BEHAVIOUR: 8 of the Best Toys to Keep Your Dog Entertained

Dogs love to play in all different ways, and what excites one hound may not float the boat of another. Toys play an important role in encouraging natural behaviour and stimulation in dogs, as well as providing a great bonding experience for you and your pooch. Whether you’ve got a chewer, a tosser, a tugger or a squeaker, we’ve rounded up the best dog toys for every type of pooch.

BUNNY EARS DOG TOY

1. THE TOSS & SHAKER

Do the hippy hippy shake! Some hounds love to toss and shake their toys around, whacking themselves in the face like silly sausages. This new stripy Bunny Dog Toy by East End Best Friend will be a flying around your house in no time. Available at store.styletails.com

JW BAD CUZ RUBBER SQUEAKY DOG TOYS

2. THE SQUEAKER

It can drive them wild and drive you mad, but some enthusiastic dogs just to love SQUEAK! If your dog is the type that gets off on a bit of squeaking, these cute Bad Cuz rubber dog toys by JW Pet are made from hard, natural rubber with funny feet a tough squeaker inside to take lots of action. Available at amazon.co.uk

 

BUSY BUDDY TUG A JUG BY PETSAFE - TREAT DISPENSING TOY

3. THE TREAT

If your dog is food-motivated (what dog isn’t!?) then a toy like the Tug-a-Jug will keep them busily beavering away to get to those treats. Simply screw off the bottom, put your dog’s favourite treats inside, and let them drag and tug the toy around to release them. Available at store.petsafe.net. 

DOG CASINO BY NINA OTTOSSON

4. THE PUZZLE

For the thinking hound, interactive puzzle games like the Dog Casino by Nina Ottosson are a great way to provide mental stimulation and reward. Place dog treats in the little drawers and let your pooch figure out how to get to them. Once they’ve mastered this part you can up the level of difficultly by locking the compartments with the bone shaped pegs – then see if they can figure out how to open them. Available at amazon.co.uk

floating dog toys by waggo

5. THE FLOATER

Does your dog love nothing more than a good splash around? Some pooches are mad for water and get a real thrill out of paddling out to retrieve. These nautical toys, including the Floats My Boats Buoy Toy and Anchors Aweigh Toy by Brooklyn brand Waggo will have your pup wet and wild in no time. Available at waggo.com

antler dog chews

6. THE CHEWER

Chewing is an important part of your dog’s routine and a natural activity for our canine friends. Not only is it great for their dental health, it also provides mental stimulation and stops them from chewing things they’re not meant to – like your new shoes! For nutrition and longevity, you can’t go past natural antler chews, which last dogs for weeks and even months. Available at antlerdogchews.co.uk

SHEEPSKIN FUR DOG TUG TOY BY TUG E NUFF

7. THE TUGGER

If you’ve got a terrier, you’ll know that they LOVE to tug. These fur tug toys are made from 100% British sheepskin that dogs can’t wait to get their teeth into. Extra tough, very durable and easily stashed in your pocket – available at tug-e-nuff.co.uk

kong extreme indestructible dog toys

7. THE INDESTRUCTIBLE

Have you tried all sorts of toys for your ferocious Fido, only to discover that they destroy everything within a matter of seconds? The original and arguably the best option for indestructible dog toys is Kong. Their ‘extreme’ range of black rubber toys are extra durable and withstand just about anything your mutt can throw at them. Available at amazon.co.uk

Looking for more toys for your playful pooch? Check out our collection in store nowstore.styletails.com.

Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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