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As part of a larger initiative to educate dog owners on proper nutrition, effective training, and other ways to raise a happy and healthy dog, the Dogington Post is reviewing products, toys, foods, treats, and trainers in our first annual Dogington Post Awards Program!
Each week, we’ll present 3 nominees in a particular category. And, YOU, our readers, will have an opportunity to weigh-in on your favorites, to help us choose a winner!
Nominees from each category for the Dogington Post Award have been selected based on strict criteria including safety, durability, quality, craftsmanship, and manufacturer ethics.
This week, we’re presenting the nominees for Best Dog Toy for 2012!
An excellent dog toy will encourage active playtime, stimulate your dog mentally, or provide a safe outlet for natural chewing behavior.
Dogington Post’s Best Toy nominees are:
1. PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys: PrideBites are more than just a stuffed dog toy. These cleverly designed toys are tough enough for tug-o-war, feature sewn-in squeakers that won’t lose their sound even after hours of chewing and fetching, and they float, making them a great pool toy or beach bag must-have! Besides being downright adorable, PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys are durable enough for even the most active chewers, lightweight for hours of tireless play, and totally machine washable! Best of all, they promote active playtime for both you AND your dog together!
PrideBites are available in dozens of different dog-friendly shapes and sizes, from bones and fire hydrants, to cats and even a mustache, you’re sure to find a PrideBite that fits your dog’s personality!
What’s more, PrideBites gives back to the dog community through their “Buy a Toy, Help Save a Dog” program. For every single toy sold, PrideBites donates $1 to animal shelters and other organizations that help dogs in need.
Because of excellent craftsmanship and quality, a product that encourages healthy, interactive play between dogs and their humans, and their dedication to giving back to the dog community, PrideBites has easily earned Dogington Post’s nomination for Best Toy in 2012!
2. Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles: There are a zillion plastic puzzles and treat-hider toys on the market, but none as skillfully made, durable, and fun as the classic wooden dog puzzles by Nina Ottosson. A healthy and well balanced dog needs mental stimulation in addition to physical exercise and healthy diet. Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles are an excellent way for your dog to get the brain exercises he needs.
Much more durable and rugged than the cheap plastic knockoffs, these are the only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board. Plus, they’re available in 14 different difficulty levels, from an easy first-timer’s puzzle to a more complex puzzle for seasoned dogs.
Besides just being plain ol’ fun for your pooch by providing a necessary mental challenge, Nina Ottosson Wooden Puzzle Toys are excellent as a tool for dogs that eat too fast. Instead of putting your pup’s food in a bowl and watching them scarf it down, fill each little compartment of a puzzle and challenge your pup to find all his food!
These puzzle toys are great for entertaining dogs of all ages, especially puppies and senior dogs that may not be ready or able to explore the great outdoors.
3. Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball: Hard to believe a simple ball made our TOP DOG Toy for 2012, right? Well, this isn’t just an ordinary ball! The Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball is bouncy, it floats, it’s super tough for super chewers, it’s got a minty scent that dogs love, it glows in the dark for nighttime play, it’s totally recyclable, and it’s made in the U.S.A.
(It also fits in the optional Planet Dog Wood Chuck ball chucker for high-flying, fetching fun!)
If those attributes aren’t reason enough to make the cut, 100% of all proceeds from the sale of this awesome ball go to The Planet Dog Foundation, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support canine service programs.
There they are, our nominees for the Best Toy of 2012. Which toy do you like best? Or better yet, which toy does your dog like best?
Leave a comment with your selection to vote for your favorite!