If you’re a pet owner who used to play with Nerf footballs as a kid, you’ll be happy to know that now your puppy can do the same! Nerf has branched out into the pet world with a line of squeak footballs, rubber dog balls, barbell-shaped toys, and football/rope combo ball toys.
This guide represents one writer’s opinion on the best Nerf Dog toys currently available. As always, do your own research to discover the products that are most appropriate for your pooch, and keep an eye on the Nerf Dog website to see what other products they have up their sleeves.
The Best Nerf Dog Toys and Balls
The old Nerf footballs I remember from when I was young were made of soft foam. You can still find those if you want to play pickup games in the backyard. But to turn your feline friend into a football dog, you’ll want to go with this squeaky rubber ball.
This toy makes squeaking noises as it bounces around, giving your pet added incentive to go chase it down. The ball comes in 5- and 7-inch models, so you can choose the best size for your dog. Made of durable rubber, the ball is designed to hold up to excessive chewing, and even owners of large dogs that typically destroy all of their toys (pit bull, mastiff, labrador) report that this Nerf football holds up well.
This is a fairly new addition to the line of Nerf Dog toys and it’s a cool one. The Blaster is a tennis ball gun launcher that shoots balls up to 50 feet. A cool feature of this launcher toy is that it has a hands-free ball pickup – you just push the end of the gun on top of the ball and it grabs it.
This gift set comes with four tennis balls in bright colors – orange, blue, red, and green/yellow. Of course, it also accepts regular tennis balls if you want to buy more.
The barbell chew toy is simple, but it’s a classic. The ridged design and tough rubber exterior make the Retriever Barbell Chew Toy a sturdy product likely to outlast most dog toys on the market. If your dog rips apart most fetch toys, give this one a try. The best option is the two-pack sold in various colors.
When it comes to fetch balls for pets, most are either rubber dog balls or standard tennis balls. This one is both. It’s a tennis ball with a rubber wrap around it. That makes durable enough to stand up to your pet’s constant chewing, while still being flexible enough to bounce like a regular ball. And the price is right, because this one is quite affordable.
Searching for another football dog toy? This football is made of plush and features an attached rope. That makes it great for playing fetch or tug of war. You can toss it like a football, but you’ll get much more distance if you grab the rope and heave it across the yard. The dual purposes of this fetch toy make it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Nerf Dog Toys Buyers Guide Conclusion
These are some of the Nerf Dog toys we recommend based on our own preferences, but you also have the option to consider tug toys, tether footballs, crunch footballs, and other puppy-proof ball toys if you’re so inclined – just do an Amazon search. And remember – all of these would make great Christmas dog gifts during the holiday season!
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