Dog toys come in all shapes, sizes, quality, and cost. When your Boston Terrier is bored, or the weather does not permit exercise outdoors for long, try these indoor toys.
Over years of owning Boston Terriers, we have bought and tried more toys than we can count. Their favorite toys have lasted a long time and provided fun and exercise, even while in the house.
What makes a good indoor toy for Boston Terriers?
When playing indoors, you want to find the right toys for your Boston Terrier.
It is good to have toys that provide exercise for your Bostons. Some Bostons like to play tug of war. Others love to play fetch or chase anything you toss. Even indoors you can satisfy them.
Boston Terriers also need mental stimulation. Treat dispensers, and puzzle toys are great additions.
Let’s look at the toys we’ve personally purchased and our Bostons have enjoyed for more than 15 minutes.
1. ChuckIt! Ultra Ball (Small)
Ryder loves these balls. These are not just for the outdoors. He has a good half dozen of these around the house and loves to play fetch indoors.
These are great for a rainy day and still need to get your exercise time in. A light toss will send your Boston running after it, even under tables and chairs. On carpet, a light underhanded toss may find your Boston jumping into the air and catching this orange and blue ball.
The ChuckIt! Ultra Ball is tough and has lasted years. We did have to throw one out after about three years when one of the blue stripes started to pull away from the central orange part.
2. ChuckIt! Glow Ball (Medium)
Wait! Another ball?!?!?
Yes! The reason is that the texture of this ball is different than the Ultra Ball. It is smoother and therefore a little bit slippery.
One of our Bostons will seek this specific ball out when he wants to squish it in his mouth, have it shoot out with him running to catch up. That’s why we have the medium size ball, as he cannot easily fully wrap his mouth around it. Thus the, squish, shoot, zoom!
3. Benebone Real Bacon Durable Wishbone
Is your Boston Terrier an aggressive chewer? Get them something they can chew on besides your shoes.
The Benebone Durable Wishbone comes in three flavors, chicken, beef, and peanut.
Since the wishbone is curved, it is always easy for our Bostons to grab it and run for the hills. It also makes the wishbone fun to toss across the room and play fetch or tug of war.
The construction of this toy bone is durable and will last a long time.
3. ZippyPaws – Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Squeaky Plush Dog Toy
You won’t find regular plushies on our list of best toys for Boston Terriers. In our house, plush toys last less than 15 minutes before the squeaker and stuffing are all over the floor.
There is one exception. These stuffing-free soft toys are fun and can provide active play for your Boston.
Note: We do not leave these out for the dogs to self-select and use unsupervised, just in case they tear pieces of the fabric. I don’t want them to ingest it.
4. Kong Flyer
A flying disc for indoors? Yup!
The Kong Flyer is a great toy because it can be both an indoor and an outdoor toy.
Outdoors, it will be used for longer and higher tosses, but indoors it works just fine as a fetch game or even tug of war.
As long as you don’t throw it too hard, the Kong Flyer is not likely to cause permanent damage. Just put the wine glasses away first. (First-hand experience?!?!?!)
5. Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball
As a boredom breaker, we adore treat-dispensing toys. These can be expensive and complex, but the Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball is budget-friendly, and your dogs will love it.
Just add your favorite small bite healthy kibble or treats inside it and then watch your Boston Terrier paw and think how best to get what it wants most, food.
6. Hartz Chew ‘n Clean Bacon Flavored Dog Chew Toy
Since Bostons like to chew, helping them keep their teeth and gums clean is a bonus for a single toy.
The Hartz Chew ‘n Clean toy is one our pups love. They lasted over a year for us and seemed to be soothing for our Boston Ryder.
We did toss one out after about a year because it became so pointy in spots due to aggressive chewing that it made his gums bleed a little.
What are the best indoor toys for Boston Terriers? The best indoor toys for Boston Terriers must be durable, provide for exercise and mental agility. For your Boston Terrier, the best indoor toys are:
- ChuckIt! Ultra Ball
- ChuckIt! Glow Ball
- Benebone Real Bacon Durable Wishbone
- Kong Flyer
- Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball
- Hartz Chew ‘n Clean Bacon Flavored Dog Chew Toy
Are there bad toys for Boston Terriers? Yes, unfortunately, there are low quality, unsafe toys on the market. Toys that break or can be chewed into small pieces should be thrown out as they can cause choking or intestinal blockages.
We also are not fond of plush or fabric toys without supervision. Our Bostons just tear them up. So, they don’t last long, and I worry about pieces of fabric being ingested and causing intestinal problems.
Are Boston Terriers strong chewers? They sure are. Boston Terriers have jaws of steel and love to chew anything they fetch or capture. Therefore, pick toys that are made for aggressive chewers and are from reputable brands.
Are rawhide toys safe for Boston Terriers? No, rawhide is not digestible by dogs and can cause serious intestinal trouble. Even though there is much disinformation about rawhide, check with your veterinarian first if you still want to offer rawhide to your Boston Terrier. We do not recommend it.