What are the best dog toys?

From chew toys to automatic fetch machines, you don’t have to look far to find countless toy options for your furry friend. But, with so many options on the market, which toys are proven to be the most mentally stimulating and fun for dogs? To help you out, we’ve broken down the best dog toys below:


Rope Toys 

Rope toys are great for dogs that love to play, pull and chew. They are best suited to working-type breeds that may need to keep their mouths and minds active for hours on end. These toys are usually durable, making them fantastic and safe for big chewers. Did you know they can also benefit the teeth and promote good mouth hygiene?

Check out the Kazoo Twisted Rope Sling Knot Ball on our website.


Puzzle Toys 

These dog toys are great for an inquisitive pet who needs to push their mind that little bit harder. They’re great for worker breeds. But, they’re suitable for any dog that shows great problem-solving skills and aptitude. If you haven’t given your dog a puzzle toy before, we recommend starting easy so they can get the hang of it. You can then purchase more difficult puzzles once they get the hang of it. 

We have a range of puzzle toys available at PetNest, including the Outward Hound Wobble Bowl Feeder & Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy.



Squeaky toys can be enjoyed by all dogs, but they are most loved by terriers. This is because these breeds typically like to shake their toys, and the squeak can give them that dose of play satisfaction they are looking for. Try hiding around a corner or in another room with their squeaker and then giving it a squeeze. This will encourage your dog to come looking for it, challenging their hunting instincts.

Discover the Kong Dog Airdog Squeaker Football online, which is as durable as it is fun.


Chew Toys

These are suitable for all dogs, including the big chewer in your family! They are the perfect solution for teething puppies too, as they can relieve sore gums. While a dog can chew any toy, chew toys have been made with durability in mind. They also are typically manufactured to break properly, so you won’t have to worry about plastic shatters harming your dog (which could be the case with other toys). 

Implementing chew toys in your house as soon as possible can allow you to redirect bad chewing behaviour (such as chewing shoes) to the right outlets. 

Discover the Petstages Durable Chew Stick for Dogs online.


Find what works for your dog 

Every dog is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to finding which toy they like best. However, following the guide above can help you understand the benefits of each type of toy at PetNest

Remember. To keep your dog entertained, providing variety is key. So, rotating their toys and giving them options to play with are critical!