The Best Dog Training Equipment in the World?

What's the best dog toy, best dog training tool, most awesome doggy thing ever invented? I give you…the humble tennis ball.

Think about it.

This IS the best dog toy ever invented. Nothing comes close, argues Ryan O'Meara.

It’s shaped perfectly to fit in a dog’s mouth, even down to the natural curvature of the dog’s front teeth.

It bounces and rolls and can be tracked when it ends up in long grass.

It has a natural fur outer cover but can also attract the scent of other items it comes into contact with as well as the scent of the thrower’s hand.

It floats.

It fits in the pocket.

It can be thrown great distances with relative lack of effort.

It is robust and can survive the harshest treatment.

Even young puppies can pick them up.

They are cheap, cheap, cheap to buy and easy to replace.

They make a unique sound when bounced. A sound dogs find easy to recognise.

They are green so are great for hiding in grassy areas and making the dog work hard to find them.

They can be hollowed out and treats placed inside them for additional excitement.

The tennis ball is unmatched as a dog toy, training device and doggy joy bringer.

Cherish it. No need to search for the most expensive dog toys or training gear or canine entertainment centre’s when you have a dog who loves tennis balls.

Some tips:

1) Don’t let dogs play unattended with a tennis ball. You will kill the magic. That’d be like letting someone travel to work every day in a formula 1 car – eventually the novelty will go and the ball will no longer have it’s majestic qualities.

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2) Don’t let dogs chew or destroy the tennis ball. The tennis ball is to be treasured. It is an orb of pure mystery and should be treated as preciously as a Fabergé egg for that is how your dog shall view it if you keep their tennis ball interest in tact.

3) Introduce puppies to the joys of the tennis ball early in life. It will pay off later.

4) Never be without one. An emergency tennis ball is, in many cases, as useful as a distress flare on a sinking ship.

The tennis ball. The best dog toy ever invented. Fact.

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Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine is the the online editor at She is an experienced dog owner and professional writer who lives with her two beloved dogs, Mabel and Charlie.

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