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5 dog toys that are everyday practical

Some dog toys are more than just fun—they can help your dog eat slower, provide needed exercise, or help stimulate their brains. These five dog toys are fun and practical.

5 dog toys that are everyday practical

We all love to pamper our pups, but sometimes we want to give them a toy that’s more than just a plaything—something that nourishes them, builds agility, keeps them safe, or even challenges their minds. Fortunately, the selection of dog toys available online offers a virtually endless variety from which to choose. So, let’s take a look at some of the more practical—but still fun—doggy gear you can give your canine companions.

Puppy Teething Pack

If you’ve raised a dog from a pup, you know that teething can be a rough time—especially for your shoes, gloves, TV remote, or any other items that might look fun to chew. To help keep your puppy entertained and save some wear and tear on your possessions, the American Kennel Club has assembled a puppy teething pack—a variety pack of practical chew toys sure to satisfy the gnawing desires of the pup in your home. The pack contains a cooling Chilly Bone™, Kong® Puppy, JW EverTuff™ Treat Pods, Buddy Biscuits, and a puppy Nylabone®. There’s even a booklet with tips to help you and your pup through the teething period. [Price: $36.99]

Dog Ball Launcher

Based on a prehistoric hunting tool called the atl-atl, the Chuckit ball launcher amplifies your throwing power and gives active dogs a real run for the money. Chuckits come in various styles and sizes and are compatible with Chuckit balls or standard tennis balls. The perfect way to keep your active dog fit and entertained—without hurting your pitching arm. [Price: Varies by size and style.]

Brain Toys for Dogs

Here’s a toy designed to stimulate your dog’s mind, build problem-solving skills, and provide hours of entertainment. Part toy, part puzzle, the Brain Ball by Project Play™ is made of durable rubber and can stand up to aggressive play. Simply remove the cap, insert your dog’s favorite treat, and re-seal. This brain teaser challenges your pup’s noggin and provides stimulating play in the bargain. Ideal for working off nervous energy in dogs with separation anxiety. Brain Ball is 4” in diameter, weighs about a pound, and comes in four color options: red, yellow, green, and blue. [Price: $12.99]

Dog Feeders

It’s no secret that dogs love to eat. But some dogs eat so quickly that they experience gastrointestinal problems like bloat and regurgitation. And others need to limit their portions to control or prevent obesity. The Fun Feeder Slo-Bowl™ slows your dog’s eating by making mealtime into puzzle time.  Simply pour your dog’s kibble into the bowl’s grooves and ridges, and serve. Your dog can get every last bite, but won’t be able to rush. The bowl’s design lets you set portion sizes (holds up to 4 cups), and its sturdy plastic is phthalate-free. [Price: $19.99]

Dog Tug Toys

All tug toys are not created equal, The West Paw Zogoflex™ features a unique s-shaped design that’s both sturdy and expandable. This is the prefect tug-of-war toy if you have multiple dogs. BPA-free plastics are safe for aggressive chewers, and the design assures that your pooches will get an active workout.  Tug-of-war is excellent for building muscle and diffusing stress energy. Zygoflex™ comes in three color options: aqua, green, and orange. [Price: $16.95]

We hope these playtime ideas help you and your pup have a more enriching time together!

Cecily Kellogg is a pet lover who definitely has crazy cat lady leanings. Her pets are all shelter rescues, including the dog, who is scared of the cats. She spent eight years working as a Veterinary Technician before becoming a writer. Today she writes all over the web, including here at Figo.

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