One of the responsibilities of being a good dog parent is making sure your furry companion gets plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Going on hikes and adventures with your pup is important, but we don’t always have the time or energy for those types of activities, plus it’s good to mix things up. That’s where toys come in! Whether it’s a game of fetch, a challenging puzzle, or a refreshing romp on a splash pad, these toys are all Fido-approved.
1. Chuckit! Indoor Dog Toy
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This large plush ball features a durable design and is also super light, which makes playing fetch indoors a viable option. Bright orange and blue colors make it visible for humans and dogs, and a Bounceflex Core Technology gives it extra bounce. Chuckit! Indoor Dog Toy costs $6.89 on Amazon.
One Amazon reviewer says, “I love these balls, my dogs love these balls. I have sent them as gifts to other dog parents. They really do stand the test of time. My dogs are still playing with them after almost a year. We play with the toy almost every day, you can throw them, they can hit the walls, bounce off furniture and you don’t have to worry about them destroying anything. We play fetch in the house, I throw them downstairs and let them run after it, down the hallway my dogs love this toy. It’s usually the one thing that they bring me when I come home.”
2. iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher
This award-winning automatic ball launcher can be plugged in, or it can operate cordlessly. It comes with three pet-safe tennis balls, and the launch distance can be adjusted from 10-30 feet. This is a perfect gift for busy humans and dogs who have an endless supply of energy. The iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher costs $129.99 for a small version and $229.99 for a large version on Amazon.
One Amazon reviewer says, “This is a lifesaver if you need to conduct Zoom calls with a terrier in the house. Beware that once your dog figures out they can alter the trajectory, you may have less stemware on your bar cart and less desirable friends will be shot in the face. Order extra balls and stay with the iFetch brand balls for best results. This toy is worth the money and never gets old. Cats love it too!”
3. Kong Classic Dog Toy
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This classic toy doubles as both a feeder and an irregular-shaped ball for fetch. The durable rubber construction stands up to even the most aggressive chewers, it’s dishwasher-safe, and it can entertain your dog for hours on end when filled with peanut butter. Kong Classic Dog Toy costs $13.99 for a large size on Amazon.
One Amazon reviewer says, “My pup loves her kong. I give her breakfast with her kong by soaking her kibble in water for a minute then filling her kong up with the food and freezing it overnight. In the morning I put a dollop of peanut butter over the hole and she enjoys the challenge of getting to her food. I love being able to use this toy to entertain my dog and keep her healthy!”
4. StarMark Bob-A-Lot
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This popular treat-dispenser features dual chambers with adjustable openings so you can customize the difficulty level for your pooch trying to tip out treats. The weighted bottom allows it to wobble without tipping over, and the chamber is also large enough to accommodate an entire meal. StarMark Bob-A-Lot costs $9.99 for a small size and $19.79 for a large size on Amazon.
Carlo Nicolino says, “This has been an excellent source of stimulation for our dog. He tips it over, pushes it around the house, and carries it around. He does drop it too so be wary of hard floors, this thing is heavy. The internal adjustable orifice is a great idea since he is able to open the outer door, which I guess enhances the game for him. He does like to chew the top, but the internal threads are unaffected so it still works fine.”
5. Chuckit! Erratic Ball
Source: Chuckit! Erratic Ball/Amazon
Fetch just became more interesting with these square-cornered balls that will bounce in unpredictable directions and help improve your dog’s agility and concentration. These balls are also durable, easy to clean, and designed to fit in the Chuckit tennis ball launcher! Chuckit! Erratic Ball costs $6.97 for a medium pack of 2 on Amazon.
Vicky Kent says, “These balls are great fun for my dog and all the other dogs at the dog park. They truly enjoy the balls hitting the ground and bouncing off in a direction that the pups aren’t expecting. Great fun. So much so that they keep disappearing from the park!! (People can be very disappointing in that regard.)”
6. VISTOP Non-Slip Splash Pad
This 75-inch shallow sprinkler pool is the perfect summer gift for your dogs and kids. It’s made from eco-friendly material and has a non-slip texture that makes it safe for your little ones. It’s also crafted with a thick, durable design and has a wider edge seal that can handle more water pressure. VISTOP Non-Slip Splash Pad costs $49.95 on Amazon.
Amanda says, “So fun! The pad is very tough and durable. Bought for my two 120lbs Newfs. One keeps pawing at the water with his nails and it’s not affecting the material or tearing at all. It’s cool that you can easily change the height of the sprinklers, one dog was afraid to enter into the spray but once we lowered the water fountain he walked right in and got used to it all. We have a massive doggie pool that they don’t use and it’s a pain to get out, full, and clean up. This splash pad is super fast to put out, fill up, rinse off and put away. Wish I have bought this so much sooner! Also sent videos to my friends with kids because I imagine little ones would love this too.”
7. Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado
This popular product from Outward Hound is a level 2 puzzle toy that will give your dog an intermediate challenge while they look for treats. This interactive toy includes 12 hidden compartments and three treat covers with holes for the food’s scent to come through. It’s also easy to wash and is free from phthalates, BPA, and PVC. Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado costs $19.99 on Amazon.
Mary N. says, “Sturdy and no loose parts. Great for a large dog. My coonhound solved this in a few seconds as was expected – his sense of smell is extraordinary. I didn’t purchase this as a brain teaser – this works great as a distraction when I need to change his behavior like when we are eating dinner or distract him from our cats. He enjoys finding his treats in the puzzle, it’s nice and sturdy and not easily knocked over, and the moving parts are all attached. It’s a win-win for us!”
8. Kong Flyer
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This flexible flying disc is made from a durable rubber that’s also soft enough for your dog to chew on and catch in the air. This is an excellent tool for your dog to get exercise and develop their concentration. Kong Flyer costs $11.99 for both the small and large sizes on Amazon.
Steve Mathews says, “This turned out to be the best toy I have bought my dog. He destroys baseballs and tennis balls in seconds. He hadn’t destroyed the Kong ball and he uses that to go to bed every night. He liked chasing a flying disc (so as not to use a brand name), but he destroyed them in no time. He hasn’t even put a hole in this yet after a week. He trots all over the yard with this in his mouth, showing it off to the neighbor dogs. He loves playing “Ready, Set, Fetch” with it, snatching it out of the air and shaking his head with it. A 10 out of 10!”
9. Chuckit! Ultra Duo Tug
Source: Chuckit! Ultra Duo Tug/Amazon
This toy is perfect for a game of tug of war or fetch. The balls are designed to fit in the Chuckit! tennis ball launchers and made with a durable, bouncy rubber that is gentle for dogs to chew on. Chuckit! Ultra Duo Tug costs $14.95 for a medium size on Amazon.
One Amazon reviewer says, “Got this for our dogs to play with. A Belgian Malinois (60lbs) and a German Shepherd/Pitbull mix (90lbs). We play tug of war with it. And sometimes the dogs take each end and play tug of war with each other which is what I was hoping! We’ve had it since Christmas and it’s held up extremely well. Highly recommend.”
10. Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Challenge Slider
This popular product from Outward Hound is a level 3 puzzle toy that will give your dog an advanced challenge while they look for treats. The interactive toy includes 24 hidden treat compartments, and your dog must slide the tiles in sequential steps to find their treasures. It’s also easy to wash and is free from phthalates, BPA, and PVC. Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Challenge Slider costs $32.99 on Amazon.
William Tater says, “I was hesitant about purchasing puzzle toys until my dog tried a few of them out at an obedience class led by our local shelter. This brand seems sturdy and legit. My dog loved this one, so I thought I’d give it a try. I now use it to feed him his kibble when I have a few minutes to stick around and put it up once he’s through, or load it with treats to reward and distract him after ‘traumatic’ doggy events like baths. We’re adding in more bones as he gets quicker at finding all of the food pockets. I’d recommend this toy; the price was worth it because my dog will get plenty of use out of it.”
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