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The benefits of dog toys for enrichment

Toys can greatly enhance a dog’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. The best type of dog toys are entertaining, engaging, safe, durable and appealing to the individual dog.

Benefits of dog toys

  • Relieve boredom and separation anxiety
  • Provide mental stimulation
  • Discourage destructive behaviour
  • Provide an outlet for physical energy
  • Encourage socialisation with other dogs
  • Help exercise jaw muscles and promote dental health
  • Increase the bond between owner and dog during interactive play

Purpose and preference

Consider the individual needs of your dog and the purpose of the toy, for example:

  • Chewable toys are great for teething puppies and aggressive chewers
  • Activity toys (eg. Frisbee, ball or a floating toy) are suitable for dogs with high energy levels
  • Squeaker toys may not be appropriate for dogs that are frightened of unfamiliar noises or dogs with a strong chew (as the squeaker or large parts of the rubber can potentially cause blockages)
  • Educational toys that require puzzle solving (eg. find the flavoured treat inside) are good for dogs needing mental stimulation
  • Toys are available for dogs with special needs (eg. a toy that requires the use of scent and hearing is suitable for a vision impaired dog)
  • Comforting toys can assist dogs that have separation anxieties Variety and rotation
  • Consider a variety of toys that offer a range of mental and physical stimulation for your dog
  • Rotate your dog’s toys to alleviate the potential for boredom


  • Read product labels and watch your dog at play with the toy to determine if it is safe
  • Ensure the toy is sturdy enough for your dog’s chewing strength and level of play
  • Avoid toys with small parts that can break off and be ingested
  • Remove any toy that becomes broken, torn, chipped or damaged
  • Dog-proof your home from everyday items that your dog may consider a toy that could be ingested (like socks, rubber bands, children’s toys)

A Best Friends team member can give you expert advice on the most appropriate toy for your dog’s individual requirements.

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