It's easy to find inexpensive dog toys - but many of them aren't safe or durable. They can contain toxins, are often made from toxic materials (including lead) that harm your dog's health, their teeth or cause internal blockages if swallowed. And, of course, many of them only last 5 minutes.
Did you know that one of the worst things you can give your retrieving dog to play with is a tennis ball? The material that covers the ball will actually wear down your dog's teeth. I found this out from my vet after my lab's teeth were completely ground down and it was too late.
What's good is that you can now find eco-friendly toys that are fun, safe, interesting and durable. Here are a few of my favorites.
These balls fit into any standard ball launcher, bounce beautifully, contain a squeaker for noisy fun, and are covered with material that won't hurt your dog's teeth. If you'd like to see more about it, you can see the details page on The Camping Dog website.
These are just for ball dogs. They fit in a standard ball launcher, but are nice and heavy. They're made from recycled materials and can be recycled after many years of use. They come in fun and vibrant colors, and bounce in all sorts of unexpected ways due to their shape. Dogs love the challenge of chasing them. See the full details on The Camping Dog website.
For dogs that like soft toys, these are wonderful. They're great for training retrievers and float nicely. They're easy for dogs to catch and won't hurt their mouths. The bright colors make them easy to find and just plain fun.
Natural fiber toys are among my favorite things. While it's true their life span is shorter than some of the other toys mentioned here, they're great because fleece is a nice way to help keep your dog's teeth clean. There are great tug toys for a game of tug with your furred friend, or for games of tug between multiple dogs. Lots of different types of are available. You can find quite a variety on The Camping Dog site.
Since they're made of fleece, these toys can go a long way toward helping your dog's teeth stay clean. But since these are made of bungee materials, many a good tug game is in store. Some of the styles are funny! You can get a duck, a dog, a pig, or a lion. If you'd like to see a larger picture of each one and details of how they're made, check out The Camping Dog site.
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