If you are a dog owner then you know how important it is to keep your dog active and occupied during the day. Toys are a great way to help do that.

Dog toys can serve several different purposes. They can help occupy time, encourage development and learning, provide comfort, prevent problem behaviors, improve dental health and most importantly, provide fun.

There are few things to consider when buying toys for your dog.

Be sure toys safe for your dog

It’s important to know what materials are being used to create the toy. Dogs love to chew. Some toys may have fillers that could be difficult to digest if swallowed.

Also, if your dog is able to tear a toy apart, those pieces could become a choking hazard or cause damage to their digestive tract.

Choose the right size toy

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. So it makes sense that their toys would as well. One of the biggest hazards for dogs is choking on or swallowing a toy too small for them. This is especially dangerous for large dogs.

It’s also recommended that you remove any ribbons, strings, eyes, tags or other small parts that you dog could chew or rip off and swallow. Swallowing any pieces of a toy can again be a choking hazard or cause damage to your dog’s digestive tract.

Here’s a round up of some of the most popular toys for your dog.

Kong Classic

kong classic dog toy

The Kong Classic is one of our dog’s favorites. The Kong Classic has been around forever. This toy is made from a super durable rubber material and is available in 6 different sizes.

It’s great for playing fetch because it bounces around like crazy. You can also stuff the toy with treats or our dogs favorite, peanut butter.

Chuckit! Ultra Ball

chuckit dog toy

The Chuckit! Ultra Ball toy is a great alternative for a tennis ball. Tennis balls can be dangerous because they can be torn apart and become a choking or digestive danger.

The Chuckit! Ultra Ball comes in 5 different sizes and is made entirely from a durable rubber material. It floats, bounces and is great for a game of fetch. The ball is easy to clean and is compatible with the Chuckit! Ball Launcher.

Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Plush Dog Toy

outward hound dog toy

This interactive Hide a Squirrel Plush Dog Toy by Outward Hound will keep your dog engaged and occupied for hours. The way it works is that you stuff the plush squirrels in the trunk and let your dog hunt for the squeaking squirrels. This is a puzzle toy that a hunting dog will love.

Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera

furbo dog toy

If you want to keep tabs on your dog while you’re away, the Furbo Treat-tossing Dog Camera is perfect for your pup. You can talk to your dog through the device and shoot treats at them to give them praise while they wait for you to come home.

It’s compatible with Alexa and can actually send you notifications on your phone when it recognizes your dog barking.

OurPets IQ Treat Ball

OurPets IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy

The OurPets IQ Treat Ball is a great toy to engage your dog both physically and mentally. Fill the ball with treats and your dog will have to roll the ball around or pick it up with their mouth and throw it to get the treats.

The opening can be adjusted to make it more or less challenging.

Tuffy’s No Stuff Ring

Tuffy No Stuff Ring Dog Toy

The No Stuff Ring looks and acts a lot like a plush frisbee ring. It has multiple squeakers and comes in different colors and sizes. The ring has very heavy stitching, it floats, and is machine washable.

Nerf Dog Atomic Flyer

nerf dog toy

The Nerf Dog Atomic Flyer is a lightweight frisbee ring made from a durable, bendable rubber material. It’s great for medium and large breeds and comes in multiple high-visibility colors.

Nylabone Dura Chew

nylabone dura chew dog toy

If you have serious chewer in your house, the Nylabone Dura Chew may do the trick to keep them occupied and not chewing things they shouldn’t.

These nylon bones can help deter destructive chewing behaviors, sooth teething puppies and promote dental health. The bones come in multiple sizes and flavors.

Outward Hound Tornado Dog Puzzle

tornado dog puzzle toy

The Tornado by Outward Hound has 3 swiveling trays where you can hide treats for your dog. This interactive puzzle can keep you dog occupied and working on their problem-solving skills to get the treats.

We all want our dogs to have fun and stay occupied when we can’t spend time with them. Be sure to check out reviews of your dog toys and choose the proper size to keep them safe.

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