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 your dogs, they are a major part of their lives.
Dog toys are a great way to encourage positive play and will bring you closer to your dog.
Toys help stop your dog from being bored when you are not in the house and hopefully keep them from being destructive.
Just like for children, it’s a good idea to have several dog toys for your pup to play with so she doesn’t become bored.
A bored dog 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 dog toys are available and some that you can fill with treats, so your dog has to try to empty the toy to retrieve them; 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 from the toy. Be sure you take it away before your dog tries to eat it.
Destructive dogs may destroy stuffed dog toys, but other dogs will enjoy cuddling them and often use them as pillows.
Durable chew toys — WestPaw and Nylabone make excellent options — last, a long time can help you save money if your dog 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.
Choose toys that suit your dog based on its breed and size. For example, buying a huge ball for a tiny dog will be pointless.
You should also only ever give toys made for animals that are safe for them. Buy toys that will not splinter, and are nontoxic.
Use toys to encourage good behavior
By providing your dog with plenty of toys of all different types, you display good dog care.
Your canine will appreciate the love and will learn that good behavior provides rewards. Dogs respond well to a reward system, and they will 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.