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Vote in the Dogington Post Awards: Best Dog Toy for 2012

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 Pridebitestoys 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!

To purchase, click here.

 

2. Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles: There are a zillion plastic puzzles and treat-hider toys on the Ninaottossonmarket, 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.

To purchase, click here.

 

3. Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball: Hard to believe a simple ball made our TOP DOG Toy for Orbeetuff2012, 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.

To purchase, click here.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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155 Comments

  1. Avatar Of Shirley

    Shirley

    says:

    Nina Ottosen

  2. Avatar Of Nichole

    NICHOLE

    says:

    Nina Ottosson- Dog Casino!

  3. Avatar Of Ben

    Ben

    says:

    PrideBites dog toys!!

  4. Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles of course! Keeps the mind active! Our dogs love them!

  5. Avatar Of Emily Emily says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  6. Avatar Of Jeff P

    Jeff P

    says:

    PrideBites for sure!

  7. Avatar Of Katie

    Katie

    says:

    PrideBites are the best toys! My dog loves them!!

  8. Avatar Of Chelsea Papish

    Chelsea Papish

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys!

  9. Avatar Of Margaux

    Margaux

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys

  10. Avatar Of Kev

    Kev

    says:

    PrideBites

  11. Avatar Of Larry

    Larry

    says:

    PrideBites toys!!

  12. Avatar Of Stephani Spruill

    Stephani Spruill

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Puzzle toys, absolutely!!!

  13. Avatar Of Emily Yan

    Emily Yan

    says:

    Nina Ottosson toys are amazing !!

  14. Avatar Of Blue Lan

    Blue Lan

    says:

    I love Nina Ottosson .

  15. Avatar Of Ob Cindi

    OB Cindi

    says:

    JUST CUZ rubber balls are the GREATEST DOG TOY invented. My Rhodesian Ridgeback mix loves these rubber balls with “feet” and gets major air jumping to catch her “GOOD CUZ” ball. I bought a large ball sized chuck-it and it fits the JUST CUZ BALL perfectly. When this ball hits compacted sand at dog beach, it makes a huge bounce. It doesn’t leave the dog with sand in its mouth like a tennis ball. Dogs who don’t even fetch balls will steal this ball when my dog and I are playing with it on dog beach. GREATEST BALL EVER MADE!!! I give a standing ovation to the makers of JUST CUZ balls!

  16. Avatar Of Annalinda Li

    Annalinda Li

    says:

    Nina Ottosson rocks!

  17. Avatar Of Dorothy

    Dorothy

    says:

    Nina Ottosson is the best !!

  18. Avatar Of Popo Kuo

    popo kuo

    says:

    Nina Ottosson

  19. Avatar Of Jayme D

    Jayme D

    says:

    PRIDEBITES!!!!

  20. Avatar Of Lauren Grenader

    Lauren Grenader

    says:

    Pridebites

  21. Avatar Of Aidan Israel

    Aidan Israel

    says:

    PrideBites all the way!!!!!!!

  22. Avatar Of Ben Deschner

    Ben Deschner

    says:

    PrideBites!

  23. Avatar Of Ryan Ladd

    Ryan Ladd

    says:

    PRIDEBITES

  24. Avatar Of Eric Bormaster

    Eric Bormaster

    says:

    No question – PRIDEBITES!!

  25. Avatar Of Anita Bormaster

    Anita Bormaster

    says:

    PRIDEBITES all the way!!!

  26. Avatar Of Kml

    KML

    says:

    WAHOO!!! PrideBites has been named the “BEST NEW DOG TOY OF 2012” by Pet Business Magazine. VOTE FOR PRIDEBITES!!!

  27. Avatar Of Abe Jacobs

    Abe Jacobs

    says:

    PrideBites are awesome, my dogs love them!

  28. Avatar Of Ross Golding

    Ross Golding

    says:

    PrideBites are the best!

  29. Avatar Of Ross Golding

    Ross Golding

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys

  30. Avatar Of Shelli Veatch

    Shelli Veatch

    says:

    PrideBites Toys!

  31. Avatar Of Hans Bjerkan

    Hans Bjerkan

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys

  32. Avatar Of Ned Brown

    Ned Brown

    says:

    PrideBites dog toys!

  33. Avatar Of Tom Emaus Tom Emaus says:

    Wooden Dog Puzzles Nina Ottosson is the best toys ever!

  34. Avatar Of Jazz Girl Jazz Girl says:

    I LOVE Nina Ottosson toys!!! All puzzles I saw/own/tested/gave away as a gift are loved by dogs and dog owners alike… I want to give my vote to Nina Ottosson. Her products have convinced me and our dogs.

  35. Avatar Of Christie Foster

    christie foster

    says:

    Pridebite interactive dog toys:)

  36. Avatar Of Felicia

    Felicia

    says:

    Pride Bites!

  37. Avatar Of Daniel L

    Daniel L

    says:

    PRIDEBITES!

  38. Avatar Of Jason Yang

    Jason Yang

    says:

    Nina Ottosson dog fighter

  39. Avatar Of Stevie Brewer

    Stevie Brewer

    says:

    Pridebites

  40. Avatar Of Kyle Brewer

    Kyle Brewer

    says:

    Pridebites

  41. Avatar Of Amanda W.

    Amanda W.

    says:

    Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball… by far my german shepherds favorite toy he has ever had! he won’t put it down and he has had it for almost a year now and it still looks like the day I bought it!

  42. Avatar Of Tina Mcelhattan

    Tina McElhattan

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  43. Avatar Of Caryn R.

    Caryn R.

    says:

    PrideBites interactive dog toy!

  44. Avatar Of Marilyn Thompson

    Marilyn Thompson

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys

  45. Avatar Of James Blonde

    James Blonde

    says:

    Pride Bites is the only toy for an MI-6 Agent at work all day!

  46. Avatar Of Peter

    Peter

    says:

    Nina

  47. Avatar Of David G.

    David G.

    says:

    Nina Ottosson puzzles

  48. Avatar Of Sue K.

    Sue K.

    says:

    Nina Ottosson

  49. Avatar Of Ashlee Gonigam

    Ashlee Gonigam

    says:

    Nina Ottosson! All her toys are amazing.

  50. Avatar Of Chuck

    Chuck

    says:

    The Nina puzzles

  51. Avatar Of Vickie Swarowski

    Vickie Swarowski

    says:

    # 2 Love the Nina Ottosson products!

  52. Avatar Of Pat

    Pat

    says:

    Nina Ottosson all the way

  53. Avatar Of Nancy K

    Nancy K

    says:

    Nina Ottosson wooden dog puzzles !

  54. Avatar Of Jared Mendeloff

    Jared Mendeloff

    says:

    Pride bites!!

  55. Avatar Of Adam Shapiro

    Adam Shapiro

    says:

    PrideBites!

    PB!

    Bites of Pride!

    Oh no, my dog bit into the wooden Nina Ottosson toy and has a splinter!

  56. Avatar Of Jaclyn Jacobson

    Jaclyn Jacobson

    says:

    PrideBites! For sure 🙂

  57. Avatar Of Steven B.

    Steven B.

    says:

    Pride Bites!!

  58. Nina Ottosson is the best in the range from all the Dog toys. She is the one who invited the first game with always the comfort of the pet as her starting point! And it is not only for dogs, even cats, parrots, rabbits, monkeys use her durable games with great pleasure!

  59. Avatar Of Mikael Lindstrand

    Mikael Lindstrand

    says:

    Nina Ottosson toys are wonderful, me and my dogs love them.

  60. Avatar Of Lena

    Lena

    says:

    Love ALL the Nina Ottosson puzzle games!!

  61. Avatar Of Katarzyna

    Katarzyna

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  62. Avatar Of Marianne

    Marianne

    says:

    Nina Ottosson…the absolute best

  63. Avatar Of Carl Gage Carl Gage says:

    We are proud to be the North American distributor for Nina Ottosson’s line of wooden interactive puzzles. These high quality, innovative designs are changing the way we play with our companion animals. Make em think

  64. Avatar Of Carl Gage Carl Gage says:

    We are proud to be the North American distributor for Nina Ottosson’s line of wooden interactive puzzles. These high quality, innovative designs are changing the way we play with our companion animals. Make em think!

  65. Avatar Of Jilana Ordman

    Jilana Ordman

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles! Dogs don’t get many chances to get smarter, and these things work!

  66. Avatar Of Steve

    Steve

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles and all her puzzles get my vote.

    They are great for dogs that are very intelligent and highly active dogs. We got a medium difficult one for our Cirneco puppy, and he solved it on his first try

  67. Avatar Of Ben Balson

    Ben Balson

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys!

  68. Avatar Of Mike Saig

    Mike Saig

    says:

    PrideBites!

  69. Avatar Of Helen

    Helen

    says:

    I vote for Pride bites…..the cutest toys ever!!!

  70. Avatar Of Pup'S Place Pup's Place says:

    We’re a big fan of the Nina Ottosson interactive wooden puzzles! Our dogs go LOVE them!

  71. Avatar Of Jackie

    jackie

    says:

    I vote for Nina Ottosson. My 3 terriers all benefit from the mental stimulation these puzzles provide.

  72. Avatar Of Duane Brewer

    Duane Brewer

    says:

    Pride Bites!! Wonderful toy for your pet.

  73. Avatar Of Nick Heaton Nick Heaton says:

    I vote for Nina Ottosson.

    I purchase one of her dog puzzles every year for Xmas for my dachshunds to play with, which they love.

  74. Avatar Of Chrissy Vancour

    Chrissy Vancour

    says:

    Definately Nr.2. Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles….it’s not just a plain toy,,it’s way more….good exercise for the brain..just only playing, walking aso is not enough for a dog…

  75. Avatar Of Maria

    Maria

    says:

    Nina Ottosson dog toys

  76. Avatar Of Elise Halprin

    Elise Halprin

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys are the Best!

  77. Avatar Of Debbie Bell Debbie Bell says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzle. These are AMAZING!

  78. Avatar Of Paula Fuller

    Paula Fuller

    says:

    Nina Ottosson dog toys are the best! I vote for hers!

  79. Avatar Of Jan Isaksen

    Jan Isaksen

    says:

    2. Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  80. 2. Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  81. Avatar Of Kara L

    Kara L

    says:

    PRIDEBITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Avatar Of Caroline Kleiner

    Caroline Kleiner

    says:

    PrideBites of course!!!

  83. Avatar Of Cindy Phelps

    Cindy Phelps

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  84. Avatar Of Dede Mcelroy

    Dede McElroy

    says:

    Love the Nina Ottosson toys! Keep my girls occupied and happy!

  85. Avatar Of Tammy Johnson

    Tammy Johnson

    says:

    Definitely the Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles. My dog gets so excited when I bring her puzzles out for her.

  86. Avatar Of Francine Beckman

    Francine Beckman

    says:

    Pridebites Dog Toys are the best!

  87. Avatar Of Diana Wild

    Diana Wild

    says:

    I vote for Nina Ottosson interactive puzzles. Her puzzles are such fun for a active and inquisitive dog looking for something fun and staifying!

  88. Avatar Of Amanda

    Amanda

    says:

    Planet Dog Glow For Good ball – this is our pups FAVORITE!

  89. Avatar Of Melissa Isaacs

    Melissa isaacs

    says:

    Nina ottosson puzzles are the best

  90. Avatar Of Jane

    jane

    says:

    My vote goes to the Nina Ottosson wooden puzzle, just got one for a Christmas gift for my puppies!

  91. Avatar Of Lori

    Lori

    says:

    Nina Ottosson’s Wooden Puzzles because my dog loves his.

  92. Avatar Of Nina Van Oorsouw

    Nina van Oorsouw

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  93. Avatar Of Wendy Endelman

    Wendy Endelman

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys are awesome!

  94. Avatar Of Katie Thomes

    Katie Thomes

    says:

    Planet Dog Orbees get our vote! My dogs are heavy chewers and the Orbees are the only balls that last!

  95. Avatar Of Bparker52

    bparker52

    says:

    Pridebites!

  96. Avatar Of Matthew R

    Matthew R

    says:

    Pridebites Interactive Dog Toys all the way!!!!!!!! They have my vote!!

  97. I am very proud of my interactive Dog treat Puzzle games, they really challange the dogs mind and prevent boredome and behavior problems. My dogs love them and I vote for my games. All the best from Sweden. / Nina Ottosson

  98. Avatar Of Shik

    shik

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys are the best!! dogs go crazy for them!

  99. Avatar Of Helane Knecht

    Helane Knecht

    says:

    definitely PrideBites!!!!

  100. Avatar Of Itzik Elbaz

    itzik elbaz

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys !!
    ~~~~~~~R-O-C-K-S~~~~~~~ !!!

  101. Avatar Of Lauren Hoffman

    Lauren Hoffman

    says:

    PRIDE BITES ALL THE WAY!!

  102. Avatar Of Dvir

    Dvir

    says:

    PrideBites is my vote!!! Awesome toy my dog loves it!!

  103. Avatar Of Alex

    Alex

    says:

    PrideBites yea

  104. Avatar Of Helane

    Helane

    says:

    PrideBites is my vote!!

  105. Avatar Of Ellen

    Ellen

    says:

    PrideBites are the best. My dog loves hers.

  106. Avatar Of Teresa

    Teresa

    says:

    PRIDEBITES!!

  107. Avatar Of Steven

    Steven

    says:

    PrideBites!

  108. Avatar Of Kevin

    Kevin

    says:

    The PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy gets my vote!!!!!

  109. Avatar Of Lindsey Garrison

    Lindsey Garrison

    says:

    PrideBites for sure! They last forever, and they are super colorful and cute!

  110. Avatar Of Johnna

    Johnna

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles

  111. Avatar Of Jon Sadow

    Jon Sadow

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy!

  112. Avatar Of Laura

    Laura

    says:

    Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Puzzles!!

  113. Avatar Of Kate Williams

    Kate Williams

    says:

    Nina Ottoson toys for definite. My guys love them and it really gets them thinking & so tires them out much more than just playing with a ball. Great!

  114. Avatar Of Tomten

    Tomten

    says:

    Nina Ottonsson’s Dog puzzles without a doubt. They are the best interactive games, and the best game for dogs by far!

  115. Avatar Of Nichole

    Nichole

    says:

    I vote for Nina Ottosson interactive puzzles. Her puzzles are a lifesaver to a constantly inquisitive dog looking for something fun.

  116. Avatar Of Rachel Powell

    Rachel Powell

    says:

    Pridebites for the WIN!!!! The best toys and the guys who run the company are awesome!

  117. Avatar Of Ryan Andrews

    Ryan Andrews

    says:

    PRIDEBITES Interactive Dog Toy hands down! These guys are the best in the business, and have a very bright future moving forward!

  118. Avatar Of Linda Ludwick

    Linda Ludwick

    says:

    PrideBites are the BEST dog gift ever!

  119. Avatar Of Linda Ludwick

    Linda Ludwick

    says:

    PrideBites are the BEST!

  120. Avatar Of Abby

    Abby

    says:

    PrideBites Rock!

  121. Avatar Of Margie Cohen

    Margie Cohen

    says:

    PrideBites are wonderful dog toys

  122. Avatar Of Lisa Wodecki

    Lisa Wodecki

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy!!!

  123. Avatar Of Karen Palans

    Karen Palans

    says:

    Pride Bites!

  124. Avatar Of Linda T

    Linda T

    says:

    PrideBites are the best!!

  125. Avatar Of Laura Barnes Laura Barnes says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys

  126. Avatar Of Debbie G

    Debbie G

    says:

    PrideBites!!!!

  127. Avatar Of Kristine

    Kristine

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys, my dog loves the Michigan “M”. Go Blue!

  128. Avatar Of Kat Osullivan

    Kat OSullivan

    says:

    PrideBites! They stand up to hard chewers like a Cane Corso. Ours love them!!!

  129. Avatar Of Mm

    MM

    says:

    PrideBites! 🙂

  130. Avatar Of Richard And Gale Lourie

    Richard and Gale Lourie

    says:

    Our vote goes to PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys. We have bought several toys for our dog friends.

  131. Avatar Of Sharon Seigel

    Sharon Seigel

    says:

    PrideBites, what more could a dog want?!

  132. Avatar Of Mandy W

    Mandy W

    says:

    PrideBites is awesome!!! They get my vote!

  133. Avatar Of Lindsey Granlund

    Lindsey Granlund

    says:

    PrideBites!!

  134. Avatar Of Stuart

    Stuart

    says:

    Pridebites. It’s the favorite of my lab Buckley

  135. Avatar Of Leona Slaton

    Leona Slaton

    says:

    Pridebites

  136. Avatar Of Clay Buck

    Clay Buck

    says:

    We absolutely love PrideBites so they get our vote for sure!

  137. Avatar Of Adam Rosenbaum

    Adam Rosenbaum

    says:

    PrideBites. Enough said. Championship

  138. Avatar Of Amanda Dreyfuss

    Amanda Dreyfuss

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy!!!!

  139. Avatar Of Elissa Sanders

    Elissa Sanders

    says:

    We’ve got Goldie The Fish! Winky loves it!

  140. Avatar Of Russell Cavin

    Russell Cavin

    says:

    PRIDEBITES FOR PRESIDENT! My dog Kevin won’t chew on anything else.

  141. Avatar Of Blaire

    Blaire

    says:

    Pride Bites for sure!

  142. Avatar Of Janet Blevins Gruenwald

    janet blevins gruenwald

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys

  143. Avatar Of Erik Gruenwald

    Erik Gruenwald

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy

  144. Avatar Of Kara Michelle

    Kara Michelle

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy Hands Down!

  145. Avatar Of Sean Knecht

    Sean Knecht

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys!!

  146. Avatar Of Daniel Lampe

    Daniel Lampe

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy

  147. Avatar Of Loni Peterson

    Loni Peterson

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toy 100%!

  148. Avatar Of Sam Lampe

    Sam Lampe

    says:

    PrideBites Dog Toys

  149. Avatar Of Kylie Brewer

    Kylie Brewer

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys

  150. Avatar Of Karen Lampe

    Karen Lampe

    says:

    PrideBites Interactive Dog Toys!

  151. Avatar Of Karen King

    Karen king

    says:

    PrideBites interactive dog toy

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