ONE OF THE many benefits of having a dog, in addition to all of the cuddling, stroking and sitting on the sofa watching Netflix sessions?
Playing with your pup, of course – and spoiling them with all kinds of dog treats and toys (good thing dog toys come cheap).
There’s a dog toy out there for every type of pooch, from rope toys which are great for teething puppies, to toys that release food (useful if you have a dog that needs to eat more slowly, or you want to give your pup a bit of mental stimulation next time it’s lunch).
To get your dog’s grey matter going, there are also dog puzzle toys, which are great for entertaining your dog and have the added benefit of dispensing treats.
If your dog is a rough chewer than you probably don’t get a chance to have many ‘plushies’ – but these soft, squeaky dog toys come in every shape imaginable: animal, food, characters, festive treats.
Some dogs – we’re looking at you, gorgeous, power chewing bulldogs – destroy every toy they get their paws on, from tennis balls to plushies.
The solution for them? Look out for any toys in the Kong Extreme range. Made of heavy-duty rubber, you’ll find balls and tyres, which you can also fill with treats.
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1. Best dog puzzle toy
Dogs love puzzle toys that stimulate their minds and help to prevent boredom. This puzzle game has 12 treat compartments across four spinning layers for lots of entertainment… and food.
- Nina Ottosson Level 2 Dog Tornado Blue, for £12.05 on OnBuy.com – buy here
2. Best dog power chewer toy
Kong is the go-to dog toy brand from puppies onwards: pretty much every Kong toy has a hidden compartment or two where you can hide some treats so your dog gets some mental exercise as they play around. The Kong Extreme bone is fantastic for breeds that will chew apart any other toy in minutes, plus you can stick treats in on either side.
‘My dog loves this. He’s had the black ball and can’t demolish that so we bought him the black bone. Brilliant. He loves it and teases us with it and despite his chewing he hasn’t harmed it one bit. He’s a springer spaniel cross…. Well worth the money and pleased we bought it. Now he has a choice of his black ball or bone…. Spoilt!!!!!!’ writes a fan.
- (AD) KONG – Extreme Goodie Bone – Durable Rubber Dog Bone for Power Chewers, Black – For Large Dogs, for £13.29 on Amazon – buy here
3. Best dog rope toy set
This set includes 10 puppy-friendly chew toys made from non-toxic cotton, which you should be able to entice your dog to chew rather than your footwear or sofa. Also fun for tug of war games, this set includes a frisbee, cotton cord giraffe, rope pulls, cotton carrot, dental toy and more.
- (AD) onbet 10pcs Puppy Chew Toys Dog Teething Training, for £16.99 on Amazon – buy here
4. Best dog plushie toy set
This value-for-money set of eight plushies which make squeaking noises when pushed is great for smaller breeds and bigger breeds who love to nurture and hide their dog toys.
- (AD) Squeaky Dog Toys, Ulable Pet Puppy Plush Sound Chew Toy Set for Small Medium Dogs and Cats Colours Vary (8 Pack), for £10.99 on Amazon – buy here
5. Best dog fetch toy
A must for any dog who loves to fetch, the Chuckit Launcher is a tennis ball fetch game with ergonomic handle. Fans swear it ‘throws farther with less effort’, is ‘perfect for small dogs’ and ‘by far the best thing I have bought my pooch this year and I have bought him loads of stuff’.
(AD) Chuckit! 12 Ball Launcher for Dogs, Medium, for £5.49 on Amazon – buy here
6. Best dog launcher toy
This Nerf dog tennis ball blaster is a super fun dog toy for the ball-loving pup, that will launch your dog’s ball around 50-foot high in the air.
‘The hours of fun that have been had since this was purchased are too many to count,’ writes a happy customer.
- Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster, for £14.99 on Argos – buy here
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