Daycare Tough Toys – Our High 5 Dog Approved Toys that Last! So what makes a toy Daycare tough? They need to be soft enough to be mouth friendly but hard enough to withstand pulling, tugging, chewing and ripping as well as withstanding hot and cold weather. The toys that last with minimal damage have very few sticking out parts or mouth sized holes. And oddly, the toys need to be brightly colored so that they get picked up on lawn mowing day and don’t get chopped up. The brightness also helps them to be seen in the grass, mud and snow so that the dogs can find and play with them. Now while toughness is certainly a requirement in a daycare toy, there are a few other factors which make a toy tops at our daycare. Daycare toys must be non-toxic. While they’re not meant to be ingested, many toys invariably get pieces chewed off of them and swallowed. Second, the toys must be interesting. If none of the dogs want to play with them, they are of little use to us. And finally, they need to be appropriate to the size of the dog they interest and the activity they are meant to be involved in. A big hard ball doesn’t cut it for the small dog at daycare who wants to play fetch. So what are our five top choices? 1. West Paw Toys – These hard rubber toys from the dumbbell shape to the ball to the frisbee are always favorite at our place. They take on a life of their own when thrown, stand up well to chewing and several are great for tugging. Our dogs seek out the West Paw Tizzi in our yard. 2. The Cuz – The Cuz is a funky ball with feet and a mind of its own when thrown. It has an awesome squeaker and seems to magnetically attract dos to it. It holds up well to chewing. 3. Jolly Balls – These colorful big balls come with a handle, a rope or plain. All variety of Jolly Balls are an important part of daycare. Large but light, they are easy to throw for dos and for people – and they get thrown a lot. Oddly even when the handle gets chewed off of the handled variety, it has a long and joyful life at our place. 4. Penta Pulls – The fun creatures are made of a tough canvas and stand up to a lot for a soft toy. They are always being pulled in multiple directions by their arms and legs. The Penta Pulls are a great prize to come up with among the crowd at daycare. 5. Bottle Buddies – These plush covered bottle toys are loved by our canine clientele. They withstand moderate chewing and the dogs love their bottle crunch. and of course, once the bottle is flattened (and it will be), we simply grab another bottle from the recycle bin and throw it back out in the yard. Check out all of our tough toys in our online store. What toys have held up well in your house? Share your answer with us in the comments below.