By Kelly Marshall
All dogs, no matter what breed or age, need dog toys. Just like humans, canines are easily bored.
Although we may think that dog 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 are a great way to stop your dog from being bored when you are not in the house and hopefully will stop 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, your shoes, your books, etc. If you encourage your dog to play with their toys then they are less likely to focus on the fact that you are away from the house.
Challenging dog toys
There are several motivational dog toys 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 on 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 just destroy stuffed dog toys, but other dogs will enjoy cuddling them and often use them as pillows.
Durable dog toys
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 great and 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.
Choosing a dog toy that will suit your dog can sometimes be decided on their breed and size. For example, buying a huge ball for a very small dog will be pointless.
You should also only ever give your dog toys that are made for animals and are safe for them. Dog toys will not splinter and they are nontoxic.
By providing your dog with plenty of toys of all different types, you are displaying 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 dog 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.