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Having a dog is undeniably one of the best joys of life (you know, aside from the fact that you're constantly on the hunt for the best carpet cleaner for pets.) Dogs can quickly become part of the family and for most, even become the BFF you've always wanted. Though playtime with your pup is probably the best part of both your day and theirs, during the times when you're super busy and need to keep them busy too, having a few of the best interactive dog toys handy can keep them from making mischief around the house in an effort get your attention.
"Toys can help prevent boredom and your pup from messing up your home if they aren't crate trained," says Jasmine Coffiel, vice president of the Paws of Hope Foundation and former veterinary technician. As a lover of all breeds, the pet enthusiast also noted that combatting boredom isn't the only thing you need to focus on when shopping for your pooch — knowing them well is important, too. "If you have a large or extra large breed that may be an active chewer, be aware that smaller interactive toys could be swallowed by accident."
The best interactive dog toys to buy in 2023
Through recommendations and reviews, we've compiled a list of interactive dog toys perfect for dogs of any size — from small dog breeds like teddy bear dogs to large dog breeds like wolfish dogs — and energy level on this list. Who knows, it may even encourage you to start shopping for new outdoor dog toys, too.
Ni'Kesia Pannell is an entrepreneur, multi-hyphenate freelance writer, and self-proclaimed Slurpee connoisseur that covers news and culture for The Kitchn. She's the former Weekend Editor for Delish who also writes about faith, health and wellness, travel, beauty, lifestyle, and music for a range of additional outlets.
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