Just like humans, dogs enjoy a bit of mental stimulation every now and again. However, if you’re looking for something a little different beyond the standard peanut butter toy, we’re here to help. We chose the following best dog activity toys in 2021 based on their durability, versatility, and overall quality.
Awaken your dog’s hunting instincts with this plush toy from Outward Hound, which involves hiding (and, in your dog’s case, seeking) three squeaky stuffed squirrels inside a plush tree stump.
Outward Hound’s dog activity toy actually offers two-in-one functionality. Not only can you encourage your dog to hunt for the plush squirrels inside of the tree, but you can also throw the squirrels separately for a fun game of fetch! Because they’re plush stuffed toys, they won’t harm your dog’s teeth.
Give your dog a super fun brain and nose workout with this snuffle mat from Routesun, which encourages pups to forage for treats and food among carefully layered bits of fabric.
Routesun’s dog activity toy comes in two sizes: Large (39.4 inches by 39.4 inches) and Medium (23.6 inches by 39.4 inches). This snuffle mat is not only handmade, but crafted from upcycled materials, and is machine washable.
Green House designed this round snuffle mat, especially for small dog breeds to help them exercise their foraging instincts.
This dog activity toy is made from soft fleece and measures 45 centimeters by 45 centimeters. It also comes in three vibrant designs. 10 minutes of playtime with this toy amounts to one full hour of running outdoors, so it’s a great workout.
Comes with side straps to secure it to specific areas
Helps voracious dogs to eat more slowly
Easy for clever dogs to flip over
By Melissa Bartholomew
Melissa is a clinical pharmacist licensed for practice in multiple US states. Her expertise stems from her near-decade long experience in the industry. Melissa began her pharmacy journey with her undergraduate biology and chemistry degrees, and later went on to earn her doctorate in pharmaceutical and health sciences. When she is not working, she is spending time with her children and furthering her passion for wellness.