What’s the Best Toys for Your Puppy?
Picking out a safe toy for your dog to play with can require more than grabbing the first brightly colored dog toy you see. There are actually several different factors that you’ll want to take into consideration as you are browsing through dog toys that will be most appropriate for your pet. A few of
Picking out a safe toy for your dog to play with can require more than grabbing the first brightly colored dog toy you see. There are actually several different factors that you’ll want to take into consideration as you are browsing through dog toys that will be most appropriate for your pet. A few of the most important factors are as follows:
- The response factor that your dog may have to specific types of sounds
- The breed and size of your dog
- The style and type of toy that your dog prefers playing with the most
- The age of your dog
Squeaky toys are very popular and can be a great treat that most dogs enjoy. However, before buying this type of item you will want to pay special attention to how your dog responds to the noises that these toys make. The general response to squeaky noises that come from a wide assortment of dog toys will generally arouse a dogs curiosity and provide hours of fun playtime (you may feel less enthused by the hours of squeakiness that you are hearing). There are some dogs however that show nothing but fear of toys like this. It is also worth considering any other pets you may have in the house as well – for instance a squeaky rat toy may not be such a good idea if you also have any similar types of pets such as rats, mice or hamsters. Most dogs can learn to respect your property and will learn that your other pets are not for them to play with, but it may be tempting fate all the same.
The size and particular breed of your dog also comes in to play. It can be very hazardous to offer larger sized dogs small toys because they are often too easy for these dogs to swallow, even a common ball can be fatal. My own dog (a boxer/staffie cross) loves to play with squeaky toys but his main enjoyment seems to come from tearing through the toy until the queak has been removed – it usually doesn’t take him long. Likewise, many soft toys have quickly turned to tatters with bits of filling strewn around the room. When smaller breeds are offered toys that are much too large for them they will typically become frustrated and bored very quickly. To ensure your pet is able to get a lot of playtime, excitement, and exercise from the toys you provide, make sure they are appropriate to his size and temperament.
Just as every dog is different, so are the specific preferences that many of them have. While it may be easy to grab one dogs attention with a simple rubber ball, other dogs prefer to play with soft plush colorful toys. Pay attention to the habits of your pet and select dog toys that fit his individual likes and personality.
The age of a dog is another important factor that should be considered when dog toys are purchased but by the time you get to that you will know what your dog likes, and what they can play with the best. Older dogs may not have the strong need to constantly chew like a puppy does but they still like to play with you, and their favorite toys. Ones that add a little more complexity into the mix are often a good idea for older dogs. This will help to promote exercise that is so important for older dogs and they are not nearly as likely to be sniffed and forgotten as a simple chew toy might be.
As you offer a new toy to your dog, you might want to think about hiding one or two of his old toys away for a while and then rotating them every now and again. This will keep them from becoming old and boring to your pet. When you give it back to him, he will feel as if he’s getting a brand new toy all over again.