Great Toys for Beagles
Snoopy is here to help you learn more about beagle toys.
Yes, Snoopy is adorable (as are all beagles), but don't let that fool you! Finding good toys for beagles is tricky, because they, in my experience, really like to chew.
More specifically, they like to chew on fabric-based toys, and to rip those toys to shreds. And don't think for a moment that they'll stop at toys—blankets, scarves, and even underwear can all fall to the wrath of their gnashing teeth.
That's why it's important for them to have the right play equipment.
Each dog is unique, so the toys that work for Snoopy may not work for your beagle. Also, remember that you're responsible for your dog's safety when introducing a new toy.
It's not generally recommended that you let your dog chew toys to destruction, as loose pieces on a toy aren't always good for dogs. Make sure to follow all toy warnings to ensure your dog's safety.
Well-loved, but easily destroyed
Snoopy and the Skinneeez Raccoon: A Quickly Dismantled ToyClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Skinneeez Takeaway
Snoopy was absolutely thrilled to see the raccoon come through the door! At first, knowing his chewing tendencies, we tied the toy to a stick and used it to entertain him outside, a game that he loved.
Eventually, we gave him the toy to play with on his own, and he scampered off with it. The pictures don't do justice to the carnage that ensued.
Hard to Say No
Snoopy loved this toy so much that I'd say you should get it if you can find it for a good price, and if you're willing to monitor playtime.
If you leave this toy with your beagle, it will get torn apart. Tying it to a rope and dangling it in front of your dog will be one of the best games he or she has ever played.
Do You Have a Beagle?
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Snoopy and the Kong Wubba: A Tale of Love and DestructionClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Kong Wubba Takeaway: Enjoyable, But Doesn't Last
We've been fans of the Kong brand ever since our old English springer spaniel, Jake, couldn't get enough of the rubber toys.
We thought that it was a no-brainer to get the same toy or Snoopy, and sure enough, he loved it right off the bat! In fact, he soon loved it to pieces, managing to chew into the fabric and eventually completely remove the interior plastic balls.
To Get, or Not to Get?
I still like the Kong brand, but as far as beagles go, I think it's better to give this toy a miss. You can get other exciting, easily-destroyed toys for less than this elsewhere. If you do get one, just be prepared to monitor playtime closely!
Which toys represent the perfect intersection of fun, cost, and durability?
Death of a Duck Toy: Didn't Last Long
Duck Toy Takeaway
The Flying Duck toy isn't as rugged as it looks. Our beagle is a bit of a flight risk, so we keep him on the leash when he's outside. Long distance toys aren't much of an issue for us.
Still, he did love this toy to death - literally. Poor thing, it ended with stuffing everywhere! I was surprised to find out that it was actually meant to be thrown by the rope end, so I don't have experience with the throwing aspect.
To Get or Not to Get?
Snoopy really enjoyed this toy, but for the price it wasn't a great value. I'd suggest looking for less-expensive fabric toys or making your own (or shying away from fabric toys altogether).
Not as thrilling, but much more durable
Basketball Dumbell Takeaway: An Odd but Entertaining Toy
The Basketball Dumbbell is similar to the toy we got for Snoopy. This toy provided a good balance: although he isn't quite as engaged with it as the fabric toys, he'll often bring it into my room to play, and loves to chase it.
The best part is, it's virtually indestructible, and a good price to boot!
A Fun, Good Value
This has probably been one of the best toys value-wise. It's soft enough for Snoopy to carry in his mouth, and he does get some enjoyment from chewing it. Just make sure that you're ready for all of the squeaking!
A Good Balance
Rubber toys can work out if you're willing to participate, but if your beagle is anything like mine, don't expect him or her to go gaga over them.
These toys are most entertaining for beagles when you're actually part of the play - for example, if you're throwing or hiding the toy.
Some rubber toys, such as the Nobbly Wobbly and the Kong mentioned above, can be enhanced with treats to keep your dog's attention.
Multipet Nobbly Wobbly Ball — Large but Fun
Although this toy has somewhat poor reviews on Amazon, it turned out to be a good one for our beagle. He loves to chew, but he prefers fabric-based items over rubber items, and this toy has lasted more than a year in our house.
Snoopy is a smaller breed of beagle, so it's a bit big for him. But he doesn't shy away from hauling it around, and it's hilarious when he tries to jump on my bed with it in his mouth!
JW Pet Company Good Cuz — An Enjoyable Squeaker
This toy is moderately good at holding Snoopy's interest. It's a great size for a small beagle like him, and easy for anyone to throw (he loves to chase his toys!)
It's also very rugged and durable for his style of chewing, and we haven't had any problems with this one losing pieces.
JW Pet Company Ruffians Cat — A Good Combo
This toy isn't too bad on its own, but we actually ended up doing something silly with it.
We stuck the small end of the Ruffians toy into the Nobbly Wobbly toy mentioned above, giving Snoopy a "handle" to drag the larger toy around with.
Fun . . . as long as there are treats.
Premier Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone: A Fun Way to Give Treats
Snoopy the beagle enjoyed this treat dispensing toy - as long as it had treats in it. Once the treats were gone (and it didn't take this smart guy long to figure that part out!) he ignored the toy.
It can be difficult (and expensive) to find treat replacements for this type of toy. I prefer using a small Kong or other toy to dispense treats.
With a little sewing skill, indulge your beagle without breaking the bank
Homemade Toys Save Money and Encourage FunClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Final Homemade Toy Result - Not Quite What I Expected
This simple homemade dog toy is a great way to indulge a beagle's love of chewing fabric in an inexpensive way.
I was originally intending to sew the fabric rectangles together in some way, but couldn't think of a good, durable way to do it with the resources I had available.
So, I just ended up tying one of the fabric rectangles around the other ones, gathering them into a bundle. In the future, I'm going to work on a better tying/sewing solution, but for the time being it's okay. Snoopy doesn't care how the toy looks!