All dogs, no matter what breed or age, need dog toys. Just like humans, canines are easily bored.
Although you may think toys are not that important to canines, they are a significant part of their lives.
Dog toys are a great way to encourage positive play and will bring you closer to your pup.
Toys help stop your dog from being bored when you are not in the house and hopefully keep them from being destructive.
Like children, dogs get bored, so it’s a good idea to have several dog toys for your pup.
A bored canine can be dangerous because he will often find something else to chew — your furniture, shoes, books, etc.
If you encourage your dog to play with their toys, they are less likely to focus on the fact that you are away from the house.
Challenging dog toys
Several motivational toys are available, and you can fill some with treats. The toys challenge your pup to empty it to get the food or treats. These are good for dogs that bore easily.
Toys with squeakers or bells can provide hours of amusement for your dog, but you need to decide your tolerance for the noise.
Also, beware if your dog is intent on finding the squeaker and pulling it out. Be sure you take the squeaker away before your pup tries to eat it to eliminate the risk of choking.
Destructive canines may destroy stuffed dog toys, but other dogs enjoy cuddling them or using them as pillows.
Durable chew toys — WestPaw and Nylabone make excellent options — last and can help you save money if your pup is an aggressive chewer.
Tug toys are ideal for pups that want to play with you all of the time, as are balls and Frisbees, which provide an option for both play and activity. If your puppy becomes aggressive or tries to bite, stop using tug toys.
Choose toys that suit your dog based on its breed and size. For example, buying a full-size tennis ball for a tiny dog will be pointless.
Never give toys that aren’t safe. Buy toys made for dogs that will not splinter and are nontoxic.
Use toys to encourage good behavior
By providing your pup with plenty of toys of all different types, you provide entertainment and enrichment.
Your canine will appreciate the love and will learn that good behavior provides rewards. Canines respond well to a reward system, and they quickly learn that toys are a reward for leaving other items alone.
Kelly Marshall is a featured author on Oh My Dog Supplies. For more articles by Kelly, visit Oh My Dog Supplies.