Best Dog Toy

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We all love our dogs and finding the right toy for our canine pals can be a challenge.  They turn up their noses at something we think is cool and fun and instead roll with gleeful abandon on an invisible spot on the lawn.  There are toys for just about every dog, whether they are a chewer or a tugger, whether they would rather figure out a puzzle or just settle down with a tasty food treat or if they like to chase toys.

Not every toy is right for every dog; the indestructible could be destroyed in five minutes, the squeaky toy is ignored, the long lasting treat is swallowed in three bites, so it's important to figure out your dog's play style and plan accordingly.  And if the moment comes when the toy sits between you and your canine companion and your dog ends up just walking away, think about taking that toy to your local animal shelter.  Who knows, you might come back with another new friend.

Best Tough Dog Toy:

Some dogs like to chew. Some like to tear. Some like to shred. And hopefully our dogs are not targeting our furniture for their masticatory fun. While not as expensive as a new sofa, dog toys that are chewed up and spit out in a matter of minutes can put a hole in anyone’s budget, not to mention all the time cleaning up pieces of slobber-coated toys. In looking for our best picks for tough dog toys, of course durability tops the list. We’ve also looked for toys for chewers and chompers and for fun toys that your dog will enjoy by himself and with you. Because these are toys for tough dogs, there’s always a chance your dog may be the one who can destroy any toy, so be sure to regularly check the toy for broken or chewed off bits and make sure your dog is not eating them.

GoughNuts Black Tough Dog Toy

It's hard to beat a toy that your dog can't destroy, and if he does, you can get a new one for the cost of shipping. It's a tough toy for dogs who like to chew, chase or jump in a lake. Read Full Review

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    GoughNuts Black Tough Dog Toy

    Tuffy Mega Tug-Oval Dog Toy

    Getting out to play with your dog is a great way to bond with him. If your dog likes to play tug, the Tuffy Mega Tug-Oval is up to the challenge. Read Full Review

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      Tuffy Mega Tug-Oval Dog Toy

      KONG Extreme Dog Toy

      The Kong Extreme offers durability with its tough rubber body and versatility. Throw it and watch your dog try to follow its crazy bounce, or fill it with her favorite treat for some quieter chew time. Read Full Review

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        KONG Extreme Dog Toy

        Kyjen Invincibles Gecko 4 Squeak Dog Toy

        Available in Geckos and Snakes, these Invincibles will give your dog plenty of "squeak time" without the bother of constant replacement or stuffing pickup. The different sizes and styles are great for any size dog. Read Full Review

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          Kyjen Invincibles Gecko 4 Squeak Dog Toy

          Nylabone Monster Bone Chew Toy

          Dogs who like to chew - and chew and chew - will have a difficult time destroying a Nylabone. The many shapes and sizes help owners choose the best option for their power chewer. Read Full Review

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            Nylabone Monster Bone Chew Toy

            Best Distracting Dog Toy:

            Does your dog like to hunt for his toys or chase them? Distracting toys can stimulate your dog’s play drive or keep him occupied with a long-lasting tasty treat all the while keeping him focused away from chewing the furniture. The toys for this list were selected because they are toys that won't break your budget, toys that will stand up to tough dogs and toys that can be re-used after the treat is gone. And because you're the one footing the bill for all these toys, we chose toys that just might get you distracted for some fun play time with your dog.

            Be aware that many of these toys are not made for powerful chewers so make sure you are checking her toys for any broken bits and to make sure she is not ingesting pieces.

            KONG Extreme Dog Toy

            Tough, durable and stuffed to the gills, the Kong Extreme will keep your canine pal focused on the goodies inside and not on the library book on the coffee table. Its proven durability means you won't be replacing it anytime soon. Read Full Review

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              KONG Extreme Dog Toy

              Kyjen Hide A Squirrel

              For some dogs, it's all about the squeak. The Kyjen Hide-a-Squirrel will satisfy even the most ardent "squeaker" in your house with multiple soft squirrels. It's perfect for dogs who enjoy plush toys. Read Full Review

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                Kyjen Hide A Squirrel

                JW Pet Company Giggler Ball

                Dogs who love to chase a ball and then settle down to chew on it will love the Giggler Ball. It holds up to some serious chewing while giving your dog some fun playtime. Read Full Review

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                  JW Pet Company Giggler Ball

                  Starmark Academy Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket

                  The Starmark Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket is a great toy for dogs who like their quiet time to chew or enjoy working their treats out of the Pickle. And when you're ready to play the Pickle Pocket doubles as a fun toy for a game of fetch. Read Full Review

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                    Starmark Academy Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket

                    PetQwerks Animal Sounds X-Tire Balls

                    With a repertoire of over 20 sounds, the PetQwerks Animal Sounds X-Tire Ball will keep your dog entertained. Some owners report that their dog even has a "favorite" sound, adding to Kiki's fun as she "searches" for it. Read Full Review

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                      PetQwerks Animal Sounds X-Tire Balls

                      Best Interactive Dog Toy:

                      Let’s face it; your dog’s favorite interactive toy is probably you.  Your dog brings you the ball, you throw the ball.  She brings you the ball, you throw the ball again.  Your dog would do this all day, but you have to go to work.  Or make dinner, or run errands.   And even if you’re lucky enough to take your dog to work, you can’t always play when she wants to.  Interactive dog toys help end the boredom with enrichment activities and “dog puzzles.”  Treat-dispensing interactive toys can extend meal time and slow down the chow hounds in the group.

                      We looked for toys that can be used with different treats, kibble, carrots, etc., not just what a manufacturer makes for their toy.  We’ve also looked for toys that offer different levels of challenges for your dog.

                      As with all dog toys, some are made for chewers and rough play and some are not, and your choice will depend on your dog’s play style.

                      The best part of these toys is that your dog doesn’t have to be the Einstein of the canine world to have fun!

                      Kyjen Dog Games Cross Slider with Treat Ball

                      The Kyjen Cross Slider offers many levels of play for your dog. Once he thinks he’s got it figured out, you can make it more difficult for him by closing off the tunnels. The fact that you can put a tennis ball in the Cross Slider gives dogs who live and breathe for tennis balls a challenge. Read Full Review

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                        Kyjen Dog Games Cross Slider with Treat Ball

                        Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Maze Dog Puzzle

                        The flying saucer shape creates unpredictable movements as your dog plays with it, challenging him to get his treats. Washable, it comes in bright colors and different sizes so no dog will be left behind. Read Full Review

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                          Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Maze Dog Puzzle

                          Bubbletastic Dog Bacon Bubble Machine

                          Bacon and bubbles combine to create a fun adventure for any dog. Here’s a toy that encourages your dog to run, jump and play and enjoy some bacon while he’s at it. Read Full Review

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                            Bubbletastic Dog Bacon Bubble Machine

                            PetSafe Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug Meal Dispensing Dog Toy

                            The rope end of the Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug challenges your dog to get her treats. It also makes it easy for her to carry her toy to a favorite spot. The rope also provides added chewing time once the treats are gone. Read Full Review

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                              PetSafe Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug Meal Dispensing Dog Toy

                              Kong Wobbler - Toy and Treat Dispenser, for Dogs

                              The classic "Kong" shape of the Kong Wobbler challenges your dog to earn her treats as it wobbles around the room. Its larger size (holding up to one cup of kibble) allows you to "feed" your dog and extend meal time if your dog tends to inhale her food in a few minutes. Read Full Review

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                                Kong Wobbler - Toy and Treat Dispenser, for Dogs
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