BEST DOG TOYS FOR SHIBA INUS - TOP 10​

Keeping your Shiba Inu active, engaged, and entertained is important for mental and physical development. Playing with your Shiba Inu relieves stress and anxiety in both humans and dogs. It’s also a great way to fortify a strong bond.

Shiba Inu’s can get picky with their toys. That’s why it is important to find a toy that can really “wow” them. You can’t just get any old chew toy and expect your Shiba to be thrilled with it for very long. In general, Shiba Inus are not toy crazy dogs like Retrievers and Labradors.

What Kind of Toy Will Your Shiba Love?

That is why it is necessary to do some homework before deciding on which toy to get your Shiba. Luckily this article has already done it for you with a compilation of ten cool toys for Shiba Inus. There’s got to be at least one in this list that will make your Shiba Inu do the happy dance!

KONG Scrunch Knots Dog Toy Fox

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Ok disclaimer here, any toy that looks like a fox has a better chance of making it on this list than others. 

The Kong Scrunch Knot series of dog toys feature a "unstuffed" plush toy with a braided rope for extra functionality.

Being unstuffed is an extra plus for Shiba Inu owners as Shiba Inus tend to like unstuffing things they come across.​

Great For Nibblers

This size and shape of this toy works great for Shiba Inus. My Shiba in particular loves plush toys with small, pointy areas like ears, tails, and legs. She always nibbles and chews on these points first. This Kong Scrunch Knot Fox fits the bill perfectly with seven chew points.

KONG Scrunch Knot Dog Toy Fox

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Official Kawaii Shiba Co. Plushie - 2019 Release

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They're here! Kawaii Shiba Co's official Shiba Inu soft plushies are now available.

At 11" high and 8" deep, this plush plushie is the perfect size - not too big and not too small.

Featuring the Japanese "kawaii" style face and body - this plushie is a joy to snuggle with.

The Ultimate Shiba Inu Gift Set

This Kawaii plush set comes with not one but three bandanas for the plush Shiba. A karakusa style reusable red drawstring bag holds the Shiba Inu making it a perfect gift bag.

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Official Kawaii Shiba Co. Plushie - 2019 Release

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Joyclub Kawaii Squeaky Dog Toys

EVERYONE knows how "kawaii" Shiba Inus are, so of course kawaii squeaky toys are a must!

Great Gift Bag / Stocking Stuffer

Since this squeaky toy set comes in a 12-pack, they make gifts and grab bag stuffers.

Granted, these little plush toys may not last with aggressive Shiba chewers but they work great for Shiba Inu puppies and "softer" nibblers!

Joyclub Kawaii Squeaky Dog Toys

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StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

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There are a lot treat of treat dispensing dog toys on the market but what I like about this Bob-a-Lot toy is the fact that it "weeble-wobbles". Remember that phrase anyone?

The weighted bottom allows the toy to continuously bob back and forth which is fun for your Shiba Inu (important) and also entertaining for us to watch.

Adjustable Treat Opening​

What I really like about this treat dispensing toy is the ability to adjust the size of the treat openings. So I can easily put different types of treats in the toy or change the difficulty of the game depending on how long I want my dog to be occupied.

The description mentions that this toy is chew-proof but that might not be the case if your Shiba Inu is a very strong chewer.

Monitor Heavy Chewers

The yellow top lid  of the toy is an enticing chew magnet for some dogs so be sure to monitor your dog and take the toy away if chewing causes plastic pieces to fall off.​ However, this toy will still function without the top lid as the opening inside the cover is also very small.

Small and Large Sizes

There are two sizes, small and large. Both sizes would work well for Shiba Inus. Please take note that the size differences are quite sizeable, 6.4" tall to 8.9" tall.

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

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Sky Bounce® Balls Color Rubber Handballs

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If you have one of those rare Shiba Inus that love playing fetch than these Sky Bounce handballs are great. They are much bouncier and safer than tennis balls.

Tennis balls can be abrasive to your dog's teeth and gums. Also, the fur of tennis balls is easy to rip up and pose a swallowing hazard to your dog. 

The Sky Balls are just a bit smaller than tennis balls and do have give in them when they are squeezed - dogs love that. 

​Softer Than Racquetballs

These balls may not be good for dogs that are very strong chewers. They are almost like racquetballs except they are much bouncier and softer - making them less durable than a racquetball but much more fun.

Sky Bounce® Balls Color Rubber Handballs

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Outward Hound Hide A Bee Dog Toys

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My Shiba Inu has tons of toys, tons. Out of all of the types of toys - balls, ropes, plushes, frisbees, chews - she always plays the most with these type of "hide and seek" plush toys. 

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She loves extracting the various animals from the toy and won't stop until all animals are evacuated. Often, she will squeak the last extracted animal continuously to show off her hunting skills.

Each of the three bees from the beehive squeak and can be played with individually - especially suited for puppies. 

Outward Hound Hide A Bee Dog Toys

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JW Spiky Cuz Assistant Toy

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Shiba Inus are stylish, hip dogs so naturally they can't have just any run of the mill squeaky toy. They need a squeaker that is unique, stylish and functional. 

This JW Spiky toy satisfies all these squeaky requirements with it's quirky, odd-ball look. ​These spiky "Cuz's" are cool because the feet of the toy causes the ball to bounce erratically.

Oral Gum Massager

The raised spikes makes for an interesting mouth feel for your Shiba while at same time massaging the gums of your dog.

 ​The rubber in this toy is pretty durable but definitely not chew proof. This toy will succumb to very aggressive chewing over time but at this price point, still a great value.

JW Spiky Cuz Assistant Toy

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MultiPet Bouncy Burrow 20"

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The MultiPet Bounch Burrow is a hybrid of a ball, chew toy, and tug toy all in one - at a great price. It squeaks on both ends and has no filling to rip out. 

This type of toys is great for dogs like Shiba Inus who have high prey drive. The rubber ball in the middle of the toy gives the toy some added weight and makes the toy feel more like real prey to your dog​. It even looks kind of like a hybrid large rat / beaver. Definitely excellent looking prey in your Shiba's eyes.

Great To Launch

The elongated tail makes this toy easy to throw long distances and ​if it gets dirty, is easily machine washable. It's a pretty durable toy but understandably not recommended for especially strong chewers / shredders.

MultiPet Bouncy Burrow 20"

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Trixie Pet Products Mover Toy, Mini, Level 3

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 I love teaching my Shiba Inu how to solve puzzle games. Makes me feel just like a kid again. 

Trixie has a great line of interactive dog puzzles​ to really bring out the Einstein in your Shiba Inu.

​Three Skill Levels

They have three different skill levels, but of course if you have a Shiba Inu, you ​may just want to go for the highest level first.

Shiba Inus do particularly well with these types of puzzles because Shibas naturally enjoy "flushing" prey out of their hiding spots. 

Also, the Shiba Inu's can make good use of it's elongated and slim snout in maneuvering through these puzzles.

Trixie Pet Products Mover Toy, Mini, Level 3

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Japanese Dog Shiba Inu Brown Mameshiba Plush Doll Wankodo with Furoshiki Bag

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Isn't this Mameshiba puppy so cute! This high quality Shiba Inu plush is made by Wankodo and features an adorable red Shiba Inu sporting a traditional Japanese Furoshiki bag.

Better For Young Puppies or Non Chewers

This soft plush would be great for Shiba inu puppies to snuggle with in their bed. ​The plush toy will help young puppies adjust to being separated from their litter mates. 

Japanese Dog Shiba Inu Brown Mameshiba Plush Doll Wankodo with Furoshiki Bag

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GoDog Wildlife Toy with Chew Guard

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These foxy foxes are so adorably cute and built for big time chewers. 

GoDog uses their Chew Guard technology to double stitch these toys and make it very difficult for dogs to shred them apart. In fact, this company offers a one time replacement guarantee on their website. ​

So far, my  Shiba inu who is a medium strength chewer / shredder has not been able to tear this toy after 5 months of occasional play.​

GoDog Wildlife Toy with Chew Guard

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Nina Ottosson DogCasino Interactive game

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Nina Ottosson has been developing renowned dog puzzles / games for the past 23 years. Her company has an excellent philosophy that simply states "busy minds equals happy pets".

Her company understands that dogs, just like humans have different skill levels and interests.

Some dogs like increasingly difficult challenges while some dogs just love doing the same game over and over.

Challenging But Rewarding

My Shiba Inu likes a bit of a challenge and this DogCasino toy at the highest level 3 out of 3 - fulfills that challenge. 

To get the treats out, your dog has to pull out the bone "keys" to be able to unlock the treat drawers. Once the bone key is pulled out, your dog can then pull out the drawers and get access to the treats.

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It's great to see my Shiba Inu engaging her though processes and having fun at the same time.

Advanced Dog Puzzles Not For All Dogs

Don't get this particular model if your Shiba Inu is impatient and not at this skill level yet. There are many other Nina Ottoson toys that are easier for beginners. ​

It's not good to frustrate your Shiba Inu, so start with easier puzzles at first and help your Shiba work up to harder puzzles over time. 

Nina Ottosson DogCasino Interactive game

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