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Whether you’re working at home or working away from home, choose only the best American-made toys for dogs. These toys are safe for your furry friends because they’re made with safe materials.
Best Dog Toys Made in the USA
Picture these scenarios: You’re working from home, and you’re in the middle of a Zoom call when your furry friend decides he needs attention.
You’re cleaning up all the spilled rice in your kitchen when your energetic dog saunters in for a tug-of-war game, sending the rice deeper under your appliances and cabinets.
You come home from a long run or day at work, only to find your bored dog has completely unwound the toilet paper roll.
Being dog parents isn’t always an easy task. As much as you love your pet, you still have a life and can’t give him 24/7 attention when he’s sometimes asking for it.
Instead of feeling guilty, hiring a pet sitter, or punishing your friends for their destructive behaviors, give some thought to the dog toys you choose. This is especially important when your dog is home alone.
Well-chosen dog toys are a great way for pet owners to provide the mental stimulation dogs need. Whether they’re suffering from separation anxiety, exhibiting problem behaviors, or just need some much-needed interactive play, the best dog toys can help ameliorate these problems.
USA Love List has come up with some top picks in a variety of sizes and types of toys. Whether your friends want squeaky toys or a plush dog toy, small size toys, or large size toys, you’ll find the perfect dog toys that yield excellent results both for your choosy canine and for you.
As always, the best option for your dog is a toy made in the USA.
I have a small dog, Macy, who means the world to me. I became alarmed when Macy recently developed a cyst on her chin. For a couple of months, we would apply a topical ointment the vet gave us until it healed…only to return again a couple of weeks later. After about four months of this process, I started to wonder if her dog chews had something to do with it. After reading the label on the package, I discovered these chews were made somewhere other than the USA, and they had questionable ingredients. For those reasons, I stopped giving them to her. Within a month, that cyst disappeared and has yet to return.
My dog’s health had been compromised due to the chews I was giving her: chews made somewhere other than the USA. That was a difficult lesson for me to learn because Macy suffered from my choice.
Now, everything she puts in her mouth, from her food to her treats, from chews to her toys, comes from American makers. Even now as I write this post, she's enjoying her favorite toy from one of the companies we list below.
Although there are no official regulations surrounding dog toys made in the USA like there are dog food and children’s toys, some American manufacturers voluntarily choose to follow these same guidelines for dog toys. That means the dog toys we recommend do not have toxic materials such as BPA, lead, arsenic, formaldehyde, PVC, and more.
And even though made in America doesn’t necessarily translate into manufacturers not using toxic materials, you will find them to be transparent. If you’re unsure about what to buy, contact the manufacturer directly.
We once owned a Jack Russell Terrier who LOVED shredding objects to get rid of her boredom or nervous energy. We quickly learned to give her toys she wouldn’t chew and swallow. Some toys are hazardous because your pet can choke on them, either by shredding or by chewing on small pieces. On the other hand, choosing from our list of American-made dog toys greatly diminishes that possibility. Many USA dog toy manufacturers simply are aware of this danger and choose to find better ways of making them.
Other Reasons for Buying USA-Made Dog Toys
Whenever you buy from any American manufacturer, you’re helping another person receive a paycheck. That’s always good. I live among the Amish who relentlessly pursue their Old Order ways with their small businesses. I go out of my way to buy from them. Each time I do, I help them maintain their way of life.
Another reason I choose USA-made is for customer service. These workers are personable, kind, and ready to help. If an issue arises, it’s good to know I can contact and talk to a real person instead of robots.
A final reason is because of the mutual care and respect we dog owners feel toward our pets. Generally speaking, those of us in America who own pets do so out of love and companionship. We all want what’s best for our own sweet, furry canines, and that includes giving them safe toys to play with.
A Final Note of Caution
No dog toy is completely indestructible. Choose toys based on your dog’s size, age, and playing habits. Inspect the toys regularly. If damage occurs, recycle and replace.
Without further ado, let’s get to the list of the best dog toys made in the USA!
Best American Made Toys for Dogs Home Alone
Do you have a favorite American-made dog toy for when your dog is home alone that we didn't list? Leave a comment with a link, and we will check it out! As always, thanks for buying made in the USA.
Baxter Boo is an online pet store that includes dog toys made in the USA. When you type “dog toys made in the USA,” you receive all kinds of choices from some of our favorite brands included in our list! Baxter Boo provides one-stop shopping. Whether you’re looking for durable rubber toys, plush toys, puzzle toys…toys for light or heavy chewers, puppies, or adult dogs, you’ll find what you’re looking for on this website. Just be sure you see the magic words, “Made in the USA.”
“Bene” is a Latin prefix meaning “well.” It’s a guiding principle for those at Benebone. Satisfy your dog’s need to chew with these nylon chew toys made in the USA. They feature real flavors such as bacon, chicken, and peanut butter. They come in a number of shapes for friends “without thumbs,” the most popular being the wishbone and zaggler. Be sure to check the appropriate product size for your dog. Note: While these toys are bursting with flavor, they’re meant to be chewed and not eaten. Buy on the Benebone website or at Chewy, Petco, or Amazon.
Cycle Dog is a small, earth-friendly pet company. It produces collars, leashes, bowls, toys, beds, jackets, and rubber toys in Portland, Oregon, all utilizing post-consumer recycled materials. These products are designed for durability, sustainability, and absolute fun. Each product is tested in an indoor play area by a team of rigorous doggy testers. If a toy problem occurs, Cycle Dog backs its products with a “We Care Guarantee.” Personally, I really like the brand’s Duraplush toys. They’re made of eco-friendly materials and feature springy construction. No stuffing or squeakers for safer play, especially for super shredders. They look very plush but won’t shred. No destructive chewing with these toys!
Goughnuts toys, shaped like doughnuts, are made from 100% natural rubber and are made in Los Angeles, California. This dog toy company is founded on the idea that your pets should have fun and be safe. A really great feature about their products is they’ve incorporated a “safety indicator” into their ring and stick toys, a huge help when you're busy in your home. If your pup gnaws his way through the outer layer exposing the red indicator, Goughnuts will replace your toy. Shop on the Goughnuts website or on Amazon.
Jolly Pets makes the Jolly soccer ball that’s good for dogs of all sizes—even my little 10-pound dog! Made of JollyFlex™ material, this ball can be punctured and will not deflate. Even if your dog puts a hole in it, this toy will still keep its shape. Choose from three different colors. Even though a ball is typically a "fetch" toy, I include it because I’ve seen several dogs chase the ball by themselves, as if they’re practicing their soccer moves! It provides great exercise and physical stimulation for your dog, with or without you! Shop the Jolly Pets website or on Amazon, Petco, or Walmart.
Kong rubber toys are America’s original game and puzzle toys. They’re made from non-toxic, dishwasher-safe rubber and have a hollow center for holding treats. They roll and bounce, keeping your furry canine busy for a long time as he/she tries to get treats and dog-safe peanut butter out of its middle. Shop for Kongs made for puppies as well as for different chewers. They even make Kong toys for older dogs. The Kong website shares good information on which toys are right for your dog. You can’t go wrong with the Kong classic dog toy and the kong wobbler. Note: Kong non-rubber toys are NOT made in the USA. Shop on the Kong website or at Chewy, Amazon, PetSmart, or Petco.
Mirage Pet Products, located in Missouri, makes a number of dog toys in the USA, along with other pet supplies. Mirage Pet Products uses high-quality materials in all its dog toys. I recommend the plush, stuffing-free toys in bone and heart shapes for the dog who requires some alone time. All stuffing-free toys come with a squeaker and are available in two sizes. Shop on the Mirage Pet Products website or on Amazon.
Only Natural Pet is an online source for natural, organic dog toys. The website curates eco-friendly, chemical-free toys made in the USA. Choose from your favorite brands such as West Paw, Kong, Orbee Tuff, and more. Note: Not everything on the Only Natural Pet website is made in the USA, so type “dog toys made in USA” into the search bar and then confirm by reading the product description. Toys with the Only Natural Pet label are made in India.
Planet Dog makes Orbee-Tuff balls and brain teasers. These toys are durable, non-toxic, and USA-made. The Orbee-Tuff Link Treat features a translucent tube with treats inside. It challenges your dog to work to get to the treats. You can bend the toy to accommodate the level of difficulty for your dog. If your canine is especially bright, challenge him/her with the eight-link double Tuff Link. Purchase at OnlyNaturalPet.com or at Amazon.
Check out Rocco & Roxie’s Fetchable Fun Dog Toy Ball made in the USA. Of course, it's made for a great game of fetch, but your dog will also enjoy chewing on it to get rid of some nervous energy. It comes in two sizes and is free of BPAs, Phthalates, latex, and heavy metals. NOTE: Other Rocco & Roxie's dog toys are NOT made in USA. Purchase on the Rocco & Roxie website, at Chewy, or on Amazon.
RuffDawg has been keeping dogs active and curious since 1998. This company, located in Massachusetts, develops and makes many non-toxic dog toys for dogs of any age and size. Check out the Gummy Bear Crunch. It has a special lining that gives it a crunchy sound that dogs love. RuffDawg toys are recyclable and FDA-approved. Shop the RuffDawg website, Amazon, Chewy, and Walmart.
All SodaPup dog toys are made in the USA from FDA-compliant materials that are safe for your dog. The company’s proprietary rubber compound provides maximum tear strength, making them extremely durable and tough. Choose from chewing toys, puzzle feeding mats, treat dispensers, and nylon dog toys, all made for dogs of different sizes and chew strengths. I recently observed a dog enjoy her snacks from an enrichment lick mat. This tool helped her slow down and calm down as she entertained herself. Buy on the SodaPup website, or purchase from Chewy, Walmart, or Amazon.
Stuff the hole of this dishwasher-safe toy with your dog’s favorite treats and keep your dog’s brain busy. The USA K-9 grenade is made from a non-toxic, FDA-compliant natural rubber the manufacturer calls “puppyprene” to keep your dog safe as he/she chews. Choose medium size for small breeds and large for bigger dogs. USA-K9 is a Veteran-owned company that manufactures all its pet toys in the USA. Purchase on the USA K-9 website.
West Paw is a certified B Corporation recognized for its social and environmental performance. Located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana, the company makes every eco-friendly toy product it sells in its facility for the highest quality control it can provide. Try the plush toys for light chewing, throwing, or playing. The Qwizl, a puzzle toy, is for the tough chewer who likes treats. The Skamp, part of the Zogoflex Echo line, always bounces back to your dog for hours of self-fun or interactive play with you. Buy on the West Paw website where you’ll receive free shipping on orders over $75, or find select dog toys at Amazon, Petco, and Chewy.
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Tammy Tilley is a southern transplant living in the Midwest. Growing up in the West Virginia hills, she was surrounded by family and friends who made things with their hands, from a penny whistle carved from the backyard tree’s branches to the hand-hewn wooden cradle gifted to her when her firstborn arrived. As an adult, she continues to be fascinated by the small cottage businesses the Amish and Mennonite communities cultivate in Northern Indiana. Tammy holds a B.A. and M.S. in English/Education.