The ChuckIt! brand consists of a variety of cleverly shaped toys that are a favorite of mine at the doggy daycare and for my pet sitting clients. First and foremost, remember that NO toy is fool proof, chew proof, or immune to being broken or worn down. All toys should be regularly inspected for wear and tear, sharp edges, and missing chunks — toss them when they’ve reached that point. Toy size, shape, texture, and material/fabrication can all greatly influence how good a fit a toy and dog will be, along with the dog’s personal quirks: strong jaws, dedicated chewer, age, etc.
You can shop ChuckIt! toys on Amazon or Chewy.com, as both sites offer solid pricing and quick shipping. If you pick it up at your local PetSmart or PetCo, be prepared to add a few bucks to the total.
The Chuckit! Amphibious Zip Flight Frisbee is one of my favorite toys to have on hand. These discs are very light and relatively soft, so dogs of any size can enjoy them, and it’s easy on their mouths. It’s a great toy if your dog is a fan of throwing and fetch games, since it’s easy to throw and reasonably tough — it even floats in the water!
The rubber one (blue part) is pretty hardy, but keep an eye out for the fabric one (green or orange part); it’s not intended as a chew toy, and sharp canine teeth can cause the fabric to fray with relatively little chewing. I’ve found that once it develops this frayed spot, it quickly becomes a target for daycare dogs to further attempt to destroy. We’ve had to throw away many as a result, so it’s not a good pick for playing tug with a lot of force, or for a dog who’s fond of shaking toys vigorously during tug sessions. I would definitely recommend supervision when this toy is in play. It’s an easy toy to clean and disinfect, though, which is a plus in my book when I deal with dozens of dogs in a day.
The Chuckit Ultra Ball is the top toy at the daycare- I even know pooches that are obsessed with it! It’s a superb toy for long games of fetch: textured quality rubber for a nice throwing grip coupled with bright, eye catching colors-no worries about it being lost in the grass and easy to spot when it sails down the street (or over a fence). To me it’s a great alternative to tennis balls, which are difficult to properly clean and disinfect. Air filled, the Ultra Ball has a slight give when compressed in canine jaws – be sure to supervise that the ball isn’t compressed and caught in the mouth (again a similar problem that exists with tennis balls as well). The toy is very easy to clean and disinfect. It can develop tiny punctures through play and water can slip inside-so be sure to squeeze it out and rinse it clean of any soaps/cleaners.
The Chuckit! Floppy Tug: was tremendously popular among the bigger dogs at my daycare until until it tragically split and was relegated to the trash. 🙁 I would routinely have up to five large dogs wrestling and tugging each other all around the facility via the toy – pits,labs, and more! If your pups enjoy a good game of tug, this will be a hit – especially if you have multiple pets! Composed of very thick/hardy rubber, if fully extended/unfurled there are two parts where it narrows to an oddly dainty diameter, which is where I had assumed it would eventually break AND where it in fact broke. The break was a clean one though, no fraying or loose pieces, so that was a relief. It also was a constant in a pack of 8-15 dogs for about 3 to 4 months of heavy activity, so in a household situation it could last a bit longer.Very easy toy to clean/disinfect, just be aware the interior of the band is concave, so when rinsing clean of disinfectant or soap you have to run your fingers along the inside to rinse it thoroughly.
The ChuckIt! Amphibious Bumper was utilized by dogs of all shapes and sizes at daycare, but I’m more a fan of it in a one-on-one situation. It has the same general texture as the Amphibious Flight Frisbee, which I think was the basis for the appeal, chew-wise.
It’s most suitable for fetch, (light) tug, and general play. The knotted string at the end is prone to unravel relatively quickly after a few tugs, though in my experience the rope itself remained secure. Again, the rubber portions are relatively hardy though the fabric will easily fray with heavy or persistent chew time; these are active play toys, not chews. Using the string to hurl it was great for long distance fetch games and made this my go-to toy for fetch and retrieve, or fetch in the water (I’m looking at you, Labs!). It’s an easy toy to clean and disinfect and can be tossed it in the wash.
Chuckit Erratic Ball for Dogs. These oddly shaped green balls are super-durable. I’ve had the same pair at the daycare for over two years now, and they’re largely unscathed (barring a bit of scuffing from vigorous outdoor fetch sessions!). The pups enjoy their erratic bound and wobble as they bounce, and the durable rubber and odd shape make them fun for supervised chew sessions. Though easy to clean and disinfect, the interior is hollow, so be sure to thoroughly rinse out any detergent/soap before your pet has access to the toy. I give these a big plus for longevity!