Dogs love to play. It keeps their mind active and their body healthy. When you and your dog play together, it strengthens the bond between you. Some dogs enjoy a good wrestle or to race alongside you. But all dogs need toys to play with. Choosing the right one for your dog is important for ensuring their safety, health and happiness. That’s why we have put together this post to help you pick the toys best suited to your pet.
Firstly, you should ensure that any toys you get for your dog are of the right size and shape, and are in good condition. Toys that are too small can be a choking hazard, and also risk damage to your dog’s stomach and bowel. You should also avoid toys with parts that can be chewed off, such as eyes on stuffed animals. Again, these can prove dangerous.
Any toy that begins to disintegrate or wear out is no longer fit for use, and should be discarded.
Tennis balls are the ultimate dog toy. Perfect for playing fetch, for chasing around the garden, or for chewing, a tennis ball is ideal. However, if your dog is a keen chewer, you should keep an eye on how they deal with their tennis ball. Some dogs will simply shred a tennis ball to pieces within minutes, and could cause damage to their stomachs by swallowing bits.
Thick rubber toys into which you can stuff treats or peanut batter are also very popular. Dogs will enjoy rooting out the snack inside, which keeps their mind active. It’s a great choice for when you plan to leave your dog alone for a couple of hours, as it will preoccupy them until you get back.
Some dogs absolutely love stuffed toys. It’s not unusual to find a dog becoming maternal over a stuffed toy, carrying it around everywhere, sucking and chewing on it. The best stuffed toys are those specially designed for dogs, that are safe and made of the correct materials for your dog’s health and safety.
Squeaky dog toys are a classic favourite. Some dogs are content to just chew on the toy and listen to the squeak, whilst others will be intent on getting the squeak out from inside. If you’re dog does this, be sure to keep an eye on it. Any toy that starts coming apart will need replacing.
There are literally hundreds of different kinds of dog toy on the market. Finding the right ones for your dog is a fun and rewarding process, and your dog will thank you for finding their favourite play thing!Happy Dog Day Spa stocks a wide variety of high quality dog toys, so come in and check us out!