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The Best Balls for Dogs

By Olive Thiel

Yay!! My Mom FINALLY let me write about my favorite thing in the entire world… Balls! 

BALLS! BALLS! BALLS! BALLS! Bouncy balls, hard balls, rubber balls, plastic balls, squishy balls, and the greatest gift to dogs everywhere…. squeaky balls!!!!!! 

Ohhhh balls!   I love you… 

Oh, you’re still reading, right, sorry… what was I doing?

Oh Yeah, writing about balls!  BALLS! BALLS! BALLS! BALLS!

I LOVE THEM!  Normally, my mom doesn’t even let me look at a ball unless we are actually playing with one, she says things like I “lose my mind” whenever balls are around, or I “just won’t stop”.  And don’t even get me started on the ones that squeak… apparently those make her crazy!  So, I almost never get to play with those!

Oh squeaky balls, how I love to run around in circles with you in the house with you.  I roughly shake my head from side to side as I leap through the air, I repeatedly bite down on you with every step, and in return… you never fail to scream your loud squeak back at me, echoing off the walls… over… and over…. again. 


Sorry, I digress again… I am writing about the best balls for dogs. 

You know, I’m probably like the best dog to ever write this article too.  No one loves or knows balls like I do, and I have been through a lot of balls in my three short years.  PLUS, I have a lot of friends who love balls, and my mom knows a ton about them, so…before I get distracted again, let’s get right to it. 

Best Everyday Ball for Dogs

ChuckIt! Ultra Ball (Medium)

AKA “My Go To”

I fetch this ball every day, multiple times a day.  And… we’ve had the same one for over two years!  It goes far, it bounces high (but not too high), it’s easy to catch in my mouth, and while I keep trying to bite on it to break the rubber or tear it apart… I just can’t seem to do it.  Plus, it’s easy to spot in the grass, and when my mom finally takes me to the lake to swim (hint hint mom…), it floats on top so I can get it in the water.  It works with ball launchers like the ChuckIt! Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower, and, unlike other more basic balls, this one never ceases to interest me.  You gotta get this ball.

Best Bouncy Ball for Dogs (plus glows in the dark)

Chuckit! Max Glow Ball

AKA “The Greatest Non-Squeaking Ball on Earth”

You guys… what can I say about this ball?!  Its rubber is nice and hard for me to bite on, and I have had the same one for a long time.  It has a light whistle as it sails through the air because it has a hole in the top, so it makes me lose my mind when I chase after it.  It bounces so easily and so high, that sometimes when I don’t quite catch it in the air, it bounces and flies twenty feet away!  Last week, my mom had to climb a fence to get it out of the neighbor’s yard!  So great… Although once, when my mom threw it to me in the house, it was so bouncy, that it bounced right off my teeth when I tried to catch it in the air, and bounced right into the lamp on our end table… My mom didn’t love that…. but who cares!!! I love this thing!!!  Plus, it glows in the dark when it is charged by the sunlight, so we can play with it at night.  So, humans probably want to be careful playing with it where it can bounce away, but the bouncing is the biggest reason I love it.  Get it!!!

Best Birthday Gift for Dogs (Ball Related)

Midlee Happy Birthday Dog Tennis Balls (6 pack)

AKA “How I Know My Aunt Loves Me”

So yes… I could tear one of these apart in less than 5 minutes, but guys…. IT’S A BAG OF BALLS!  A bag of balls.  Did you hear me?????  An entire BAG of BALLS!  Oooohhh when I opened my present from my Aunt and saw these, I knew she loved me.  I immediately ripped the netting apart and chased all six ball around the living room floor for the next 10 minutes.  Then, my mom took 5 of them away, to “Save for later” she said.  Whatever, I didn’t care.  I got to tear apart the one she left me and scatter the felt all over the living room.  I mean who doesn’t love tennis balls!  They bounce, they fly far through the air to chase, and they are soft so you can break the rubber and peel off the felt.  Ahhhh such fun, such a treat.  A great gift for any ball loving dog.  It’s got to be some dog’s half birthday or something right?  Buy these now!

Best Squeaky Ball for Dogs (two recommendations)

Gnawsome Medium Squeaker Ball Dog Toy, Medium

AKA “The Greatest Thing In the Universe”

OMG! OMG! OMG! This ball squeaks so loud it pierces my subconscious and transports me to a magical chaotic world filled with only balls, and mind boggling squeaking.  It is INCREDIBLE!!!  Oh, did I mention it has little spikes on it that make it soooo fun to chew on?  Well it does.  One of my friend’s like to chew those off, but I don’t mind… it’s the squeaking that I love!  It’s bouncy too!  Although, it has spikes so the bouncing is a little all over the place.  Still… this is one of my favorites.  Not as durable as some balls, but it has so many bright colors to choose from you, can just tell your mom or dad to get you more.  P.S. please comment on this article and tell my mom to let me play with mine more.

Nerf Dog Tire Squeak Ball Dog Toy, Medium

AKA “The Second Greatest Thing In the Universe”

OK, this one reminds me of my ChuckIt! Ultra Ball because we have only ever had one, and I can’t bite through it, but… it’s a little smaller and it squeaks.  Well, actually, the squeaker recently stopped squeaking….?   I know!!! Can you Believe it????  Well, I will say though, even though it doesn’t squeak anymore, it still makes a sound when I bite down on it.  So, I still love to run around the yard biting it so much that my mom doesn’t even need to throw it for me.  I just keep running!  Plus, now that it stopped squeaking, my mom lets me play with it more!  So not bad.  This ball isn’t super bouncy, which kind of stinks because personally I love to jump and leap after a bouncing ball.  BUT, like my spikey ball, when it does bounce, it can bounce off to the side (which can be fun) because it has tire tread running around it that gets in the way.  So, all in all, some pros and cons to this one depending on what you want.  For me?  I could spend the entire day with mine.

Best Big Ball for Dogs (two recommendations)

Horsemen’s Pride Equine Jolly Ball

AKA “Bigger Than My Head”

I like this ball most for the best big balls for dogs because I can actually grab onto it by the handle.  I love to tug, but my mom hates it.  With this one though, she can put the ball behind her legs while she sits, and let me tug on the handle that sticks out.  Although the handle is starting to tear off, because when we tug, I pull hard and have a pretty hard bite (if I do say so myself).  But, the rubber is too thick to chew through for the most part, so it’s only when we tug that, over time, it has begun to tear.  Still, I always have fun with this ball.  I can carry it around, I can whip my head from side to side with it in my mouth, and I can even bang it on the ground and let it bounce right back at me!  It floats in my baby pool, and I can’t deflate it, even when I puncture it…. Believe me, I’ve tried!  This one is so much fun, you gotta have it.

Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball

AKA “Nothin’ Beats a Classic”

Guys, nothing beats a Soccer Ball that you can slightly deflate with your teeth, so your mom can still kick it to you, but you can still manage to catch, fetch or carry it around the yard.  I love it.  I don’t always have one, because my mom says they get dirty and soggy after a lot of use and have to be replaced, but even when they are filthy… I still LOVE them!  I love to carry it around, whip it around, and just generally tease all my friends with it while I run by them with it in my mouth.  My human cousins have volleyballs too, which look like they would be a lot of fun… but they don’t let me have those.  I only can use the soggy, deflated soccer ball in their yard, which is fine… because it is FANTASTIC!

Well, that’s all of them.  I even posted a video and a few pictures below for you to see them in action. Except, all I can think about now….. is the Gnawsome Medium Squeaker Ball Dog Toy, Medium that my mom rarely lets me play with.  Ours is purple.  Oh, how I love it. 

You know, she keeps it in the laundry room.  In a brown box with stuff on top of it, so I can’t “dig my head in it” anymore. 

Hmmm, when was the last time I tried to get to it I wonder?  I can’t remember.  Probably means it has been too long.  Wonder if I can get to it before she catches me…. It might be worth a shot…

Ok! Gotta go! 

Purple, spikey, squeaky ball?….. I…. am…. coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Soccer Balls, One of the Best Balls for Dogs in Action
I Love My Soccer Balls!!!
Horsemen's Pride Equine Jolly Ball in action
Why wont you tug with me?!

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