Balls for dogs are suitable for all sorts of games, including aporting, pulling, self-rolling, games on the water. Toys of this type have jumping ability, and most of them are also buoyant, they are noticeable in the grass and in the snow.
But most products of this type are not designed for chewing, and some are designed exclusively for adult dogs.
They are favorite toys of many dogs, but they pose a danger to the animal. First of all, harm to the teeth. In the process of chewing the ball, teeth are grinded, and the synthetic material with which the product is fitted contributes to this. Glue, with the help of which the fabric is stretched, corrodes the tooth enamel. In addition, gnawed pieces of tissue, getting into the stomach and intestines, can cause intestinal obstruction. It is often the case that during the game large animals swallowed a ball that either gets stuck in the throat, causing suffocation, or enters the stomach. Without surgery, it will not be possible to remove it, so everything can be fatal.
There are small and large size. Made of rubber products. The inner space can be filled with another smaller toy, fleece rags, inside which is a delicacy. Thanks to this possibility, it is easy to awaken an interest in an old toy with a pet. Net ball is light, does not fall into the snow, it is easily captured by the teeth and hand. The cost of the toy starts from 300 rubles. The product of this type is not suitable for dogs prone to chewing, tearing.
Ball with pen
Of interest is Jolly Pets (USA), worth from 1000 rubles. Products of different colors are made of soft plastic, but at the same time they jump well, have buoyancy. The original properties are retained even with numerous humps bites. Thanks to the handle, you can play with the pet in pulling, tying the rope. The toy is not intended for gnawing.
Luminous toys, including balls, are ideal for playing games with a dog in the dark. The range is not large enough, but there is something to choose from. Some toys are turned on and off by means of a button, others are lit by fluorescence. The most popular glowing balls for dogs Nite ize, who run on batteries, have jumping ability, buoyancy. The electronic part is hidden in a waterproof rubber case. The approximate cost of the toy is 700 rubles. Of the negative points, it should be noted unreliable plug, which often flies away, and weak batteries.
For dogs that are prone to chewing, glowing ones will do. Chuckit! ® Max Glow Ball from synthetic rubber. Very durable toy that glows brightly and long, although it requires frequent recharging. The cost of the product is about 500 rubles. The disadvantages of toys include the fact that during the game dust, hair and other small debris stick to the surface.
For puppies there is a glowing rubber Glowing ball hedgehog with soft spikes. The diameter of the product is 5.8 cm. The toy can be purchased at a price of 60-100 rubles. Especially advisable is the use of the Glowing Ball Hedgehog during the period of changing teeth.
Balls For Dogs
Balls for dogs are suitable for all sorts of games, including aporting, pulling, self-rolling, games on the water. Toys of this type have jumping……
With a beeper
Demanded ball squeaker for dogs from KONG. Products of varying degrees of stiffness for pets of different ages and strength of the jaws. Durable, rubber, suitable for intensive use, safe. The cost of the toy is 400-800 rubles. There are options of rubber with a design for tennis, as well as soft with a squeaker inside.
Soft toys in the form of balls can have built-in tweeters that encourage the game. Toys of this type are convenient to grab with your teeth, but they have several disadvantages. They are short-lived, especially with frequent games, as well as getting wet from saliva. Parts of a torn toy can be accidentally swallowed by an animal, which in turn leads to health problems. Soft ball games must be controlled by the owner.
Toys of this type are presented in two versions – made of rubber and fabric. The toy is a ball of intertwined colored rubber tubing. The product is durable, jumping. Inside some products there is a bell, if you wish, you can put a toy or a treat in it yourself. Rubber wicker costs from 300 rubles. An alternative version is made of plush, but it has a lot of flaws, in particular, poor quality of seams, insufficient strength, low wear resistance. In any case, they are not intended for chewing dogs, because the products quickly become unusable.
Plastic and rubber
Variants of conventional rubber and plastic balls for dogs, there are many, of different diameter, color, strength. But the most interesting options are with holes for food, which falls out of the ball during its rolling, or for toys of smaller diameter that make sounds.
How to choose
It is important to consider the age, size and chewing habits of the pet when choosing a ball. For puppies you should choose soft rubber toys or plush. During the change of teeth puppies begin to chew everything that gets on the tooth, so the toys are able to distract him. After teething allowed to be allowed to play with more solid rubber toys. For older dogs, it is recommended to buy soft rubber toys.
Should choose the right size. A toy that is too small may be accidentally swallowed, and it may not be interesting for a dog to play with a toy that is too large.
Toy safety is another important criterion. The material and coloring components must not be toxic. Harsh and pungent smell, damage – signs of poor-quality toys.
It is advisable to purchase toys with a raised surface. Uneven surface helps clean the teeth from plaque and massage the gums. Balls with spikes (needle), pimples are also in this category.
For pets, the color and pattern does not matter, but the products of bright colors are preferable, because they are clearly visible on the snow, in the grass, on the water. If games with a dog are frequent and in the evening, then it is advisable to purchase a glowing one.
How to teach a dog to bring the ball
The initial goal is to teach the pet to run after the object. Throwing the ball, the dog is given the command “aport!”. When a pet grabs it, it should be rewarded. After that, the object must be taken away – a treat is given in exchange for the ball. The stage is repeated several times, throwing the object for a short distance, until the pet starts to pursue it with excitement.
If the pet is inclined to run away after catching the object, then you need to use a leash. When the pet caught the ball, it is pulled to itself by winding the leash. When the animal approaches, it is praised.
At the next stage of training, emphasis is placed on the fact that the dog brought the ball, returned it to the owner. Most likely, after the dog catches the object, it will not carry it back. Therefore, it is important to develop the habit of going back after catching a toy. To do this, you need to throw the toy, and when the pet catches it, show him the second toy and throw it in the opposite direction, prompting the animal to run backwards. When the habit of returning to work out, you need to throw the ball, and when the pet catches it, show another toy, but hold it in your hand. As a result, the dog will understand that if he returns with a toy in the mouth, the owner will throw it again.
To teach a dog to bring the ball may take several days or several weeks, depending on the enthusiasm and ability to learn the animal. Some pets without any additional motivation have a passion for playing with toys of this type.