Friday’s Favorite Five 9/16/16
Friday’s Favorite Five: Indestructible and Tough Dog Toys
For those dog lovers out there searching for “indestructible dog toys,” I am sorry to say they do not exist. Especially if you are looking for a soft or fabric-type tough dog toy – that is even more challenging. However, there are a few plush dog toys that are durable and can stand up to some dog chewing and tugging. But when your dog wants to lie down with the toy and start “picking,” it will likely be time for you to put away the dog toy or replace it. But Dexter and I do have our favorite tough, soft dog toys. Here are our top picks!
1. HuggleHounds Raccoon Knottie. These soft, plush and durable corduroy Knotties may not look like much, but they are quite durable for a plush dog toy. HuggleHounds Knottie is lined with durable Tuffut Technology and has a strong corduroy outside. Toss in 5 fun squeakers and a crinkle tail, and your dog will thank you for this fun toy. Dexter’s raccoon lasted him a few months of playing, fetching, and a little tugging until the day came when Dexter decided ‘Rocky must die’ and he picked at him until he busted a seam open. If you don’t have a picker on your hands, HuggleHounds is a fun and durable dog toy.
2. Fluff & Tuff dog toys. Dexter tested out his first Fluff & Tuff toy, Flo, in 2014. This plush dog toy is quite durable. Dexter and I can tug, fetch, and hide this tough dog toy without causing any holes or ripped seams. The company is actually located in Michigan and they are committed to quality and safety. The seams are double stitched, and the thick, plush outer fabric is lined with a thick, durable Tuffweb™ mesh liner. Dexter’s Fluff and Tuff Flo lasted just over a year before he decided he wanted to eat and pick at the fin; that is when she bit the dust. But have no fear, Ruby Rainbow and Tank The Shark made it to his toy box. They, too, are holding strong.
3. goDog Dragons toys. Dexter was introduced to these strong and tough plush dragons as a puppy. And these are another tough, soft dog toy. goDog dragons stand up to lots of fetching and tugging. The outer fabric of these plush dragons is made with bubble plush and lined with Chew Guard Technology™, and they truly stand up to tough play. These dog toys are minimally stuffed, giving them a fun, floppy play style. Once again, these dog toys lasted Dexter a good year before he decided it was time to pick and chew.
4. Katie’s Bumpers Sqwuggies. All I have to say is, “SQWUGGIE!!” and Dexter comes running! Sqwuggies are a fun and interactive tug or fetch toy. They are made from professional-grade fire hose material, so they are built to last. The squeaker inside is quiet, which makes it a great toy for dogs who are a bit sensitive to strange noises. And tug and fetch, we do! For extra fun, I attached a 5′ fleece tug rope to the end and I can ask Dexter to stay as I run around with the Sqwuggie whipping it around until I tell Dexter, “GET IT!” We have loads of fun with this tough dog toy. It stands up to some serious play. But, of course, it only lasts until Dexter decides to pick the ends. However, this was actually a hand-me-down from my last dog, so with normal play, it’s crazy tough!
5. Fleece Tug Toys. Dexter has had fleece tug toys all his life. For whatever reason, he never decides that these need to be picked apart, so they stand up to time, tugging and fetching. I prefer fleece tug toys over rope toys because I think they are soft and better for a dog’s teeth. Also, rope dog toys tend to lose their strings which can cause a choking hazard, and I’m not too fond of that aspect. And Dexter, well, he likes to take his fleece tug toy and shake his head like a mad dog, and I can’t imagine what a hard rope toy knot would feel like hitting his body. So, fleece tug toys are, so far, the only soft toy that Dexter has decided not to kill.
If not for Dexter’s picking and gnawing, I would bet all of the above durable dog toys would still be good to go.
Is your dog tough on toys? Tell me in the comments.
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