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Safe Fetch Toys for Your Dog

By: April Metroulas

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An easy and amusing game to play with your dog is fetch. Not only does playing fetch strengthen the bond between you and your dog, it gives you both healthy exercise. It also makes for a better behaved canine, and as natural chasers, dogs learn the game of fetch quickly. All you need is a little time and patience.

The more energy that you put into teaching your dog to fetch, the less desire he will have to burrow and chew. As the saying goes, "a tired dog is a good dog." In addition, a well-conditioned dog is less likely to develop diseases and joint problems. Of course, dogs with physical ailments, such as hip dysplasia, should only partake in strenuous exercise with permission from his veterinarian.

When choosing a fetch toy for your dog, always take size into consideration. You don't want to throw anything small enough that may cause a choking hazard. Here is a list of some safe fetch toys.

  • Chase and Chomp – It has a convenient handle that lets you throw the star-shaped fetch toy to your dog again and again without bending over or touching the slobbery toy. Toy is hard and durable, yet rubbery enough to bounce. Comes in 3 sizes.


  • Hyper Products Flying Duck – This toy launches over 100 feet. The Flying duck is very durable and the built-in slingshot mechanism makes it easy to launch. Also great for water play – it floats!


  • Tuffy Ring Toy – With its industrial strength construction, this toy was built to withstand all the punishment your dog can dish out. Durable yet soft, so it won't hurt your dog's teeth and gums.


  • Frequent Flyer – This toy is made tough from heavy-duty fire hose. It squeaks, flies and floats so it's great for all kinds of interactive play. Comes in 2 fun sizes.


  • Humunga-Tongue – This crazy award-winning toy is great fun for your dog and you. It has a ball on one end and a long cartoon tongue on the other, so when your dog holds the ball in his mouth ... well, you get the picture!


    Remember – even though a product may say that it is indestructible, that doesn't mean that some dogs can't chew through it. There have been quite a few reported cases of dogs chewing through so-called indestructible products. Keeping a close eye on your dog is always the best protection.


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