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Is there any greater challenge to a dog than holding “stay” while a squirrel darts up a tree? We’ve met many dogs who go absolutely nuts when they see a squirrel, including whining, jumping, and trembling with anticipation of chasing that maddening little critter anywhere they go. In fact, we’re sure many dogs would absolutely scale a cedar after a squirrel if they had the chance. Unfortunately for most of our modern dogs, squirrel hunting just isn’t part of daily life—and their paws aren’t exactly made for climbing trees, anyway. That’s where a good squirrel dog toy comes in.
If you feel a little dejected yourself when you see your pup dejected from missing the real squirrels, toys make a pretty solid substitute. Whether you want them to look realistic, fly high, or just give your dog something to chew on, here are the best squirrel dog toys available this year.
When you’ve got a dog obsessed with squirrels, this stuffed version is the next best thing. Realistic-looking and with an attention-grabbing squeaker, the plush fabric is great for mild to moderate chewers and is best used when your dog is under supervision.
Helpful review: “So my dog hates squirrels with a passion! We have a squirrel that lives in our tree and he is non stop SQUIRREL! SQUIRREL!! I got him this for Christmas expecting him to destroy it like he does all of his other toys but this thing is indestructible! My dog ALWAYS finds a way to rip out the squeakers in ALL his toys yet this one he can’t get. I wish all dog toys were this great of quality!”Buy Now on Amazon
When you’ve got a canine brainiac on your hands, toys that are also puzzles are always handy. This plush log can be stuffed with little woodland squirrels, which your dog can pull or shake out. It comes in four sizes, from small to “ginormous,” so dogs of all sizes can play.
Helpful review: “Our puppy lives to destroy. The name “Pirahna” would be more suitable for our 3-month-old “Molly”… She doesn’t waste time searching out the squirrels in the house. No, she just shakes the house with her head vigorously and the squirrels go flying. This is her favorite toy. She carries the squirrels around like they’re her babies. Her favorite pull toy is the squirrel house and its held up better than any toy actually made to be a pull toy. I really, really don’t get it—but this is the Samsonite of all dog toys.”Buy Now on Amazon
This might not look like a squirrel, but it sure flies like one. Similar to a frisbee, this spinning toy makes for a fun game of fetch, although reviewers say it takes a little practice to make it fly well.
The raised, soft side make it easier to pick up for your pet than a frisbee, and it’s brightly colored so you won’t lose it. It even glows in the dark!
Helpful review: “My dog (8 yr. old Border Collie) loves this toy! It’s great to play as a frisbee either outdoors on a grassy field or around a pool. Durable and dries quickly after washing or pool activity.”Buy Now on Amazon
Made in four different sizes, this funny squirrel has a tendency to bounce and roll around. It’s great for rough chewers—just stuff the squirrel full of kibble or treats to give your dogs a task to master.
Helpful review: “This is our Silver Lab’s new favorite toy and best friend. She won’t go anywhere without her squirrel! The treat opening is perfect for training treats and kibble. It’s not so small that things get stuck like some other toys we’ve tried, but it’s also not just fully open where everything falls out at once. She has to work for it and ADORES it! I HIGHLY recommend this for super chewers, dogs with anxiety, or just smart pups that need a challenge!”Buy Now on Chewy
If your dog loves soft toys, but you love not getting stuffing all over the house, this cartoony squirrel is a cute middle ground. With three squeakers and sized to fit any dog, it works well as a cuddle buddy or a fetch toy.
Helpful review: “As we knew… it is NOT a pull toy because the fabric would come apart, so we gently pull then play fetch. Our Molly LOVES this toy and we get a huge kick out of hearing her carry it around making it squeak. It’s the go-to toy now!”Buy Now on Chewy
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