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5 Different Types of Dog Toys – How to choose the best and safest dog toys

Dog Toys are not a luxury but rather an absolute necessity for dogs and other pets.

The well-being of your dog depends on its toys. When you must leave your dog at home, toys keep them entertained and reassure them when they’re anxious. Even the development of some negative behaviors in your dog can be delayed with the use of toys.

Dogs are frequently more than happy to play with whatever object they can get their paws on.  To avoid any “unscheduled” activities, you will therefore need to monitor your dog’s playtime carefully.

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Maintain safety with dog toys

The size, activity level, and preferences of your dog all play a part in determining whether a dog toy is safe or dangerous. The environment in which your dog spends their time is another factor to take into account. The safety of any particular toy cannot be guaranteed, however we can provide the following recommendations.

Dogs typically find the most dangerous things to be the things that they find most appealing. Remove all strings, ribbons, rubber bands, children’s toys, pantyhose, and other potentially ingestible materials from your home to dog-proof it.

Make sure the dog toys you buy for your dog are the right size. Smaller toys run the risk of being ingested or getting stuck in your dog’s throat.

If you don’t watch your dog playing with squeaky toys, they can eat the squeaking object since they feel the need to find and destroy it.

Toys that aren’t “dog-proof” should be avoided or modified by taking out any ribbons, strings, eyeballs, or other pieces that could be chewed off and consumed. Dog Toys that are tearing or starting to shatter into pieces should be thrown away. Check the labels on plush animals to make sure they are suitable for children under three and don’t have any poisonous fillings. Nutshells and polystyrene beads are examples of problematic fillings, but even “safe” fillings aren’t actually digestible. Though certain soft dog toys are more durable than others, keep in mind that they are not invincible. Soft toys ought to be washable in the machine.

Rawhide

If you’re considering giving your dog a rawhide chew toy, make sure to ask your vet which ones are secure and suitable for your dog. Give these toys to your dog only when you can keep an eye on them as they may present choking concerns.

Rawhide is a byproduct of the brutal international fur trade in large quantities. Consider toys made of extremely firm rubber, which are safer and last longer, as a kinder substitute.

Industry insiders categorize dog toys into many categories since they are now so common and diversified. Here are five categories for toys:

  • Active dog toys – Products made of hard rubber exist in a variety of forms and dimensions and are enjoyable to carry around and chew. Rope and woven toys typically come in “bone” shapes with knotted ends for dogs who enjoy tug-of-war and gnawing on novel textures.

Tennis balls are excellent fetching toys for dogs, but they don’t hold up well to chewing. Tennis balls that have been eaten through should be thrown away since they could choke your pet.

  • Distraction toys – Kong®- style toys can occupy a puppy or dog for hours, especially if they are packed with broken-up treats. If your dog is allowed to eat peanut butter by your veterinarian, make sure it is not sweetened with xylitol (which is hazardous to dogs) and mix it into the crushed-up goodies for a more enticing and active snack.

    Large rubber shapes known as “busy-box” or “feeder” toys can be filled with goodies. Your dog can access the treats by moving the cube with their nose, mouth, and paws. Being fed through a feeder-style toy is beneficial for many dogs who have a tendency to gobble their food too quickly.

  • Comfort toys – Although soft stuffed animals are useful for many things, not all dogs should play with them. Here are some pointers for picking the ideal stuffed animal:
    • Some dogs enjoy carrying plush toys. Choose a toy that is portable if your dog views it as a buddy.
    • Choose a toy that is durable enough to survive the dog’s attacks and big enough to prevent inadvertent ingestion because some dogs like to shake or “kill” their toys.

An old t-shirt, pillowcase, towel, or other piece of filthy laundry, especially one that smells like you, can be quite comforting to a dog. Be aware that diligent fluffing, transporting, and nosing may result in the item being.

Pups’ teething toys

Puppies develop the impulse to chew on everything between the ages of 12 weeks and 6 months as their baby teeth fall out and their adult teeth begin to erupt through their gums. Providing children with teething toys will increase their comfort and protect your hands, shoes, and furniture. Rubber toys and sturdy nylon bones can withstand weeks of chewing without shattering into fragments that could be ingested. You may purchase specialist puppy teething toys that can be frozen and have calming textures printed on them.

Making toys durable

Only have a few toys available at once to ensure weekly toy rotation for your dog. Maintain a range of accessible kinds. You might want to keep a favorite toy for your dog out at all times if it is soft.

Give your dog toys that may be used in a variety of ways, including carrying, rolling, shaking, and comforting.

Toys that are “found” are frequently considerably more appealing than toys that are clearly introduced. Your dog will burn off excess energy by playing the game of “find the toy” or “find the treat” without the need for much space.

Your dog should have a lot of engaging toys. Because dogs want active “people time,” interactive play is crucial for strengthening the link between you and your pet. Toys that promote the attachment between a person and their pet include balls, flying discs, and other items.

Your dog can release pent-up mental and physical energy from boredom by concentrating on a particular task, such as continuously returning a ball, or Frisbee or playing “hide-and-seek” with treats or toys, in a constrained period of time and area. Interactive play provides a chance for socialization and teaches young, hyperactive, untrained dogs about proper and improper behavior, such as jumping up or being mouthy.

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