With so many options for dog Frisbees, it can be difficult to figure out what to get. While the best way is to try them, that’s not always a readily available option for everyone. It’s hard to justify purchasing so many different kinds to find that your dog doesn’t like them. Hopefully, this guide can help you to narrow down your choices.
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Safety is first and foremost.
Disc golf discs, ultimate discs, and those awful $0.99 discs from Petco aren’t ideal for your dog. Your dog needs a plastic that won’t crack and shatter. If your dog bites through the disc, it should poke a hole or make a gash, but it should never shatter under normal circumstances. (Note: Some discs may shatter in extremely cold weather. There’s a special disc just for that.) The rim of the disc should be thin and rounded. You can see in the photos below that the discs’ rim is small and rounded – particularly designed for a dog’s mouth.
Okay, so what discs are safe?
In the USA, there are three main dog disc manufacturers; Hero Disc USA, Discovering the World (Wham-O), and Hyperflite. Check out any of their dog discs and you won’t have to worry about shattering or sharp rims. (I’m a little partial to Hero Disc, as I prefer most of their discs and we’re sponsored by them. However, I think all three companies make fabulous products and you should ultimately choose what your dog likes best.)
But there are so many…How do I know which one to get?
Well, I made a little guide to help you with this. Choosing the right disc is based on your dog’s size and how hard they are on their toys. Most discs can be categorized into soft/fabric, light, medium, and heavy plastic levels. Soft/fabric discs are recommended for puppies, tiny breeds, or dogs that are very new to disc. Light and medium discs work well for the average disc dog that isn’t apprehensive about playing with toys. Most dogs do well with light/medium discs and I’d start with those if you’re unsure. Many Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers do well with these. Heavy discs are commonly used for toy destroyers and strong-jawed dogs. German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, and Australian Cattle Dogs are prime candidates for heavy discs.
This is not a rigid guide, but it should give some recommendations if you have no idea what to get. You also may need to consider other varying factors (like wind) when choosing a disc. You might keep separate discs for those different conditions. The discs in this chart are not available in most commercial pet stores, so feel free to use the direct links below. (You might see listings for these discs on eBay, Wish, and similar sites. Avoid those, as they’re usually counterfeit and don’t have the same quality.) I’d recommend getting at least 2-3 of whichever kind(s) you get. If you’re indecisive, I put asterisks* next to the ones I personally prefer in their respective categories.
Small (<25 lbs) + Light Bite:
Small (<25 lbs) + Medium Bite:
Small (<25 lbs) + Hard Bite:
Medium/Large (25+ lbs) + Light Bite:
Medium/Large (25+ lbs) + Medium Bite:
Medium/Large (25+ lbs) + Hard Bite:
Another type are soft/fabric discs. Be aware that fabric discs will wear down your dog’s teeth quicker than plastic discs, especially if they are dirty. If you’re looking to compete, fabric discs are typically not allowed in disc dog competitions beyond the novice division. Cons aside, they’re great starter discs. Here’s a list of soft fabric discs if your pup isn’t quite ready for plastic yet:
Small (<25 lbs) + Soft Bite:
Medium/Large (25+ lbs)+ Soft Bite:
Hopefully this list was able to narrow down the many options of discs out there for your dog. Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Disc Dogging!
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