From playful puppies to snuggly seniors, you need a toy to keep your precious pooch playing when you're not home, and having fun when you are. Our dog toy reviews will help you find something that can stand up to their energy level while being right for their size, age and breed. When they have a toy they love, you have a house that is safe from destruction.
From tugging ropes to toys you can toss, use the sorting options on the left to find a great gift for your best friend. Sort by price or brand and even what the newest releases are and we'll even help you find which stores have the best deals. Your furry friend needs something to keep them happy and we're here to help. TTPM's dog toy reviews let you discover the perfect present for even the pickiest pup.
from Ruff & Whiskers $9.99
from Ruff & Whiskers $12.99
from Ethical Products $13.71
from Ethical Products $10.20
from Ethical Products $12.00
from Ethical Products $14.19
from Aerobie Inc. $9.99
from P.L.A.Y $13.50
from Worldwise $15.99
from Worldwise $19.99
from Worldwise $15.99
from Worldwise $15.99
Finding the Ideal Dog Toy For Your Dog
Centuries ago dogs were bred to be workers, not necessarily companions. Some were trained to hunt and others for shepherding. Some were diggers or sent to catch rats. Dogs were important workers in a largely agrarian culture.
Over the years as canines became domesticated pets, those in-bred skills along with others like foraging weren't required for day-to-day work, but these behaviors were so ingrained in the DNA of these breeds that these animals naturally wanted to engage in them—even when there were no rats to clear from a barn, or sheep to be herded. As a result, humans and dogs leveraged these natural instincts in play rather than work in activities that mimicked dogs' desire (and, really, need) to hunt, forage, and chew. The simple fetching stick or homemade toy for fetching and chomping gave way over the years to toys designed specifically for dogs. Today, the dog toy industry generates more than $1 billion dollars a year in sales.
When deciding on which toy to purchase for your furbaby, it's important to think about your individual dog's likes and habits. For instance, perhaps your pooch loves to fetch. In that case, there are many hand-held launchers to choose from. Tugging toys are also classic fun. Be sure to pick one that's appropriate for your dog's size and strength.
Another area of a dog's instincts that is important to simulate is foraging. Dogs like to win their food or usually treats when used with toys. Treat dispensers require your pup to use his head in order to win the reward. Many of these toys are designed like puzzles, which have the added advantage of keeping your pooch busy while slowing down the rate at which he or she eats, which in turn can help prevent digestion issues.
Doggy Chew Toys can be a Pet Parent's best friend because they provide a distraction from furniture, shoes and other human items that can interest a dog. Dog Moms and Dads sometimes forget that puppies are babies that will go through a teething stage. Having plenty of toys on hand that provide an outlet for that chewing can save some of your possessions from being eaten. They are also safer for your dog. Some dogs are aggressive chewers and there are terrific Chew Toys that bill themselves as indestructible even though they aren't. An aggressive chewer will eventually get through anything, but we feature items that will stand up to a lot of use.
Many pet parents like to provide their dogs with Plush Toys or Stuffed Toys, too. Historically, these soft toys were called comfort toys but technology and new designs have made some of the products offered at retail much more durable than in years past. If your dog is a chewer, look for toys that are designed specifically for them. However if your pooch is a cuddler, than a stuffed toy based on softness and material should be what you are looking for.
A recent trend in Pet World is the call for testing of materials used to manufacture dog toys. There is no governing body that enforces proper testing. Therefore, often there is not sufficient information given about the materials. Nobody really knows what is in some of the rubber/plastic toys and how it may or may not affect our canine kids. If you are concerned look for dog toys made by companies that take it upon themselves to test the toys. Even if companies do not make non-toxic claims, there is no reason to believe they are potentially harmful.
Technology is also finding its way into dog toys as a way of ensuring that your dog gets the right amount of activity for good mental and physical health. But people can benefit, too. For example, automatic launchers can save wear and tear on the arms of older and younger dog moms and dads who may have to cut short playtime due to a sore shoulder.
Today's dog is much more a member of the family than a hired hand. That means that people are providing for their precious pooches in the way that they would provide for other members of their families. Scroll back up to the top to see some of the latest and greatest we've reviewed.