The Best Dog Toys for Your Pup

[ 3 ] November 12, 2010 |

I love my dog Chester, but sometimes he makes me so mad…especially when I come home to find my favorite pumps chewed to bits.

I have to take responsibility for my own ‘bad owner’ habits, though. Chester can’t help that he loves to chew things. As an owner, I should be able to recognize his chewing habit and get him appropriate toys, so he’ll avoid my Jimmy Choos.

Finding the right toys for your dog depends on his habits. Below, I’ve included some puppy traits and toys to keep them distracted from your furniture, shoes, dish rags, etc. And all these dog toys are at discount prices when you apply free PetSmart coupons for 15% off $60 or more! (Expires 11/30/2010.)

The Affectionate & Needy Pup

Does he always have that ratty old toy in his mouth? Does he refuse to get into his crate until he’s got his toy? Plush fabric toys hold your dog’s scent, which he finds comforting. So if your dog is prone to attachment, stock up on these soft plush toys. They’re come in extra handy if your pup has separation anxiety when crate training. Check out these plush toys at PetSmart:

From left to right: Talking Fleece Dog Toys ($6.99); Mint Green Plush Dog Toy w/ Squeakers ($9.99); Soothing Cuddle Pal ($9.99).

The Dog Who Chews Everything & Anything

To keep your pup from chewing things around the house, choose toys that are fun and safe to chew. I gave Chester the large-sized Nylabone Bar-B-Chew Cob – he could care less about my shoes when there’s something that smells like barbequed meat! When shopping for chew toys, always make sure the toy is larger than your dog’s mouth to avoid choking. And for older dogs, opt for rubber dog toys with a soft, smooth surface; it’s better for their sensitive teeth and gums. For dogs that chew excessively, you want durable toys made of hard rubber. These won’t lose bits as easily, but you always want to check the condition of your pup’s toys to avoid accidents. Here are some examples of great chew toys for dogs:

From left to right: The Almost Indestructible Ball (6.99 to 9.99); Nylabone Bar-B-Chew Cob Bone (3.97 to $17.99); Large Vinyl Steak Dog Toy ($3.99) .

For the Hyperactive Fur Ball or Chaser

You know how you get restless sometimes, like you want to get up and run or do jumping jacks? Imagine feeling like that all the time. You’d constantly need to be stimulated. Well, that’s what your dog needs – playtime and distraction. Let him smell a bone, then hide it from him, so he has to find it! Or stuff a KONG (my favorite indestructible dog toy) with treats, so he has to throw it around for a treat to fall from the hole, or dig his way in. These types of games and toys help your pup exert extra energy – great for when taking him for a walk isn’t possible at the moment. Check out these favorites:

From left to right: Hide a Squirrel Dog Toy ($14.99); KONG Wobbler Dog Treat Dispenser ($19.99); Teaser Ball Dog Toy ($9.99).

So what’s gonna keep your little guy busy or comforted? Remember to use our free PetSmart coupons for 15% off orders of $60 or more!


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  2. Cristina says:

    Thanks for the compliment Amanda! I’ll take a look at the reviews at Doggie Product Review and leave any comments about ones that Chester’s tried… cause he’s tried a lot! haha!

  3. Amanda Shih says:

    These are some great ideas. I really appreciate how well-put-together your post is; very easy to read and follow. There are some dog reviews on some of these products on

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