This week we feature what are, in our opinion, the 5 best dog toys.
Not to mix metaphors, but I dont really have a horse in this race – Tongka likes puzzles more than anything. I had never seen a dog turn his nose up at a Kong, for example, but….. I guess everyone’s a little different!
In any case, this is what our informal survey revealed.
We hope you enjoy.
Thank you so much,
Sidra, David and Tongka
We always talk about how to educate and train the dog. We talk about medical treatment and its well-being … but if the dog could talk what would it like? Playing, eating, running and playing again. Ok… maybe someone would prefer to sleep … and lots of pampering. Unfortunately, with work commitments and many things to do, we cannot dedicate the whole day to our 4-legged friend.
This is why it is important to choose the best toys for him. Dog toys, just like children’s toys, aren’t just for entertaining them. In fact, the best dog toys help solve many behavioral problems, and if we buy the right toys for puppies, we avoid many problems on first hand.
A dog toy has the function of entertaining, comforting, easing pain, developing reasoning and logical thinking, concentration and intelligence. Finally, playing with our dogs helps to establish a deep bond of friendship.
Also dog toys solves many other problems:
Teething. Just like children, the puppy feels pain and discomfort during teehing. Chewing helps to massage teeth and gums and to comfort him when he feels pain.
Weight management. Some dogs tend to overeat. Sometimes they do it because they get bored, sometimes to calm down, other times to comfort themselves. Biting a toy relieves stress and helps the dog not go overboard with food.
Digging, barking, destructive behaviour. A bored dog is also a dog that immediately finds something else to do. Often he does something that bothers us, like barking constantly, chewing furniture or clothes, digging in the garden or in flower pots! A toy to bite and chew keeps him entertained for hours.
To choose a toy that is safe for the dog you have to choose robust and durable materials, and above all, choose the toy based on the size of the dog.
We have selected 5 of the best-selling dog toys in the world, used by millions of dogs and tested by their human parents!
1 KONG – Classic Dog Toy
Kong is a dog toy made of natural rubber. It is one of the best selling and most appreciated. Thanks to its consistency it is able to satisfy your dog’s instincts. Its main characteristics are:
This is a Classic Rubber for average chewers. Also you can buy Puppy rubber for beginner chewers, Senior rubber for Aging chewers, Extreme rubber for power chewers.
Whatever the size of your dog, you can find a Kong rubber dedicated to him. Biting is a primordial instinct of the dog, it comes from his ancestors wolves and reminds him that he needs to hunt and bite his prey. The most important advantage is that the dog will stop biting and destroying objects around the house!
Also, you can fill the toy with some treats to make the game more exciting and appealing.
2 Chuckit! Ultra Ball
Chuckit is an exceptional bounce ball. Your dog will love it right away! Very fun to play outdoors, in the garden, in the park or on the beach! Its strengths are:
For lively dogs who love being outdoors, Chuckit is a tough and long lasting fetch ball. Dogs who love to run and bring back objects will be thrilled with this new game.
Running is a very important activity for the dog who should have the opportunity to be outdoors since he is a puppy and throughout his life. It is true that some breeds are lazier and others more lively, but running is a natural instinct that must be enhanced.
With Chuckit ball you can satisfy the needs of a lively dog, but you can also grab the attention of a lazy or overweight dog who needs to exercise.
The ball is sturdy, but it is very light and floats in the water, so you won’t risk losing it and your dog can also have fun at the sea, lake or swimming pool. The bright orange and blue colors attract the dog’s attention and also prevent the ball from getting lost in the grass. The package includes two Chuckit balls, so you can use one outdoors and a clean one to keep at home.
3 StarMark Bob-A-Lot
Bob-A-Lot is a funny Interactive Dog Toy. It is perfect to enternain the dog when home alone and you can fill it with a full meal. In fact the dispenser is big enough to contain 3 cups of dog croquettes.
Its special shape always remains standing and oscillates under the thrusts that the dog will give with the muzzle and with the paws. The bottom is heavy and even when it rolls, the toy does it discontinuously, attracting the dog’s attention.
When you leave your dog alone all day long you can fill Bob-A-Lot with the amount of food suitable for a meal. When instead you want him to entertaining him and play, put inside only a few treats that can stimulate the sense of smell and curiosity.
The openings from which the food flows, can be adjusted to create different levels of difficulty depending on the age of the dog and his habit of playing games of this type. You can start from the simplest level and then move on to the greater difficulty that will take the dog more time to get to the treat.
4 Outward Hound Interactive Puzzle Toy
Your dog will not resist to these two soft and cuddly stuffed hedgehogs! Remove them from the trunk is not easy as it seems. This toy will entertain your dog for hours!
Do you know that soft toys remind the dog of the litter? This is why they love blankets, pillows and cuddly toys from an early age. When they grow up, dogs are oriented towards different types of materials.
For some it will be better to play with strong rubber, but others are crazy about puppets and soft toys like this! If your dog loves to chew and pull blankets, curtains, pillows, shoes and clothes, try this irresistible game!
Instinctively the dog will try to grab and pull the hedgies out, but these are fixed inside and to be able to remove them he must open the lid. A real brain teaser that keeps the dog entertained for a long time and develops his patience and intelligence.
Also there are hidden squeakers in the trunk that will keep the dog alert and focused for the duration of the game and make it much more fun.
5 AMZpets Dog Ropes Set
Pull and chew ropes are a must among dog toys. This 7 ropes set is made of super-resistant cotton capable of keeping up with even the strongest dogs!
The ropes have different shapes and lengths for pulling, biting and chewing. They are useful for entertaining the dog when he is alone, and are an excellent toy for building a fantastic relationship with your dog. In fact, tug of war is one of the most popular games for dogs and is perfect for reducing stress.
The knots on the ropes are also suitable for puppies to relieve pain in the teeth and gums, although the puppies should always be checked and never left alone with the ropes.
These ropes are very resistant suitable for aggressive chewers that tend to destroy the objects in the house. Natural fibers are washable to maintain perfect hygiene.
We hope you like our selection and you get some inspiration to find something for your dog. Choose the best toy and make him happy!