After a year at home with our pets, we’re all probably realizing the same thing: our furry friends don’t do much during the day except sleep! But just like humans, our doggos need exercise and brain stimulation to help melt away stress and anxiety. Be an awesome “master” and treat your best friend to some new toys and treats. Here are some of the best dog toys on Amazon and beyond.
Dogs and puppies have a natural tendency to chew. Puppies start teething around three to six months of age, and some start again between six months and one year. Chewing helps alleviate gum soreness as their permanent teeth develop. Aside from teething, dogs also chew to explore the world around them, relieve separation anxiety or boredom, clean their teeth or keep their jaw muscles strong.
While it is a part of normal dog behavior, chewing can be problematic when your pup chooses the wrong objects. That’s why giving them their own approved chew toys is so important.
Note: Watch your dog carefully with chew toys. Be sure to discard toys if sharp edges happen to appear, and never allow your pet to ingest inedible materials.
A well-known name in the chew toy game, KONG makes some of the best dog toys on Amazon or anywhere. The toy shown above is made of KONG’s natural teething rubber, available in extra-small, small, medium and large to fit your puppy’s bite size.
The KONG Puppy Toy is long-lasting and not only satisfies the chewing urge but provides a great game of fetch with its hardy bounce. Get your pup interested by filling the center hole with dog-safe peanut butter or other treats. Freeze it for up to four hours when teething is at its most painful. Veterinarian recommended and made in the USA. Choose from pink or blue. Buy it here.
Note: KONG makes senior, classic and extreme chewers, too, depending upon what your pup needs. Browse the options here.
Another great chew toy made in the USA, the Benebone Real Flavor Wishbone Dog Chew Toy comes in three dog-pleasing flavors: bacon, chicken and peanut butter. Available in small, medium, large and giant, you can select yours based on your dog’s weight. The wishbone shape is ideal for Fido to hold while chewing and carry with them on their adventures. Be sure to replace these after they become noticeably worn. They’re for chewing, but not intended to be eaten. Get the smallest size, ideal for most pups and other dogs under 30 pounds, here.
Ideal for aggressive chewers, Gnawtlers are hand-selected, cruelty-free, naturally shed, authentic elk antlers from the USA. Great for puppy teething, doggie dental hygiene or adult dog chewing, Gnawtlers pack a punch of manganese, phosphorus calcium and zinc into each chomp. Since they’re odor and mess-free, these won’t leave your rug or doggo’s face covered in stinky residue like some natural chew toys might. Shown in extra-large, at 7 inches in length, Gnawtlers are also available for small, medium and large dogs. Get the smallest size, best for puppies, here.
Gifts for Dogs and Dog-Lovers
The Chuckit! Paraflight Flyer Dog Frisbee for Long Distance Fetch is a brightly-colored frisbee that glows in the dark. Ideal for playtime during day or night, it’s easy on the gums and lightweight enough for your fur baby to carry around. Additionally, the Chuckit! floats on water, perfect for playing at the beach or poolside. For the smallest puppy-friendly size, buy it here.
Look here for Chuckit! treasures in other sizes.
Going on a hike? Don’t forget your dog! The rugged and durable Kurgo G-Train Dog Carrier Backpack is perfect for dogs and dog-lovers who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. The backpack can hold dogs that weigh up to 25 lbs, as well as your other necessities for your hike. It comes with a pair of water bottle holders, fiberglass support rods, an interior tether to attach your dog’s harness and stow-away shoulder straps to turn it into a more conventional carrier. AAA members can save 20% on travel and outdoor pet products from Kurgo.
Hide six squeaky, furry squirrels in the Outward Hound Interactive Puzzle Toy tree stump for Fido to find and let the fun begin! The hide-and-seek nature of the toy will keep your dog’s mind stimulated as the squeaks of each fuzzy pal renew their interest. Watch as they figure out how to reach each squirrel, or check out Outward Hound if you prefer other critters, like bees, birds, hedgehogs and more. Buy it here.
Your dog is a member of your family, and you want to make sure they get the best care. But pet prescriptions can add up fast! With GoodRx for Pets, you can get up-to-date information on what your dog’s medicine costs and how you can save on their prescriptions. Check out how AAA members can save on their pet meds here.
Give your pup a treat that’s both tasty and healthy in Nylabone Healthy Edibles Puppy Chew Treats. With choices of flavors like Turkey & Sweet Potato or Lamb & Apple, Peanut Butter and Turkey/Apple, Healthy Edibles come in small (4.5-inch) 3-packs with no added preservatives, sugar, salt or artificial colors. Note: These treats are for pups at least 3 months old. Buy it here.
Get a box of fun surprises for your fur baby every month with a BarkBox Subscription. Every 30 days, your pooch will get two bags of healthy treats, two unique toys and a dental chew delivered right to your doorstep. They’ll never get bored! All items in Barkboxes are made in the USA with locally-sourced materials free of wheat, corn and soy. If your toys/treats don’t work for any reason, let the company know; their Scout’s Honor Guarantee means they promise to replace or make the situation right every time. AAA members can get a free extra toy in every BarkBox when they sign up!
Chock-full of nutrition, these little snacks provide all-natural, bite-sized servings free of poultry, wheat, soy and corn. They’re also brimming with oatmeal, yogurt, apples, DHA, taurine and Omegas 3 and 6. These treats are acceptable for puppies as young as 8 weeks old. Blue Buffalo’s Mini Health Bars in Banana Yogurt flavor rate high on Amazon and contain no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. Also available in Bacon, Egg & Cheese, Pumpkin Cinnamon and other flavors, as well as three different size packages. Great for beginning training! Buy it here.
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What are your dog’s favorite toys and treats? Tell us what you think are the best dog toys on Amazon in the comments.