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From interactive puzzle toys to durable chews and dog-safe ropes, we’ve rounded up some of the best dog toys from last year. These toys got top reviews in 2018 and will help ensure that 2019 is an absolute ball for your dog. Best of all, many of them are on super sale right now, with Chewy offering 20% off (and sometimes much more!) on hundreds of dog toys right now.
The Best Dog Toys of 2018
From chewing to fetch to swimming, your dog’s favorite activity is likely represented here.
Best Chew Toy: Petstages Dogwood Stick
Like a real stick, but better. This chew toy is made from a combination of real wood and non-toxic, durable synthetic material. The woody smell and chewability will keep your dog busy, and you won’t have to worry about splinters. It’s at 66% off right now, too.
Helpful review: “Good substitution for dogs that chew! My dog LOVES sticks, but they make me nervous. This is definitely her new favorite toy!”Buy Now on Chewy for $7.20
Best Puzzle Toy: Outward Hound Dog Brick
Hide treats under the sliding discs, and let your dog search for them with their nose. You can even change the difficulty levels!
Helpful review: “Finding the treats in the 20 hidden compartments is so much fun for my dog. I give her the puzzle when she’s bored with her toys or we can’t run outside due to heavy cold or rain.”Buy Now on Chewy for $13.99
Best Tug Toy: JW Pet Invincible Chains
Made from durable rubber with no glue, these connected rings can stand up to a serious tugging. And they’re fun for chewers, too.
Helpful review: “My Rottweiler destroys every toy he gets within hours. I got him this 8 months ago and it is still good as new. He chews it, we play tug with it, he throws it around the house. Would highly recommend for any dog that is destructive with their toys.”Buy Now on Chewy for $5.27
Best Plush Toy: Hide a Squirrel
Three soft, squeaky squirrels hide inside a plush tree stump. It’s a stimulating game of hide-and-seek and an opportunity to squeak up a storm. And you can order replacement squirrels!
Helpful review: “As soon as he saw it, my dog was obsessed, pulling the squirrels out, running around, chewing, and fetch. He had a blast dismembering each and every one.”Buy Now on Amazon for $12.07
Best Ball Launcher: ChuckIt! Classic
ChuckIt’s lightweight launcher has an ergonomic handle that makes tossing the ball a breeze. And it comes with one durable rubber ball for hours of fetching fun.
Helpful review: “This thing is great. I can throw much, much further with less effort. My high-energy dog loves it…and I don’t have to touch the slobbery ball.”Buy Now on Chewy for $5.94
Best Ball: Chew King
Made from 100% natural rubber, these durable bouncy balls come in affordable packs of 3 or 8. They’re vented for safety, with spots to hide treats inside. And the bright colors are easy to spot in a field.
Helpful review: “I have a very high energy hound who loves to play fetch for hours. I have tried tennis balls, of course, but the Chew King balls are far superior…they last for months without cracking, even with heavy use.”Buy Now on Amazon for $13.49
Best Water Toy: ChuckIt! Amphibious Bumper
This is a soft-but-durable toy designed to float high on the water. It’s super-bright for visibility, perfect for a game of fetch at the lake.
Helpful review: “This was one of our first dock diving toys, but it’s still one of his favorites! Easy to throw and easy for him to retrieve.”Buy Now on Chewy for $7.94
Best Rope Toy: Mammoth Cotton Blend 5 Knot
An extra-long rope with big, beefy knots, made from 100% cotton? It’s a dream!
Helpful review: “The big pup(s) in your life will love this. It’s BIG, sturdy and well worth the dollars spent! Grab one for you and your dog(s), and give one to the folks who take care of your big guys!”Buy Now on Chewy for $8.47
Best Disc Toy: Nerf Dog Atomic Flyer
This bright, donut-shaped ring flies through the air and floats on water. It’s great for a game of fetch anywhere you go.
Helpful review: “We love this frisbee!! Has great range and easy to throw, but my favorite part is the ease dog to pick it up. I highly recommend this especially for the price.”Buy Now on Chewy for $6.39
Best Tech Toy: Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera
Keep an eye on your dog with this top-rated high-tech dog gadget. The best part is the treat-tossing feature that lets you praise and reward your dog from afar.
Helpful review: “I am obsessed with this thing. It helps me feel soo much better about leaving my dog to go to work and the gym. I’ve had no issues, the setup, barking alerts, video and sound feeds…all work really well.”Buy Now on Amazon for $199.99
Best Novelty Toy: P.L.A.Y. Taco
Food-shaped dog toys are always a hit, and this plush taco with several different textures is one of the best. Plus, it’s earth-friendly, made from recycled materials!
Helpful review: “Crunchy crinkly sounds come from the outer soft shell, two separate parts come apart with a squeaker inside and Velcro to reattach your taco. This is one of my dog’s favorite toys!”Buy Now on Chewy for $10.26
Best Overall Toy: KONG Classic
You can’t mess with the classic. KONG is ultra-durable, stuffable, chewable, and fetchable. This toy does it all!
Helpful review: “If you only buy one dog toy, buy this one. These are so great because they fulfill a dog’s natural desire to work for food. Keeps [my dog] really busy and happy for at least an hour.”Buy Now on Chewy for $12.99