As a large-breed dog, the Labrador Retriever may take more than 12 months to reach full maturity, both in size and mentality. Labradors are a friendly and fun-loving breed that never loses his zest for life or his love for play. These dogs absolutely adore spending time with their families, no matter when or where it happens, and they also love to play with toys. Here are our top seven recommendations for the best toys for Labrador Retrievers:
- Kong Extreme Toy – Labrador Retrievers are very heavy chewers so they tend to destroy dog toys quickly. The Kong Extreme Toy is built to stand up to anything your Lab throws at it and he’ll love the way it bounces and wobbles. This toy comes in different sizes so you can move up as your Lab grows.
- Mammoth Flossy Chew Ropes – For the Lab who loves to play tug-of-war, Mammoth Flossy Chew rope toys are a great option. These toys have large knots to hold onto and the rope is made from special fibers that actually help to clean your dog’s teeth as he chews.
- Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll – The ideal combination of a ball and a rope toy, the Romp-n-Roll is perfect for outdoor playtime. Throw the toy for Labs who love to fetch or play a game of tug instead. Your dog will also love chewing on the tough rubber ball that doesn’t deflate even when punctured.
- GoughNuts Indestructible Toy – Guaranteed indestructible, the GoughNuts ring toy is perfect for Labradors who love to chew. This toy is made from heavy-duty rubber polymer and it is safe for puppies as well as adults. It also floats for the dog who loves to swim!
- West Paw Zogoflex Hurley Bone – Some Labradors can spend hours chewing on a toy so you need one that is going to stand up against some heavy chewing. The Zogoflex Hurley bone is 100% guaranteed against dog damage and it is made from non-toxic, BPA-free materials. It floats as well!
- Chompion Heavyweight Chew – Designed especially for large-breed dogs and heavy chewers, the Chompion heavyweight chew toy is ideal for your Lab. This toy comes with a bone-like shape, having a ball on either end, so your dog can chew, chase, or carry it around. It will also help to promote healthy teeth and gums.
- Bob-a-Lot Treat Dispenser – An interactive toy like the Bob-a-Lot will keep your Lab occupied for hours so he doesn’t have time to get into trouble. Fill it with treats or with your dog’s kibble to use it as a method of slowing down his eating. You can adjust the openings to the size of the treats inside and to regulate the difficulty level.
Though most retriever breeds love to chase and fetch, every dog has his own preferences for dog toys. The best thing you can do is to purchase a variety of different toys and test them on your dog. Once your Lab decides which toys he likes best, you can stock his toy box with his favorites so he always has something to chew on other than your shoes.
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