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Types of Dog Toys: How to Choose the Best One

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All dogs go through a stage of playbiting. Providing different types of dog toys can help minimize this issue. It also has plenty of other benefits for your dogs.

For instance, toys can help distract your dog from playbiting and also provide an outlet for their energy. It gives them something to do that keeps them engaged and happy, while providing exercise.

Here are the types of dog toys you can choose from!

Types of Dog Toys

Chew toys

Also known as gnaw toys, these toys help keep your pup’s teeth clean and their gums healthy. They can encourage good chewing habits and assist in dental cleaning for your dog.

They’re often stronger, more lasting toys that dogs may play with while they are alone at home.

Additionally, having toys around that they can chew on will make it less likely they will start chewing on items they shouldn’t. The list includes rawhide and bone-shaped toys that are made specifically for dogs to chew on.

Interactive toys

These are designed to entertain and challenge your dog’s intelligence. They could be interactive games, puzzle toys, or candy dispensers.

These toys are excellent for teaching dogs important skills such as patience, logic, and tenacity. Try putting their favorite goodies beneath bits of kibble and signaling your dog to sniff them out to construct your own interactive dog toy.

Plush toys

These soft, stuffed toys are available for your dog to gnaw on or cuddle with. They’re typically soft and cuddly, making them ideal for dogs that enjoy snuggling. They come in a variety of forms, sizes, and textures and are frequently filled with materials such as cotton or foam.

Comfort toys can help dogs cope with stress and anxiety by providing comfort and companionship.

Fetch toys

These toys are made for playing retrieve, such as balls and frisbees.

Tug toys

Ropes and other toys made specifically for tug-of-war games are examples of tug toys.

Noisy toys

Toys that generate noise when played with fall into this category, such as squeaky toys. Toys that are automated or remotely operated are another excellent approach to stimulate your dog’s attention and keep him actively engaged in play.

Treat-dispensing toys

Treat dispenser toys stimulate your pet’s mind, transforming treat times into enrichment. A fun and practical reward dispenser toy is durable enough to resist the paws and teeth of curious pets while still being difficult enough to keep them interested. 

The most popular enrichment toys that can dispense treats include kong toys, pickle pocket, kibble nibble, omega tricky treat ball, and tug-a-jug.

Outdoor toys

These are toys like balls and frisbees that are made to be used outside.

Water toys

Toys made specifically for use in water include floating toys and toys that may be recovered from the water.

Training toys

Toys for training purposes, such as target sticks and training biscuits, fall under this category.


As you can see, there are many types of toys you can choose for your dog.

That said, when selecting different types of dog toys, it’s important to always keep their size, age, and chewing behaviors in mind.

To guarantee your dog’s safety, always supervise them as they play with toys. Inspect toys on a regular basis for signs of wear and tear, and replace them as needed.

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