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    Skip the Frisbee and Get Your Dog Their Own Flyer Toy

    • 5 min read

    Do You Play Frisbee with Your Dog? You Might Want to Think Twice

    Who doesn’t love a good game of frisbee? Whether you’re an ultimate frisbee champion or just love that whiz of a frisbee soaring in the air, it’s safe to say this human toy is a popular way to spend time in the great outdoors. 

    For dog owners, you might even be tempted to throw a few to your dog. Though your dog might eagerly anticipate playing with your frisbee, human frisbees are not dog-friendly. In fact, they can be dangerous to your dog. 

    In this post, we’ll dive into why human frisbees are not good for dogs, how to select a dog-friendly retrieving flyer or disc, and where you can find the perfect toy to replace that old frisbee.

    Human Frisbee is not dog friendly

    Why Frisbees Are Not Safe for Dogs

    Frisbees are one of those man-made toys that most people don’t think twice about including in their daily playtime with a beloved pet. Much like other gadgets intended for human use that seem like they can serve a dual purpose with our furry friends, frisbees can pose a number of health problems to your dog:

    Toxic Ingredients 

    That 99-cent frisbee you picked up at the store might be a swell deal for you and your friends, but for your doggo? Not so much. 

    Cheap plastic is not only bad for the environment, but it also might contain toxic chemicals that can leach into your dog’s body. For example, Bisphenol-A (also known as BPA), phthalates, and PVC are three common toxins that might be in your new frisbee.

    Research shows that these chemicals can increase your dog’s risk of getting cancer and suffering from hormone dysregulations that may lead to infertility, asthma, allergies, and more.  

    Oral Damage

    Speaking of cheaply-made plastic, your dog’s teeth and gums are more at risk when playing with a frisbee that isn’t designed for dogs. Sharp edges and broken pieces can puncture your dog’s mouth or get lodged in his throat. 

    Another overlooked danger is that your dog is more likely to bite his tongue when running and jumping to catch a fast-moving frisbee. 

    Risk of Injury

    The very thing that makes human frisbees so exciting is also the reason why your dog has an increased risk of injury. You guessed it: frisbees go fast! 

    Frisbees designed for humans are heavier than those designed for dogs. This makes it harder for your dog to catch the frisbee without causing injuries. Elderly, frail, or sick dogs are especially at increased risks of injury when they chase after frisbees that fly too quickly for them to reach. 

    Faster Dehydration

    As the weather warms, there’s nothing more enjoyable than playing in a park with your pup. Since frisbees move so quickly, your furry friend is at a higher risk of becoming dehydrated from all of that running. 

    *Note that with any outdoor activity, you’ll want to keep your pet hydrated. 

    How to Choose a Dog-Friendly Flyer

    With all of that scary talk out of the way, let’s get to the fun part: choosing a flyer for your dog! Overall, you’ll want a dog toy that meets the following qualities:

    • Pliable — Your dog’s new flyer should never be too hard. It should be pliable enough to avoid mouth injuries but sturdy enough to not be torn apart. 
    • Lightweight— Remember what we said about those big and heavy human frisbees? Your dog’s flyer should be lightweight and easy to catch. 
    • High-quality— It’s no secret that your dog deserves the absolute best when it comes to playtime fun. When searching for the perfect dog-friendly flyer, you’ll want one that is made from high-quality material that doesn’t contain toxic ingredients or contaminants. 
    • Durable— Speaking of high-quality, you also want a dog toy that is durable. Natural rubber or latex-free plastic dog toys are great options for replacing that flimsy plastic frisbee.
    • Sustainably-made — Just because your dog toy is made from high-quality materials doesn’t mean it’s eco-friendly. Give your dog the best without hurting the environment by investing in eco-friendly dog toys that use recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing.

    Now that you know what to look for, you’ll also want to cater these qualities to your dog’s needs. Every dog is different, so take into account your dog’s personality, habits, and interests as you look for a retrieving flyer that your dog will like. 

    When it comes to finding the perfect flyer for your dog, there are a few different options. A few of the most common types of flyers include flyers for high-energy dogs, flyers for snuggly dogs, and flyers for senior dogs. 

    Not sure which playstyle and toys are right for your dog? Check out our ultimate guide on choosing the best toys for your dog.

    Finding the Best Flyers for Dogs

    So, you’ve narrowed it down and know exactly what kind of flyer toy would be the best fit for your dog. Hooray, now it’s time to go shopping! 

    Here at Chopper & Otis, we carry many retrieving flyer toys that meet the needs of all kinds of dogs.

     

    K9 Retrieving Flyer

    Does your dog run and run and never seems to stop? Designed with high-energy dogs in mind, the K-9 Retrieving Flyer by RuffDawg is the perfect toy for your pup. 

    It’s bendable, puncture-resistant, and durable so that your dog can play for hours on end (with water breaks, of course.) It’s also gentle enough to protect your dog’s teeth and gums so that he can play safely. This colorful flyer is FDA-approved, recyclable, and made from non-toxic natural rubber in the USA.

     

    Bottle Top Flyer

    Another fun retrieving toy for dogs is SodaPup’s Bottle Top Flyer. This flyer will keep your dog going and going as he soars into the air to catch his favorite, new toy! 

    The Bottle Top Flyer comes in two sizes for small and large dogs. It is also FDA-compliant, non-toxic, biodegradable, and made in the USA. 

     

    Zisc Flying Disc

    For dogs and puppies who are more playful rather than long-distance pros, West Paw’s Zisc Flying Disc is the perfect softer flyer. Though this toy is lightweight, it’s also tough and geared towards gentle chewers. 

    The Zisc Flying Disc comes in a variety of colors and two sizes. It floats, can be flipped over and made into a quick travel bowl, and even glows in the dark! This flyer is 100% non-toxic, complies with the FDA, and is latex-free. You can also recycle this USA-made dog toy through West Paw’s recycling program. 

    Until next time--