Best Dog Toys Made in the USA: 2020

A very large number of households in the United States today, are fortunate enough to have at least one fur baby to snuggle with. I live in such a household, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why is it so important to make sure you buy made in USA dog toys? The first thing that comes to my mind is the assurance that the toys aren’t made using toxic materials such as lead or harmful chemicals. Let’s face it. Our dogs can’t just pick up a toy with their paws. Everything goes into their mouths. You want to make sure what goes into their mouths isn’t going to make them sick. Being able to reach a published customer service number in the states is another comforting reason to buy from a USA dog toy maker. You might have a question about how to use a toy, or if a particular toy is proper to let a puppy play with. It’s so frustrating when you can’t get in touch with the manufacturer. In the event your pooch seems a little less like himself after playing with a new toy, you want to make sure that it has less to do with the new toy and more to do with the fact that the new toy is such a hit that your little guy has played longer today than he has for the past six months.

There are many, many made in USA dog toys on the market. As unsettling as it may be, there are no guidelines available stipulating what materials are allowed in your furry friend’s toys. That is why it is up to every pet parent to do due diligence when choosing your dog’s toys. I’ve done my fair share of dog toy investigative research, and I’ve come up with a short list of the most popular dog toy brands:

KONG

Kong is a very well -known pet toy company. The company was formed in 1970 when Joe, the company’s founder, was working on a VW bus. Joe’s beloved dog, Fritz, just loved gnawing on rocks and sticks and any other unhealthy crunchy thing he could get his teeth on. There was a certain automotive part Joe was working with that he would throw off to the side. A happy Fritz would return it back to him, over and over again. The part was made from heavy rubber. Evidently Fritz was delighted because not only could did he get to bite on it, but it also bounced. That gave Joe an idea and of that idea, the Kong Classic was born. The Kong Classic comes in several sizes and several colors and can be stuffed with your pup’s favorite peanut butter or treats. Your pup not only has the bouncy, rubbery Kong to play with, but she is rewarded with a treat for a job well done!

Kong offers rubber toys, plush toys, toys made from knots, toys made from tennis balls and interactive toys. All of these toys are made in the USA to strict standards. Kong also carries other pet supplies.

BENEFITS

* A vast number of toys to choose from to tug, chew, retrieve or snuggle

* Has been in business for fifty years, is very well known and easy to find

* You can choose toys based on your dog’s chewing style

SHORTCOMINGS

* Some of the plush toys get ripped apart easily and quickly

* The money back guarantee is only good for sixty days

* Although there is a telephone number provided, it is not toll-free

WEST PAW

West Paw has handcrafted some of the best dog toys right there at their warehouse in Bozeman, MT since 1996. They are proud to say that their dog toys are non-toxic, eco-friendly and have been designed and manufactured in the USA. They offer a variety of plush, fabric, interactive and latex-free chew toys. The chew toys are top rack dishwasher safe and the plush toys can be washed in the washing machine for extra convenience and peace of mind.

Ever find the perfect toy for your fluffy friend but it’s in the color you’ve hated since sixth grade when your “best friend” smooshed a cupcake (in that exact shade) in your face and made you the laughing stock of the lunch room? Fear not because West Paw offers several different colors to choose from for all of their toys. Finding that perfect toy can also depend on your pet’s age, level of chewing (gentle, moderate or tough) and toughness of playing level (light, moderate or tough). You could almost say you’re customizing your pup’s toy just for her.

BENEFITS

* Many of West Paw’s toys are even FDA compliant to children’s toy standards

* Their “Love It” guarantee does not have a time limit

* A toll-free number is listed for their excellent customer service

SHORTCOMINGS

* A little hard to find in local stores

* A little pricey

* Fair to moderate selection of toys

PLANET DOG

Planet Dog has been in business since 1997 creating ‘the best products from the best materials for your best friend.” Their company mission statement is: “Making Our Planet A Better Place by Unleashing the Power of Play.” Planet Dog’s best dog toys are eco-friendly, durable and made from renewable resources only in the USA. Several of their toys are even made from re-cycled materials.

Toy lines available are Orbee-Tuff Toys, Sports Balls, Discs and Launchers and Snoop, their interactive treat-stuffable toy.

BENEFITS

* Toll-free number available 24/7

* Sustainable

* Durable

SHORTCOMINGS

* Although they offer a 100% guarantee, it is only for forty-five days

* They do not offer plush dog toys

* Their selection is very limited, and they are hard to find

There are other companies out there that do offer dog toys that have been made in the USA. To me, these three companies have higher standards than some of the other companies and their beliefs seem to be more sincere and more transparent. They love the USA, dogs and the environment. What more could we ask for?