Dog toys provide mental stimulation, comfort, and keep dogs active; however, finding suitable toys for your pup may prove challenging.
At last, this guide is here to assist! In this article we’ll go over some tips and tricks for finding the ideal toy for every breed – everything from size to durability will be addressed here.
Like people, dogs love soft toys and comforting objects like plush dog toys. Plush toys make an ideal solution for snuggle time or teething puppies – however beware if the materials of a plush toy are weak – strong chewers could tear it apart easily! Additionally, some have squeakers which should be removed or repaired to avoid choking hazards.
Most dogs enjoy playing with basic toys like squeaky toys, balls and tug-of-war ropes; however, more advanced toys that require some brainpower (treat dispensers and snuffle mats) may benefit certain breeds more.
Herding breeds who like to carry or chase items may appreciate a herding ball like this one from Jolly Pets. With its innovative design that encourages fetch, this one can be thrown further than traditional tennis or rubber balls and even floats – perfect for dogs that like playing near water or the beach!
Engaging and stimulating your dog are integral parts of pet ownership. But with pet stores and online shops full of toys that squeak, rattle, and jingle available for purchase, finding something suitable can be a difficult feat.
Your dog’s preferences and needs will play a crucial role in selecting an appropriate toy for them. For instance, if they’re an aggressive chewer, plush toys that squeak may not stand up well against rough play.
Be wary when selecting toys with small pieces that could easily be swallowed; these could lead to intestinal blockage in puppies. Rubber toys made pliable enough for games of fetch and machine washing are excellent choices to keep toys looking new for longer.
Some plush dog toys contain stuffing that cannot be digested properly by dogs, resulting in blockages or other health complications for your pup. If this has happened to your animal friend, seek emergency treatment immediately!
Avoid this problem by opting for toys without stuffing, which still offer enjoyment when played with but won’t cause as many tears and messiness issues.
Plush animal toys provide plenty of chewing appeal without messy stuffing and feature squeakers to keep dogs entertained for hours. Another excellent idea is creating food-stuffed toys yourself from leftover vegetables, such as carrots, swede and courgettes stuffed into durable plush toys. Humous is an easy and healthy option that also smells amazing for canines; pet stores or home manufacturers can carry it.
Dogs tend to love toys that create noise, which can pique their curiosity and extend playtime. Look for plush toys with squeakers or treat-dispensing puzzle toys such as CleverPet console which require them to press illuminated buttons to earn their reward.
Rottweilers and German Shepherds need physical and cognitive stimulation in their daily activities, making toys with physical and brain stimulation ideal. Such toys include Chuckit! ball launchers and slow feeders capable of holding up to 2.5 cups of kibble.
Larger dogs can benefit from cognitive toys designed to both challenge them and offer them food rewards, like the Hide-a-Squirrel toy which features squeaky squirrels inside and double stitched seams. Such toys are especially helpful in providing comfort during stressful or anxious moments; just make sure that your pup doesn’t become an aggressive chewer, and avoid plush toys with removable squeakers that could potentially be swallowed whole!
Durable dog toys are key when it comes to dogs who love to chew, tug and chase! Look for sturdy materials like natural rubber or hard plastics which are abrasion resistant and suitable for aggressive chewers.
Make sure a toy isn’t too soft or poorly constructed so your dog can rip it apart and swallow bits of fabric, squeakers, or other components. According to The Humane Society1, toys should be regularly examined for ribbons, eyes, strings or any other parts that might come loose and cause your pup harm by pulling off and swallowing parts like ribbons, eyes or strings that could potentially pull apart and get swallowed by Rover.
Final point – an easily cleanable toy should be selected. Look for toys with labels providing washing instructions; many fabric pet toys can either be hand washed or placed in the washing machine on gentle cycle to wash. Consider providing variety in playtime by getting different types of dog toys; plush toys may provide comfort while puzzle games allow dogs to nudge sliders and push levers are interesting enough.
Safety should always be your top priority when purchasing toys for your dog, especially toys that pose potential choking hazards. Some toys contain small parts that may become hazardous if chewed off, while others feature holes which allow your pup’s tongue to become stuck inside them – look for larger toys to prevent this from occurring.
Some dogs have the tendency to chew and shred plush toys, ripping off pieces they can carry around or “disembowel.” Therefore, such toys must be stored out of reach from these dogs who could potentially inhale any small fragments that result.
Breed-specific toys take your pup’s natural instincts into account, like herding breeds’ tendency to chase and round up and terriers’ love of digging and searching, to provide more satisfying play sessions. Interactive puzzle toys or treat dispensing balls may also prove rewarding options.