a great variety of different toys for our dogs, but without a doubt the most known and popular are their refillable products, and… what better to refill them than the brand’s own snacks?

Below we link you to the options we have available on the market:

  • Snack Stuff’n Liver: delicious liver-flavored cookies for adult dogs
  • Snack Sfuff’ Puppy: special liver-flavoured biscuits for puppies
  • KONG Easy Treat: liver paste for adult dogs
  • Puppy Easy Treat: special liver paste for puppies


Who should buy KONG snacks?


Anyone who has a KONG refillable toy and wants to get hold of the brand’s special snacks.


KONG snacks are undoubtedly ideal for filling the brand’s dog toys. You can see them in more detail – and, if you want, get the one that best suits your four-legged friend – through the following links.


Where to buy KONG snacks

Dog Toys | Other brands


Apart from KONG, there are a multitude of brands on the market that offer us all kinds of toys for our four-legged friends: some will stimulate them to exercise and others will stimulate them mentally, but all of them will make them have a great time having fun, either alone or with you.

Let’s take a look at a selection of some of the best dog toys you can find today.

Rubber dog balls (pack of two) | UEETEK

 


Key points of UEETEK balls


  • Pack of 2 dog balls
  • Made of soft but resistant rubber
  • Slots to clean the dog’s teeth
  • For medium to large dogs


When we think of dog toys, one of the first things that comes to mind, if not the first, is a ball. The ball is definitely a classic… who hasn’t played with his dog to throw a ball back to him?

My dog Rufus loves to play ball and has had many different ones: some he’s smashed up quickly; others have ended up at the bottom of the river (until he learned to dive for them); but few he’s liked as much as these rubber dog balls, which are soft enough not to damage our furry teeth, but at the same time are surprisingly strong.

These UEETEK balls come in a pack of two, one yellow and one blue, and have a diameter of 7.1cm, so they will suit you, especially if your dog is medium or large.


Who should buy UEETEK balls?


Anyone who wants to get a pair of good quality, sturdy balls to play with their dog.


You can see more details about this pack of two rubber balls -and, if you want, buy them- by clicking on the following link.


Where to buy UEETEK balls

 

Dog rope toy : Forwindog

 


Key points of the Forwindog rope


  • Rope for playing tug-of-war
  • Strong and good quality
  • 92 cm in length
  • For medium to large dogs


This is a toy that can’t be missed in every doggy house: something as simple as a good dog rope, that is strong enough, and with which you can play with your furry dog on the pull, a game that, if you play it well, will improve your bond and will serve to teach you to control yourself when playing, while helping you to release energy by biting and pulling.

This rope I propose will be great if you have a medium or large dog, as it measures 92cm, and is very resistant. It is made from high quality, natural materials and is safe for your dog to chew and play with for a long time.

When playing tug-of-war with your dog, it’s important that both you and your furry dog control the game, using the right amount of force so neither of you gets hurt – it’s a team game. Keep in mind that you don’t always have to win, so from time to time let your dog win and keep the toy, and the two of you will have a good time together.


Who should buy the Forwindog dog rope?


Who wants to get a good quality classic rope with which to play tug-of-war with their dog.


Forwindog’s dog rope toy weighs about 700 grams. You can see it in more detail -and, if you wish, buy it- through the following link.


Where to buy Forwindog rope

 

Interactive Dog Biting Toy : ViviBear

 


Key points of the ViviBear toy


  • Interactive biter
  • Made of thermoplastic rubber
  • Strong and flexible
  • With snack fillable dental slots


If there’s one thing every dog loves, it’s having something to nibble on. Biting helps our canine friends to relax, so it is always a good idea to have a toy to satisfy this instinct, if we don’t want them to end up doing it with our slippers, for example.

This interactive dog chew toy from ViviBear is made of thermoplastic rubber, resistant and flexible, and will help your furry dog relax by biting it. It also has several slots on its ends that are very useful for cleaning its teeth and massaging its gums.

These slots can also be filled with cookies or snacks, so your four-legged friend can have a great time getting it all out.


Who should buy the ViviBear dog toy?


Whoever wants to give their dog a good teething ring that also has an interactive function.


The length of this interactive dog toy is 11.4cm, so it will suit you if you have a rather small or medium sized dog. For more information about the product, you can see it and, if you want, buy it, by clicking on the following link.


Where to buy the ViviBear toy

 

Dog Intelligence Toy : Trixie Dog Activity

 


Key points of the Trixie Dog Activity


  • Games to stimulate intelligence
  • They are used by hiding snacks inside
  • The dog will have to think to find them
  • 3 versions, with different levels of difficulty


When playing with our dogs, we often focus on physical games, which force them to exercise, but we forget that our furry dogs also need to exercise their intelligence: making them run and jump will tire them physically, but many dogs also need to tire mentally to be relaxed and happy.

This Trixie dog activity board will be great for keeping your canine companion entertained. To play, you’ll have to hide several of your dog’s favourite treats, and he’ll have to find a way to get them out, figuring out how to activate the different traps in the toy.

In some cases you will have to lift a lid; in others, slide one of its elements, or also lift a cone. The good thing is that every time you succeed you will be instantly rewarded, as you will find a snack, which will encourage you to keep trying.


FlipBoard Dog Activity by Trixie

The game has versions with different levels of difficulty, so if you get several, you can start by making it very simple for your furry friend, so that he doesn’t get frustrated, and then gradually make it more complicated. An instruction manual is included that proposes several useful tricks to get the most out of the toy.


Who should buy the Trixie Dog Activity?


Who wants to stimulate their furry mind with a good interactive game of intelligence.


Trixie’s dog intelligence toy is a great way to train the mind of our furry friends. If you want to see the product in more detail, and check the offers available for each difficulty level of the game, click on the links below.


Where to buy the Trixie Dog Activity

Training mat to stimulate intelligence and smell of dogs : YAMI

 


Key points of the YAMI carpet


  • Doggie scent pad
  • Stimulates intelligence and smell of the dog
  • Used by hiding snacks inside
  • The dog will have to think to find them


If you want to have a balanced and happy dog, it is very important that you provide him with toys that allow him to exercise his mind, and one of the things that makes dogs work more mentally, and that relaxes them more, are the games of smell.

Our canine friends have privileged noses, with an olfactory capacity approximately 100 times greater than that of humans: we could say that dogs perceive the world through their nose.

With all this in mind, one of the best toys you can buy for your furry friend is a Snuffle Mat, also known as a doggie scent pad, or sniff blanket. These are mats that have strips of cloth, or different pockets and compartments, in which we can hide bits of food for our hairy friend to find.

One of the best smell carpets you can find in the market is this one from YAMI that I propose you. Measuring 100 x 60 cm, it is quite large, and has two different areas to hide the food: one with fringes, and another with several different types of compartments, so your furry friend will have fun for a while.


Who should buy the YAMI dog scent pad?


Anyone who wants to keep their dog’s sense of smell and intelligence sharp.


This scent blanket will be great for those rainy days when walks are shorter, and you can even use it to give your dog his daily feed ration by hiding it on the carpet: he’ll have a good time looking for it, work on his mind, and end up tired, relaxed and happy… what more could you ask for? If you want to see it in more detail, or decide to buy it, you can do so through the following link.


Where to buy the YAMI carpet

 

Dog Toy Pack : Docatgo

 


Docatgo package key points


  • Pack with 11 dog toys
  • With ropes, teethers, balls…
  • Great value for money
  • For small and medium dogs


You just adopted a puppy and want to buy him toys but don’t know which one to get? Don’t worry, with this pack I propose you will have all the most popular dog toys at a very affordable price, and I’m sure they will make your furry dog very happy.

The package includes eleven toys, including ropes, teethers, balls and soft toys, all in bright colours, which come in a practical bag where they can be stored.

All the toys included in the pack are made with good quality materials, to guarantee the safety of your dog. In addition, it has an excellent value for money, since its cost is not very high. It’s a package that will come in handy if you have a small or medium dog that doesn’t have a very strong bite.


Who should buy the Docatgo dog toy pack?


Whoever wants to get a complete pack of dog toys without spending too much money.


If you want to see this toy pack in more detail, or if you decide to buy it, you can do so by clicking on the following link.


Where to buy the Docatgo pack

 

Manual ball thrower : Chuckit !

 


Chuckit pitcher’s key points!


  • Pack with launcher + ball
  • Can be used with more tennis balls
  • Throw more distance than just by hand
  • Made of good quality plastic


Playing ball with your dog is a lot of fun, but you have to admit that sometimes your arm is bad after a long time of throwing it; and, besides, if you don’t have much strength, it doesn’t get very far either, apart from the fact that you can end up with back pain from bending down so much to pick up the happy ball.

And that’s not counting the fact that, most of the time, your hand is left a mess, full of mud, dirt, drool… what can I tell you!

For all these reasons, you may find it very practical to buy a dog ball thrower like this one from Chuckit: you can pick up the ball without hardly bending down or getting your hands dirty, and you can throw it effortlessly from a long distance so that your canine friend can run to get it.

The launcher is made of high quality, robust and resistant plastic and is about 30 cm long. A ball is included in the package, although its quality is not very good, as most people who have bought this product say that it breaks quite quickly. However, the toy is compatible with any tennis size ball.


Who should buy the Chuckit! ball thrower?


Whoever likes to throw the ball to their dog and wants to get a tool that makes the ball easier.


You can see the Chuckit launcher in more detail! -and, if you wish, buy it- through the following link.


Where to buy the Chuckit launcher!

 

Foot Activated Ball Launcher : Nerf

 


Nerf Launcher Key Points


  • Foot-activated ball thrower
  • For use with tennis balls
  • Throws up to 23 meters away
  • The dog returns the ball directly to the pitcher


With this original Nerf ball thrower, which is activated by stepping on it with your foot, both your dog and you can have a great time.

This is a toy that will be especially useful if you have any kind of shoulder or arm injury, as you won’t have to use it at all: you’ll only have to step on the pitcher with one foot once you’ve put the ball in the hole… and you can even teach your furry partner to put it in himself, and then wait for you to step on the device.

The good thing about this original foot-activated pitcher is that it is capable of throwing a ball up to 23 meters. A ball is included in the package, but if you lose it don’t worry, because it is compatible with any tennis ball.


Who should buy the Nerf ball thrower?


Anyone with a shoulder or arm injury (or tired of throwing with their hand) who wants to continue to enjoy playing ball with their dog.


The dimensions of the foot-activated ball thrower are 26.7 x 10.8 x 31.1 cm, and its weight is 372 grams. You can see it in more detail, and buy it if you wish, by clicking on the following link.


Where to buy the Nerf Launcher

 

Automatic Ball Launcher : PetSafe

 


PetSafe Launcher Key Points


  • Fully autonomous launcher
  • The dog can play ball by himself
  • Throw up to 9 meters away
  • Motion sensor and automatic shutdown


If your dog loves to play ball and you have a yard, buying him an automatic dog ball thrower might be a good idea: your partner can entertain himself by playing what he likes best.

This automatic ball thrower from PetSafe is one of the best options we can find on the market: it can hold up to three standard size tennis balls (when purchased it comes with two balls included), and comes with nine distance settings and six angle settings, so we can choose the distance we want the ball to be thrown, which can be in the range of 2.5 to 9 meters maximum.

Also, to ensure that neither you nor your dog or your children are going to be hit by the ball, it has motion sensors, which will detect if someone is in front of it. When he’s about to throw the ball, an acoustic signal will also sound.


PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher

Another thing that, in my opinion, is an advantage of this dog toy, is that it has an automatic rest mode: every 15 minutes, the machine stops and the dog will have to wait another 15 minutes to be able to play again.

Personally I think it’s a good idea, as many dogs become obsessed with the ball, and can’t wait to stop playing, even if they’re already exhausted. The PetSafe Auto-Launcher, on the other hand, works by plugging it into a power source, or with D-cell batteries (not included).

However, one thing you should consider before buying a toy like this is that you will need to teach your dog how it works: he will need to get used to putting the ball in its place, and then wait until he hears the beep.


Who should buy the PetSafe launcher?


Whoever has a dog that is very fond of playing throwing and picking up the ball and wishes to give him a toy with which he can do so without the need for his human partner to intervene.


You can take a look at the PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher and, if you want, buy it for your dog by clicking on the link below.


Where to buy the PetSafe Launcher

 

Agility training set for dogs : PawHut

 


Key points of the Agility PawHut set


  • Complete Agility Pack
  • With fence, posts, tunnel and square
  • With mounting elements and floor fixing
  • Includes several bags for storage

Agility is a very popular dog sport that comes in handy for keeping the dog active, both physically and mentally. This is an activity in which you must guide your furry friend through a circuit full of obstacles.

There are many advantages to this game: the dog will exercise and remain agile, but it will also have to be very attentive to its human partner, and must concentrate to carry out the exercises correctly. This is an activity that, if done well, can improve your dog’s obedience, as well as the bond he has with you.

If you love this sport and have a garden, this PawHut Agility set will come in handy. The set includes the following elements:

  • A jumping fence, which we can adjust to the height that suits us best.
  • Eight slalom posts, which the dog must learn to zig-zag around.
  • A 148 cm flexible tunnel, with a diameter of 60 cm.
  • A square of 88 x 88 cm.


Who should buy the Agility PawHut set?


Anyone who wants to practice Agility with their dog and wants to get a good value for money accessory pack.


The set comes with the necessary elements for its assembly and for the different accessories to be well fixed to the floor, and includes several bags to store everything. If you want to see more details about the Agility PawHut Set and the offers available for purchase, click on the following link.


Where to buy the Agility PawHut set

 

Buying guide: what to consider when buying dog toys


Whatever their age, dogs need to play, and that’s why it’s important that they always have toys that stimulate them; but finding the right toy isn’t always easy, because the supply we can find on the market is infinite and many times we end up spending money on one only to discover that our furry friend doesn’t even pay attention to it.

To buy the right toy for your dog, there are several factors to consider, such as whether he’s very active or quiet; whether you want a toy for him to play with or entertain himself; the size of your dog’s companion, his breed, his preferences… But let’s take it one step at a time.

Toys for your dog to exercise

If you want to encourage your dog to move and exercise, you have several popular options that will have your furry friend running, jumping and playing with you, while giving rein to his hunting instinct, chasing a ball or a Frisbee, for example. Let’s look at some of the toys we can buy for our best friend to keep him in shape while having fun.

Dog balls

To begin with, there is a classic of all times: the ball. But when it comes to getting a ball, there are several factors to consider. Something very important is the size of your hairy partner. You should never buy a ball that is too small for his mouth, as he would be in danger of swallowing it, which can be very dangerous.

You should also make sure it’s strong enough and made of a non-toxic material: be careful with tennis balls, as the material they’re made of is usually fibreglass, which is very harmful to dogs’ teeth. That’s why it’s essential that you buy a ball made especially for dogs, like the ones I recommend in this article.

Another factor you should keep in mind when playing ball with your dog is to do so in moderation, and here I speak from my own experience…

I made the mistake of playing a lot of ball with my Rufus, to the point where he ended up developing a whole obsession, which made him get overexcited when playing. The best thing is to play just a few minutes to throw the ball, and then do other things with it, like hiding it for your dog to look for it, for example. That way, you can get much more out of this popular toy.

When playing ball, we also have the option of buying a ball thrower, either manual or automatic. In this last case, it will be the dog that will have to introduce the ball in the throwing toy, so we will add a new level of difficulty to the game.

Flying discs or frisbees for dogs

Without a doubt another great classic, and a toy that will make your hairy man run and jump, making him waste energy, release his stress and, in the process, improve his reflexes. If you want to buy a flying disc for your dog, you must make sure that its material is suitable, so that its teeth are not damaged. A great option is the KONG Flyer, as it is made of natural rubber, which is both flexible and resistant.

We must take into account, however, that not all dogs will benefit from this game: for example, for those who have short legs and are elongated, such as Dachshunds or Basset Hounds, it is not a very advisable exercise, as it can cause spinal injuries.

Similarly, breeds with a tendency to have hip dysplasia, such as German shepherds for example, should play moderately.

Dog handles and ropes

The tug-of-war is another game that all dogs love and is ideal for you to play together. With this type of toy, both you and your furry friend will get physically tired, your bond will improve and your dog will learn to control itself.

Some people believe that this game “teaches your dog to bite”, or that it will make him more aggressive or more dominant. Nothing could be further from the truth: if you play correctly, you’ll have a lot of fun, and your furry friend will learn to release as part of the game.

It’s important that we don’t always win. From time to time we must allow the dog to keep the rope, and to understand that when he is the one who releases it nothing will happen, because we will continue playing.

To choose a good shooter or rope, we must take into account the size of the dog, and its bite strength, in order to choose the most appropriate one.

Agility games for dogs

Another great game for our dogs to do physical exercise, at the same time that they exercise their mind, is Agility, a sport that is becoming more and more popular and that consists of the dog doing a circuit in which it will have to jump fences, go through tunnels, or overcome different obstacles.

If you have a garden, you can buy an Agility set or a tunnel for your hairy man and spend hours of fun with him, training him and making him exercise his muscles and reflexes.

Interactive and intelligence toys for dogs

This section includes, for example, interactive toys for dogs in which we can introduce food that the dog will later have to extract using its ingenuity.

Some of the most popular are those of KONG, who have a whole range of toys made of their special rubber, really resistant, and with which we will have our furry friends entertained for a long time, until they manage to eat the delicacies we have hidden inside.

Other toys that are great for our dogs to interact with and mentally wear them out are sniffing blankets, or Snuffle Mats. These are mats that have pieces of cloth of different lengths sewn onto them, and in which we will hide pieces of food for our friend to look for using his privileged nose. Smelling games are very beneficial for dogs, as they are very relaxing and mentally tiring.

And to put our furry friends’ brains and noses to work, there’s nothing better than a smart dog toy in which they have to slide lids on, or move items in different ways to get their prize: a delicious snack.

A good mental exercise can tire our dog more than a long walk, and it will certainly be great for him too.

Dog teethers

Dogs need to bite, it helps them relax, exercise their jaws and clean their teeth. That’s why it’s essential that we provide them with suitable toys… if we don’t want them to end up biting other things, like a cushion or our favourite shoes.

When choosing a dog bite toy, we must take into account that it must be made of a quality material, which is not toxic for our friend, and that it must be resistant, as well as soft and flexible enough so that it does not hurt the teeth or gums.

To satisfy the dog’s biting instinct we can buy him some of the many toys offered by the KONG brand: besides the classic conical shaped toy that we all know, in their catalogue we can find a great variety of toys made with their exclusive rubber, and that are offered with different levels of hardness, so we can find the most suitable one for our dog, whatever its size, characteristics or age.

We can also use a wind-up toy, or certain rubber dog toys that have serrated slots that come in handy for cleaning teeth and massaging the gums of our furries.

Dolls and stuffed animals for dogs

Cuddly toys for dogs are undoubtedly another very popular type of toy, and one that all dogs tend to like very much.

Some will treat their stuffed animal gently, and carry it around with them as if it were a puppy to be cared for; others will fall asleep hugging it or using it as a pillow; and then there is another group of dogs that will see them as prey that they have hunted, and will shake them up and down, throwing it into the air and biting it, trying to gut it.

When choosing a good cuddly toy for your dog you will have to take into account how your dog is, the strength of its jaws, its size…

Whatever you do, you must keep an eye on it, because no matter how well made the dummy is and how strong it is, neither is unbreakable. And there will always be dogs who are not worth buying, because they like to tear them apart without mercy – you know your dog best, after all!

And so much for our review of the best dog toys on the market, we hope we helped you choose the best option for you and your best friend!

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  • Dog beds
  • Dog harnesses
  • Dog Leashes
  • Dog collars
  • Carriers
  • Dog trolleys
  • Dog drinking and drinking fountains

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I love animals, especially those that live with me: my dog Rufus and my cat Ronno. I like to give them the best, and I want to help you choose the right accessories for your pets.

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