With so many dog toys on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is right for your pooch. When choosing a toy it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, the toy should be the right size for your dog. The toy should be large enough to carry but not too small, as it can be a choking hazard. Also make sure there aren’t any pieces that could be chewed off or ingested.
Soft squeaky toys are great for calm, gentle dogs but many dogs play rough. For dogs who like to rip and “attack” their toys, be careful of squeakers, they can also cause a choking hazard. A great option are toys that are “stuffing free.” Your dog can rip apart and attack as much as he wants without getting hurt.
Be extremely careful of rawhides, they can soften when chewed and get stuck in a dog’s throat.
Hard rubber dog toys are great for pets who have a lot of energy. These are typically available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are fun for chewing and carrying around.
Rope toys are a great choice for dogs that like to play fetch. Tennis balls also make great dog toys, but keep an eye out for any that could be chewed through and discard them immediately if they are cracked.
The right size dog treat toy can keep a puppy or dog busy for hours. The only way to get the treats inside is to keep chewing! You can break up treats to put inside or even mix it with some peanut butter! Double-check with your vet about whether or not you should give peanut butter to your dog.
Puzzle dog toys work best for super-smart pets and canines that get bored easily. With puzzle toys, treats are hidden inside compartments, and your pooch has to figure out how to get them. Once your pet figures out one level, move on to harder skill levels. As a dog owner, these can be hilarious to watch!
Make sure you rotate your dog’s toys weekly by making only four or five toys available at a time and keep a variety of types easily accessible.