Plush toys are a fan fave in the world of dogs, but sometimes our pups want to do more than stare into the button eyes of their plush frenemies. They want interactive toys that keep their brains busy. They want hidden treats and layers, crinkly noises, and texture! Ya know, the WHAM, BAM, WOW factor!
What Are Interactive Dog Toys?
Interactive toys are designed to catch your dog’s attention and keep them coming back for more, all while providing a paws-on experience for your pup. These are toys that ask the question: what do pups love, and how can we make that even better? With all that said, there are many variations of an interactive toy, with many things to offer a pup who loves to be engaged with the items they play with:
- Treat puzzles
- Toys with texture
- Toys that last as long as an Everlasting Gobstopper
- Toys with extra surprise layers
- Toys they can play with alone or with their human
We’ve rounded up the best of 2022’s crinkliest, snackiest, texture-iest interactive toys we could find!
1. Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy
It bobbles, it wobbles, it dispenses treats! The Bob-a-Lot from Starmark is a fan fav of treat dispensing toys, and the best part is that once your dog has this toy figured out, you can increase the difficulty to make it last longer! It comes in two sizes: large and small.
BUY HERE, $19.79 from Chewy
2. Trixie Activity Flip Board Activity Strategy Game Dog Toy
This Trixie Activity Flip Board puzzle will keep your pup busy sniffing out treats and using their noggin to figure out how to get to the variety of hidden treat compartments.
BUY HERE, $13.99 from Chewy
3. Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball Tough Dog Toy
Don’t let its simple design fool you, this nearly indestructible vanilla-scented ball can be used for fetch and retrieval alone, or you can fill it with your pup’s favorite treats to keep them entertained long enough to actually let you get some work done at home!
BUY HERE, $13.49 from Chewy
5. BARK 2-In-1 Consuela The Cactus Dog Toy With Hidden Surprise
Your pup is gonna love this multi-layered plush toy. They’ll get a kick out of Bark’s Consuela the Cactus’ outer layer with whip-n-flip arms. Once they make their way past Consuela’s happily optimistic outer layer, your pup will discover this toy’s hidden inner layer that looks less than enthusiastic about their fate to be ripped to shreds—revealing a final spiky squeaker ball reward!
BUY HERE, $12.99 from Amazon
4. KONG Wobbler Dog Toy
This KONG Treat Wobbler has a twist-off top for quick and easy refills. Entertain your pup by filling it with their favorite treats or pop in some of their kibble to help slow down mealtime.
BUY HERE, $19.99 from Chewy
6. ZippyPaws Burrow Squeaky Hide & Seek Plush Dog Toy, Hedgehog Den, Puzzle Set
These hidden hediges in the ZippyPaws Hide And Seek Hedgehog Den are loved by pups everywhere. They squeak, they burrow, and best of all, they help hide treats within their plush den!
BUY HERE, $8.99 from Chewy
7. BARK Bacon Scented Super Chewer Treat Meat Hotdog
Hot diggity dog—it’s a treat hot dog for your doggy dog! This bacon scented Super Chewer Treat Meat Hotdog from Bark has flexible spiky grooves to tuck treats into or hide peanut butter. It’ll keep your pup busy by your side long enough to finish that Zoom meeting without standing up pants-less again.
BUY HERE, $12.97 from Walmart
8. BARK The Dog Ness Monster
Legend has it that this Dog Ness Monster toy from Bark will last as long as any sea creature folklore itself. Its textured nylon and rubber design will keep even a super chewer pup busy for hours on end.
BUY HERE, $14.00 from BARK
9. Frisco Hide & Seek Plush Volcano Puzzle Dog Toy
Does you pup need their own pack of volcano-worshipping t-rex plushies? Then you’ve come to the right place! Hide treats within this Frisco Hide And Seek Plush Volcano‘s top, and purchase a few extra dino friends if you want to let your dog sacrifice a couple to the volcano god.
BUY HERE, $18.75 from Chewy
10. BARK Tri-Floyd Tugbug Rope Toy
There are multiple layers of “what the fluff is this?” when it comes to Bark’s Tri-Floyd Tug Bug Rope. There’s really only one correct answer: it’s fun! This rope toy is great for tug-o-war, or for thrashing about! Your pup will love all the squeakers and textures.
BUY HERE, $10.00 from BARK
11. Outward Hound Tail Teaser with Refill Dog & Cat Teaser Toy
We know what you’re thinking: “that’s a cat toy!” And… well… you wouldn’t be wrong! But the Outward Hound Tail Teaser is made for dogs too. Some pups actually love these chaser toys just as much as cats. As a pet parent myself (to a husky – the cats of the dog world!) I can vouch for these being among my dog’s favorite toys.
BUY HERE, $16.99 from Chewy
12. Jolly Pets Teaser Ball Dog Toy
These Jolly Pets Teaser Balls are made from high-density polyethylene that’s extremely durable and also floats so you and your pup can take this toy to the pool or lake. The inner ball jiggles and wiggles but is nearly impossible to get out—that doesn’t mean your pup won’t keep trying!
BUY HERE, $15.99 from Chewy
13. BARK Animal Crackers Squeakers Snacks Dog Toy
This Bark Animal Cracker Squeaker toy is probably going to bring you just as much joy as it does your pup. There’s nothing better than an awesome nostalgia dog toy! These animal cracker cookie toys squeak and help hide treats within the depths of their cookie box.
BUY HERE, $11.99 from Target
14. TRIXIE Activity Poker Box Activity Strategy Game Dog Toy, Level 2
This Level 2 Trixie Activity Strategy Game Box is great for intermediate puzzle solvers. Hide treats within the 4 puzzle boxes for your pup to sniff out. They’ll need to concentrate to figure out if they need to pull strings, flip box tops, or pull knobs to get the goods.
BUY HERE, $23.65 from Chewy
15. Pet Zone IQ Treat Dispenser Ball Dog Toy
This Pet Zone IQ Treat Dispenser Ball has two layers to hold your dog’s favorite treats. Your pup will have to roll, toss, drop and push this new favorite ball around to get to their prized treats!
BUY HERE, $13.95 from Chewy