The Cockapoo is an energetic, playful, and intelligent dog. They are also very people orientated and love to play games that involve you.
The Cockapoo is a crossbreed that has been developed from the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. Both of these breeds are energetic hunting dogs that are both highly intelligent, The type of toys that Cocker Spaniels and Poddle like tend to fetch toys, interactive and puzzle toys, tug toys and plush toys.
To learn about the different types of toys and how to use them with your dog see here.
What toys do Cockapoos like
Therefore, the best type of toys for a Cockapoo achieve one or more of the following objectives
- help to burn up pent up energy
- toys that involve chasing and fetching
- provide mental stimulation and challenge
- allow the opportunity to involve you in the game
Here are our top picks of the best dog toys for Cockapoos –
Best exercise toys for Cockapoos
Toys that involve a chase or fetching are a favorite of Cockapoos and are great for releasing pent up energy and helping to tire them. To learn more about how much and ways to exercise your Cockapoo see here.
A Flirt pole is like a giant cat tickler for dogs. It has a long handle with a bungy type rope with a lure or toy attached to the end. You simply move the lure along the ground around in circles or in different directions as your dog chases it. It works directly with their natural prey and chase instinct. Be sure they have a good leave it command and don’t allow them to destroy the toy. This game is excellent for burning up that pent-up energy in a short amount of time. For a full guide to flirt pole exercise for dogs see here.
View the range of flirt poles on Amazon.
Automatic Ball Launchers
Fetch is the favorite game of the majority of Cockapoos. I am sure you have had the experience of your dog wanting you to throw the ball just a few more times. With an Automatic Ball Launcher, they can play fetch by all by themselves. This will require training them to put the ball in the funnel initially, but once they know what to do they are away and fetching. Read “Automatic Ball Launchers for Dogs” to learn more.
Manual Ball Launchers
Handheld ball launchers are an excellent way to exercise your dog. Obviously, the further you can throw the ball the more your dog has to run.
They also make life easier for you as the long handle lets you pick up a ball without having to bend over to the ground. It also prevents you from having to touch a slobbery ball.
The best quality and well-known brand are the Chuckit. These are also extremely inexpensive and well worth having. Check out the Chuckit ball thrower on Amazon.
Most dogs can chase and catch a ball. But a flying disc requires a little bit more skill, coordination, and timing. Roll the Disc on the ground towards your dog. They will instinctually want to grab it in his mouth. Once you’ve accomplished this, try tossing it at a very low level first to your dog. If you feel like your Cockapoo is ready to go to the next level, toss the disc a little higher and further. Great energy burner and you may be amazed at your dog’s agility and acrobatic skill.
View the Kong Flying Disc on Amazon
The Varram Pet Fitness Robot is the newest of the automatic chase toys for dogs and cats. This device is super smart and ideal to keep your dog active when home alone. Using an app on your iPhone or Android you can schedule when to activate or have it in sleep mode. It also can sense when your pet is near wanting to play. It also has an obstacle avoidance ability and can learn where obstacles are.
The Varram Pet Robot has a few more functions than other smart chase toys available for dogs and as a result, is a little more expensive. To learn more about other dog toys that move on their own see here.
It has a built-in treat dispenser to reward your dog for playing. It also provides all the stats and reports on the smartphone app such as monitoring your dog’s activity and how many treats were dispensed.
View the Varram Pet Fitness Robot on Amazon.
If your dog is ball mad then the Wicked Ball is the ultimate moving dog toy for them. The magic ball runs and bounces all by itself and the LED light adds another level of engagement for your dog. No App or remote controller required.
It has several settings such as the Intelligent Companion mode. In this mode, the Wicked ball has 10 minutes of play and 30 minutes of rest. If your dog pushes or hits the ball it starts the play cycle again. It also has three reaction modes (gentle, normal, active) so you can set it to suit your dog’s mood. Due to its obstacle avoidance system (collision sensor), it doesn’t get stuck in tight spots.
The Wicked ball is durable and dog safe and is also waterproof so can be played with when swimming. It also has a treat hole for dogs that are food motivated.
Best Puzzle Toys for a Cockapoo
Cockapoos are a smart little dog. It is crucial not only to exercise their bodies but their minds as well. Mental exercise can tire a dog just as much as physical activity.
The best type of types to provide mental stimulation for any dog is generally the puzzle type toys. Most of these usually involve your dog working out how to get a treat out of the toy (with the exception of the iFrenzy – see below).
When selecting interactive puzzle type toys for your Cockapoo it is best to select toys that are a little more difficult. As Cockapoos are smart and great problem solvers you don’t want them to figure it out too quickly. For more suggestions see Top Puzzle Toys for Dogs.
This automatic rolling treat ball from Petgeek is activated by a soft touch from your dog and can last for up to 7 hours. Requires two AAA batteries and goes into sleep mode after a period of no activity.
Provides physical exercise and mental stimulation as they figure out how to release the treats. Can hold up to 380ml of kibble or small treats(sized up to 0.3 inches). This is ideal for the home alone dog also.
View the Petgeek Automatic Rolling Ball on Amazon,
The iFetch Frenzy is the only dog puzzle toy that doesn’t use treats. The ball itself is the reward. Your dog drops the ball into the top and scrambles to find it as it randomly rolls from 6-12 feet out of 1 of 3 chutes at the base.
There’s no launching, like our other iFetch ball launchers but it still gives your Cockapoo the opportunity to chase. This product allows dogs to quickly return to the real challenge: the mental game of guessing where the ball will appear next.
View the iFrenzy on Amazon
A Snuffe Mat is another great way to provide for your dog’s natural digging instinct and to provide mental stimulation and relieve boredom. A Snuffe mat is a mat that is made of fleece and you can hide dry food or treats into it. If you are someone that is good at crafts you can try to make one yourself or check out the range of Snuffle Mats at Amazon.
Best Chew Toys for Cockapoos
Chewing is a natural behavior for all dogs. It has numerous benefits including keeping them occupied and helping with dental health. In addition, chewing is great for stress. When a dog chews they release endorphins to their brains giving them a calming and feel-good effect.
When selecting chew toys for your Cockapoo it is important to choose toys that are an appropriate size for their mouth size and chewing strength.
Here are some of the best chew toys for Cockapoos –
The West Paw range of chew toys are durable and made from dog safe materials. They come in a huge range of different types and sizes so you can select the best one for your Cockapoo.
Cockapoos are not generally power chewers so you need chew toys that are not too hard and have a little give in them.
View the West Paw range of chew toys on Amazon.
If you don’t know what a Kong for dogs is it is a tough rubber dog toy with a hole in the center so you can stuff it with treats or even flavored paste. the Kong is actually three dog toys in one.
- Food and treat stuffing puzzle toy. You can even freeze the Kong for a hot weather treat.
- Chew toy – made of safe near-indestructible rubber
- Fetch toy – due to its unique shape it bounces in unpredictable directions making a game of fetch more like chasing a rat
They come in a range of sizes from XS to XL. For a Cockapoo, I recommend using the medium or large Kong as the small doesn’t hold as much food or treats as you would think.
For a Cockapoo puppy, you should choose the Puppy Kong. These are made of a softer more flexible rubber so they do damage to their young and developing teeth and jaw. See Puppy Kongs on Amazon here.
Edible dog chews
Natural edible dog chews are highly appealing to dogs as they are food. a great way to add some variety to your dog’s diet. These include ears, antlers, bones, and bully sticks.
View Edible Chews on Amazon.
Best Plush Toys for Cockapoos
Cockapoos love plush toys to play with. They will carry them around, cuddle and lick them. If your Cockapoo tends to shred and pull apart their plush toys I recommend getting plush toys that are tougher and more durable. See toys for dogs that like to shred for recommendations.
If you Cockapoo isn’t overly destructive with their plush dog toys there is a huge range available to choose from. View plush dog toys on Amazon.
This one is more than just a plush toy. 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. This makes this plush toy far more engaging for your Cockapoo.
The plush cover can be removed and is machine washable. The toy runs off 3 x AAA batteries which come with the item.
Best Toys for a Cockapoo Puppy
When selecting the best toys for a Cockapoo puppy it is important to consider several things. Firstly, they should not be too hard and should have some give. This prevents damage to the jaw and the new teeth. It is also important that they do not shatter or break into small pieces. This is to prevent the risk of your puppy choking on any fragments that come off the toy.
Kong puppy chew toys
In addition to the classic shape Kong, there are other shapes available such as the Kong teething stick and the Kong Goodie Bone. These have grooves on the side so you can spread a little paste into them to make the toy more interesting than your shoes.
For puppies that love plush toys but tend to pull apart normal plush toys like Cockapoo puppies tend to, The Tuffy Junior range is ideal. They are more durable than other plush toys and are machine washable. These are for puppies mainly as an adult dog would be more than likely to be able to destroy them. They are available in a range of sizes to suit your puppy.
The Nylabone puppy teething key ring is a classic. These have been available for teething puppies ever since I can remember. These are soft enough for enjoyable chewing, yet strong enough to withstand it.
They have lots of moving parts that make a sound when shaken. Toys that make a sound are always more preferable and fun for a puppy. The irregular shape and texture provide choices of different surfaces and feelings while chewing and after some chewing, raised bristles are released that clean the teeth to help dental health.
Let us know in the comments what your Cockapoos favorite toys are.
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