Dog toys: How to pick the best and safest
For dogs and other pets, Squeaky Dog Toys are not a luxury, but a necessity. Toys are important to your dog’s well-being. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave your dog at home and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. Toys can even help prevent your dog from developing certain problem behaviors.
Although cats can be pretty picky about toys, dogs are often more than willing to play with any object they can get their paws on. That means you'll need to be particularly careful when monitoring your dog's playtime to prevent any "unscheduled" activities.
Many factors contribute to the safety or danger of a toy, and a number of them depend upon your dog's size, activity level and preferences. Another thing to consider is the environment where your dog spends their time. Although we can't guarantee the safety of any specific toy, we can offer the following guidelines.
The things that are usually most attractive to dogs are often the very things that are the most dangerous. Dog-proof your home by removing string, ribbon, rubber bands, children's toys, pantyhose and other inedible items that could be swallowed.
Be sure to buy toys of appropriate size for your dog. Toys that are too small can easily be swallowed or become lodged in your dog's throat.
Other Squeaky Dog Toys
Other Squeaky Dog Toys Your Dog Will Love
1. A Chuckit! Ultra Squeaker Ball!
This fun fetch ball is not only popular for its squeak, but for its durability too! Designed to keep your dog engaged in fetch, Chuckit!'s Ultra Squeaker has a high pitch squeak that dogs can't get enough of. As they fetch the ball, the tough, durable rubber holds up as they chomp down on the ball for a squeak! Available in a variety of sizes here at Petmate. Order one today for your dog!
2. JW's Megalast Pyramid Ball!
JW's Megalast Pyramid Ball is a dog toy with a pyramid shape that makes the ball roll in an erratic path that dogs love chasing after. Made from JW's super tough Megalastomer material, this toy is designed to last for years and includes a patented squeaker on the inside that dogs can't get enough of. Whether your dog is an active ball chaser or just likes to lay down with the ball in their mouth, JW's Megalast Pyramid Ball is perfect for any dog that enjoys squeaks! Order one today from Petmate!
3. A JW iSqueak Ball!
JW's iSqueak Ball is a ball made for squeaks! LITERALLY... Squeak is in the name! Intelligently designed by JW, this ball features a patented squeaker on the inside that has a high-pitched squeak that most dogs become obsessed with. The super tough rubber holds up to your dogs chomping as they squeak the ball. PLUS it makes for a great game of fetch! be warned though... After a thousand squeaks, you'll be tricking your dog into looking the other way while you remove the ball from being played with. Available in three sizes here on petmate! Order one today!
4. A Squeaky Football!
If your dog likes footballs and squeaks, then the JW Funble Football is the PERFECT toy for them! This heavy-duty, squeaky football is made with thick-walled rubber for aggressive chewing and is great for fetch too! The ridges make it super easy for your dog to pick up and carry around as he chomps down for that glorious squeaky noise. Order it today from Petmate!
5. A Squeaky Bouncin' Baseball!
JW's iSqueak Bouncin' Baseball Dog Toy is a popular one among the brand. Countless pet parents rave about its durability and how much their dogs love this ball! Featuring a patented squeaker and made with thick-walled rubber, this ball bounces high in the sky and has an irresistible squeaker that dogs go crazy over. Get your dog one today here at Petmate. Available in three sizes: small, medium, or large.
6. A Ball That's Hip & Cool!
Known for it's super-cool vibe and hip sunglasses, JW's Hip Cuz is a popular squeaky dog toy among JW fans, especially if you have a large dog. This squeaky dog toy is like a ball with feet made from super tough rubber with a tough squeaker inside that dogs love squeaking. When thrown, the feet cause the ball to bounce in an erratic path that dogs love chasing after. Available in two sizes here at Petmate. Order one today!
Treat-Dispensing Dog Toys
We evaluated several features in our Treat Dispensing Toys: sturdiness, rate of treat payout, ease of treat-loading, steepness of the learning curve for our test dogs, value as an interactive toy, safety, noise factor, and cost. We also looked for the following traits:
• sturdy enough to withstand the assault of frustrated canines’ canines when the well of treats runs dry
• no parts that can be easily removed and swallowed; no holes big enough to trap doggie jaws
• ability to keep dogs active and interested for long periods
• offer a high enough payout rate to hold the dog’s interest but not so high that the treats run out in five minutes
• quiet enough that they don’t drive you (or your next-door-apartment-dwelling neighbor) crazy
• easy to load with treats
• simple enough for the dog to learn how to use them in a reasonable period of time
• and, of course, affordable.
All of the top-rated products are hard to clean, by the way. When they need cleaning, we suggest sending them through the dishwasher, then doing your best to shake out excess water and setting them out to finish drying before loading them up with treats again.
The Many Benefits of Chew Toys For Dogs
Chew toys may be safer for your dog than dog bones.
Despite common associations made between dogs and bones, bones can be dangerous for dogs. They are a choking hazard and can harm your dog’s mouth as well as cause broken teeth, digestion issues, and blockages. Cooked bones and rawhide are especially unsafe. We recommend heavy-duty, durable rubber, non-consumable, chew toys to safely satisfy your pup’s instinct to chew.
Chew toys promote dental health.
Chewing can help clean your dog’s teeth and gums — like Arm & Hammer, but for your dog’s mouth. The act of chewing helps smooth the teeth and scrapes away at tartar. It also promotes antibacterial saliva that cleanses your dog’s mouth. You may also notice your dog’s breath improving from dental chews! Just remember that chews can never replace a bristle brush. Always brush your dog’s teeth and supplement their dental health with chews.
Chew toys can relieve dogs of stress and anxiety.
Just like yoga or meditation may be calming for humans, chewing can be a zen activity for dogs. When anxious, dogs tend to chew in an effort to ease those feelings. If your pup gets stressed at the sound of fireworks and storms or suffers from separation anxiety, try giving them a chew toy during those times to help keep them calm and happy.
Dog chew toys help with teething puppies.
A puppy chew toy is a must for your new furbaby! Chewing can help ease the pain that puppies are experiencing while they are teething. If your pup’s gums seem extra tender, dog owners can try putting a chew toy in the freezer before giving it to your pup for an added soothing effect. Chewing also promotes teeth growth so your puppy can develop healthy and strong adult doggie teeth.
Dog toys for chewing provide mental stimulation.
Just like dogs need physical exercise, they also need mental stimulation. Chewing is a really exciting activity for dogs and requires a lot of their focus. Chew toys and interactive dog toys are great ways to build your dog’s brainpower!
Durable dog toys help prevent destructive chewing.
As you now know, dogs LOVE and NEED to chew. However, you don’t want your leather shoes or fancy furniture to be the victim of your dog’s natural chewing instincts. Chew toys are a great way to prevent destructive chewing. If you can redirect them to toys meant to be chewed on, they can reap all of the above benefits without damaging any of your shoes!
Dog Circular Ring Chew Toys for Aggressive Chewers, Durable Non-Toxic Natural Rubber
Improve dental hygiene - chewing can help improve your dog’s dental hygiene to keep them healthy, and reduce anxiety and stop chewing on furniture & personal belongings.
Aggressive chewer approved - This industrial-strength natural rubber Circular Ring Chew Toy has been tested and approved by German Shepherds, Pitbulls, Beagle, Husky, and many other aggressive chewers.
Indestructible chew toy - Made from the toughest natural rubber; solid and nearly indestructible for power chewing Dogs!
100% Safe & non-toxic - you can be 100% reassured that your dog Isn't chewing on some rubber ball made with chemicals harmful to your dog's health
Interactive dog toy - chewing, fetching, or tug of war - 6 " in diameter and 1" In thick; a great way to have more interactive fun with your puppy, use it for fetch, or even tug of war and keep your dog entertained for hours.