Best Dog Toys

The 25 Best Dog Toys of the Year, from Balls and Plushes to Puzzles and Ropes

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We’ve put a lot of dog toys to the test here at Rover. This roundup includes our top picks for some of the highest-rated dog toys available right now, according to our expert testers, online reviewers, and our personal experiences as pet parents.

You’ll find old favorites that stand the test of time, like the famous Hide-a-Squirrel or the classic KONG. Up-and-comers include an electronic ball that talks and a self-soothing, lickable disc.

There’s a toy here for small dogslarge dogs, and all the pups in between. All of them earn praise for being high-quality and entertaining. In the end, simple, effective designs won out over bells and whistles. (Though we kept in a few squeakers, of course.)

Is it playtime yet? Your dog wants to know!

The Nina Ottosson collection by Outward Hound has some of our favorite dog puzzle toys. Made of high-quality materials, these puzzle boards come in a wide range of levels to suit pups of all abilities. For example, the Brick Puzzle is rated intermediate and has three different compartments to hide treats—the lids flip and slide, while the white bones lift up and out.

We like that you can build the puzzle’s difficulty as you go. And, in our testing, we found it provided much-needed entertainment and mental stimulation for Rover test pup Roo as she recovered from her spay. While the toy is durable, the lids snap off easily, so you’ll want to supervise your pup’s play.

Key takeaways:

  • Rated intermediate, but levels are buildable
  • Three types of compartments for hiding treats
  • Great for mental stimulation and keeping bored dogs busy
  • Lids snap off easily, so supervise play

There’s a lot to love about treat-dispensing dog toys. Not only do they slow down chowhounds, but they can also bust boredom and provide indoor exercise. The Starmark Bob-a-Lot is an excellent option for pups with a lot of energy who need more movement in their day. With a weighted, anti-slip bottom, the toy creates an unpredictable wobble that keeps dogs interested for a considerable amount of time.

Our reviewers liked the Bob-a-Lot’s adjustable openings that let them control how much food was released and how hard their pups had to work to get it out. An added plus? Both sizes of the toy hold a large capacity of food, so you can fit your dog’s entire meal into the treat dispenser.

We did find in our testing, however, that the toy is quite noisy on hardwood floors and may not be the best option for sound-sensitive pet parents and pups or second-floor apartment dwellers.

Key takeaways:

  • Has openings on the top and bottom
  • Large size holds up to three cups of food
  • Adjustable difficulty level
  • Weighted rubber bottom
  • Can be noisy when batted against hard surfaces

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