Top Dog Toy Trends of 2021

Now, more than ever, dogs are a part of the family (that’s especially true in our family which consists of only fur-kids!) and you want to be as particular about their toys as you would for your (slightly) less furry children. Dog toy trends this year cover everything from indestructible toys to new textures, sounds and more! Let’s dig into the top dog toy trends of 2021.

Dog toy trends 2021
For the Fashionable Dog

The Haute Diggity Dog Muttini Bar Collection is a squeaky dog toy collection that’s trending this year, so your dog can have their own version of your favorite bottle. From ‘Dog Perignon Champagne’ to a ‘Grrrona Beer Bottle,’ you can either match your dog’s stuffed toy to your favorite drink or pick one that matches their unique personality. For an Instagram-worthy photo shoot, pick up a Haute Diggity Dog Muttini Bar squeaky toy!

For Extreme Chewers

Dogs who are extreme chewers can cost you a lot of money (trust me on this one)! They destroy expensive toys quickly, and then chew on your valuables, shoes, even furniture! (We’re probably never buying anything new ever again.) In comes the HDP Kong Rubber Ball Extreme! This can be used both as a chew toy and as a great ball to use to play fetch since it bounces. The rubber helps clean teeth and soothe the gums of aggressive chewers, and is available in three sizes, so no matter how big your dog is, there is an HDP Kong Rubber Ball Extreme that is perfect for them. 

A New Kind of Stuffed Toy

The KONG Wild Knots Bears are large bears that have an internal knotted rope to keep your dogs interested. With squeakers and a minimal amount of stuffing, KONG is the leading dog toy company for a reason! With cute ‘teddy bear’ aesthetics, featuring bright-colored patches, KONG Wild Knots Bears come in four sizes, from small all the way up to an X-Large that is over a foot tall, so you can pick the perfect bear for your dog no matter how big or small they are.

For Dogs Who Love Frisbees and Playing Fetch

The CHUCKIT! Flying Squirrel is becoming hugely popular this year for people who own retrievers, or any dog that enjoys playing fetch or with frisbees. With its aerodynamic shape that allows you to throw the Flying Squirrel like a frisbee so that it spins, or like a normal dog toy, due to the four ‘grabbable’ corners. The CHUCKIT! Flying Squirrel is made out of a rugged, durable canvas, with high visibility colors and glow-in-the-dark “paws” so you can enjoy playing with your dog no matter what time it is.

For Dogs With Anxiety

For dogs who have anxiety due to separation, thunderstorms, loud noises, or because they are young puppies not used to being away from their mother, the SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy has gotten thousands of five-star reviews for a reason. The SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy is a machine washable stuffed dog that comes in a variety of colors, with a real-feel pulsing heartbeat, and a non-toxic, disposable heat source that calms anxious dogs by appealing to their natural instincts.

Whether you’re celebrating your dog’s birthday, looking for a stocking stuffer for the holidays, or are simply just celebrating your dog, these dog toy trends are definitely here to stay!

Abi Pennavaria is a dog mom, avid veterinary volunteer, and co-author of the Saved By The Bark blog