Toys, toys, and more toys: What every dog dreams of: dog toys galore. We saw plenty of them at Global Pet Expo recently in Orlando, Florida. For those unfamiliar, Global Pet Expo is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. Global takes place every year in Orlando, Florida, and is held at the Orange County Convention Center. Basically, if it has to do with pets and pet products, you are likely to see it debut or launch at Global. I’ve attended the past two years, and I walk away in a dizzied, frenzied but very satisfied state. There are literally thousands of products to see, and if you blink you might miss some. The expo center spans the size of 14 football fields!
Dog toys, of course, are one of the coolest things to see and get hands-on experience with at Global. With my trusty PR (Puppy Relations) Manager by my side, we checked out the rows and rows of dog toys lining the Global Pet Expo aisles, and here are some of the fun picks you can expect to see roll out this year:
I have a Cocker Spaniel, so my eye immediately looks for the latest and greatest dog balls to hit the marketplace. Enter the Caitec Amazing Knobble Ball, Amazing Molecule Ball, and Amazing Squeaker Ball. The Amazing Knobble Ball is soft, chewy, and floats for water fun. What we found amazing is that depending on where you squeeze it, the sound changes. Not for serious chewers, but robust enough to take a beating during play time.
Science Meets Fido
Not a typical “dog toy,” this is a gadget and I wanted to include it in this roundup of Global items. The Premier Bark and Activity Counter, developed in collaboration with famed animal behavior consultant, Ian Dunbar, is an innovative product that can be used by dog owners, trainers and vets to help distinguish between separation anxiety and general owner-absent behavior. It does this by recording the frequency and duration of barking and movement which can help you determine trigger points for your dog’s barking and activity while you are away. The data is then downloaded to your computer. It is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems.
Personalized Play Things
I love toys that seem to be built with my dog’s needs and desires in mind. For some it might be a personalized frisbee, and there were many discs to be seen at Global. Flying discs (park, Frisbee golf, ultimate Frisbee) are a lot of fun for many of Dexter’s doggie friends when we have play dates. If your dog likes a sit down and chew into it type toy, we found the Simply Fido Rubb ‘n’ Roll to be a fun option. According to the toy maker, this toy is a fun rubbery option for dogs who like to play fetch and toss, but if the rubber happens to come off and Fido swallows it, it is made of a material that will not cause any damage. I was privy to be given one of the first samples available. Dexter and I have had a lot of fun playing with this toy from Simply Fido, and I feel good knowing he is safe in doing so. Coming soon to store shelves.
Fidose loves the Kong toys, particularly the Kong Genius line, as they keep our pooch busy and curious while mom works. The new Kong Bounzer is made of lightweight, flexible material in the classic KONG silhouette. The Bounzer compresses when grabbed by your dog, releasing air from the toy which encourages self play. And, it bounces right back to its original shape. The top handle makes tossing even easier. This is a toy that bounces and rolls for playtime fun. Available in a variety of sizes. Nicely priced, too.
Seriously, when the world’s cutest dog is licensed for a line of toys, and I just so happened to have interviewed that dog’s mom, this has to go on our dog toys of Global hit list. Oh so cute, oh so sweet, and oh so Boo. What more can I say? Coming soon – right now, the stuffed animals are available.
What’s your dog’s favorite toy? If it’s any of these, you’re in good company. Also, stay tuned because we’re giving Global Pet Expo swag away this Friday!!!