Does your dog love dog toys?
My dog loves her toys.
If I'm willing to throw a ball for her, she will run around for hours.
However, give her a squeaky dog toy and she'll peacefully play with it while I'm doing other things.
Toys are a great way to help your dog with mental stimulation.
Plus, there are the physical benefits of exercise and bonding with them by simply throwing a toy.
Getting exercise is one of the biggest reason most dog owners buy toys.
Daily exercise is part of helping to have a healthy dog to prevent becoming obese or developing illnesses.
There is an old saying that “a tired dog is a good dog.“
Dogs without exercise can become obese, disobedient, distractive and impossible to handle without proper mental stimulation and exercise.
Engaging in playtime with their favorite toys is a great way to bond with your dog.
Not only do you as an owner benefit but the dog benefits and helps them understand their place in the home.
Dogs are pack animals, which need to bond with other members of their pack.
To keep my dog's interest, I only make four or five toys available at a time.
I rotate toys on a weekly basis. Although, if your pet's attached to a certain toy, don't take it away.
- Dog’s who are aggressive chewers will tear toys apart. These parts can become lodged in the mouth or throat. The small pieces can kill a pet if swallowed.
- Aggressive chewers should only have durable, hard rubber or nylon toys.
- Semi-aggressive chewers don't tear toys apart but chew enough to cause wear on a toy.
- Semi-aggressive chewers should have canvas, plush, fleece or rope toys. These toys are softer and don’t come apart.
- Non-aggressive or light chewers are less destructive and can have vinyl or latex toys.
When giving your pet a new toy, watch your pet with the toy. If he or she is destructive with the toy, take it away.
The toy could come apart, and they could swallow the pieces choking on them.
You’ll want to purchase a toy which is harder and more durable.
- A variety of toys made of vinyl or latex, rubber or nylon, rope, plush or fleece, and canvas are available today.
- Toys made of a variety of material, are more durable than others.
Once you understand your dog's chewing habits and preferences, you can decide what type of toys best suit your dog.
Vinyl and Latex Toys
- These toys are good for non-aggressive light chewers.
- They come in all shapes and colors.
- Often available with seasonal themes.
- Many of these toys make a squeaking noise, which adds interest to the toy.
Rubber and Nylon Toys
Dental Health is crucial for a dog's overall health.
A good way to improve dental health is to invest in toys designed to help keep your dog's teeth clean while they are chewing and playing.
Poor dental health can lead to bad breath, abscesses, and even malnutrition.
In addition to dental health, these are also best for more aggressive chewers.
They are durable, and some come with a hole in them, which adds interest for the dog when a treat inserted in the hole.
Semi-Aggressive Chewers Will Appreciate Rope Toys
- Toys made with either a nylon or cotton rope material are ideal for semi-aggressive chewers.
- These are good for dogs who love to play tug-of-war.
- They also have the added benefit of providing a flossing action helps with dental care.
Plush and Fleece Toys
- These soft toys are favorites for the dog likes to carry a toy around.
- Aggressive Chewers should avoid soft toys because of the stuffing inside, they often contain a "squeaker."
- If there are any tears in the toy, discard and replace with a new one.
- Toys made with canvas are washable and durable for even semi-aggressive chewers.
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Choosing the right toy for your pet is up to you.
My dog would choose every toy in the store or online if I left it up to her.
You know your dog's tendencies for chewing.
Would your dog prefer a ball or a nylabone?
If you keep your dog's favorite toys in mind when picking out new ones, you can't go wrong.