Choosing The Right Toy For Your Dog
Dogs are individuals as much as people are. That means that dogs have their preferences about the toys they like just as kids do. Fortunately there are countless dog toys available. So, how do you go about choosing the right toy for your dog? There are ropes and bones and Kongs and puzzles and balls and...the list is endless! Here are some tips on choosing the right dog toy for your dog.
First of all, consider your dog’s age. Puppies and adult dogs have very different needs when it comes to toys. If you have a puppy then it’s likely that your puppy may go through stages where he will be teething. You’ll want to find a variety of toys that come in different textures that are good for teething. Get some hard toys, some soft, mush toys, and some toys in between. Teething puppies chew a lot and the more good things they have for chewing, the safer your own belongings will be.
On the other hand, adult dogs also enjoy a good chew but they aren’t usually as compulsive about it as puppies. Get them some long-lasting chews that they can enjoy all day.
Both puppies and adult dogs will need some other toys besides chewies. All dogs enjoy a good ball to play with and many dogs like stuffies. Don’t be surprised if your puppy or dog rips a stuffie apart very quickly. Lots of dogs have the killer instinct where stuffies are concerned. You can save some money on stuffies by going to second hand stores and buying used stuffed animals. Remove any glass eyes and wires and they’ll be safe for your puppy or dog to play with and it will cost you much less than buying new toys from pet stores again and again.
Lots of dogs like rubber toys and squeaky toys, too. Here again, they may not last very long, depending on your dog. You may want to save some of these toys for when you can be close by to supervise.
Bones of all sorts are usually a big favorite with dogs. They come in the rawhide variety, natural bones, nylabones, pressed bones, and so on. There’s no reason why your dog shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy a good bone but do choose a bone of an appropriate size for your dog. The bone should always be much too large for your dog to be able to swallow. Bigger is better where bones are concerned. Make sure that you get bones which won’t splinter. Always check bones periodically to be sure that your dog hasn’t pulled pieces off that he could swallow and choke on.
Interactive toys are becoming more popular. They include toys such as the Buster Cube that your dog has to roll around in order to make treats come out. Some interactive games are very sophisticated and your dog has to be quite ingenious to make them work. Other interactive games require you to play with your dog in order for your dog to find hidden treats. These games can be a lot of fun for your dog.
Depending on your dog’s breed he will probably like some toys more than others. If you have a retriever then he will probably love a ball and a game of fetch. Or, he will probably love anything that would allow him to play in the water, even if it’s just a kiddie pool in the backyard. Other dogs will ignore a ball or stick. You may need to bring home some toys and let your dog try them out to find out what he particularly like and doesn’t like. You’ll probably have fun playing with your dog and discovering what he enjoys.
The most important thing to remember is that dogs really need a variety of toys. Toys help your dog to pass the time when you can't be with him. They can keep your dog from being bored and lonely. Provide your dog with plenty of good toys and safe things to chew on and he'll be a happy dog.