Best dog toys 2024 to keep your canine companion happy and healthy

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Playing with your furry friend is a great way to bond and spend time together, with our picks for the best dog toys, you can ensure your pooch is happy, healthy, and stimulated. Having an array of options your dog can play with ensures they always have something to do that isn't destructive. The right toys also have a variety of other benefits for your pets as well!

Dr Nick Horniman MRCVS, veterinary surgeon and founder of the online pet pharmacy mypetsvet says, “Dog toys provide mental stimulation, enhancing your dog’s cognitive skills and problem-solving abilities. Toys also foster a stronger bond between you and your pet through interactive play sessions. Additionally, certain toys promote dental hygiene by helping to clean teeth and gums. Finally, they offer an outlet for physical exercise, keeping your dog active and preventing destructive chewing behavior. In essence, dog toys are more than just playthings; they contribute to a happier, healthier life for your pet.”

We've got you covered with a variety of options for dogs at all activity levels, and stages of life. If you already know your dog is tough on toys be sure to check out the toughest dog toys for chewers, or our best rope toys guide. In this round up, we've collected our favorite choices for dogs, looking at durability, suitability for different types of dog personalities, and even whether the toy makes noise or contains stuffing.

We also took a peek at the best dog puzzle toys, and teething toys, as well as whether a toy might help with separation anxiety. Our best puppy toys round up is also available if you've just brought home a new furry friend!

For now - let’s have a look at some of the best dog toys, available at a range of price points to suit your budget.

Dr. Nick Horniman MRCVS
Dr. Nick Horniman MRCVS

Dr. Nick Horniman MRCVS is an experienced veterinary surgeon and petcare expert. In addition to his strong experience in veterinary medicine, throughout his career Dr. Horniman has worked in various fields, including clinical research, customer service, sales and medicine.

Having spent 25 years running his own veterinary practice, Dr. Horniman recognised the rising costs of veterinary medications. Motivated by the need for more affordable options for pet owners, he founded online pet pharmacy, MyPetsVet. MyPetsVet offers pet owners value-for-money medication and a safe, reliable delivery service.

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Outward Hound Stuffingless Snake dog toy

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Outward Hound Stuffingless Snake

Best overall dog toy

Specifications

Material: Dura-tuff
Includes stuffing: No
Includes sound: 12
Tough?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Lots of squeakers
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Durable material
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No stuffing for less mess

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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No match for destructive dogs
What buyers say

Scoring 3.9 out of five on Amazon, users have praised this toy for being more robust than they imagined it would be. They say it has survived a daily mauling, with the squeaker remaining intact. Many also say it's also proven to be great fun and a good size for big dogs. That said, there are users who say the exact opposite but, percentage-wise, they make up a smaller number. Some say you just need to be careful of the fluff.

This toy has a lot of the features we would want in a dog toy. It has a lot of squeakers, is built to last, and looks great as well. Bearing testament to this is the fact that there is no stuffing, meaning less mess to clear up should your pup tear it asunder.

Moreover, it has been reinforced with double-layered seams, so it should be able to withstand a good amount of chewing. Saying this, there are still some reports from pet owners that their dogs have managed to rip it apart (nothing's indestructible, after all), so you might want to closely supervise your dog when playing with this toy, should they have a track record for destruction.

The risk of this is relatively low compared to other toys, however. With so many squeakers to find (there are 12 in the XXL version), it should keep even the strongest dogs occupied for quite some time. The manufacturer claims that the squeakers should continue to squeak, even if punctured. Again, we think that this will depend on how destructive your dog is, but it’s good news for those whose dogs aren't into wanton vandalism.

There are three sizes, with the largest perhaps best suited for large dogs, or those with a low boredom threshold and who want to hunt out all the squeakers. Depending on which size you pick, they come in a variety of colors.

The main drawing back is the high retail price – there are many cheaper toys elsewhere. However, if this one lasts as long as the manufacturers believe it can, then you've got yourself value for money.

Kong Wild Knots Bear Dog ToyPets Radar Approved Award

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Best for chewers

Specifications

Material: Rope/Plush
Includes stuffing: Yes, but minimal
Includes sound: Yes
Tough?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Good for chewers
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Very cute 
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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A little expensive
What buyers say

This toy comes in for a heap of praise with many saying its durable and, in some cases, the only toy their dog will actually play with! Some users advise that you check the sizes before you buy – it's always a good idea to buy a toy big enough for your dog and there are complaints that it can be too small. But overall it would appear pets enjoy it and have no problems getting it to squeak. It gets 4.2 out of five on Amazon.

Here’s another product from Kong, which has well-and-truly earned its reputation as the go-to brand of choice for dog toys, especially if you’re looking for a durable product. 

We love the Wild Knots bear toy because it manages to blend together cuteness with durability. The interior “skeleton” of the bear is made from rope, which most dogs will find incredibly satisfying to get their teeth stuck into. Meanwhile, the exterior plush is designed to be tough and durable, so if you’ve got a dog who’s keen on chewing, it should last a little while at least. 

For any dog that manages to get through the exterior, the inside has very minimal stuffing, so you shouldn’t have too much mess to clean up should that happen. There is also a squeaker inside, which many dogs will go mad for. If you don’t like the bear design, there are also other animal options, such as a fox, lion, dragon, and flamingo.

The bear is available in a range of sizes, so you can match it perfectly to the size of your dog. The larger one is ideal for playing tug, or for two dogs to play with each other. 

One of the downsides of this toy, along with other Kong toys, is that it’s not cheap. However, considering the high-quality construction of the toy, we think it’s worth it. 

ChuckIt! Paraflight Flyer Dog Frisbee Toy

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ChuckIt! Paraflight Flyer Dog Frisbee Toy

Best frisbee dog toy

Specifications

Material: Nylon
Includes stuffing: Yes
Includes sound: No
Tough: No

Reasons to buy

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Great for use on land or in the water
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Designed for long distance flight
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Gentle on your dog's mouth

Reasons to avoid

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Not very durable
What buyers say

With an impressive 4.3 out of five on Amazon from more than 18,000 users, you can't really go wrong with this frisbee. Users say it flies really well, providing many hours of fun. They also like that it's soft and light. Just be aware that some users say it's not as durable as they would like it to be but it it's great for dogs who have teeth removed because it's soft in the mouth.

If you have an active canine companion on your hands who loves zooming about all over the place, then this frisbee from ChuckIt! is sure to provide them with hours of fun and entertainment.

Measuring 10 inches and designed for long-distance flight, the frisbee floats beautifully on water, making it the ideal toy for use both on land and in a pool or lake. 

The frisbee features a multilayer nylon interior with soft rubber edges that are gentle on a dog's mouth and it will gradually descend making it easy for your pup to jump up and catch mid-flight.

Available in small and large sizes, this toy is perfect for all breeds, and the bright blue and orange colors make it easy for pets (and their parents!) to spot the frisbee in tall grass or on water.

Nina Ottosson Dog Walker Interactive Brain Game Dog Toy

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Best for boredom

Specifications

Material: Food safe material
Includes stuffing: No
Includes sound: No
Tough?: No

Reasons to buy

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Great for training your dog
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Fun way to give treats
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Some dogs may find it frustrating
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High price
What buyers say

There's more than 108,000 reviews for this toy and 78 percent of those give it four or more stars on Amazon (it gets 4.2 out of five overall). One user said it was “out of this world” and it's come in for praise for having a triple-layer system and being solidly built. Cats are also rather enjoying the toys so it may be useful if you live in a multi-pet home. Some users do say that their dog can solve the puzzles with ease, though.

Depending on the type of dog you have, you might find that your pooch becomes easily bored with standard types of dog toys. Toys such as the Interactive Brain Game Toy promise to help alleviate boredom by providing your dog with a challenge.

Such toys can even help modify behavior, including destruction and separation anxiety since the mental stimulation from the game provides an excellent distraction for your dog.

Nina Ottoson has been making puzzle toys for dogs for over 25 years, so she has plenty of expertise in what makes a dog’s mind tick. This particular toy features sliding blocks and swiveling flippers which hide compartments for treats. You could place your dog’s kibble inside to encourage speedy eaters to slow down. It’s recommended that you use particularly pungent (to dogs) treats such as cheese or peanut butter to really draw their attention.

Although there are plenty of hidden compartments, none of the parts are removable, which should give you peace of mind while your dog is playing. However, dogs should still be supervised when playing with this toy, especially if they are known for destructive behaviors, just in case.

Considering this dog toy is used to hide treats, you’ll need to clean it regularly – the good news is that it’s designed to be easy to clean. A neat extra is that tips and tricks are included in the box to help you get the most from the toy.

A downside of this toy is its high asking price compared to cheaper, standard dog toys. However, if your dog gets hours of entertainment out of it, then it can be considered decent value for money.

Kong AirDog Dumbell Dog Toy

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Kong AirDog Dumbbell Dog Toy

Best dog ball alternative

Specifications

Material: Felt
Includes stuffing: No
Includes sound: Yes
Tough?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Durable
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Gentle on dog’s teeth
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Variety of sizes

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for destructive dogs
What buyers say

There's a lot of love for this dumbbell dog toy – from pets at least! Some users say having more than one squeaker inside can make it a tad noisy. Still, that is generally the point and this toy is deemed to be excellent value. It's durable, potentially lasting for months, and it's ideal for larger dogs too. Some say it's perfect for dogs who like to chew. It gets a solid four out of five on Amazon.

Kong is a brand that is well-known to animal lovers for its range of well-built and durable products. It has lots of products featuring squeakers, but we love this dumbbell for its novel approach to the traditional ball toy. If your dog has already become bored with a standard tennis ball, it’s worth giving this one a try.

As well as being more fun to play with, it features non-abrasive felt designed to be gentle on your pup’s teeth, unlike a standard tennis ball that can be rougher.

There are three different sizes available here (small, medium, and large) so you can easily find one to match your dog. We love the way that the toy bounces in erratic and fun fashions when it rebounds off a hard surface – the unpredictable nature will keep your pooch entertained far more than the average tennis ball.

If your dog loves squeakers, then this will also provide hours of fun, with the tough exterior making it hard for the dog to get at the squeaker itself. Some users have reported that the toy is less durable if you have a particularly destructive dog, so it’s worth paying close attention, especially when you first let your dog play with the toy.

For those that find their dog loves the AirDog type of toys, Kong makes a variety of other shapes and designs, including a donut, football, and a fetch stick.

JW Pet Bouncin' Bowlin Pin Dog Toy

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JW Pet Bouncin' Bowlin Pin Dog Toy

Best indestructible squeaky toy

Specifications

Material: Rubber
Includes stuffing: No
Includes sound: Yes
Tough?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Durable 
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Easy to clean/maintain
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Non-toxic rubber 
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Easily portable

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly pricey
What buyers say

With a rating of 4.3 out of five on Amazon, this fun bowling pin is, in the words of one user, the “best purchase ever”. Said to be great for aggressive chewers and capable of lasting for a long time, the main quibbles are that it may be smaller than expected (so check the sizes) and hard to make squeak. But, in a lot of cases, it's become a dog's favourite toy.

If you’re after an indestructible, squeaky toy that your dog can happily chew on for hours on end, this bowling pin set from JW is a great option.

Its classic bowling pin shape makes it easier for dogs to grab onto with their mouths, and the tough, natural rubber is designed to be durable. Inside the pins are squeakers, adding to the fun and excitement of the toy. The set also comes in three different sizes and assorted bright colors (pink, yellow, orange, and blue), adding more interest for your playful pup. 

We like the fact that it’s made from a non-toxic rubber which means that it won’t affect the health of your canine in the long run. The fact that it’s durable and hard-wearing means that it is likely to last a long time. Plus it’s bouncy and flexible, perfect for throwing up in the air and carrying around. It’s light and easy to maintain and keep clean, which is always handy! 

Perhaps the only downside is the price, as they are considerably more expensive than other toys on the market. However, if you’re looking for longevity, these will save you money in the long term. This toy is ideal for large dogs prone to destroying their toys fairly quickly or teething puppies who can repeatedly chew safely, to their heart’s content. 

Wickedbone Smartbone dog toy

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Wickedbone Smartbone

Best for gadget-lovers

Specifications

Material: Polycarbonate
Includes stuffing: No
Includes sound: No
Tough?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High tech toy
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Durable
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Long-lasting battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Not for tough chewers
What buyers say

The Wickedbone Smartbone is praised for being able to engage dogs and keep their attention. Although some users have struggled with the instructions, a good number praise the advanced nature of the toy and say it's great if your dog has bags of energy. It may be more suitable for small dogs than those who are medium or large, however, and some users say it's not great if your dog is an aggressive chewer. It gets 3.3 out of five on Amazon.

If you want to take your toy-buying to the next level, then check out the WickedBone interactive smart pet toy.

You can control the toy from your phone (“drive mode”), while it will also “react” to what your pet is doing and require no input from you (“interactive mode”). The battery has been designed to last for 40 minutes in drive mode, but up to four hours in interactive mode. The bone can respond to being chased, being touched, being ignored, and more.

The body of the toy is made from a tough polycarbonate, so it should withstand some chewing – but it’s worth supervising your pet while playing with the toy, especially when they are first using it. The manufacturers state that it is not recommended for “strong chewers”, so be wary if that describes your canine pal.

Despite being an electronic gadget, it is easy to clean with detachable tires and a protective cover.

Since the toy appears to have a life of its own, it’s likely to keep your pet amused for several hours, and is well suited to dogs who are easily bored by conventional toys. Some dogs may be scared of the toy at first, but tips are supplied to help them get used to it, including using treats to encourage them to play with it.

This is a fun gadget that will likely amuse you just as much as the dog, but the big downside with this product is the high price. This is a lot to spend on a dog toy, but if it’s something that lasts for several years, you might consider it a worthy investment.

SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Dog ToyPets Radar Approved Award

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SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy

Best for comfort

Specifications

Material: Plush
Includes stuffing: Yes
Includes sound: Yes
Tough?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Snuggly design
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Comes with a disposable heat pad
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Variety of colors available
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Suitable for all ages and breed sizes

Reasons to avoid

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Sensitive dogs may be frightened by the pulsing heartbeat feature
What buyers say

This cute looking toy gets the thumbs up from the majority of users – some 83 per cent have given it four or more stars on Amazon (it's 4.4 overall). Its strong heartbeat has helped many a pup to settle at night and it's providing wonderful comfort for weeks at a time. Some users say the heartbeat it too loud, however, so if your dog is particularly sensitive to noise, it's something to think about.

If you have an anxious pooch in the family, consider the SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy. Although it's generally designed for puppies experiencing separation anxiety, it's actually useful for a dog of any age so whether you've adopted a pup or an adult dog, you're likely to find great value for money here as you pass it on to future generations. 

It's surprisingly tougher than it looks in the durability stakes too: expect a bit of batter here and there, but its teddy-like design should stay together for most dog breed types. 

How it works is that the Snuggle Puppy looks to recreate the intimacy of a dog's mother with a 'real-feel' pulsing heartbeat, a nifty extra that could end up being a lifesaver for you too if your canine struggles to settle and cries through the night. 

Sensitive dogs may find the sound alarming, but the ability to add and remove the heart is a useful feature that will be appreciated by pet owners looking to tailor toys to their dog's preferences. 

Pup Claw Dog Toys

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Pup Claw Dog Toys

Best dog toy with squeaker

Specifications

Material: Plush
Includes stuffing: Yes
Includes sound: Yes
Tough?: Yes