30 Toys You Should Add to Your Doggo’s Christmas List in 2019
The holiday season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your shopping list in order. Want to include a few new toys for the dog in your life? Whether you recently adopted a new furry friend or you need a gift for your most faithful companion, you’ve come to the right place.
From fetch toys to puppy training aids, the possibilities seem endless for dogs at every stage of life. Which ones to choose? Here are 30 toys you should add to your doggo’s Christmas list for 2019.
The World’s Toughest Bouncy Ball
If you’re tired of destroying mounds of tennis balls every week, then the Chuckit! Ultra Ball may be the right ball for you and your favorite pooch. These high-bouncing balls are made from natural rubber, eliminating the dangers of glue and rippable felt. They are built to withstand strong jaws and made to last.
The balls even float, which makes them perfect for dogs who love to play water fetch. Just make sure to keep an eye on their condition, despite their durability. Although they tend to last for months, no ball is completely indestructible, and once it does start to wear, it’s important to make sure your dog doesn’t go the extra mile and completely devour a piece of ripped off rubber.
This Fowl Shaped Fetch Toy
Meet Duckworth, a favorite toy of dogs everywhere. For reasons mysteriously unknown to pet owners around the world, Duckworth Duck has a way of becoming the “baby” of dogs of all sizes. At 14 inches long, Duckworth is fun to toss and easy to catch and is ultra-snuggly and always ready to curl up for a nice nap.
Duckworth has a squeaky toy inside him that tends to delight most furry little fellows. Just be aware that while Duckworth has become a favorite of many dogs, he may not make every dog happy for long. He is made of soft plush, and you could find him one day in multiple pieces around the house if he no longer fascinates his canine companion.
Squeaky Toys with Tons of Character
Give your dog a set of squeaky balls with attitude this Christmas. These Frisky Frolic Latex Squeakable Balls from Hartz typically sell for less than $15 for three of the cute little rubber guys. Hartz has a great reputation for making toys that last, giving your dog the chance to squeak them to their hearts’ content. Made from durable latex, the balls tend to last for months of fun.
The only downside seems to be that they may not fare as well with larger breeds. While practically indestructible for smaller dogs, the balls tend to have a shorter lifespan when given to larger breeds who love to chew.
Squishy Face Studio Flirt Pole
The Flirt Pole V2 from Squishy Face Studio is designed to give your dog a great workout while also providing mental stimulation. It’s a fun choice for any breed of dog, but it’s especially recommended for dogs with high prey drives, as the toy gives them a safe and harmless way to act on their instincts.
The Flirt Pole comes with a braided fleece lure attached to the end, designed to trigger your dog’s chase instinct when you wave it. Among the toy’s strengths, it comes with a bungee cord string that helps prevent “whiplash,” even when your dog pulls. Just be careful to avoid the lure when your dog lets go, as it could fly back at you when pulled too far back!
The World’s Toughest Tug Toy
Say goodbye to the dangers of retrieving tennis balls from between your dog’s teeth when you give your pooch Goughnuts TuG Interactive toy. Face it, one of your dog’s favorite parts of playing fetch is refusing to give up the hard-won prize. Now you can enjoy a safe game of tug from the safety of your own handle.
Made of insanely strong plastic, this toy is great for even the most enthusiastic chewers. The only problem reported by a handful of customers was that it has a strong rubbery smell that may put off dogs with sensitive noses.
A Coffee Cup Dogs Will Love As Much As You Love Yours
Now your dogs can enjoy their morning coffee as much as you do with the ZippyPaws Food Buddies Interactive Coffee and Donutz toy. This “hide and seek” game comes in the form of a plush coffee cup that stores three included squeaky donuts inside.
As with all plush toys, the main downside is that large or overenthusiastic breeds may decide to chew right through the donuts to get to the squeakers inside. Make sure to supervise your dogs, especially when they’re just getting familiar with the game.
The Ultimate Plush Toy 5-Pack
If you recently brought a new best friend home, you can easily stock up on toys with the PetAmenity 5-Pack of Premium Plush Dog Toys. For around $20, the set comes with five high-quality plush toys, including a rope-circled buffalo toy, a stuffing-less roped squirrel, a stuffing-less frog, a stuffing-less tiger and a duck who comes fully equipped with a squeaker. Each non-toxic toy makes a crinkly sound to make it extra exciting.
Although these toys are designed to be high quality, they are not indestructible and may not last long if you have puppies or power chewers.
Never Resort to Sticks to Play Fetch Again
The next time you head outside for a game of fetch, take along the Zwig Squeezy Dog Stick from West Paw. This bendy fetching stick is designed with a material that’s perfect for chewing and bouncing during play. Made to be easy to pick up, it’s great for any dog, from puppies to seniors.
It’s also nice and squishy to help entice chewers to enjoy the feel of the springy surface, rather than resorting to a nice pair of shoes. Although it’s designed for chewing, it may not be suitable for extremely aggressive chewers or tuggers, as the sticks could possibly break under extreme duress.
Every Dog’s Favorite Treat-Filled Toy
When you give your favorite dog a KONG Extreme Dog Toy, you introduce them to a craze celebrated by canines around the globe. These durable rubber toys are great for chewing, fetching and stuffing with your dog’s favorite treats.
Choose from sizes ranging from small to XXL to perfectly fit your dog’s chompers. Make sure when ordering your toy on Amazon that the seller you purchase from is listed as KONG. Some customers reported receiving what appeared to be less durable knock-offs from less reputable vendors.
Achieve an Epic Fetch Toss
Give your dog the epic throws he craves from a game of fetch (without killing your arm) with the Chuckit! Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower. With a little practice, you can even use it to pick up slobbery balls off the ground, hands-free. Once your dog’s ball is inserted, just position it over your shoulder and launch for a longer, higher throw.
Make sure you select the right size ball for your dog! As with any toy, there’s always a choking hazard if pieces are too small, especially when your dog is running around all riled up.
Keep Any Dog Busy for Hours with This Adorable Hide and Seek Game
Bust any dog’s boredom with this adorable Interactive Puzzle Toy from Outward Hound. It comes with a plush tree trunk and a family of squeaky squirrels that like to burrow down deep inside. Watch and smile as your dog works to retrieve the toys from their hiding spots.
With more than 6,000 five-star reviews, this simple idea has proven to be a brilliant one that dogs love. Just be sure that you supervise your pups, as the toys are fun but not indestructible and could result in a mess or choking hazard if ripped apart.
Repair Your Dog’s Favorite Toys with These Spare Squeakers
If your dog’s favorite toy appears to have squeaked its last, then these Onwon 35mm Toy Repair Squeakers have got your back. All it takes is a little minor surgery, and your dog’s favorite toy will be as good as new.
Tired of buying squeaky toys that get destroyed? You can even use them to make your own cheap dog toys by slipping one inside an old sock or other material. The only downside? Plush toy surgery requires a bit of sewing, and you have to make sure you do a thorough repair to avoid choking hazards.
Give Your Pooch a Boost of Peanut Butter-Flavored Chewing Delight
Encourage your dog to chew something far tastier than the furniture with the Nylabone DuraChew Chew Toy. These durable plastic toys are flavored to taste like peanut butter, chicken, bacon and other dog favorites. Not only do they prevent boredom and anxiety, but they also include raised bristles to help clean your dog’s teeth with each chew.
Be sure to switch the toy out for a new one when it becomes too worn to avoid chunks breaking off or getting caught in your dog’s teeth. Additionally, the toy isn’t pleasant to step on, so you may want to keep it in a secure place when your dog isn’t using it.
Help Your New Puppy Feel Safe with This Life-Like Plush Toy
When it comes to bringing a new puppy home, the SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy has been easing the transition for decades. This snuggly little plush dog is designed to mimic another pup and comes with an included heating pack and realistic pulsing heartbeat.
Make sure you supervise your new puppy when he meets his new friend. Although most dogs take to it easily, a few customers reported that the toy frightened or angered their new furry friend. Keep in mind that every dog is different, and this product may not work for everyone.
Give Your Favorite Dog an Awesome Gnaw
Sometimes, the best toys are the all-natural variety, as proven by Pet Parents Gnawtlers. If you’ve got a chewer on your hands, toys for chewing are essential, and this toy made from Grade A premium elk antlers is perfect for the job. Choose from a variety of sizes to fit your dog’s needs, and watch as the enjoyment begins.
These all-natural treats are full of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc for a health-boosting treat any dog is sure to love. Be sure to check in on your dog’s progress from time to time. These antlers can last months at a time but will eventually become small enough to become a choking hazard.
The Perfect Frisbee for Any Terrain
If your dog has a lot of extra energy, then the Hyper Pet Flippy Flopper Dog Frisbee may offer the perfect solution. Designed to be durable yet safe on your pet’s teeth, the frisbee is constructed of durable, multilayer nylon.
It also floats and is great for play in the water, snow or grass. It comes in a variety of bright colors that make it easy for both you and your fur buddy to find. If your dog is a rough chewer, you may want to proceed with caution with this product, as too much tugging may eventually rip the seams.
Stock Up on Hours of Squeaky Delight
If your dog is a squeaky toy lover, then he is sure to think he hit the jackpot when you bring home the Jalousie Squeaky Toy 12-Pack. The set contains a dozen adorable toys designed to give your little buddy hours of fun. Best of all, no glue is used in the production of any of the toys, making for a non-toxic chewing experience.
The pack is a great deal at around $16, but the toys are only recommended for small and medium-sized dogs. They aren’t designed to stand up to tough chewers or large breeds.
Chuckit! Max Glow Ball
Never be discouraged by a nighttime game of fetch again with the Chuckit! Max Glow Ball. Simply hold the ball in sunlight or under a light for five minutes, and the resulting glow lasts for up to 20 minutes of play. The Max Glow Ball is also designed to be compatible with the Chuckit! ball launcher, allowing you and your dog to enjoy long-range play time.
Although most customers were satisfied with the ball’s durability and strength, a few did report the ball eventually cracked after play. Make sure you supervise your pet until you know how well the ball will hold up to his level of play and chewing.
Nina Ottosson Dog Smart Beginner Dog Puzzle Toy
Among Outward Hound’s toys, you can find several options designed to promote mental stimulation, including the Nina Ottosson Dog Smart Beginner Dog Puzzle Toy. Designed at the beginner difficulty level, this interactive puzzle teaches your pooch to start thinking outside the box. Just hide treats under the nine removable compartments, and watch as your pet figures out how to uncover the treasures.
It may be best for small dogs, as some bigger breeds have simply figured out how to knock the whole puzzle over. That said, be sure to supervise your dogs to ensure they don’t mistake the smaller parts for chew toys.
Keep Your Favorite Canines Engaged with This Large Nosework Blanket
Keep your dogs entertained by providing them with the perfect toy to satisfy their natural hunting drive. The SNiFFiz SmellyMatty Snuffle Mat is a unique nosework mat that comes with plenty of places to hide kibble or treats. Your dog just has to sniff it out.
The manufacturer advises only using the mat if you’re around to supervise due to the possibility that your dogs could resort to chewing through parts of the fabric to get to the treats.
Make Bathtime a Lot More Bearable with This Treat Dispenser
Make baths a lot easier with the help of the Aquapaw Slow Treater. Made from 100% FDA-grade silicone, the Slow Treater has suction cups that stick to your bathroom wall at the height you choose. Fill the nubs full of peanut butter or another favorite treat to create a pleasant distraction during bath time.
Although many customers found this product to be a game-changer, a few complained that they had trouble getting the suction cup to stick to their shower tiles. Others pointed out that their dog was still too nervous to eat in the bathtub, but it worked great for other purposes, such as keeping them from begging during family meals.
Gnawsome Medium Squeaker Ball
The Gnawsome Squeaker Ball gives you a chance to score a great squeaky ball for under $5. Its spiky features are designed to massage a dog’s gums while providing hours of choke-free fun. These fun, brightly colored balls come in several sizes, so make sure you get the right size for your pet.
Made of food-grade, BPA-free, thermo-plasticized rubber, this sturdy little ball is non-toxic and designed to last. Be forewarned that the squeaky mechanism is designed to be pretty loud. This may delight your dog, but it may not be the best toy to pull out when you’re sitting down for a long study or work session.
Give Any Puppy the Perfect Place to Play
The Doggy Play Mat from HoundGames is basically a baby play blanket for puppies. The soft blanket comes with multiple chew toys, ropes and a squeaker to prevent boredom while your puppy is relaxing. The dental rings are designed to help prevent sore teeth or gums, and the foam mat itself makes a cozy spot for naptime.
Most puppies will figure chewing is only for the attached toys, but be sure to provide supervision until you’re sure they won’t over do it. Some puppies have mistaken the entire mat for one big chew toy and ripped it apart.
Keep Your Dog Entertained with These Fun-Filled Ball Toys
Stimulate your puppy’s IQ with the Vitscan IQ Treat Dispensing Ball. The pack comes with three fun balls, including the IQ treat ball, a spiked squeaky ball and a regular squeaky ball toy. Just load treats or crushed food into the IQ ball, and watch your dog figure out how to unleash its hidden rewards.
The balls make a unique squeaking sound when they roll, without the use of batteries. If you have a strong chewer, make sure you supervise your dog with the IQ ball, as it’s possible for larger breeds to break the ball apart and choke on the mechanism.
The Rope Toy Goldmine for the Toughest Chewers
If you’ve got an aggressive chewer, then the AMZpets Rope Toy Set may be for you. Designed with the toughest jaws in mind, the set comes with seven nearly-indestructible rope toys for medium to extra large dogs. Great for teething or fetching, the ropes also include a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Although the ropes didn’t get any 1-star reviews, one customer did reveal that his dog managed to find a way to destroy them. This makes the point that perhaps no toy is 100% indestructible. Nonetheless, at less than $20, they might be worth a shot if your dog’s other toys end up destroyed in short order.
Ensure Safe Play with These Non-Toxic Plush Toys
Make sure your little ones play safely with PAWABOO Squeaker Plush Dog Toys. These cute little non-toxic plush dolls come in a variety of fun shapes, including hedgehogs, lions and dinosaurs. Each toy comes equipped with a squeaker and soft faux fur that’s machine washable.
Inside, the little critters are outfitted with PP cotton fillings and inner three-layer, tear-resistant mesh. Be sure to be careful when it comes to the plastic eye beads. They are easy to chew off, so you may want to remove them yourself before your dog or puppy gets the chance.
Give Your Dog the World’s Toughest Chew Toy
If you’re afraid your dog is too aggressive for a treat dispensing toy, then check out the Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Chew from West Paw Design. When it comes to treat dispensers, it’s about as durable as it gets. Designed with rugged BPA-and-Phthalate-free, non-toxic materials, it allows you to stuff your dog’s favorite treat or food inside for hours of chewable fun.
Not only does it make for a great chew toy and treat dispenser, it also floats, which makes it great for a game of pool fetch. Most customers raved about the toy’s toughness, but a few complained that the treat holes were too large for many dry treats, so it may be best for lovers of peanut butter or meat.
Give Your Favorite Pooch a Colorful Companion
Meet your dog’s newest best plush pal when you present him with the ZippyPaws Colorful Caterpillar Squeaky Toy. This bright little guy is made to be durable but is still soft enough to not hurt your dog’s teeth. At more than 2 feet long, this fun friend will entertain both big and small dogs alike.
Inside, the caterpillar hides not one but six squeaky toys for hours of fun. The only downside is that it’s not designed for heavy or aggressive chewers. It’s better for dogs who tend to be gentler on their toys unless you don’t mind it having a short lifespan.
Prepare for Fun with Loopy the Hedgehog
Give your dog a fun new friend with Loopy the Hedgehog from ZippyPaws. This lovable critter is specifically designed with no stuffing, making him less likely to end up in various parts of the house at the same time. Designed to be durable, Loopy is perfectly sized for small and medium dogs.
He has six squeakers inside to allow your dog the fun of announcing his successful retrieval during a game of fetch. Although he is stuffing-free, Loopy may not do well with larger breeds and aggressive chewers. He is not indestructible and can be susceptible to aggressive gnaws.
Help Your Puppy Through the Teething Stage
Help your new puppy through his teething stage with N-Bone Puppy Teething Rings. These strong chews give puppies the opportunity to chomp down with permission, instead of being penalized for chewing on valuable household items. Shaped like rings, they are easier for little paws to grip than your average chewing sticks.
The rings are even full of DHA and calcium to support your growing furry friend, and they come in a delicious chicken flavor dogs love. Be sure to discuss the ingredients with your vet to make sure they meet your dog’s unique needs.
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