What Are The Best Fetch Toys For Playing In The Water?

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

December 14, 2018

While some dog breeds are more inclined to go bounding into lakes and oceans every chance they get, that doesn’t mean that most pups don’t like to go for a dip now and then. One way to help ease those paws into the water is with a simple game of fetch. You toss, your dog chases, and before you know it they’re splashing around like they invented the doggy paddle. But not every toy is made to be thrown into the water. So how do you know which ones are best? You’ve got us to figure it out for you, that’s how!

Shape And Weight

Right off the bat, unless your pup is into doing some diving, we know we want something that floats and can fit in your dog’s mouth. This will make it easier for your dog to bring the item back to shore once they’ve finally grabbed it, and avoid them getting caught up in any ropes or dangly parts. Tennis balls and round rubber balls are perfect for this. BarkShop has an entire section specifically for Fetch Toys that are the perfect shape and size for a pup’s mouth, with the “Best Balls Ever” for every size of pup. Flatly-shaped toys like frisbees are also great at being buoyant and are typically lightweight, allowing them to float on the water.

Speaking of which, weight can play an important factor as well. A toy that is too heavy is going to be difficult for your pup to carry back to you and may dip down into the water, making it hard for your pup to spot and grab. In addition, the perfect toy for fetching in the water will be solid, without any holes that you might find in treat-stuffing toys. This will keep the toy from sinking and make it much easier for a dog to snatch up when they’re moving around out there in the water.


Not just any toy can be thrown into the water. Materials are important to take a look at when picking out water-friendly toys for your dog. No one wants a handful of soaking wet plush delivered to them – and that’s if your pup manages to rescue it from the bottom of the water. Waterproof materials like rubber are the best way to avoid any unsatisfactory soggy sinking experiences when playing fetch with your pup.

dog with toy in mouth

Rubber toys like the “Orbee Fetch Ball” and “Sledgehog” found in the Super Chewer collection are perfect for getting wet because the water runs right off them. These materials are also great at staying afloat and bobbing around in the water to await their eventual capture. As an added bonus, these hard rubber toys are just as fun on land and are made to stand up to the toughest pups. That means that chomping down on these babies while your pup is towing them to shore is no problem.

Monthly Possibilities

While the summer months might be best for taking trips and dips, there’s nothing wrong with stocking up throughout the year, and having some awesome fun while you’re at it! The Super Chewer BarkBox is a great option for tough pups who are looking to expand their collection of rubber toys. With two chews, two bags of treats, and two tough rubber toys each month for as low as $29, it won’t be long until you’ve got a whole pile of water-safe toys to pick from.

Plus, every Super Chewer box comes with a guarantee. If your pup destroys or a toy or something totally misses the mark, BarkBox will work to make things right for you and your pup no matter what. How awesome is that?

At the end of the day, there are a ton of great toys out there that are perfect for water fun. When considering what items would be best to throw into that beach bag, keep materials, shape, and weight in mind for the perfect playtime experience for your pup.

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

December 14, 2018