2019 is finally upon us and millions of dog owners are setting their new year’s resolution. Meanwhile, your pup is setting a resolution of their own: finding the best dog toy! After comparing some of the greatest hits, we’ve landed on our top 5 dog toys for 2019. We love each and every one of them because of their playful designs and great benefits for your dog.
Our top 5 dog toys for 2019 include something for every type of dog out there. From aggressive chewers to pups who love to play tug, you’ll find a great toy here for them. These toys made our top 5 list based on their product details, benefits, and real customer reviews.
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For the Standard Dog:
Darwin the Frog
Darwin the Frog by JW is simple but works wonders. If you and your pup are turned off by all those new fancy dog toys, then Darwin the Frog is your answer for 2019. It’s a rubber ball that has a great squeak when your pup bits down into it. As you toss it in the backyard or in your living room, the ball will bounce erratically in every direction. This is due to its subtle frog shape. Darwin the Frog’s legs, arms, and eyes are both adorable and very practical. Its whimsical bounce-action is exactly what your dog is looking for in a game of toss and chase.
The best part of Darwin the Frog is that there is no limit of how you can play with it. Because its design is so simple, you have a wide range of things your can do. For example, take the toy out into the yard or to the park for a good game of fetch. It is brightly colored (in your choice of neon green or blue); therefore, much easier to find in the grass, leaves, or woods. Additionally, its material is super easy to clean. After coming back inside, just wipe off any dirt with a rag and some water.
The squeaker inside Darwin the Frog enables your pup to engage in solo-play as well. Dogs absolutely love toys that squeak, and it will keep them engaged longer. It’s such a simple thing, but why mess with something that works? To read even more about this toy, hop over to our full article Darwin the Frog.
The only caution you should watch out for is any damage to the rubber toy during playtime. It is not designed for heavy-chewing dogs and will crack or tear if chewed on too much. Like with any dog toy, if you notice any damage to the toy then it’s time to toss it in the trash.
This fun dog toy comes in two different sizes: medium and large. The medium size is 4.75 x 2.75 x 4.75” and is best suited for dogs 15 – 60lbs. Next, the large size is 6 x 4 x 6” and will be best for dogs over 60lbs.
- Simple and reliable
- Great erratic bounce
- Enticing squeak
- Good for interactive or solo-play
- Easy to clean
For the Mild-Chewing Dog:
Oneisall Bone Chew Toy
The Oneisall Bone Chew Toy is one of our recent favorites. You may have noticed our full-length review on the toy: The Oneisall Bone Chew Toy. Although this dog chew toy is not made by any big-name brand, it has gained the attention of many happy customers.
The great thing about the Oneisall Bone Chew Toy is it’s incredibly durable material: nylon. The nylon is both safe and non-toxic for your dog to have in their mouth. Plus, it’s bacon flavored! We can only imagine how enticing that great smell will be for your furbaby. However, since it is synthetic, you will not want Fido swallowing the material.
The chew toy is realistically shaped like a bone. It has a slender, middle with a slight curve and a funky nob on either end. The entire thing has great groves and odd shapes that any dog will love to chew on. In short, all dogs love to chew and this bone will help satisfy their craving in a safe, non-destructive way (which is much better than your shoes!).
The bone itself is colored bright, neon green. This will make it easy to spot if your pup sneaks it outside. Although it seems best as an indoor toy, we see no problem with the bone seeing the back yard every once-in-awhile. Due to its tough, nylon material you will be able to easily clean any dirt off with water and paper towel.
No matter what size your dog is, you have options with the Oneisall Bone Chew Toy. It comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The small size is 3.9 x .86 x 1.2”. Next, the medium size is 5.9 x 1.2 x 1.8”. Finally, the large size is 7.2 x 1.9 x 2.1”. When ordering the best size for your dog, take a look at the toys he or she already owns. You will want a bone large enough to eliminate choking hazards, yet small enough to fit in their mouth to carry around.
- Safe chew toy
- Bacon flavored
- Grooves and nobs to help clean teeth
- Easy to clean
For the Playful Dog:
Mammoth Flossy Chews 3-Knot Rope Tug
Mammoth Flossy Chews are specifically designed to help your dog clean every nook and cranny in their teeth; all while having a blast! From this line of rope dog toys, we suggest the Mammoth Flossy Chews 3-Knot Rope Tug because it can be for any dog. It is made from cotton-blend fibers that are twisted and weaved together to form a long, highly-durable rope. There is a strong knot on each end and one in the middle, making 3 all-together. The knots give your dog something to grab onto when playing tug.
This toy is a wonderful pick for dogs who thrive on playing with their owner. However, if you have a multi-dog household, you may find them playing tug together. Even better! The Mammoth Flossy Chews 3-Knot Rope will be one of your best bets for a tug toy that can hold its own. Both the strong, twisted fibers and heavy-duty knots add power and durability. Even if your dog likes to gnaw on it during solo-play, the rope will last quite a while. The only caution you should look for is the toy’s frayed ends.
When judging the size rope your dog needs, you will have plenty of choices here. The Mammoth Flossy Chews 3-Knot Rope Tug comes in mini (10 x 1.5 x 1.5”), small (15 x 2 x 2”), medium (20 x 2.5 x 2.5”), large (25 x 3 x 3”), large 2-pack, extra-large (36 x 4 x 4”), and extra-large 2-pack.
- Great interactive, tug toy
- Cleans teeth
- Plenty of sizes
For the Aggressive-Chewing Pup:
Kong Extreme Original
Kong is a dog toy name brand that resonates with almost every pet parent. They’re increasingly famous for their tough, playful toys. In the Kong world, they have a specific line of extra-tough rubber dog toys called Kong Extreme. While they are not indestructible, you may find they are your best bet with aggressive-chewing dogs. In particular, we are fans of the Kong Extreme Original. It is designed exactly like the original red rubber Kong toy, but is made with their durable black material.
The Kong Extreme Original has a cone-like shape with a hollow hole for stuffing both wet and dry dog treats. The ability to do this will keep your dog engaged longer, plus they get a yummy snack! The toy’s outer tough rubber will stand up to their gnawing and slobbering like a champ. Even better, the toy is USA made.
Not only can you give your dog this toy filled with snacks as a great home-alone activity, but the Kong Extreme Original is also good for interactive play. Its rubber material allows the cone to bounce erratically when tossed; enticing your dog to chase it down during fetch. In essence, this dog toy kills two birds with one stone. The only down side with this toy is the possible rubber smell when you first receive it. Some customers said they had to wash it a couple times before their dog took to it.
No matter what size your little (or big) chomping dog is, Kong has you covered. The Kong Extreme Original comes in small (3 x 1.8 x 1.8”), medium (3.5 x 2.2 x 2.2”), large (4 x 2.8 x 2.8”), extra-large (5 x 3.5 x 3.5”), extra-large 2-pack, and extra-extra-large (6 x 3.9 x 3.9”).
- Extremely durable
- Treat dispenser
- Keeps dog engaged
- Solo or interactive play
- USA made
For the Bored Dog:
WestPaw Zogoflex Qwizel
The WestPaw Zogoflex Qwizel is a treat dispensing dog toy with a fun, unique shape and texture. Made from WestPaw’s Zogoflex material, the toy is stretchy and bouncy. It has a cylindrical shape with a hollow inside for stuffing almost any dog treats into. Down its center, you will see a slit that releases the treat’s smell and tastes for your dog. This will help keep them enticed and coming back for more!
Unlike dog toys that are made from hard rubber or plastic, the WestPaw Zogoflex Qwizel has a squishier texture that fits well in any dog’s mouth. Especially for senior dogs with more fragile teeth and gums, a softer texture is best. Because of the treat dispenser shape and design, it makes a better challenge for your furbaby. This makes it the absolute perfect afternoon activity while you sit back and watch TV.
If you have not heard of WestPaw’s Zogoflex material, it is something worth looking into. It’s USA made, recyclable, dishwasher safe, and floats in water! All the while remaining strong and durable. However, aggressive chewers will definitely destroy it in time. Therefore, the Qwivel is best for standard to mild-chewing furbabies.
This toy comes in two sizes for you to choose from: small and large. The small is 2 x 5.3 x 2” and the large is 5.9 x 2.4 x 6.5”. Additionally, you can pick from three bold colors: orange, yellow, or blue. Especially for water play (since the toy floats), you will want to go with orange or yellow.
- Softer texture
- Treat dispenser
- USA made
- Easy to clean
- Floats in water