Feeling the heat this summer? Us too. We’ve gone from one long, awesome walk, to multiple shorter walks at optimal times during the day (er, that is… in the morning and later in the evening) to beat the heat. We also spend a fair bit of time enjoying the sunshine from the backyard, where Archer has lots of shade to retreat to, and the house is always an option if it gets too hot for her.
As we get set to celebrate Canada Day on Wednesday (and Lucy and Topher await Independence Day on Saturday), we decided to have a look at some awesome summer toys for dogs to enjoy. Why not keep cool with an awesome new toy?
- Wet Wubba, KONG ($9.99)
We recommend KONG toys for any dog—but especially for heavy chewers. If you tend to go through dog toys fast, you need to start investing in some quality, heavy-duty toys. The Wet Wubba by KONG is just that—typical KONG toughness, but built for enjoyment in the water. It’s easy-to-spot colours and size makes it perfect for retrieving in a pool or on the lake, and the extra neoprene fabric is tough enough for a game of tug-o-war afterward. However, we’d like to take note that this is a retrieval toy and not designed as a chew toy. It’ll stand up to some inevitable chewing, but not as a dedicated chew toy.
- Chilly Bone, Multi Pet ($8.99)
Soak and freeze, and let your pup enjoy this while outside in the yard. The more it melts, the messier it gets! Easy to clean (toss it in the washing machine!) and great for a hot day. It won’t stand up to heavy chewing, but for the price makes a great option for staying cool in the summer.
- Tugga Wubba, KONG ($10.49)
Another awesome toy by Kong, but this one with a little more oomph! Especially great for multiple dogs to play tug-o-war with, dunk this toy in some water and toss. It doesn’t have a squeaker which, depending on your dog, may be a deal breaker. But for a pup-parent who seeks a great toy without the noise, this is for you! Comes in 3 sizes.
- Arctic Freeze, Hugs Pet Products ($12)
A cool option for teething puppies and adult dogs alike! Can be frozen for summer fun, or used as an everyday treat ball (or dare I say both? Freeze some treats inside?). Not for heavy chewers, but great as a treat and even better for teething puppies!
- Romp-n-Roll Ball, Jolly Pets ($18.99)
A big toy and lots of fun! Use it as a floaty in the water or kick it around in the yard, the Romp-n-Roll Ball is large and in charge with a rope attached for even more play options. It’s great any time of year, but we especially like it for it’s easy visibility (and big splash!) in the water.
Reminder: Do Not Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car This Summer!
It has to be said, and we’ll keep saying it over and over and over again until everyone understands the horror of leaving a dog in a hot car. We wrote about it last year, and think it’s worthwhile to come back to each summer. Cars can get really hot really fast. Be a responsible pup-parent and plan ahead! And as always, never ever ever leave your dog in the car unattended.