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nature sucks at making dog toys

When nature gave dogs the stick, it gave them what is maybe the most dangerous “toy” anyone could have made. Most dogs love sticks, and most people are happy to throw a stick for an eager pup. The only problem is … well, pretty much everything about a stick is a problem.

  • Splinters in the tongue and/or gums from chewing sticks
  • Punctures to the roof of their mouth and/or throat from chewing, catching, or running onto sticks
  • Cracked teeth from chewing sticks
  • Eye injuries from impalements and broken off chunks of wood or bark
  • Heart, lung, liver, and other organ damage from running onto and being impaled by a stick (this actually happens more often than you might be aware).

 

A Fetch Stick Minus the Stick

We searched high and low for a fun and safe alternative to sticks that will help you exercise your dog and avoid common stick-related injuries in the process. After extensive research (and having a lot of fun testing with our pups), we finally found one that meets all of our criteria. What we love most about this “stick" is that it's the first dog fetch toy to actually look like a stick, but not injure dogs like a stick. 

Its natural stick-like design, makes it an easy transition for dogs who love sticks.

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And equally as important for us is that it’s also non-toxic!

  • Soft on teeth: Catching and chewing on it won't chip or break your dog’s teeth
  • No splinters: Unlike a real stick, sharp pieces won't break off and cause harm
  • Perfect size: Large enough that it won’t create a choking hazard when being retrieved
  • No sharp edges: It won’t impale dogs like real sticks can and do
  • Easy to throw: It has a good “feel” and can be thrown far
  • Fun to catch: It’s got an erratic bounce that keeps dogs guessing and engaged, unlike the predictability of a ball that goes in one direction only — it'll keep your dog guessing
  • Fun in water: It floats! 
  • Washable: Easy to keep clean
  • Non-toxic material: The fetch stick is made from resin (a thermoplastic rubber material). It is certified non-toxic and is completely recyclable. These compounds, that are toxic to dogs, are *not* in this toy: PVC, BPA, Phthalates, Lead, Cadmimum, Chromimum, Melamine, Arsenic, Bromine.

There are a ton of fetch toys, balls, and other doggie doo-dads in the marketplace, but this playstick was the highest quality that we've found and we're excited to make it available to you. Preventive Vet is the only place in North America where you can buy this dog toy.

Please note: This is not meant to be an unsupervised chew toy, but it'll stand up to a bit of "post retrieval" chewing. Dogs love it!

Large size - approximately 9.5 ounces, 14" long, 1.5" diameter

Small size - approximately 4 ounces, 10" long, 1" diameter

best fetch stick new color

Two new colors!

We've just added two new great color options, Coral Red and Teal Blue. These bright colors are particularly good for making it easier to find your fetch toy in highly wooded areas, in the water, dimly lit places, or at a large park.

Indy loves it so much, he plays with two at the same time!

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Here’s what some of the Preventive Vet family (and their pups) have to say about it

 Here is PV pup, Clover, enjoying the large coral fetch toy:

Clover playing fetch

 

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My Frenchie, Marshall Jolie-Pitt, loves to play fetch, but he's never gone after sticks so I didn't know if he'd be interested. From the second I opened the packaging, he was pretty much obsessed. The small size was easy for me to throw, and perfect for him to retrieve. When he was finished playing, he didn't let go of his new toy, instead he layed on the dry grass and started chewing. Like almost all dogs in the bully breed family, my little man is a heavy chewer and tests the durability of everything, and this was no different. The way he was gnawing and pulling, I was shocked that nothing came off the stick right away. Eventually, he was able to work off a very tiny piece, and I knew that if I let him continue, there could have eventually been tiny pieces everywhere. So, this won't be a chew toy for him, but he gets excited every time I pick it up and immediately runs to the door. It's his new favorite toy, and I've actually really enjoyed throwing it to him— especially since it's so easy to clean. 

(Marshall is shown with the small green fetch toy)

 

Leander enjoying the best fetch toy ever

My dog, Leander, is a really weird dude. He typically only likes two things: his stuffed animals, and sleeping under the covers until noon. He's not much of a chewer and never really gets into fetch. It took a little coaxing, but after a few minutes, I had him running in the yard like a madman. He's reeeeally into his new toy. 

(Leander is shown with the small brown fetch toy) 

 

 

 

wendy-playing2.jpgWendy isn't much of a stick chaser or chewer, so I was surprised to see her enthusiasm when I brought this awesome fetch toy out for a test run. I'm no pro quarterback, but I was able to get some distance with this toy, and get it to go where I intended (for the most part). It's been a great addition to our play time routine.

(Wendy is shown with the large green fetch toy)

 

 

 

best-fetch-toy-Jackson_3.jpgJackson loves to play, and he loves to chew. When I first threw his new toy, we had a group of people over at the house and he ran all around the yard and all through the house like he was showing off. He didn't even want to share it with us to throw it to him at first. When we finally did get it in our hands, he kept bringing it back to a different person every time. I guess he wanted to test everyone's throw. He loved it. He did end up taking a break and wanted to chew on it. Knowing that he's a power chewer, I  put it away out of reach. We'll stick to playing fetch and won't let him have it to feast on.

(Jackson is shown with the large brown fetch toy)
 
 
 
 
 
Loki-swimming-fetching-stick.pngLoki's a lover. He's gentle with his toys and he's an avid fetcher, and very particular about what he'll "bring back." In a sea of thrown fetch toys at a busy dog park, he'll only chase after and bring back what's his. Good boy!! This quality makes him especially good at retrieving in the water. He zones in on the target and away he goes, retrieving it every time. He'd come out of the water and drop the "stick," asking for another round, and another, and another. 
 
He's not a stick chewer so this stick only gets "air time" as a fetch toy. 
 
(Loki is shown with the large green fetch toy)