10 Best Designer Dog Toys of 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks

You love your dog more than anything in the world, and you know that one of the best ways to demonstrate your love is by spoiling them a bit, so what better way to do that than with a new toy?

Of course, if you really want to show your pup that you care, a mass-produced piece of junk you grabbed off the shelf at Target or Petco simply won’t do. No, you need to buy them a truly special toy.

If you want to spoil your dog — and you don’t care how much it costs to do so — the designer toys on this list will help you do just that.

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1. Company of Animals — Boomer Ball

At first glance, this toy may not seem to be anything special — and it may seem to be ridiculously overpriced. It’s just a large, plastic ball, after all.

However, many dogs absolutely lose their minds over these things, and they’re almost indestructible — they’re often given to polar bears to use as toys in zoos.

These balls may be too large for toy breeds, but shepherding dogs especially love them. They’ll chase them all around the yard for hours on end if you’ll let them. A word of warning, though: Stand clear because if these things hit your ankle, you’ll hobble for a week.


2. Urban Health & Essentials — Interactive Smart Dog Toy

This interactive, bone-shaped smart toy will shake and gyrate on its own, creating unpredictable movements that will keep your dog coming back for more. It’s covered in a durable, soft plastic that can withstand chomps and bites.

Best of all, it has a companion app for your smartphone that lets you take control of the thing and even communicate with your dog through it. It’s a great way to play with your dog while you’re stuck at work.


3. Tails in the City — Starbarks Activity Coffee House

If your dog has learned anything at all from you, it’s that the day can’t begin until after the third cup of coffee has been consumed. Now, they can join you in getting their fix with this Starbucks-themed hide-and-seek toy.

In addition to the “Starbarks Coffee House,” this toy comes with two cups of joe that fit inside. Your dog will have hours of fun trying to dig them out, and their crinkles and squeaks will be thrilling as well.

If coffee isn’t your thing, Tails in the City has a variety of other products, all of them punnily-named. You can get your dog a Chewy Vuitton bag, a tall bottle of Grrrona, or even some Kennel One vodka.


4. Mungo & Maud — Humphrey the Hippo

This crocheted dog toy is as adorable as it is fun, so you may have misgivings about letting your dog destroy it. It’s soft and plush, but inside, you’ll find a squeaker — or rather, your dog will likely be the one that finds it.

Mungo & Maud offers a variety of other toys, including baseballs, dinosaurs, and even tulips. If soft toys aren’t your dog’s bag, though, rope toys are available; made of durable cotton rope, these are soft on your dog’s teeth but sturdy enough to last awhile.


5. Max-Bone — Kodi-Bear

This Kodi-Bear from Max-Bone is attractive and stylish — or at least it will be until your pup gets it. The woolen fabric covers soft, plush material and a squeaker, ensuring that your dog will be immediately drawn to it.

It’s big enough for larger breeds but light enough that smaller dogs can carry it around as well.


6. Canine Styles — Birthday Box

If you’ve got a big day coming up and don’t want your dog to feel left out, get them their own present, thanks to this birthday box from Canine Styles. It’s big and plush and has a squeaker inside, and your dog will probably destroy it before you get your own present unwrapped.

Canine Styles has a variety of other toys as well, including rubber bones, oversized plush seahorses, and even a giant hamburger.


7. Muttropolis — Grateful Dead Concert Ticket

If your pup turns into a drug-sniffing dog every Friday night, then this Grateful Dead concert ticket from Muttropolis can let the world know that they like to party. The ticket is for the Dead’s best show ever (May 8, 1977, in Ithaca), so no one can accuse your dog of not being a real fan.

If your pooch isn’t a Deadhead but still wants to advocate for free love, you can also get them a Peace on Earth rope toy or a tie-dye hemp leash.


8. Wild One — Toy Kit

This kit from Wild One is actually three toys in one, as it comes with a ball, a rope toy, and a reinforced chew/pull toy. Each toy is made of reinforced rubber, ensuring that your dog will get hours of enjoyment out of them.

This isn’t just a case of “more is better,” either. Each toy is excellent in its own right, and the unique designs will keep your dog occupied for hours on end. You can find rope toys and chew toys anywhere, but you won’t find toys like this from any place except Wild One.


9. For the Furry — Odin

The Odin from For the Furry is a thick rubber ball that dispenses treats as it bounces. This will definitely draw your dog’s interest, and they may forget everything else in the world every time you break out this toy.

The treat-dispensing holes are small enough that your dog will have to work to get the food out, but they aren’t so tight that getting to the treats is impossible. Also, the rubber will keep your floors from getting torn up as your dog chases it around the house.

The Odin is dishwasher-safe as well, so you don’t have to worry about food buildup (or getting out a brush and sponge to clean it yourself).


10. Bloomingtails Dog Boutique — Geraldine the Giraffe Cozy Dog Buddy

If your pup suffers from separation anxiety every time you leave for work, this toy will do more than keep them entertained — it will also soothe and comfort them.

You can stuff a hot water bottle inside or one of your old shirts, and the warmth or scent will make your dog feel like they have someone nearby to curl up with. It’s perfect for crate-training or just for use on chilly nights.

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How Will You Spoil Your Pup?

While the toys on this list may be pricier than you’re used to, many of them are also either more durable or have special features that you won’t find in run-of-the-mill toys. Whether that makes them worth it is up to you, but we can safely say that your pup will flip for any toy shown here.

Don’t worry, though: regardless of which expensive toy you splurge on for your dog, they’ll be more excited by the box that it came in.


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