Keep your dog happy and stimulated with the best dog toys listed here. Many are new and some are classics but all are dog approved.
Looking for some fun new toys for your most important family member? Look no further. Check out these top dog toys of 2022 to keep your dog entertained.
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IDOGMATE Automatic Dog Ball Launcher
If you have a dog who loves to fetch but you get tired of throwing the ball constantly, this toy is for you and your dog. Your dog puts the balls in the top and the machine launches them for your pup. The dog launcher even allows you to adjust the distance.
While previous versions of this launcher were made for small dogs, the 2021 update is more durable and good for almost all sized dogs.
“We have a 1 year old border collie who is go go go 24×7. This was the best investment and totally worth the money. We’ve had it for a month and she has put about 200 hours on it so far. It didn’t take her long to learn how to drop the balls back in and use it all by herself. We have it plugged in and set up to shoot down a long hallway. She plays with it all day and all night”
Hyper Pet Doggie Tail Interactive Plush Dog Toy
A dog toy elevated to the next level with full interactive play. This toy wiggles, vibrates and even barks. It will encourage your pup to play with the toy through different noises and crazy movement. The toy will keep your dogs attention to keep them mentally stimulated and physically moving. There’s even additional cover options so you can keep the toy like new for your dog.
“From the dog’s perspective, a two year old boxer, this is one of the best things since sliced bread and butter. It makes noise, it wiggles, and when he holds it in his mouth it makes the entire thing vibrate so he can’t see straight. He learned within two minutes that he can throw it, or whip it around by the tail to make it activate and drained a full set of batteries in a day. When we take it away and put it up, he sits in front of the cabinet and just stares.”
ReArf Pets Dog Treat Dispenser
A challenging game for your pup to learn how to dispense their treats or food. Your dog pushes the button to release their food. While your dog may quickly get the hang of pushing the button next to the reservoir, you can then move the button further and further away to increase the difficulty level.
“Lots of fun, but it takes some work for our dogs to associate hitting the button with getting a treat. We have three dogs, each with their own learning style. One is learning to get treats by “shaking” with the button in my wife’s hand. The second one is learning better by simply pawing the button on the floor. The third one hasn’t caught on yet. She learns best by observing the other dogs, but we she hasn’t had a chance to watch yet because we are still training 1:1 (with the non-training dogs sequestered elsewhere).”
KONG Wubba Dog Toy
Dogs go crazy for the squeaky ball with fabric for legs. Made by the KONG brand so you know it is high quality. Your pup will love the squeaker and chasing around this fun toy.
“I have two dogs; one is a picky bastard and a stupid one who loves to destroy toys. These have survived with ZERO destruction for over a month. I can’t believe it! Even the grumpy one who hates non-plush toys loves it. The dummy plays with it every day. She chews it, has us throw it, etc. with no wear or tear. I’m going to keep buying these until I die.”
Starmark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy
A fun treat dispenser which allows for excise and mind challenges. You may struggle to wear out your dog with exercise but if you work their brain, you can exhaust them. The large version of the Bob-a-lot can handle 3 cups of dog food so you can feed their entire meal from one filling.
“I bought this for my jack russell so I could fill it with treats when I leave for work and it would keep her busy for a 30 odd minutes. She absolutely loves it, it took her a day or so to get used to how to get the treats out and now when I say “shall we get your bob a lot” she runs to the toy and can’t wait to play and get the treats out. I also imagine this would be great for dogs who are over weight as it means they need to expel energy before they get their treats and also forces them to eat their treats over a longer period of time. I try to get the healthiest treats I can such as 100% dried chicken so that I can put a few treats in there! This is great to keep their mind active.”
Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Puzzle
We love this puzzle because it’s mentally stimulating without involving food. This toy is a hide and seek game which plays to a dogs natural hunting instinct with the squirrels in their tree. Squeaky and interactive, a great toy to encourage play.
“I only bought this because of the high ratings and low price. As soon as I showed my dog the toy he went crazy. I hide the squirrels in the trunk and he loves shoving his snout in the opening and pulling the squirrels out. Maybe he feels like he’s hunting, or perhaps it makes him feel like an apex predator, but he loves it, lol. I bought the small size for my 10lbs dog. The squirrels are just the right size and fit perfectly into his mouth. He has enjoyed countless hours with this toy and its almost time to buy a replacement. These toys will not last forever, it totally depends on your dog and how much of a chewer he/she is. My dog has destroyed the squirrels and I will gladly buy more. The toy lasted about 3-4 months, and I consider this normal since it’s a plus toy, not a plastic bone. The squirrels have squeakers in them and trunk is hollow so you can stuff em inside. Definitely recommend!”
An upgrade on the classic dog ball. These come in a wide range of sizes from small (4.5 inch) to X-Large (10 inch) to work for any pup. The handle allows to hours of fun tug-a-war and tossing play. There’s endless ways to play with the Jolly Ball for kicking to launching.
“So initially my boy Jager (120# of chewing muscle) was leery of the ball, but with some fun and play time including the ball it has quickly become his favorite pounce and proud carry toy. He enjoys prancing around and showing it off as if he was in the show ring. He absolutely loves this thing! He chews on the handle none stop and constantly pounces on it. The air hole is big enough to let the right amount of air our, and then suck air back I to refill itself.”
Wobble Wag Giggle Ball Interactive Dog
Made for interactive play, the Wobble Wag Giggle toy giggles when it moves to entertain your pup and keep them engaged. There’s tubes inside the ball which make the sounds so no need for batteries. The glow in the dark version is perfect for outdoor or indoor play.
“Best little active toy ever. This is perfect for my little 80 lb 8 month old rottweiller. He is so captivated by this ball. Kept him busy and wore him out. I’m seeing the reviews regarding the stability of this toy not being up to standards. Some people have to realize if they have a super aggressive dog, the issue may not be the product but the dog. I would recommend to all my pet owner friends. If this product only last 10 days, it will be well worth the cost and I will purchase again. Love it.”
SPOT Interactive Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone Toy Puzzle
Made of wood rather than plastic, this puzzle toy will allow for mental stimulation with your pup and not fall apart. The feeder makes your dog work for their treats. Mental stimulation helps eliminate your dogs boredom which can help with negative behaviors. There’s six different sliding challenges on this board with 10 different treat compartments.
“Our dog LOVES this toy. She’s a hound and it was recommended and she can’t wait to play with it. She’d rather eat her kibble out of this than her bowl. Some reviewers noted that dogs can chew on it which is true, ours nibbled a little on the edges. But it’s a dog toy and they get chewed up. Took her a few tries but she figured it out easy enough and really enjoys flipping the sliders to get her food. I wish there was an even bigger size to use as her normal feeding method!”
Fluff and Tuff Plush Dog Toys
Fluff and Tuff dog plush toys are the only soft toys which stand up to Fynn’s aggressive chewing. Even holding the toy down and ripping at the pieces, he’s only gotten small bits off after months. Fynn is not the only super chewer who struggles to destroy these well-made soft toys. All the seams are hidden, folded and double stitched. Even the eyes are embroidered on as an extra safety measure.
“Our dog LOVES all her Fluff and Tuff toys! These are the only soft toys that have lasted longer than 5 minutes. Remi’s unicorn has been around for almost 5 months with no major holes! They’re her babies. She likes to carry them around and would prefer to play with them over some of her harder toys. We recommend these to all our dog parent friends and have had so much fun watching Remi enjoy playing with them!”
PetSafe Busy Buddy Magic Mushroom Dog Toy – Slow Feeder – Treat Dispenser
Another toy meant to replace the boring traditional dog bowl. This toy is touted specifically for slow feeding meals to help with stomach aches and to increase stimulation at mealtime.
Best parts of this toy: dishwasher safe, adjustable difficulty levels, and made for heavy chewers
“Tiring and stimulating (even incrementally) my female Pitty has always been a challenge, particularly as a puppy, so food toys were one way we discovered to achieve that without tiring ourselves out.
We went through multiple tumble-type toys (including others by this manufacturer) and this one was by far the best combination of capacity, adjustability, durability and price we found. Specifically we wanted to put most of her breakfast/dinner in the toy, and this one allows us to do that.
She finally wore the original out after 2-years-ish of twice-daily use, so we promptly bought another one. As far as I’m concerned that’s perfectly acceptable under the circumstances and I will buy a third when the time comes.”
Swift Paws Remote Control Capture the Flag
300 feet. 30mph. The best game of chase your dog has ever played. The Swift Paws is an automated game of capture the flag for your dog. If you have a dog with endless energy, this toy will be an invaluable asset for your collection.
Warning: this is the most expensive item on the list.
“I was looking for a way to further tire out my 18 month old Labrador retriever with seemingly endless amounts of energy. She would always look at me longingly, wanting to play or go out and run, even after multiple trips out to play fetch, having had a hike around our 7 acres, and a wrestle with my 6 year old lab. Enter Swift Paws; quick and easy setup to play in minutes. She races after the flag tirelessly for the 10 minute duration of the battery. The built in stops and short battery duration are a blessing in disguise, you and your pooch may overdo it without them because of how much fun this is. Everything needed to begin play is included. The line can get nasty pretty quickly but is easily and affordably available from many retailers. 10 of 10 would buy again; totally worth it for the pooped pup.”