Dog Toys that Move
An ideal way to stimulate your dog both mentally and physically is to use self-moving dog toys. This type of toy works with your dog’s natural prey drive and chase instinct. Here are my top picks.
The GoBone is the ultimate motorized dog chase toy. Just touch the GoBone and it will keep your dog entertained for up to 8 hours. Alternatively, you can use the app to control the GoBone yourself. This makes for a fun game for both your dog and you. The GoBone is tough and made from durable materials. However, if your dog does chew it you can get a replaceable exterior cover.
To make it even better for your dog you can place treats inside the wheels. Even more reason your dog will love one.
This is quite an expensive toy new. However, there is a good selection of near new GoBones on Amazon a more affordable price.
Wicked Bone is an interactive smart dog toy that plays and interacts with your dogs. You will be able to set it to Drive Mode where you can control it with your mobile phone, or set it to Interactive Mode for the toy to auto-play with your dog.
The Wicked Bone adapts to your dog by way of 12 types of emotional driven systems. It acts responsively to different types of touch, such as chasing, teasing or avoiding and so on.
With the Wickedbone App, you can set different parameters such as speed, swerve, acceleration for playing indoors or outdoors, as well as adjustable sensitivities for playing on hard or soft grounds.
The Wicked Bone operates on Bluetooth with a connection range of up to 30 – 50 feet.
These two devices are very similar. However, there are a couple of differences that may help you decide which one to get your dog.
With the GoBone you are able to put treats inside the wheels to help encourage your dog which you can’t do with the Wicked Bone. Another advantage of the GoBone is that you can get replacement covers if your dog destroys or bites into the device. There is no testing or indication of how much bite strength the hard silicone protective shell can withstand. With the Wicked Bone, if your dog destroys it you will need to purchase a new one. You can get replacement tires for the Wicked Bone if they get damaged or worn out.
The purchase price of the Wicked Bone is a little less than the GoBone. However, Amazon does sometimes have a promotional discount on the GoBone making them similar in price. In addition, Amazon also usually have some near new GoBones in stock at a reasonable price.
When it comes to battery life between charges the Gobone can go for 8 hours of play while the Wicked Bone has only 40 minutes of play from a one hour charge in App play mode. In interactive mode, the battery can last 4 hours.
If you are wanting a smart bone toy for your dog when home alone the Gobone would be the better choice. As the Wicked Bone operates on Bluetooth you need to be in range to operate it.
The Doggie Tail vibrates and jumps to stimulate your dog. It also makes intriguing sounds to further engage them. It requires 3 AAA batteries and will shut off after a period of inactivity to prolong battery life. If your dog damages the outer material you can get replacement covers. It also comes in different styles including Crab, Hedgehog, and Owl.
The Zeus Bulldog barks, shakes, bounces, and rolls in an unpredictable way. It comes complete with 3 AAA batteries. The cover is machine washable for when it becomes covered in slobber and grim.
The Zany Ball wiggles, turns, twists and jiggles to engage your dog. It has a soft grippy surface that is gentle on your dog’s teeth.
Turn on the ball to activate the random action. It will continue to play by being touched by your dog. It only requires one AA battery which is included.
The plush giggle ball makes dog growling sounds and has a shaking motion by for 20 seconds when you turn it on. The toy will activate again by shaking or touching by your dog.
The plush cover can be removed and is machine washable. The toy runs off 3 x AAA batteries which come with the item.
This remote control rat chase toy is probably really meant for cats, but if you have a small dog or terrier this would be fine for them. It would probably be best to keep this a controlled activity as they may destroy it easily. The toy itself is a reasonable size measuring at 29cm in length including the tail.
These are relatively inexpensive and you can even get a pack of three of these each with a remote for only a little more just in case your dog makes short work of it.
If you have a dog that loves to chase the ball then one of these is a must-have. I am sure you know that look that says “please throw it just another 1000 times’. Now you don’t have to. They can “throw” the ball and chase it to their heart’s content. Read “Automatic Ball Launchers for Dogs” to learn more.
Whichever self-moving dog toy you choose it will be sure to give your dog hours of entertainment and fun. Mental stimulation such as that provided by playing with dog toys that move on their own can tire a dog just as much as physical activity.