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Water Toys for Dogs

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Water Toys for Dogs ImagePip loves the water and I love watching her in it. We’ve played a lot of fetch through the years so here’s what I’ve learned about water toys for dogs.

Great water toys need to:

1) … float high in the water. This is important in ocean or lake swimming. Pool toys can be wide and flat but in the ocean that tends to lead to confused dogs swimming in circles and/or lost toys.

Hint: Most savvy water fetchers will orient to a splashing sound, so tossing a small stone near a toy that your dog can’t find can guide them to it.

2) … be easy to grab. A ball may float well but if it is too large your dog may have trouble grabbing it without it scooting away. Bumper sized toys or softer/smaller balls can work well as do toys with ropes which allow a larger zone for an easy grab.

3) … dry out quickly. Water toys that stay wet are no fun so pick one that dries out quickly or doesn’t take on water at all during use.

A few of my top picks include:

Chuckit Water Toy Image
Chuckit! Medium Amphibious Bumper (Colors Vary)

Ruffwear Dog Toy Image
Ruffwear Gourdo Rubber Toy for Dogs

Dog Bumper Image
Just Plain Bumper (Assorted Colors)

Each of these water toys for dogs is made for wet work, floats high in the water, and is easy for dogs to grab. Hope they bring you and your dog many hours of happy play.

Author: Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, Dog Expert, offers experienced-based dog info with humor. Author of 8 books, seen on PBS, Sarah knows all about dogs. {Pip} is her rescue dog.

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