As a dog owner, it is vital that you understand not only the physical benefits of exercise for your dog but also the intellectual benefits with them.
One of the great ways to provide this mental stimulation while also spending time with your dog and strengthening the bond you have with them is by use of toys. Interactive toys are the best when it comes to this.
Interactive toys also known as enrichment dog toys are created to serve a specific purpose and give your dog a unique challenge.
They have some unique features to keep your dog’s interest high that includes unusual sounds, unusual movements, and unusual content.
All these features are designed to keep your dog’s attention for longer periods.
There are thousands of interactive dog toys in the market today to choose from, here are top 10 of our favorite.
1. Kong Rubber Dog Chew
The Kong Rubber Dog Chew has been for long being the best seller right from when it was introduced in the market.
This toy is popularly referred to as “the Kong” and its great especially for dogs that like to chew since it provides great jaw workout.
Not only is it good for chewers but Kong rubber dog chew is also a good chase toy since it bounces all over the place.
For dogs that have restricted mobility or are recovering from surgery, Kong rubber dog chew is also particularly good for distraction.
The benefits for this toy include entertainment, durability, erratic bouncing and non-toxic rubber. It’s made from all-natural rubber, making it very safe chew toy and play toy as well.
2. Kong Wobbler Dispensing Dog Toy
The Kong Wobbler works just as the name suggests, wobbling. The base of the toy is weighted making it to spring back after getting knocked down by the dog’s nose or paw.
The Kong Wobbler keeps your dog busy and helps in keeping your dog curious. If you’ve ever used this toy before on a cat play, then you must be having an idea of how fun this toy can be.
Because of its curved shape, the toy begins to sway and shake releasing treats from the inside. This encourages your pet to play even more.
As with other Kong toys, the wobbler can give out treats from the inside, but it will take more than just a simple shake or chew to get them out.
Its benefits include: it’s very strong, easy to clean since you can remove the upper body and heavy weighted hence it won’t move around that much. It’s an great cheap toy for any dog.
3. Nina Ottosson Dog Casino Interactive Game
This interactive puzzle toy works on the basis of “lock and key.” There is little light bone on the top of the toy that serves as a lock for mini drawers below.
All that the dog has to do is lift the bone keys out before the drawer that contains the treat can be opened.
The Ottosson considers this puzzle as one of the most challenging. You might have to split the learning process into two different parts- firstly, to grab the little light bone “locks” and secondly to open the drawers.
The benefits of this toy are that difficult levels can be somehow adjusted, quite difficult hence great for smart dogs and it’s high-quality with no sharp edges that can cause cuts and bruises.
4. Nina Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Game
The puzzle works simply by sliding pieces. There are little indentations located under the sliders, and the dog has to use its paw or nose to move the sliders around and get the treats.
Although it is considered as one of the simple puzzles by Ottosson, it’s a good start for your pet. You could either choose to completely cover the treats using the slider pieces, or leave them exposed.
This is a good toy for dogs that are learning nose work as they will have to sniff the treats out and move the sliders.
It’s a relatively simple to use the toy, high quality, non-slip and not very noisy and it’s large enough for bigger dogs.
5. StartMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy
The Bob-A-Lot toy works with the same concept as the Kong Wobbler. However, what distinguishes Bob-A-Lot from the Kong Wobbler is its ability to adjust the difficulty level.
The base of this toy is completely rounded. Hence there will be some movement especially when it’s on marble or hardwood floor.
Compared to the wobble, it’s slightly noisier due to its plastic material. You can be able to adjust the difficulty level using two different methods.
The first one would be a little tab at the opening of the toy. The second one is at the treats exit.
Its pros are that it comes in two sizes to accommodate different dogs, one can be able to adjust difficulty levels, and it has a large space inside that can fill an entire meal.
6. Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew Toy
This toy has a real bacon flavor, so dogs love its taste. It has the shape of a wishbone that makes it easy for the dog to bite and grab. This toy is made for dogs that weigh over 70 pounds.
The ingredients that make it are bacon and nylon, but it’s made in a facility where it can be in contact with the nuts.
Also, you should note that this is a chew toy and it’s not meant to be eaten. Replace it when it starts to wear out including cracks, deep teeth marks or any other signs of breaking apart.
This toy is great for teething, great for strengthening the dog’s jawbone and smells good for the dog.
7. Kong Medium Cozie Dog Squeaky Toy
Kong’s Cozie squeaky toys come in ten different characters. There is a squeak that helps to entice your dog to play. The filling in this toy is little hence making the mess minimal.
Kong’s cozie squeaky toys have an extra layer of material added to increase its durability. This toy can be used as a comfort toy or for a game of fetch.
You should note that this toy is not for chew sessions. So once you note that your dog has stopped playing with it and has started chewing it, you should take it away from it.
The benefits of this toy are that it is durable, less messy and easy to carry around since it’s small and lightweight.
8. Nylabone Galileo Natural Nearly Indestructible Bone
The Nylabone Galileo Natural Nearly Indestructible Bone goes is the strongest nylon dog bone in the world, and it’s proven to help keep your dog’s teeth clean.
A combination of gum massage and vigorous teeth cleaning come together to assist in keeping your dog’s mouth healthy while also keeping it entertained at the same time.
The benefits of this toy include dental hygiene and durability.
9. Outward Hond Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy
The Outward Hond Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy is every dog dream come true. This toy includes a plush tree trunk and three squeaky squirrels.
You can use it to play hide and seek with your dog, and the two of you will have a great time. The toys come in various sizes so can choose the best size for your dog.
10. Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Mazee Ball
This ball will stimulate the senses of your dog. With an internal maze inside, this toy rattles as little kibble pieces or treats roll around inside.
With every prod, nudge and poke, the food will continue to shake, roll and rattle! Much more stimulating than a regular tennis ball.
The dog will be kept occupied by the Orbee. It’s easy to clean this toy with hot water, or even you can put it in the dishwasher. Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Mazee Ball is also non-toxic hence safe for your dog.
- 1. Kong Rubber Dog Chew
- 2. Kong Wobbler Dispensing Dog Toy
- 3. Nina Ottosson Dog Casino Interactive Game
- 4. Nina Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Game
- 5. StartMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy
- 6. Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew Toy
- 7. Kong Medium Cozie Dog Squeaky Toy
- 8. Nylabone Galileo Natural Nearly Indestructible Bone
- 9. Outward Hond Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy
- 10. Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Mazee Ball