With summer just around the corner, there’s nothing like spending time in the water to beat the heat. And the best part about the water? You can take your four-legged best friend with you! If your pup’s spirit animal is a fish, then dog water toys are a must-have.
Dog water toys offer a great way to exercise your pup and keep him cool for the summer. These durable, waterproof toys are made to withstand every toss, throw and bounce, whether on dry land or in the water. Some of these toys even float, which is great for water dogs who love to fetch. Plus, like regular outdoor dog toys, dog water toys can be used out of the water, too, for days when you want to stay dry.
So, whether you’re heading to the pool or the dog beach, bring a towel, lather on some sunscreen, pack a bag—you can even pack your dog his own bag with Outward Hound’s DayPak—and make a splash with these nine water-friendly dog toys.
Fun to toss on the grass by the pool or out on the sand, this flyer comes in two sizes for all dog breeds to enjoy. The soft, flexible flying disc is designed to be gentle on a pup’s teeth and gums, and its rubber material is waterproof, so no worries if it flies into the pool or ocean and gets wet.
This plush whale is meant for water play. Created with heavy-duty nylon, this dog toy was built to withstand tough jaws and the rough seas—well, more like waves in the pool or ocean. For dogs who like noise makers, this toy includes puncture-proof squeakers for fun that lasts.
What’s more traditional than tossing the ol’ stick around? Your water dog can fetch this stick, which is made with real wood and durable synthetic material for chewing safety. Like real wood, this stick can float on the water, and it comes in several sizes for the enjoyment of every fetch-loving pup.
Constructed for hardcore chewers, this tug-of-war dog toy is made with seven seams and features three squeakers. Because it floats, you won’t have to worry about this toy getting lost in the water. Plus, when it gets dirty, you can toss it in the washing machine.
Chuck this bumper toy into a pool or lake, and watch your dog pull on it to his heart’s content. The soft but durable memory foam material is designed to allow your dog to bite onto the toy while you pull on the cord, enabling you to extend the game of tug-of-war into the water for hours.
Floater toys may just get your dog swimming. This ring-shaped dog toy uses “Z-Stitch technology,” which makes it extra durable with cross-stitching and a strong border webbing design. When water play ends, the fun doesn’t have to because ZippyPaws Floaterz have a soft, stuffed animal head to chew on. Choose from four animals: duck, shark, walrus and turtle.
Smile! That’s what your four-legged friend will do when he receives this silly dog toy. Rogz Grinz’s treat ball has a goofy grin design and serves as a toss toy that can be thrown on land or the sea. When you bring playtime inside, use the toy’s treat compartment to hide goodies in and keep your pup further entertained.
If you’re looking for something eco-friendly, this wacky-shaped ball might fit the bill. It’s 100 percent recyclable and BPA- and phthalate-free, making it safe and nontoxic, according to the company. The shape gives the ball an erratic bounce to keep pups on their toes, and it’s small enough to be used with most throwers for long-distance fun. Plus, it’s easy to clean; just throw it in the dishwasher and you’re set!
This doughnut-shaped dog toy features a curved lip to maximize your throw game. The thermoplastic rubber enables the toy to float, so you can bring it on trips to the beach or the pool, and the bright red color makes it easy to spot.
With all the options in dog water toys, the “dog days of the summer” can’t come soon enough! Be sure to keep your dog hydrated with fresh water (the Prima Pets collapsible travel bowl is easy and convenient to take anywhere), and when playing around a pool or a beach, keep account of your pup’s safety while swimming.
By Lauren Bronston