Not every dog plays with toys, but when they do, they can go through cheaply made dog, or non-dog, toys pretty quickly. Especially big puppies that tend to shred and de-squeak toys shortly after purchasing them. A dog that loves to play but destroys his toys can have you paying out more than you should be. Get the toys that stand up to everyday play … and then some.
Number 1: Classic Kong
Why it’s best:
It’s been my “best” for eight years now, and it still is. It doesn’t squeak, but it bounces, it stands up to the worst treatment my dogs can give it, and you can fill it full of dog treats mixed with peanut butter (or any concoction) and it’ll keep your dog occupied for literally hours on end. You have to work a long, eight hour day? No problem. Stuff the Kong with a peanut butter mixture, freeze it overnight, and give it to your dog when you leave for work.
Made of a tough, non-toxic, natural rubber compound, the Kong comes in several sizes and durability factors. If your dog is more alligator than puppy, get the Extreme Kong. For puppies, the Classic Kong or the Puppy Kong will suit your needs.
See it at:Amazon.com$4.99
2. JW Pet Ruffians Octopus Dog Toy
Why it’s a best pick: Dogs that love toys, tend to love squeaking toys. Unfortunately they also tend to be a budget-breaker unless you can get a good and resilient one that can withstand hours of torture. Whether your ears can withstand or not is another story. My favorite of the squeaking toys…
See it at:Amazon.com$6.29
Chuckit! Ball Launcher
Why it’s a best pick: The best invention, ever. No more slimy balls. No longer do you wear out long before your dog does. The Chuckit! does all the work for you (except for a few swings). Pick up the ball your beloved retriever brings you without even bending over. The Chuckit! is designed to pic…
See it at:Amazon.com$5.24
Nylabone Floatable Frisbee
Why it’s a best pick: Not made to withstand chewing, the Nylabone Flexible, Floatable Frisbee is the perfect retrieving toy for water-loving dogs. It’s easy for your dog to pick up, no matter where it lands, and this soft, polymer disc won’t fracture like the regular, hard plastic discs do….
See it at:Amazon.com$8.00
This article was written by Kristin Mifflin.