Every dog I have ever come into contact with loves a ball. Classically tennis balls are about the perfect size ball for a dog. I said ‘about’. The problem is that they are too light to throw for any distance and they can be torn up pretty easily. You need dog balls that are made of good, non-toxic materials that will last the beating they are going to get. Make sure you get the correct size for your breed. A large breed could easily swallow a ball made for a toy breed. I have always had Labrador retrievers and some heavy chewers among those. I always need a dog ball that will stand up to the abuse. I have found these four brands of dog balls to be very good in strength, weight and build.
Kong Dog Toys
The Kong line of dog toys has a separate line called Air Kong. All of these toys are designed like tennis balls except the rubber is thicker, the items are heavier and Kong folks make sure no toxic materials or dyes are used in the manufacturing of these toys. They have different sizes for different breeds. Some have squeakers built in but the squeaker device is inside and covered with cloth so the dog cannot chew it out making a possible choking hazard. Kong also makes a line of solid rubber balls, practically indestructible as well as a ball that has openings for treats. The design Kong is famous for so you can fill the ball with treats and your dog can enjoy some good mental stimulation along with some fun.
Multipet makes a couple unique toys that are not the traditional types of balls. They make the Wiggly Giggly which is a ball when rolled around makes these weird giggly types of sounds. All my dogs have enjoyed these immensely. They go berserk over the noise. The balls themselves are made of a study type of plastic, toxic free of course. The giggle devices are in the ball and recessed back in the ball so they cannot be chewed out. Multipet also makes the Nobbly Wobbly which is a ball made out of intertwining and connecting rubber pieces. It is not text book round because of its composition and bounces every which way when it hits the ground.
Planet dog makes a line of balls called the Orbee. They make several different models. The classic is in the shape of the Earth and they have a line of larger ones made to mimic the planets. Great bounce to these balls and the raised continents on the clasic makes the bounce direction unpredictable. Planet Dog is one of those companies that go out of their way to make sure no toxic materials or processes are used in the making of their dog balls.
For just a plain ball to have fun with you cannot beat the Buddy Ball. These are rubber balls, hollow inside that have great bounce to them. I have never seen a dog puncture these balls so they really take the beating a good game of retrieve will put on them. These are made by Sargent a long time supplier of pet products.
Nothing beats a game of fetch since everyone is involved. Great exercise for both you and your pet. Make sure you get dog balls that are non-toxic, can take the beating and are heavy enough to get some distance. If you tire easily they make dog ball throwers so you can rest up while you are trying to tire out your partner. Now let’s go throw!