Labrador Retrievers are known for being silly, playful, and loving pets. There’s nothing they prefer more than running around the park, chewing anything they can get their paws on and playing with their favorite toys. And of course, as a loving devoted doggie owner, you want to make sure you’re buying them the best toys for labs. But which ones are they?
What to look for when buying Labrador toys?
Actually, this doesn’t have to be specific to dog toys for labs. When buying dog toys for any pup it’s important you look at its durability and how it’s made. If your pup is a particular chewer, rubber and rope are great options that will withstand playtime. It’s also worth considering whether the materials are machine or dishwashable. That’s particularly necessary after a muddy park session.
The size of the toy is also really important. Small objects aimed as a game for a puppy could be a choking hazard for a larger pup. Likewise, large toys won’t be as fun for smaller dogs as they won’t really be able to pick them up or give them a good chew!
You also need to think about the type of games you will be doing with your dog. Where will you play? What will you be playing to? Who else will you be playing with? If you want some ideas, we recommend this article about 9 backyard dog training games.
We’ve put together a list of the best toys for labs to make your choice a little bit easier. They’re high quality and your Lab is sure to love them!
Goughnuts Dog Pull Toy
If you have a Labrador that loves a good game of tug of war, this toy is for you. Made of really durable rubber – so durable in fact that it comes with a lifetime guarantee – it will be pretty difficult for any Labrador to destroy it. It’s 11 inches long and is designed so that it’s the perfect size for larger dogs but that there’s also enough space between your hand and their teeth. It comes in loads of different colors and there’s also a smaller size tug toy.
KONG Classic Dog Toy
This is a really fun Labrador toy. It’s perfect for when you’re out of the house or for an endless game of fetch. It’s designed to bounce in all kinds of directions so your dog will love chasing after it and working out where it’s going to end up. It’s also a great puzzle toy and can be filled with their favorite treat, such as peanut butter. It’s made of very durable materials and should withstand playtime in the doggie park. For really big chewers, you can also get the KONG extreme dog toy.
PetSafe Busy Buddy Barnacle
Labs have a lot of energy and are happiest when they’re chasing after an interactive chew toy. The Busy Buddy Barnacle is a really fun toy for a Labrador and will keep them entertained for hours. It’s made of strong rubber and should withstand boisterous playtimes. It randomly dispenses your pup’s favorite treats too, so they’ll never get bored of it! And an extra plus is that it’s dishwasher safe.
Chuckit! Ultra Rubber Ball
Sometimes the best Labrador toy is the good old-fashioned rubber ball. As their name would suggest, Labrador Retrievers love to retrieve, so they’ll be entertained for hours with a good game of fetch. The Chuckit! ball is made of extra-strong rubber which bounces really high and is suitable for playing in water too. The colorful design makes it easy to spot and it comes in three different sizes.
Rocco & Roxie Dog Toys Balls
Whilst we’re on the topic of balls that your Labrador will love, this one is also a great choice. It’s bright blue and made of safe and extremely durable plastic. Your Lab will love to chew it, fetch it, chase after it, and probably hide it! It’s four inches big, making it choke-proof and can easily be cleaned.
KONG Floppy Knots Dog Toy
Labradors love chew toys, especially those that they can also pull on and thrash around. This seriously cute series of rope toys are interactive and will keep your pup entertained. You can choose from an elephant, a bunny, a fox, or a hippo, and not only will they be a fun chew toy for your Lab, but they’ll also be a comforter for when you’re away or at night.
This flavored plastic bone is one of the best dog toys for Labs. Your Labrador Retriever is bound to love the flavor and your shoes and furniture will be safe from your pup’s teeth! The cleverly designed bone shape promotes oral health, cleans your Lab’s teeth, and freshens their breath. It’s durable, comes in different sizes so even Lab puppies can enjoy it, and it’s also vet-recommended.
Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Luna
This is a next-level dog ball. Not only is this a really fun, moon-inspired dog toy, but it’s also made from eco-friendly materials, it floats, is bounceable, and squishy. But that’s not all, it also glows in the dark! Your Labrador Retriever will love to play fetch, chase after and chew the Planet Dog Orbee Tuff ball. There’s no such thing as completely indestructible dog toys, but this one is pretty out of this world!
Ethical Pet Skinneeez Plush Dog Toy
This is one of the cutest toys for Labs available. Many toys are designed to entertain and engage your pup, but they can also help soothe them if they’re nervous or suffer from separation anxiety. The problem with most of these kinds of toys, however, is that they often end up ripped to shreds in a pile of stuffing. This adorable raccoon squeaks and is stuffing-free, meaning it’s the ideal play and sleeping buddy!
Labradors love playing, but their high energy levels mean their toys need to not only be fun, but tough and durable too. These are some of our favorite ones that meet all of the doggie criteria. Does your Lab have a favorite toy? What is it?
I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!