Here are Murdoch’s top picks for the best dog toys for labs on the market. Our lovable labs make sincerely affectionate family members, but they really do need toys to keep them engaged and out of trouble. These notoriously fetch-obsessed chewers require extra tough, high-quality toys to keep them entertained. As we like to say, “Save a boot… buy a dog toy.”
Chuckit! Ultra Ball Launcher – This is an obvious choice. No trip to the dog park is complete without a Chuckit ball thrower. Labs need lots of exercise, and this helpful tennis ball launcher does the trick. For older dogs, toss the ball into a pond (because swimming is easier on their joints). Plus, you get to avoid the ooey-gooey slobber. We’re talkin’ major win.
West Paw Designs Zogoflex Bumi Tug – For epic games of tug, this toy is a clear choice. It’s off-the-charts durable, easy on your lab’s teeth, and comes in fun colors. And, bonus: all Zogoflex toys from West Paw are dishwasher safe, because labs always seem to get into a mess. Be sure to order a size large.
West Paw Designs Zogoflex Hurley – The Hurley will bounce in unexpected directions, keeping your lab on its toes during otherwise routine games of fetch. All Zogoflex toys float, making the Hurley a great option for water retrieves. Again, grab a large size.
Kong AirDog Fetch Stick with Rope – Intended for water retrieves, this toy has extra fling-ability because of its throw rope. It features non-abrasive tennis ball material on the exterior, but is in the shape of a bumper, combining two of labs’ favorite things.
Kong AirDog Football – Similar to Kong’s Fetch Stick, the AirDog Football is lightweight and covered with tennis-ball-like material. And what lab owner doesn’t like football?
Kong Hedgehog Tennis Pal – When we don’t entertain our labs, they usually find entertainment in not-so-pleasing ways. Digging, barking, chewing table legs: any of this sound familiar? This toy keeps their mind engaged as they work their favorite tennis ball out of the toy, which squeaks to tell you that they are occupied. Brilliant. No squeaking? Time to check on Max.
Kong Extreme – This is Kong’s signature product and a staple for any lab owner. Fill it with peanut butter for an extra special treat.
Kong Squeezz Ball with Handle – These come in two sizes, so be sure you’re grabbing the large one. There’s a squeaker inside the protected tennis ball, and the handle makes for easy carrying without ball slobber.
Kong Squeezz Stick – Not your typical squeaker noise. Play fetch with your lab and this amusing tree-branch-inspired stick, which will bounce all over the place for added fun.
Plush Puppies Fire Hose Tug ‘n Fetch – Notice, we haven’t claimed that any toy is indestructible; we know labs better than that. But, this one comes pretty close. It’s made of the same nylon material that fire hoses are made of, and it has a stretchy handle to encourage tug play.
Mammoth Pets Braidys 4-Knot Tug, Colossal – Here’s a back-to-basics classic. A rope with a few tug knots – plus your love and affection – will make your lab happy any day.
What are your favorites? Did we miss any?