Best dog toys for 2020, from just £2

We don’t need an excuse to pamper our beloved dogs, but a fun toy will not only keep them entertained for hours, they are vital for development too.

Whether they’re crazy for a good ole fetch game or prefer tug of war, these are the top rated toys by category:

Which toys are best for dogs?

Just like humans, pooches are all different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to toys. Depending on age and race (and sometimes just depending on your mood), some toys are more suitable than others.

If you are unsure of your dog’s abilities, try a variable level that will grow with him. Not as much as you want? We have included a lot that can be used without your help.

The very best dog toy keeps you fit, curious, happy and healthy.

How we test

We reached out to our canine testing panel, ranging from brave puppies to senior various breed companions, to test the latest dog toys on the market. Your pet parents were then tasked with evaluating how much fun each dog had with each toy. They also let us know how easy they were to use and clean while checking the safety features.

After playing with a range of toys, from ropes to treat dispensers (and even an automatic ball thrower!), These were the ones our dogs loved:

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1

Best ball thrower

Chuckit Sport dog ball thrower

We love our dogs, but their talk? Not as much. This clever device allows you to pick up the ball without touching it and toss it two to three times further than you normally could – this will make you tired, but your arm won’t. Each launcher comes with a colorful ball that was easy to spot and comes in a variety of sizes for your pet. Simple but effective, our pooches loved it.

Important specifications
Size: 30-66cm
Weight: 181g
Material: plastic

2

Best budget ball thrower

Pets at Home Ball Launcher dog toy

Similar to the above but at a fraction of the price, this launcher comes in two sizes and multiple colors. The handle was a good length and threw the ball far. Who can resist a fetch game? Not our pups, that’s for sure.

Important specifications
Size: Small: 6.8 x 6.4 x 4.6 cm or Large: 6.9 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm
Weight: Not fixed
Material: plastic

3

Best interactive toy

Outward Hound Hide a squirrel

Develop your hunting skills with this super soft tree trunk filled with squeaky squirrels. All of our dogs loved to cuddle in the hiding spots, and the cute animals also served as throwing toys. Available in four sizes, it is suitable for dogs of all ages.

Important specifications
Size: S, M, L, XL
Weight: 27.2 g – 386 g
Material: plush

4th

Best chew toy

Animal-safe ribinator

All dogs need a reliable chew toy, and this durable option showed no wear and tear even after an intense play session. There are two openings that can be filled with treats, as well as soft, rubbery outer grooves that they can safely sink their teeth into. Easy to clean, choose between small, medium or large.

Important specifications
Size: S, M, L
Weight: 168g – 500g
Material: plastic

5

Best cuddly toy

House of Paws plush pheasant, great

This cute cuddly toy made of super soft plush material contains a squeaker for additional fun. It’s quite large, so better for larger dogs, and while the quality was impressive, a sassy puppy managed to break it – so if your pet is on the boisterous side, it might not be for them.

Important specifications
Size: Large
Weight: 99.8 g
Material: plush

6th

Best puzzle

Trixie Activity Slide and Feed

Turn meals into a fun game with this interactive dog bowl. Puppy parents can cover sections, which will help their pets’ brains to work and also prevent them from devouring all of their food at once. When our dogs got the hang of it, they loved it, although not all of them managed to master it, even with varying degrees of difficulty. The non-slip feet keep it firmly in place, but it’s a little bulkier than your average bowl, which might be worth thinking about if space is an issue.

Important specifications
Size: 10.16 x 33.02 x 33.02 cm
Weight: 500g
Material: plastic

7th

Best sensory toy

House of Paws designer with textured TPR wings

With structured wings, rope legs and a squeaker, this multi-sensory toy offers tons of entertainment. All but one of the dogs wanted to play with it and another managed to break them, so keep an eye on them. It comes in three colors.

Important specifications
Size: Large
Weight: 99.8 g
Material: plush

8th

Best tractor toy

PetSafe Grip n ‘Tug

Tug of war offers hours of fun and this durable, colorful rope toy has a unique handle that protects your hands. The braid is quite thick, so we’d say it’s more suitable for large dogs. Not everyone was interested, but some loved it that they played with it on their own. And when it gets dirty, it’s safe to throw it in the washing machine.

Important specifications
Size: 75cm
Weight: Not fixed
Material: Braided fleece

9

Best innovative toy

Petsafe automatic ball thrower

It’s certainly not cheap, but once set up, this clever machine will free you from hours of manual tossing. The launcher can be used wirelessly and offers a choice of nine distance settings (from 2.5 to 9 m) and six ball angles to keep dogs hooked. It’s also water repellent so it can be used in rain or shine. There are two balls to get you started, but they are the same as most standard tennis balls and have a 15-minute timer to make sure dogs aren’t overexerted. Even a motion sensor ensures that nobody is injured.

Important specifications
Size (cm): 33.02 (L) x 31.75 (W) x 34.93 (H)
Weight: 4.06 kg
Material: plastic

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