Labrador Retrievers are dogs known for being friendly, active, and outgoing. To their core, they are a sporting dog breed meant for retrieving – so it’s a good idea to have some durable and well-made toys lying around the house for heavy chewing dogs.
I made this list of the best dog toys for labs – but you can really use it for any dog breed. If your Lab or large dog loves picking up toys, then this list is for you. Just remember to always monitor your dog when giving them a new toy.
Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the best dog toys, so you can keep your lab happy – and prevent destructive chewing on furniture!
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1. Kong Classic
There’s not much to say about the Kong Classic, other than it’s the number one best seller on Amazon. If you’re budget is low and you’re only looking to get one item from this list, the Kong Classic is your best pick.
Throw it on the ground for unpredictable bounces in games of fetch, or just fill it up with peanut butter or some Kong filler – your lab will be entertained for hours. It’s not only recommended by veterinarians, but it’s also made in the US. If you’re looking for the best dog toys, check out the thousands of positive reviews for the Kong Classic.
2. Chuckit! Classic Launcher
At first I was skeptical about this one. Why do I need a device to throw a tennis ball? The Chuckit! Classic Launcher not only gives you the ability to throw farther, but you can also avoid picking up that slobbery tennis ball your dog loves so much.
The 26 inch handle means you will be bending over less, so you can save your back in the process. They make a smaller size so children can experience the awesomeness of chucking tennis balls as far as possible too. Like many on the list, this is yet another highly rated dog toy.
3. West Paw Hurley Dog Bone
I actually picked up one of these for my dogs about two years ago – and it’s still going strong! Then I decided to buy another one when I discovered how well-made it was. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a little dirty – but West Paw is known for designing some tough and durable toys for those long chew sessions.
This bone floats, so if your lab likes to swim go ahead and toss it in the water for a fun game of fetch. This Hurley dog bone is recyclable, dishwasher safe, BPA free, non-toxic, and FDA compliant. It’s also made in the USA.
4. Chuckit Kick Fetch Ball
So you want to play fetch with your dog but don’t want to touch that slobbery ball? This common problem is solved with the Chuckit Kick Fetch Toy Ball. All you do is kick to play! This toy has a puncture resistant foam core and it’s similar in size to a soccer ball.
It’s also made from a natural high-bounce rubber. A normal soccer ball or basketball is too large for a dog to properly pick up. But the Chuckit Kick Ball features a unique grooved design that allows your dog to easily grasp the surface. This toy is recommended for fetch only and is not a chew toy.
5. KONG Squeakair Ball with Rope
Kong is one of the bigger dog toy manufacturers and they have many products that will keep you lab entertained and are built to last. The KONG Squeakair is no different. The 7.7 inch long rope is attached to a tennis ball that features a squeaker for added entertainment.
I’m a big fan of this toy because it’s so versatile. You can throw it for your dog to play fetch, have a friendly game of tug-of-war, or it can be used as a standalone chew toy. Another great thing is this toy has a nonabrasive and nontoxic felt cover that won’t wear your dog’s teeth down.
6. KONG Tires Extreme Dog Toy
The KONG tire is one of the best dog toys for those powerful chewers. This one is the medium/large size – ideal for dogs weighing 30-65 pounds. You can roll it on the ground and play games of fetch, or use it for fun games of tug-of-war.
It’s a tire – so you can stuff the inside with treats for your Labrador to keep him or her entertained for hours. The KONG tire is made with an extremely durable structure so you won’t have to worry about it falling apart on the first day. This one is also made in the USA.
7. Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Ring
This Nylabone Dura Chew Plus Textured Ring toy is long lasting and made for those powerful chewers. It has Bristles to help clean teeth, while the cleaning action helps control plaque and tartar build-up. It’s also recommended by veterinarians because of the oral health benefits for your dog.
The bristled ring is made up of various textures, for diverse chewing appeal. Keep in mind, this dog toy is meant to wear down over time. The overall lasting time various – but it tends to last between six months and a year depending on the dog.
8. Mammoth Flossy Chews 3-Knot Rope
This Mammoth Flossy Chews Cottonblend 3-Knot Rope is the best of both worlds. The three knots make it useful when playing games of tug with your Labrador. The one pictured here is the large – which measures 25 inches in length.
This means it’s long enough for two dogs to play, or a dog and a human. Your dog won’t only be having fun with this rope toy, but it also helps clean teeth! The Cottonblend rope fibers will floss dogs’ teeth as they tug and chew on this rope. Keep in mind; this is a rope so there could be a possibility of fraying over time.
9. KONG Goodie Bone
The KONG Goodie Bone comes in three sizes – small, medium and large. Just like the KONG brand name is known for, this bone is ideal for stuffing treats inside. The natural rubber material is perfect for stuffing goodies in at either end of the bone openings.
Use it to stuff any variety of treats inside, but of course KONG makes unique filler for these products. It’s made in the USA and the material is nontoxic and has extremely durable natural rubber. It’s a great toy to have when you leave the house and your dog needs to stay busy.
10. Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Toy
This Nylabone Dura Chew Textured Toy is designed especially for those heavy duty chewers. This toy features a textured design, that’s durable and long lasting. The Nylabone comes in a variety of flavors such as chicken, bacon, peanut butter and liver.
The design also features ridges and nubs that can help clean your dog’s teeth. Unlike some of the other toys on this list, this bone is meant to be chewed down over time. Just make sure to replace it every few months or so and discard the small pieces. This is also made in the USA.