Discover the Best Tug Toys for Your Adult Dog or Puppy

Find the Perfect Tug Toys for Your Pup

Playing with your dog is a crucial part of their development and well-being. We love tug toys because they are a great way to bond with your pet over a fun game of tug-of-war or fetch. They’re also great options for dogs who like to play together. Find the right tug toys for your pup.

To find our recommendations for your dog, first determine their size based on DogGear standards:

Up first are our picks for small dogs, while tug toys for bigger dogs are further down the page. If you’d like a more personalized dog toy recommendation, take our quick quiz! It will determine the best product based on your dog’s needs and our time spent researching all sorts of dog toys.

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To find the best tug toys, select to begin by breed or by size

Best Tug Toys for Small Dogs

Our top picks by your dog’s needs

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*The DogGear team did not stop with small tug toys, we also looked at the best options for medium dogs.

Best Tug Toys for Medium Dogs

Our top picks by your dog’s needs

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*Last, and certainly not least, the DogGear team did not forget about tug toys for large dogs!

Best Tug Toys for Large Dogs

Our top picks by your dog’s needs

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DogGear Philosophy

Tug toys are an essential part of any dog toy collection. They encourage bonding as the dog tugs against your grip. Thrashing builds their neck and shoulder muscles while keeping their teeth strong and healthy. Remember to let them win; it’s crucial for their self-image and confidence.

How to Find the Perfect Tug Toy For Your Dog

Learn more below about how to find the best tug toy.

Dogs need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to be healthy and happy. There’s no better way to capture your dog’s attention than with a tug toy. It’s the one toy that’s as great for a puppy as it is for an older dog, and all dogs can benefit from having one of their tug toys around.

Here’s what you should know about tug toys and how to get one for your dog.

Tug Toys for Fun

Tug toys make for one of the most fun experiences that you can have with your dog, and a durable tug toy can provide your dog (and often yourself) with hours of fun. It’s a simple toy that provides a vital bonding experience that very few things offer – and it can even help to keep your dog occupied for those moments when you’re not around and boredom becomes an issue.

Tug Toys for Training

Tug toys are often used in dog training for everything from fetching to sitting down, and can be one of the most essential training tools for teaching your dog. (If you were wondering, you can teach an old dog new tricks – and it usually starts with the introduction of something they know, like a tug toy.)

Tug Toys for Mental Stimulation

When their owners aren’t around, some breeds are more prone to boredom than others – and many breeds will develop the nervous habit of chewing everything they find. If this describes your dog, then tug toys are a great way to provide mental stimulation for your dog to ensure that they don’t get bored enough to start chewing up your house.

And for smaller puppies, it can be great for teething too.

Issues with Tug Toys

While it’s rare, there are some dogs (especially rescued dogs) who will develop an issue with tug toys and insist on destroying them instead of playing with them. If this happens to your dog, find out what the cause is behind them destroying the toy. Sometimes it’s fun to chew or they just don’t like the material (in either case, change the type of toy).

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To find the best tug toys, select to begin by breed or by size