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Fetch. Tug. Chew. These are the classic dog toy functions and don’t get us wrong, they’re totally great. But on occasion, there’s just a bit of je ne sais quoi we’re looking for in a dog toy. Actually—we can say what it is. More. In other words, we would like these toys do more of the heavy lifting so that our daily walks don’t turn into an endless squat workout for us.
That’s where moving dog toys come in. They may be electronic (heck yes, technology) or they may just utilize your dog’s own instincts to wobble all over the place. However they do it, they provide a ton of entertainment for your dog, and a little more rest at the dog park—or your living room—for you.
Whether you’ve got a small dog, big dog, a chewer, a lover, or a total rascal, these are the best moving dog toys available right now.
This ball has colorful lights, makes fun sounds through its speaker, and shakes when it’s turned on—all great ways to keep your dog entertained. Not to mention, it bounces high when dropped, so fetch can be a lot of fun. Small, medium and large sizes available.
Helpful review: “Magoo is my almost 11-week old foster to adopt puppy. Sadly his original owner took him to a ‘big’ dog park at 8 weeks old. He was badly mauled by big dogs. Magoo is now blind. But he doesn’t know he’s blind. He’s just a normal little puppy who loves chasing the musical balls around and they are ideal for him as he can follow the sound to retrieve them. Thank you so much.”Buy on Amazon
With plenty of funny characters to choose from, these plush toys will shake in a playful way when your dog grabs them. They also squeak when moved. The soft material is easy to wash and comes with two covers, so your pet can always be playing with one while the other gets de-slobbered.
Helpful review: “My little dog is afraid of everything, but he needed a new toy so I gave him this one a try. It’s incredible! He loves this toy! He tosses it and jumps around and kind of barks, then stops. He tosses it again and repeats time after time after time.”Buy on Amazon
This is a puzzle toy will likely get hours of use. All you have to do is fill this toy up with kibble and let your pet go to town, knocking it and rocking it all over the place until food falls out and they get rewarded for their efforts. It comes in two sizes to be suitable for smaller and larger pets, and the kibble openings can be widened or narrowed to make it appropriately difficult.
Helpful review: “We can’t say enough good things about this AMAZING product. It keeps our pup occupied and wears him out by the time it’s emptied. He doesn’t stop until the last treat/kibble is gone. We love that we can adjust how quickly or slowly the treat is dispensed.”Buy on Chewy
A great, hands-free way to play with your pet, this toy gets a little high tech (thus, the price goes up, too). The Bluetooth-enabled bone is controlled by your phone as a joystick, zooming around your house at high speeds. Your pet can chase it for up to 30 feet before the signal gives out, and the battery lasts for up to a month on sleep mode.
Recommended for medium to large-sized dogs.
Helpful review: “My Chiweenie is obsessed. Will play with it until it runs out of battery.”Find on Amazon
If your dog is a little more old school, check out our top picks for best ball dog toys in 2019.