6-9 March 2025, The NEC Birmingham

The best types of toys for your dog

Dog with chew toy

We were all children once. Cast your mind back to those days and remember how vital toys were to daily life. They provided us with stimulation and helped us to develop. Some kept us active, while others taught us how to use our imagination; some were about solving problems, others about enhancing our coordination. Ultimately, toys made us happier and healthier. For your dog, toys are just as important for similar reasons.

We all want our dogs to have the best. So which toys are the ideal choices for your furry friend? Let’s take a look at the different types, and why they deserve a space on your shopping list. 

Chew toys  

Chewing is a natural behaviour for dogs and helps keep their teeth clean and healthy. Look for chew toys made from durable materials like rubber or nylon, which can withstand your dog's strong jaws. You can also find chew toys that are flavoured or scented, which is an added bonus for your dog. 

Interactive toys 

Interactive toys are designed to keep your dog mentally stimulated and engaged. These toys can range from puzzle feeders, where your dog needs to figure out how to access their food, to toys that require your dog to push or pull to release a treat. Or kongs, where your dog needs to use their persistence to get the treats inside.

Rope toys

These are ideal if you’re in the mood to play with your dog. Rope toys are great for playing tug-of-war. They are also perfect for dogs who like to chew, as the fibres in the rope help to clean their teeth and massage their gums. 


Balls are another great option if you’re in the mood to play with your dog. Balls are ideal for playing fetch. Choose a ball that’s durable and large enough that your dog can't swallow it. Some balls also come with added features like squeakers or lights for extra fun. Hours of entertainment guaranteed.

Plush toys

When your dog is feeling tired and ready for a snooze, plush toys are soft and cuddly, making them ideal for snuggling up to and taking a nap with. Look for plush toys that are durable with reinforced seams to prevent your dog from tearing them apart.


A frisbee is perfect for a day at the park or the beach. They’ll keep your dog active, both physically and mentally. Look for frisbees made from durable materials like rubber or nylon, so they can survive being chewed on when your dog’s feeling enthusiastic. 


When choosing a toy for your dog, make sure you stop and think about how suitable it will be for them. Take into account their size, their age and personality too. If they love to gnaw on things, a durable chew toy is the ideal choice. If they’re more subdued, perhaps a plush toy is more their style.

Don’t forget that some toys can be choking hazards, so keep an eye on them from time to time. And don’t forget to keep them clean too, to avoid the spread of germs.