Best Dog Toys For Labrador Retrievers: Our Top Picks

Labs love to play with dog toys, but there are so many different options available it can get hard to choose. This breed is full of energy, and they love fetching, carrying, chewing, and digging but they all play is a different way.  They have similar energy levels to Huskies, and need toys that are similar.

It’s essential to take a look at your lab to decide on the right toy because no two labs are precisely alike. Some will carry their toys around treating them gently like a baby and others will rip apart a soft plush toy in two minutes.

All this considered, we’ll recommend a few toys for each type of Lab out there.

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Choosing a dog toy for your Lab is usually a toss-up because you never know if they’ll like it or if it will be scattered across your living room after you go to the bathroom. We’re going to cover five different categories of dog toy to help appeal to each pup:

Kong Classic Dog Toy

Our first pick is one of the most popular dog toys out there. The Kong toy allows you to stuff some treat or food inside the toy so your dog can play around with it while trying to get the treat from the inside. They come in a variety of different sizes so you can make sure you get the right size for your lab regardless of their stage of life.

The Kong toy also serves as a fetch toy because you could throw it and have your Lab chase it down and bring it back. The material on the outside of the toy does a great job of cleaning your dog’s teeth and soothing their gums.

The ball itself seems durable and that it would hold up against a strong chewer and it helps a lot with separation anxiety as well.

What we like:

  • Popular and highly recommended toy
  • Putting food in the middle keeps pup busy longer
  • Strong, durable material is long-lasting
  • Can also use as a fetch toy for interactive play

What we dislike:

  • Not a good tug toy
  • Heavy chewers will be able to break this apart, and it could be dangerous if swallowed

Chuckit! Ultra Ball

Is there ever a bad time for fetch with a ball? Labs love to fetch, and they are not afraid to chase down a fall for as far as you can throw it. This ball is brightly colored, so it makes it easy for you and your pup to find it if it gets lost and the ball comes in a couple of different sizes. It also comes in packs of two or four depending on how long you think it will take you to lose them.

These balls float in water, and they make great interactive toys for both of you together, but they are not as useful for solo play. A ball will not keep your Lab entertained when you are not at home, and it could even make them sadder because you are not there to play with them.

If you want interactive play and a genuinely indestructible toy, the Chuckit Ball is a great toy option.

What we like:

  • The durable ball cannot be broken by chewing pups
  • Easy to find because of bright coloring
  • Compatible with Chuckit! Ball Launcher
  • Great for interactive play

What we dislike:

  • Not great for solo play
  • Does not have any unique features

Nylabone Textured Dura Chew

This long lasting chew bone is an excellent option for Labs who love to chew up their toys and enjoy them for a shorter period. This bone lasts a long time and comes in a few different flavors like bacon, beef, chicken, and peanut butter.

The bone has raised bristles and rings on the ends which help clean pups teeth as they chew it down. This one is an extra-large sized bone, so it’s for large dogs who weigh more than fifty pounds. They also offer smaller ones for Labs who weigh less than that.

This toy is excellent for dogs with an urge to chew or if they have a bad habit of chewing on your personal belongings. Teaching them that they can have a chew toy like this as long as they don’t chew your things is a great way to prevent that type of behavior.

What we like:

  • Long lasting chew bone
  • Comes in a few different flavors
  • Chew bones help with separation anxiety and bad habits
  • Raised bristles help clean teeth

What we dislike:

  • Artificial flavoring like this can be bad for a pups health
  • Painful if stepped on

Outward Hound Hide and Seek Squirrel Puzzle Toy

If your Lab is gentle enough with toys and doesn’t rip everything apart, you could go for a fun plush puzzle toy like this one. This toy uses soft squeaky squirrels that hide away throughout the tree, and your dog has to find them. You can also detach the squirrels from the tree and throw them for a fun fetch game when your Lab finds them.

This toy is useful as a mental exercise and helps them solve problems. This takes their energy off possible destructive behavior and puts it towards something productive. The toy comes in a variety of different sizes so you can find the perfect size to meet the needs of your pup.

What we like:

  • Puzzle toys are great for your pup’s brain
  • Great for solo and interactive play
  • Can mix and match different characters other than squirrels

What we dislike:

  • Will be too soft for chewers
  • Squeakers in toys can get consumed if ripped out

Goughnuts Interactive Tug Toy

This indestructible tug toy is a great option for pups who love to wrestle and fight with you. The toy is designed to be safe for dogs’ mouths and human hands, and it’s meant for larger dogs like Labs.

The design of the toy is simple, it’s a figure 8, and you hold onto one side while your Lab latches onto the other side. The toy itself is also a lot bigger than it looks in the picture so there is plenty of room between you and your dog so you can hold on without getting chomped. It also works well if you have two dogs.

What we like:

  • Great interactive tug toy
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Fun for two pups to play together

What we dislike:

  • The toy has a strong rubber smell that might turn off some dogs

Features to Look Out For

When you are shopping around, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth by choosing a toy that will hold up long enough for you and your pup to enjoy it.

Here are some features to look out for when buying a dog toy:

  • Durability – It’s no secret that you want to make sure the toy will last a while and will not break down if your pup chews on it. This is not only important for longevity but the safety of your Lab as well. Some toys can be dangerous or pose choking hazards if they are swallowed, so you want the toy to hold up.
  • Size – The size of the toy is critical because if it’s too small, it could become a choking hazard and if it’s too large it could hurt your pups jaw when they try to squeeze the whole thing into their mouth. Most of the toys we recommended above come in a variety of different sizes so you should have no problem finding one that works for you.

Top Materials

We’ve touched on the fact that Labs love to fetch. They love to chase things down and bring them back, and they are not afraid to go as far as you can throw it. There are some toys out there that get made with materials that are ideal for dogs. The materials last long, they hold up to wear and tear, and they don’t pose a hazard to your Labs health. Here are some of those materials.

  • Rubber – There’s nothing better than an old rubber ball. These toys are great for fetch, they are flexible, so they don’t easily chip apart, and Labs love them. Make sure when you’re shopping around for a rubber ball to find one from a reputable brand and take a look at it to make sure there are no cracks or loose seams on it.
  • Rope – If your Lab isn’t chasing the ball around he might love a good game of tug of war with you. Having a durable and robust rope toy is also a great option for pups that love battling with you. The rope is also safe because when it does start to break down, it happens in a way that isn’t too hazardous to your dog. You might find that you are picking up a lot of rope strands though.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every pet owner has questions about their dog, and we want to give you the best answers possible. Understanding your Lab and how they play is a great way to learn the best types of toys to make them happy.

Q: What is the best toy for a Lab?

A: Every pup is different, so there is no flat-out best toy for Labs, but there are a few things that they love to do. Labs love to fetch, and they love to tug so you can use those two points to decide on the right toy based on their habits. Balls are always a solid choice for fetch, and we recommended a few fetch toys above.

Q: Are some materials dangerous for my dog?

A: Some dog toys contain high levels of chemicals that are harmful to your pup when ingested. Some dog toys even have these chemicals exposed through the exterior of the toy, so when it rubs up against your dog’s skin, it could cause an allergy. You want to make sure their toys are BPA free and preferably not manufactured in China.

Q: Can I wash dog toys?

A: Absolutely, we always recommend washing your dog toys and having a method for sanitizing them using a unique dog cleaning material. If you are trying to wash a plush or rope toy, you can usually throw those right in the clothes washing machine, and some rubber dog toys can even get washed in the dishwasher.

Q: What do I do if my dog swallowed a toy?

A: Oh no! Well, this depends a lot on the type of toy and the situation. If your pup is visibly showing signs of difficulty breathing or swallowing, then you need to rush him to the vet hospital right away. If the toy is soft and he seems stable, we recommend monitoring him and watching for the toy pieces in his stool. It doesn’t hurt to call your Vet anyway for advice on the situation.

Final Thoughts

You’ve made it to this point, and now you have a full understanding of the best dog toys for Labs. This breed is full of energy, and they love to play all day long, so you need to provide them with an outlet when you are not around.

There are many different types of toys so let’s recap on the main points we discussed throughout the article.

If you are entirely unsure about what type of toy your Lab will like, then you can always go with the most popular toy. If a lot of other people like it, it will probably work for your pup as well.

In the end, when it comes to Labs, I think you can’t go wrong with the Kong Classic Dog Toy because it serves many purposes in one. The toy is great for fetching, interactive, and solo play with no real downside other than the fact that your Lab may chew it up trying to reach the treat inside.

If you are looking for something a bit more exciting and interesting, we suggest checking out the Outward Hound Hide and Seek Squirrel Puzzle Toy, this toy can provide you and your pup with hours of fun as long as they are gentle enough.