Best Tug Of War Toys

15 Best Tug Of War Toys For Dogs in 2020

Written by Dr. Tom Bakerfield

Written by Dr. Tom Bakerfield

Dr. Tom Bakerfield is an expert author at WhyDoPets and a doctor of veterinary medicine. He's been working with animals for more than 15 years and he is the fourth generation of VETs in his family. He got his degree from University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University and he completed his clinical year in 1999.

“Dogs are man’s best friend”. This saying has a long history and tells us a lot about the closeness and companionship that dogs share with humans. A relationship between dog and owner is one that shares a lot of warmth and love. When you decide to adopt or buy a dog, you decide to share your life with this animal. You therefore become dedicated to ensuring your furry friend has the best life possible.

It is rightly said that in life, work and recreational activities should be balanced.  Something that brings us joy in our free time is creating memories with our family and friends. Since our dogs play such a big role in our lives, it’s important that we also make memories with them and spend quality time together. A great way to do this is engaging in some exercises, like walking or running with your pup. Better yet, you could play catch or tug of war. Not only are these activities a great way to stay active, but they strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend.

As owners, we know that dogs all over the world love tug of war. This activity has fantastic benefits for your dog’s physical and mental health. It encourages him to exercise and become more fit. As well as this, he will feel more mentally calm and composed having exerted a lot of energy playing. It’s of utmost importance that your pup releases energy through games such as this, as it will tire him out and can help to prevent bad habits like biting and scratching furniture.

Playing tug of war often your dog not only is great for him, but will give you immense pleasure and joy. Before you embark on this game with your pup, it’s important you choose the right type of toy. When choosing a toy for your dog it should be of high-quality and 100% safe for him to put in his mouth. Below is our choice of the best 15 tug of war toys for your pup, that he is sure to love.

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    1. BIONIC Toss N' Tug Chew Toy

    Our Rating:
    5/5

    The BIONIC Toss N’ Tug Chew Toy is at number one on our list since it is not only a fantastic toy for playing tug of war, but it doubles as a frisbee ring that your dog can run after and catch. The ring has a chewy texture which ensures it won’t be harmful to your pup’s teeth, and the rubber is durable ensuring that this toy will be a long-lasting item.

    Thanks to the circular shape, which the gaps in the centre, you can safely play tug with your pup. He can have one side between his teeth and you can grab the other. There will be a distance between your hand and his mouth, ensuring that he won’t accidentally bite you during play. As mentioned earlier, this toy is great for playing fetch, since its design allows it to spin and be thrown far.

    Since this toy will be in your dog’s mouth a lot, it’s incredibly important that it’s made from good materials. This toy is BPA and phthalate free, and instead is only made from natural and safe materials.  It comes in three vibrant colors; purple, orange and green. This makes it easy to spot during games of catch. 

    Another feature that makes this toy a great choice for your as an owner, is that it is very lightweight. You’ll be able to pop this object in your bag and take it to the park, and your hand won’t get tired from carrying it. Likewise, your dog won’t feel weighed down by playing with it the whole day. 

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    BIONIC Toss N' Tug Chew Toy

    2. West Paw Zogoflex Bumi Dog Tug Toy

    Our Rating:
    5/5

    West Paw is one of our favorite brands at WhyDoPets, because they make materials made from organic and safe materials. Their Zogoflex range employs the best latex-free material, which makes this tug toy 100% safe for your pup. As well as this, Zogoflex material is very strong, so your pup won’t easily damage this object.

    This ‘S’ shaped product is perfect for games of tug, and provides both you and your pup with a side to pull on. The toy is lightweight yet sturdy, meaning your dog can pull as hard as he wants and it won’t tear into two pieces. Due to its bouncy capability, you can throw this toy for your pup, and watch him bound after it in a game of fetch.

    What’s more, this toy floats and doubles in size when wet. This means that you can play with it near rivers and lakes, and if your dog loves to swim, he can catch this ‘S’ shape int the water. Therefore, this product is an all-around great object for you and your dog. 

    Some dog toys are very hard to clean, but thanks to the Zogoflex material, this one can be washed in the dishwasher. Hot water won’t affect its functionality in any way, and it is long-lasting. If you’re passionate about the environment, and buying sustainable products, then you’ll be pleased to know that Zogoflex only produces recyclable toys. If you buy this product and it comes to the end of its playing lifespan, you can recycle it. This will avoid creating extra unnecessary waste for our planet. 

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    West Paw Zogoflex Bumi Dog Tug Toy

    3. Chuckit! Medium Ultra Duo Tug

    Our Rating:
    5/5

    If you have a strong dog, who loves to bite, tug and wrestle, then this is the product for you. Chuckit! has created the Ultra Duo Tug toy, that can be used as a fetch ball, or a tug of war object. This product has two bouncy rubber balls that are attached together by a strong nylon cord. 

    The balls give a high bounce when thrown, making this a great object to play catch with. As well as this, they are easy for you to grip, since the rubber is non-slip and the ball will fit snugly in your hand. If you’d rather avoid touching the balls, which might get covered in your dog’s slobber, you can throw them by the cord, or pull on the cord to play a game of tug with your pup.

    The natural rubber used on the balls means that that this product is completely safe for your dog to use. There is no plastic used in this product, making it a better environmental choice. As well as having a great design with regard to materials, it also looks fantastic. The product uses bright orange and blue colors to make this toy easy for you and your dog to spot. Dogs are color blind, but can see orange and blue really clearly. This product will be far better for your pup’s eyes than a simple green tennis ball.

    This toy comes at a very affordable price, that is surprisingly cheap considering the effectiveness of the product and the durability it has. Check it out on Amazon to learn more and see why it is so popular with consumers.

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    Chuckit! Medium Ultra Duo Tug
    Chuckit! Medium Ultra Duo Tug

    4.Dogzilla Monster Tug Toy

    Our Rating:
    5/5

    This toy is fantastic for avid biters, or puppies that are going through teething and need an object to chew on. The Dogzilla Monster Tug Toy is a very strong product, that can withstand vigorous chewing thanks to its durable rubber. As well as this, this toy is fantastic for playing tug, thanks to having two separate ends with space in the middle.

    Not only does the rubber design ensure your dog has a strong grip on this toy, but it also allows you, the owner, to firmly hold onto the other side when playing tug. There are small bubbles that stick out on the outside of the toy, that allow for great grip, and ensure your hand won’t slip. 

    The advanced technology rubber is so strong, that your dog’s strong teeth won’t easily puncture it and destroy the product. In fact, this product is great for dental health. It’s important for your dogs to chew regularly on hard objects like bones, to ensure their teeth remain strong. It will prevent the risk of cracked teeth or gum disease.

    Finally, if red isn’t your favorite color, then you can choose from an array of other colors. This product comes in an assortments of different colors, all of which are vibrant and fun. You’ll be able to pick one that matches your pup’s other toys, or doesn’t. Whatever your preference, you’ll find this toy’s appearance can be catered to suit your desires.

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    5. ZippyPaws - Monkey RopeTugz, Squeaky and Plush Rope Tug Dog Toy

    Our Rating:
    5/5

    ZippyPaws is one of our favorite toys, because they make unbelievably cute products that not only look great, but which are highly-manufactured to ensure longevity. Although it may seem unlikely, dogs are actually drawn to toys that look different and they especially like soft toys. This toy monkey is therefore, perfect for your pup.

    This monkey rope is made from durable mountain climbing rope, and is covered by a plush fabric in the centre. So, what appears to be a cuddly object, is in fact a great toy for tug of war. Your dog can grab one of the rope, or the body of the monkey in his mouth, and you can pull the other end. Your dog will love to do this, and he’ll enjoy feeling the softer fabric between his teeth as you play.

    What’s more, this toy includes a squeaky noise, that when bitten, gives off a quacking sound. This will excite your pup, and give him more pleasure when playing. The cute monkey design comes in four different colors, although our personal favorite is the blue. Blue is a great shade for pups, since they can see it really well. 

    The toy is perfect for any size dog, big, medium or small. It’s durability and fun aesthetic makes it a perfect choice for a gift to a fellow dog owner, or for your own pup! It will definitely heighten the fun that your pup has when playing, and will become a firm favorite of his in a short amount of time.

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    ZippyPaws - Monkey RopeTugz

    6. Nerf Dog 3-Ring Tug

    Our Rating:
    4.5/5

    If you are looking for a high-quality and modern design then this is a perfect choice. Specializing in canine toys, Nerf Dog features toys that are designed specially to endure endless hours of play. This interactive product includes three durable TPR rubber rings, in yellow blue and black. Your dog will spend hours chewing and biting at these different rings, that are purposefully designed in colors that dogs can see clearly.

    Since there are three strong rings on this toy, it makes playing tug easy. You can simply grab one of the non-slip rings and pull as your dog takes another one. The durability of this product means you won’t have to replace it quickly, but your dog can instead enjoy it for a long time. 

    The material is non-toxic so can be safely used as a biting object. As well as this, these rings can be played with in water, since they are water-resistant. Liquid won’t affect the quality of the product or their functionality. For this reason you can play with this object in the bath, to make grooming time more fun, or in lakes and rivers, depending on whether your pup loves to swim.

    If your pup is teething, then this product is great to use. The soft rubber will soothe your pup’s gums and he can chew on it for hours in order to relieve himself of pain. This toy is great for any sized dog, and can be used with puppies and adult dogs. Check it out if you want a durable product that doesn’t cost a lot!

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    Nerf Dog 3-Ring Tug

    7. Ethical Pets Figure 8 Monster Bungee with Tennis Ball, 13-Inch

    Our Rating:
    4.5/5

    If you are looking for a traditional toy for your dog, that is easy to use, then this is the perfect choice. This tug of war product includes bungee material inside, making it highly flexible. It can stretch to thirteen inches, meaning that you can have incredible pull games with your dog. If your dog is an avid biter and puller, then this is the toy for you.

    The tug handles are made from a durable nylon weave, that is thick and strong. This means that is won’t wear easily, and definitely won’t tear from being overused and played with a lot. There are five different tugs available, giving you and your pup plenty of variety when it comes to playing.

    In the middle of the product is a tennis ball, which means this toy can also be used to play catch. Despite the strong nylon material, the bungee inside enables it to be lightweight, meaning that it can be thrown long distances. This toy is traditional, yet includes a few of these modern features that enables it to be unique.

    If your dog suffers from anxiety or boredom, and you’ve tried plenty of toys that just don’t do anything to his mood, then check this product out. Research has gone into making this toy, to ensure that it helps dogs exert plenty of energy, and rids your pup of any feelings of fatigue or flatness.

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    Ethical Pets Figure 8 Monster Bungee

    8. Zanies Cotton Knotted Rope Bone Dog Toy

    Our Rating:
    4.5/5

    One of the simplest toys available in the market for tug of war is this Zanies Cotton Knotted Rope Bone Dog Toy. Designed to have the shape of a bone, this toy is made up of lots of cotton rope, that is all knotted together. This gives it an unparalleled strength, making it one of the most long-lasting products on our list.

    The natural cotton in the toy makes it incredibly safe for your pup, and means it will be long-lasting. It won’t rot or snap in half.  The toy has a mixture of attractive colors, making it aesthetically pleasing and easy to see when thrown to play catch. The colors are created with natural vegetable dyes, again ensuring that no chemicals are put into this product.

    This cotton toy comes in three sizes. An 8.5 inch rope is great for smaller dogs and puppies, while the 18 inch is perfect for adult dogs and larger dogs. If you have a very big dog, then you’ll be pleased to know that Zanies manufacture a 25.40cm rope, that is incredibly hard-wearing.

    For an extremely low price, you get a fantastic chew toy, tug of war toy and product in which your dog can exercise his teeth and improve his oral health. The lack of toxic products and chemicals is also a bonus. Overall, this is one of our favorite products, which is why it’s included on our list.

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    Zanies Cotton Knotted Rope Bone Dog Toy
    Zanies Cotton Knotted Rope Bone Dog Toy

    9. SPOT Ethical Pets Forest Raccoon Skinneeez Tugs Stuffingless Dog Toy

    Our Rating:
    4.5/5

    Looking for a toy that is a bit different from your basic tug of war toys? Then you will definitely love the Skineeez cuddly toys. These delightful products come in a range of animals. You can get a forest raccoon, a duck, a fox, a monkey, a bunny and even a cockerel. Each of these toys range from around 32-46cm, and are great for tug of war, and solo play.

    The toy is stuffed with cotton and has a plush exterior, meaning that it will also be a great toy for your dog to sleep with and cuddle up to. Dogs need a lot of physical activity in the form of tug and catch, but they also love to snuggle with soft animal-shaped products. By purchasing this toy, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone as it serves both purposes.

    The toy is very lightweight, meaning you can travel with it and put it in your bag without adding extra weight. Despite its use of cotton materials, it is durable since it lacks any stuffing. This makes it limp, and ensures that it won’t be ripped apart and opened by your dog’s strong teeth.

    So, if you want a toy for your dog that you can use with him in interactive play, but that he can also enjoy alone, this is the one for you. It’s an incredible well-designed soft toy, that’s cute yet strong.

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    SPOT Ethical Pets Forest Raccoon Skinneeez Tugs Stuffingless Dog Toy
    SPOT Ethical Pets Forest Raccoon

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    10. Grriggles Knot Rope Tugs

    Our Rating:
    4.5/5

    Grriggles Knot Tugs offer three ways for dogs to play. Dog owners can throw use this rope to play catch and throw it like a ball. They can engage in an energetic game of tug with their pup, pulling on one of the rope ends while their dog puts the other in their mouth. Finally they can simply let their dogs enjoy some quiet chewing time. 

    The variety of play that this product provides is down to its ingenious design. Thick cords or rope are intertwined to create a strong product that your dog won’t bite through. The continuous loop is tied into a strong ball at its center, that is impenetrable and won’t come undone or be pulled apart by your dog’s teeth. 

    This toy is larger than others and measures at 14 inches. This means that you’ll be able to pull during a game of tug without getting too close to your dog’s sharp teeth. The vibrant design includes red, black and white cord which when knotted together creates a pinstripe look.

    Although this toy is more expensive than others on our list, that’s because it is incredibly long-lasting, and will give your pup years of enjoyment.  The thick cords of tough rope are meant to endure many happy hours of enthusiastic doggy play time, that will keep your pup distracted for long periods.

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    Grriggles Knot Rope Tugs
    Grriggles Knot Rope Tugs

    11. Dingo Jute Bite Tug With Two Handles

    Our Rating:
    4/5

    Made of a unique jute material, this product will attract your dog thanks to its natural color and smell. The material can be bitten without experiencing wear and tear, and is surrounded on either  end by two long handles. This means that your dog can play tug with you, or simply bite this toy to relieve anxiety.

    The product offers the owner a firm grip, ensuring it will not escape from your clutch. This is important since you should not leave your dog alone with this toy, in case he rips the edges. The edges are lined with a yellow material, which will be visible to your pup and should deter him from biting too hard in this area.

    The material this product is made from is incredibly environmentally friendly, and is durable. Many dog owners and dog trainers use this product when training their pups. It is great for obedience training and teaching your dog to not bite at furniture or himself. Indeed, if you are trying to wean your pup off of biting at his paws or other parts of his body, this product will be a great alternative.

    The product is available in many captivating colors and comes at a very reasonable price. When used properly and with effective supervision, it will last for a long time and will be a great product for both training and play.

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    Dingo Jute Bite Tug With Two Handles

    12. KONG - Tug - Durable Stretchy Rubber

    Our Rating:
    4/5

    KONG is a very trustworthy company that has been making products for over 40 years, and it is well-known for making fantastic toys that are durable and enjoyable. This product is no different and is a fantastic toy for playing tug of war. The stretchy rubber won’t break and your pup can take one side of this product in his mouth, and you the other, and you can both pull. The material will stretch out, but will bounce right back to its normal size after you’ve finished playing.

    There are ridges on the end of the toy, that allow for fantastic grip for both you and your pup. Because of the toys intense stretch and durability, it will fascinate him for hours. You’ll be able to engage your pup in play with this vibrant red product and get him to exert any extra energy that he has.

     The mental stimulation your dog will feel when using this toy won’t compare to anything else. If he is left indoors alone for periods of time, chewing on this will erase any boredom he is feeling. This toy will also improve his dental health, since he will be able to chew on this product without puncturing it and ruining its design. 

    Overall, if you want an environmentally made product, that has been produced in the USA and meets high industry standards, this one is for you. KONG is a trustworthy company that has been at the forefront of canine toy manufacturing for several decades. They provide quality with all of their products.

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    KONG - Tug - Durable Stretchy Rubber

    13. Pet Molar Bite Toy

    Our Rating:
    4/5

    If your dog likes to aggressively chew and play tug, there could be and underhand issue at play. Many dogs chew, bite and lick when they are experiencing teething issues. Molars in particular can cause discomfort to dogs if they aren’t taken care of. For this reason, it’s important that you give your dog food that is great for his teeth, and also provide him with toys that take care of his mouth.

    This Pet Molar Bite Toy is made with high quality TPR rubber, that won’t break. It can endure even the sharpest teeth, and is great for getting your pup’s molars working well. The soft texture design won’t hurt his teeth, but will give them a good exercise and make sure they are in fantastic working condition as it will remove tartar and plaque build up.

    This toy can be used indoors, outdoors and even in the bath. It floats, so will be a fantastic addition to your pup’s bathing routine, and will distract him while he is being shampooed and scrubbed. The toy also features a suction cup, which means it can be securely attached to a wall or a point on the floor, providing a counter-pull. This would allow your dog to play tug of war all on his own.

    This ball comes in several colors. If you want to take care of your canine’s teeth and oral health, then food is not enough. He needs products which also help, and this toy is a fantastic option. It comes in different sizes depending on your pup’s age, and is very affordable.

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    Pet Molar Bite Toy
    Pet Molar Bite Toy

    14. DOG TUG TOY Tugger Tug Chase Rope

    Our Rating:
    4/5

    This toy is definitely number one for variety in terms of color and design. The Tugger Tug Chase Rope comes in multiple color combinations, and sizes large and small. This ensures you can choose the perfect product for your dog, molding it to suit your dog’s breed, size and asethetic. 

    This product is handmade, meaning that a lot of hard work and high-quality care has gone into its production. It’s made with a fleece fabric which makes it soft and easy for your dog to hold in his mouth. However, this doesnt affect its durability. Thanks to the tight knot rope, it can withstand a lot of pulling and makes for a fantastic tug of war toy

    If you have a younger dog who needs training, you can easily make use of this product for that. This toy is fantastic for HTM, obedience, agility and flyball training. It’s easy to wash, as you can use warm water when hand-washing it. Alternatively you can simply put it in the washing machine in order to fully clean it. 

    This product is both suitable for strong dogs, and smaller pups. The warranty of this product is 24 months, guaranteeing that if you’re not satisfied with your purchases, you’ll get a replacement.

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    DOG TUG TOY Tugger Tug Chase Rope

    15. KONG - Wubba Puppy - Nylon Tug of War Dog Toy

    Our Rating:
    4/5

    Last but not least, is Wubba Puppy toy. This product is also from Kong, so you know it is a first-rate toy. The Wubba Puppy toy is specifically designed for puppies. Since many of the previous products on our list are big in size, they might not be suitable for young or smaller dogs. This toy fills that gap, and provides a suitable yet strong product for your pup.

    The product makes use of reinforced fabric and stitching, which enables it to be durable and long-lasting. It also includes a long floppy tail, which aids in developing your dog’s instinctive behaviors. Using this toy, your puppy will learn to shake and tug, and will improve his strength and biting abilities.

    The toy is fantastic for solo or interactive playtime and will keep your pup entertained for many hours at a time. It includes a squeaky sound, that is perfect for young puppies, who will learn how to engage with and appropriately respond to these small noises.

    Small enough to fit in your bag, this product can be given to entertain and calm your pup on long car journeys. It will definitely become one of your dog’s favorite toys, and is long-lasting, ensuring that your dog will get a lot of use out of it during his puppy-hood years. At a low price, this product is a complete steal. Check it out on Amazon and order one for yourself!

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    KONG - Wubba Puppy

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