This chew comes in small, large or extra large to suit dogs up to 50lbs. It’s chicken-flavoured but leaves no splinters, no grease and no stains and has plenty of textures to promote fresh breath and clean teeth by controlling tartar and plaque buildup. Despite three testers giving it their best go, this toy lasts and lasts.
Anyone with a four-legged friend will know how much they like to play. Whether that’s digging in the garden, playing catch or finding the squeak in a toy they then don’t want to relinquish. And a happy dog, is a playful pup.
But dog toys aren’t just good for those with fur, dog owners’ spending contributes massively to the UK economy. With an estimated 13 million dogs in the UK, the furry friend industry is worth over £10bn a year in the UK and over the last five years gift spending has increased by £286m.
If you want to treat your dog with a toy it can be hard to know where to start. Firstly it’s worth considering what activity you want to do with them. Maybe they love playing fetch, or are they more into tug of war? If they have destructive tendencies at home, maybe some mental stimulation and search-type toys will keep them entertained and reduce any negative behaviours.
Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work to come up with the best dog toys, no matter what breed, size or temperament you have. There are squeaky, floaty, interactive, crunchy, digging and cuddling toys and everything in between in our round-up below.
How we tested
Three diligent testers, Luna and Huccaby the labrador’s and Bluebell the springador put our toys through their paces. They were given each in isolation to play with and presented with all in a box for them to pick their favourites.
The best dog toys for 2023 are:
- Best overall dog toy – Nylabone power chew shish kebab alternative mess free chew: £7.45, Petplanet.co.uk
- Best dog toy under £10 – Pup Suds tug toy: From £10, Pupsuds.co.uk
- Best dog toy for active dogs – Dr Zigs doggie bubbles peanut butter scented: £27.99, Drzigs.com
- Best treat dispenser – Paws Only dog treat toy: £8.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best eco-friendly dog toy – Resploot tuffles dog toy: £9.99, Nordalefarm.co.uk