We love our silly, heart-melting, loyal, furry friends. We love their wagging tails when they see us, how exuberant they are at beach; we also understand that they are dogs, and are bound to upset us with their innate dog behavior sometimes. Help them make the right choice — a.k.a. not tear up your current New Yorker/break your treasured Christmas heirloom/eat one of your new shoes — by getting them a toy they will actually love to play with. Here are some of our favorites.
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The genius thing about this Dog Brick interactive puzzle is that it includes additional obstacles and combinations of steps that will keep your dog focused and mentally-stimulated as they search and sniff out the tasty treats. There are three types of treat-hiding compartments — flip lid compartments open and slide to reveal two separate treat hiding spots while removable brick bones conceal the third hidden compartments in this puzzle dog toy. This fun and rewarding puzzle is great for reducing anxious dog behavior and redirecting destructive behavior and is BPA, PVC & phthalate-free.
Got a big chewer in the house? This one’s for you. The unique shape of this bacon-flavored ring with its enticing textures is easy to hold and satisfies dogs’ natural urge to chew. Not only does this discourage destructive chewing, the ridges and nubs help prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Cute, high-quality, waterproof and durable, this little elephant does it all. It has a loud, crisp sound when you squeeze it and its ears was made of crinkle paper, which can attract dogs to chew it. The bite-resistant knots also allow dogs to chew as much as they like, so pet parents don’t have to worry about them breaking the furniture at home.
Meet the Frisbee, but elevated. The natural rubber on this one from KONG makes for a softer, forgiving catch during fetch. It also delivers a dynamic rebound if your dog misses the initial toss.
This plush cactus is densely packed with fluffy stuffing and interactive elements that are perfect for shredding, trashing and squeaking. Long-lasting, it’s actually designed to be destroyed, with a smaller squeaker inside to surprise your pup and make for ample playtime. Your dog is sure to have a ball and stay engaged with the added benefit of playful stress relief.