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Daisy's Favorite Dog Toys

Updated on October 6, 2014

Dog Toy Review by Daisy the Dog.

This is Daisy. Daisy is a Rat Terrier. And clearly she's not writing this review. She doesn't have thumbs, otherwise, she probably would.I have never met a more independent and opinionated animal.Fortunately, since she can't type, it is fairly easy to understand her opinions about dog toys and games. Daisy is the kind of dog who likes and needs indestructible, chewable, throwable, and fetchable toys. We will tell you about a few the best toys for high energy dogs. And remember, a busy dog is an obedient dog.

(Note: Daisy suddenly passed away since the writing of this article. We miss her deeply, dearly, and daily. She was an amazing dog and there is no other dog like her. Love your furry family members everyday, because they can be gone in the blink of an eye. I am glad this was one of the first lenses I published. It is comforting to know that she can still bring a smile to someone's face.)

Daisy the Rat Terrier

In general, rat terriers are loyal, active, smart, and playful dogs. They love to dig, “hunt”, and please their grown ups. Unfortunately, a digging dog isn’t pleasing to all humans. But the good news is, with daily attention and play, the potentially annoying behaviors of rat terriers are easily kept at bay.

Daisy's Vocabulary. She has a set of words that she completely recognizes. And some words or phrases that we believe she recognizes. We know that she fully understands the following: Get your thing (or get that thing) Biscuit Breakfast Daddy Pee-peeGet “your” thing is to bring her toy. Whichever one she’s focused on. It’s also what we say when we play hide n seek with her. Get “that” thing is usually what we say in the woods when she’s pretending to kill sticks, pine cones, and similar things. I don’t think she hears a difference. She just does what she does.Biscuit means a doggie treat.Breakfast means “are you hungry and ready to be fed?”. You can say as many “b” words as you want and she won’t react until you say “breakfast”. Then she loses her mind with happiness.Daddy means her two legged male parent and she knows that. His activity level is as high as hers. She’s partial to daddy.Pee-pee means what you think it means.She seems to understand the following most of the time, but not always. Perhaps she just pretends to not understand: NO! Sit. Stay. Momma. Let’s go.

Her Favorite Activities.

Daisy loves to go fishing, camping, and swimming. I should clarify that she loves attempting to swim. Rat terriers aren’t known for their ability to float. Probably due to their trim build and lack of body fat. So we watch her closely since she will jump into bodies of water to fetch fish, fishing bobbers, falling sticks and similar. It is great fun to throw her lacrosse ball (which also does not float) into the shallow edge of the water and watch her immerse her entire head as she blows bubbles and retrieves her ball. She does not realize that she’s not a water dog. As she grows older, she finally likes to sit on laps. And she has always loved sleeping in bed between us, borrowed deep beneath the covers. You wouldn’t think a 7 lb, four-legged creature could completely hog the blankets, but she can.

Doggie Games - A fun video of two dogs playing their own version of keep away.

This is Daisy and my son's boxer, Lady. They were playing keep away with a crab pot float they found.

photo by DawnRaeB
photo by DawnRaeB

The Favorite Toys.

Daisy's favorite toys include: balls, snack dispenser toys, chew ropes, and stuffed animals for shredding.

She loves the JW squeak ball. It is her favorite toy right now. She’s obsessive with it. She will refuse to eat if the ball is where she can reach it. This toy seems to be the right size for her mouth, she can squash it and it’s durable so it immediately rebounds. (note: please take care not to give your dog balls that are small enough to become lodged in their throat).

She also loves lacrosse balls. They are large, heavy, and nearly too big for her mouth. We do not use the lacrosse ball for playing fetch indoors as the downstairs neighbors would likely notice that loud thuds as that ball hits the floor. If you know how to use a lacrosse stick, and I do not, Daisy loves balls being thrown with that distance and speed. She also loves to fetch them from under water. Finally, on the rare occasion she has lost one in the woods, she often finds it on a subsequent visit. Sometimes the following year.

Snack dispensers are heaven for Daisy. Her favorite has been the Petsafe Busy Buddy Chuckle. It’s a smidge too big for her (you would think) but she loves it. We put treats in it and she lays for long periods of time with her eyes half shut chewing and digging at the treats. I think this toy has been very helpful in satisfying her ingrained need to dig since she uses her toes and toenails to try to “dig” the treats out.

The three toys listed above, the JW Squeak ball, the lacrosse ball, and the Busy Buddy Chuckle snack dispenser have been indestructible. She's the kind of dog that can peel the skin from the highest quality tennis ball in less than an hour. So it is important to have some indestructible toys to keep her busy.

Daisy also enjoys toys such as Chew ropes. While she is able to destroy them, they do keep her entertained for long periods of time. I have read that chew ropes help clean dogs teeth. She loves shredding them. Please supervise your dog with chew ropes if they are able to shred them as Daisy does. You would not want your dog to ingest the strings.

Lacrosse Ball (Yellow)
Lacrosse Ball (Yellow)

Lacrosse balls are great fun for dogs.

PetSafe Chuckle Interactive Dog Toy with Noise Maker, Use with Food or Treats
PetSafe Chuckle Interactive Dog Toy with Noise Maker, Use with Food or Treats

There are many doggie treat dispenser. this is a little large for Daisy but she loves it. The treat openings are at each end and there are very small, soft "prongs" that help hold the treats inside. She spends hours with this item.


How we taught Daisy to play hide-n-seek.

Rather, how she taught us.

How we taught Daisy to play hide-n-seek. We didn’t plan on teaching her this game. It started out by chance. If she were pestering us to play fetch with her favorite ball, one of us would try to “put it away” in a place other than her toy basket while the other of us had her attention. We began to notice that unless you put it far out of her reach, she would somehow find it and bring it to us.

Eventually, we began tell her to go in the bathroom and we’d shut the door. We would hide the ball. And when we let her out of the bathroom, we discovered that she would sniff around the house, searching, until she found the ball. We found that we had to hide the ball in more difficult places (including his work boots to help hide the scent of the ball).

Sometimes we’d forget that she’s still searching the apartment. Then ta-dum, there she is with the ball she’s found. It’s clear that she’s both a sight and scent hunter. When we play a version of hide-n-seek outside, we do it through throwing the ball into the highest brush or marsh grass we can find. If the grass is higher than she is, you can watch her stand on her hind feet and walk, front feet tucked, reminiscent of a kangaroo. We can see her visually scanning the area and sniffing the air from the higher vantage point.We love our rat terrier, Daisy. We love the energy level and personality.

If you are a dog lover, I hope you have found something here that is useful to you and your four legged family member.

Daisy - (all Daisy photos and video by Dawnraeb)

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a more mature Daisy, at the beach on a chilly day.Younger Daisy wondering why the birds won't come play.Daisy watching the bobber that is too far out for us to see in the photo.  She loves fishing.
a more mature Daisy, at the beach on a chilly day.
a more mature Daisy, at the beach on a chilly day.
Younger Daisy wondering why the birds won't come play.
Younger Daisy wondering why the birds won't come play.
Daisy watching the bobber that is too far out for us to see in the photo.  She loves fishing.
Daisy watching the bobber that is too far out for us to see in the photo. She loves fishing.

Other Folks who love their rat terriers.

Many people who meet Daisy have never heard of "rat terrier" before. It's good to know that there are so many rat terrier lovers out there. Below are just a few.

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    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      What a fun thing...trying to guess at our dog's heritage! Also, does Jazzy dig? Ratties LOVE LOVE LOVE to dig. I love ratties so much. And they can have the upright ears or the "button" ears. Give Jazzy a hug for me. I'm waiting for the day I can add a rat terrier into the family. So sorry about Sassy. I understand what you mean about still missing her. I don't think I'll ever stop missing Daisy. I'm so glad your shared Jazzy with me on facebook. Such a face!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Love the video! And, after watching that, I'm convinced our Jazzy is part rat terrier (as you suggested on Facebook). She runs just like that and has the same body type.

      I'm so sorry to hear of Daisy's passing. Losing a dog, for me, is losing a family member, so I understand how much it hurts. I miss my Sassy, who was most definitely also part rat terrier, every day as well, and it's been more than 2 years.

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thank you so much. She was a wonderful dog and I'm so glad that I wrote the article. There's not a day that goes by that I don't still miss her.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Daisy must have been a wonderful dog. And it's very apparent that you loved her a lot. This article is a wonderful way to save your memories of your time spent loving Daisy.

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      3 years ago from UK

      Loved reading about the lovely Daisy and all her fave toys and activities. I remember Goldie knowing lots of words as well! We have happy memories of those hide n seek games too.

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      Ruth Cox 

      3 years ago

      It has been a while since I stopped by to visit with you and Daisy, so here I am again. I love how she's watching those birds!

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Great lens! I need to get a Kong puzzle toy for my Buffy.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      4 years ago

      I am so sorry for the loss of your Daisy Dog. Her 'recommendations' page has turned into a sweet tribute to her life.

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      4 years ago

      I feel like I know Daisy and rat terriers better after reading these:-) What a sweet thing to have shared a happy life with Daisy.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      We do love our puppies, don't we?!!!! I laughed when you said, "Rather, how she taught us". That is so true, in so many ways. They do teach us a lot even we we don't realize we are learning. Your Daisy was a beautiful and delightful angel dog.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Love how personal this loving pet article is. Our furry friends really do work their way deep into our heart and lives.

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      4 years ago

      Yes, Lady made me laugh the way she seems to tease Daisy, watching and waiting to make sure Daisy is still playing. Great to meet your Daisy! My dog Tidbit loves the beach, too, but I've never seen her swim, she really doesn't like to get wet!.

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @ValerieJoy: that video is getting older now..but i still laugh when i watch it. crazy dogs. thank you for visiting and commenting.

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @aleereviews: that's so funny that your two dogs are so different in personality and toy choices. I totally know what you mean about having to give things that are indestructible!

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      4 years ago

      Loved your lens, they are such smart animals! I own a dog mixed with rat terrier and jack russell and another that is more jack russell. They are mother and daughter genetically, though they don't look like it at all, lol. The mother that has more rat terrier in her loves balls! We have to give her things that her indestructible or otherwise she chews them up. Her daughter could careless about balls or dog toys, but she's a lot more hyper and is an outside dog.

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      Valerie Smith 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      A great lens. I loved watching the video of the dogs playing with the crab pot float - oh what fun :)

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @ChristyZ: Thank you. we think so too.

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      5 years ago

      Daisy is so cute!

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @shay-marie: Thank you for visiting and the comments. I laughed out loud about the random rubbish. Daisy is similar... she loves pine cones, sticks, rocks and the most random things found on her walks.

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      Shay Marie 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      My dog loves playing fetch with racquetballs. They are a bit smaller than tennis balls (so they fit in her mouth better) and they have a good bounce to them. Either that or she'll find a random piece of rubbish from the yard. I think she likes that stuff more than her proper toys!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      My boy, Toby, says hello to Daisy. Toby might be a bit boisterous for your girl. He also hogs the covers (as you may have read on my Mount Blanca lens). Enjoyed meeting part of your family. I never thought to try a lacrosse ball with Toby. I wonder if it would last. He can really chew (being part Mastiff). I've been looking at the heavy-duty Kong toys for him. I can tell Daisy is a special dog. Thanks for introducing her to us.

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @SusanDeppner: I bet your Daisy would have loved it too. Thank you for the comment.

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Mobley5: I hope so too. Every dog lover needs a Daisy. :)

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Susan Zutautas: Yes... Daisy would be a scooby snack sized for a newfoundland. HUGE! haha. And gorgeous dogs!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It was nice meeting Daisy. I have 2 Newfoundland dogs. Quite a bit bigger than Daisy :)

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      5 years ago

      I'd love to have a Daisy but circumstances don't allow just now. Hopefully one day soon. :-)

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      5 years ago

      Daisy is great - wish I had a dog!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Our neighbors have a rat terrier who is definitely a daddy's boy. So funny! Your video is great - I love that Lady waits for short-legged Daisy to catch up. Bet our yellow Lab, Daisy, would enjoy running with the two of them!

    • DawnRae64 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @mel-kav: :) Thanks. No matter how many times I watch that video, i laugh. They played like that for the longest time.

    • mel-kav profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens - thoroughly enjoyed reading about daisy. Loved the video!


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