Being a pet parent of a dog is one of the best things because of the way the dogs love to play. The most important part of your relationship is choosing the best dog toys for your dog. Dog toys are an important part of the well-being of the dog whether you want to watch your dog roll around entertaining himself or you want to play a game of fetch with him.
Here are the things to consider before choosing the best dog toys:
You should keep the age of your dog in mind, even though dogs do not mature the way we do. The best dog toys for three-week-old puppies are the ones with plush, snugly fabrics or softer rubber because the dogs have baby teeth at this age. Your puppy will be teething from three to nine months, so ensure you stock up and avoid hard rubber. The puppy will chew on anything he gets, so keep your puppy distracted from your favorite pair of loafers by choosing a good variety of chew toys.
Your dog will have a strong enough jaw once the teething phases pass. You can now get harder rubber toys for your dog. The dog can also play with rope pulls and balls at this time because they have endless energy. A senior dog, aged seven or so, does not have the same strong jaws and tooth strength as young dogs, so give your senior dog softer toys to play with and chew on. You can encourage him to stay active with toys like sticks and easy-to-toss balls. Fortunately, there are several dog toys made specifically for dogs of certain ages. These toys match the age of the dog with size and the personal chewing habits of the dog.
Size and Texture
An adult petite Yorkshire Terrier cannot chew as harshly as the large German Shepherd. The adult petite Yorkshire Terriers have smaller jaws, so they need toys that are more forgiving to smaller jaws. However, dog toys, which are too soft, can break into pieces. The broken pieces can cause gastrointestinal blockages if your dog ingests them or become choked on them. It is much better and safer to replace the dog toys that show signs of damages like breaks or tears in fabric or stuffing or a broken squeaker.
It is also important to choose the right size. The dog can easily swallow something too small. A choking hazard is anything small enough to fit behind the rear molars of your dog.
The goal is to choose the types of dog toys that will occupy your dog the best. Just like people, dogs can identify the types of toys they prefer over time.
Types of Toys
It is still a bit confusing to navigate the toy aisle even if you are armed with the right information. To find the perfect dog toy for your dog, you should consider the four types of toys for your dog’s needs as you shop.
There are squeaker balls, foam balls, tennis balls, plush balls, rubber balls, and many more. The way each of these balls bounces is different. Some balls float and glow in the dark. If you have a pool or nighttime routine, they can be your best options. You can also use these classic options to keep your dog active. Make sure the ball is made of durable-enough material once you find the right-sized ball for your dog. The durable-enough material ensures the dog does not chew the ball into tiny pieces. As a parent, the balls can encourage you to spend more time with your dog. You can play a game of fetch or catch with your dog. Spending more time with your dog can help you bond with your dog.
Many dogs love to play tug-of-war with not only their owners but also with other dogs. However, PAWS suggests that this game encourages aggression in dogs. If your dog is properly trained, you do not have to worry about playing this game with your dog. When it comes to tug toys, the most important thing to keep in mind is to ensure the dog will not tear the toys into small pieces. You should replace tug toys once you notice missing pieces or you see damage like shredding. This is because tug toys are plush and they are made of rope, fire hose, leather, or line. You should never be aggressive yourself when playing tug-of-war with your dog because you do not want to rip the tug toy out of your dog’s mouth. Ripping the toy out of the mouth can lead to serious health problems for your dog. You should train your dog to respond to commands, like “release” or “drop it” if you want your dog to let go of the toy. You should never pull the toy vertically and get the dog’s feet off of the ground, even though the jaw of your dog is very strong. You can cause spine, neck, and jaw issues if you do this.
Treats and Chewables
A dog can chew on anything. However, there are so many toys made specifically for chewing. Therefore, get your dog these toys to chew on. These toys are built to last because they are made from hard rubber or nylon material. You can even stuff some of these toys with treats for long-lasting entertainment and training. However, your dog can enjoy some of these toys as is. The toys should be soft enough for the dog to chew them without breaking his teeth and durable enough to avoid breaking down into small pieces. You will have to change the durability, and the size of the chew toys as your dog grows from a pup to an adult. You can keep your dog active and healthy by using healthy treats in your toys.
Several dogs love plush toys. However, plus toys are not only safe than most toys. It is also easy for the dog to rip apart and ingest them. However, plus toys are still fun toys for your dog if you will supervise your dog. Give your puppy a plush toy before the dog hits teething. The puppy can snuggle up with the plush toy during the night. You should never write plush toys off if your dog loves them. However, you should ensure your puppy knows his plush toys. This to avoid the puppy from playing with stuffed animals or pillows of your family members.
You can ensure safe, fun playtime for your dog by selecting the best dog toys. Like treats, you can use dog toys as training devices. Your dog will gravitate towards certain toys, so toss your dog one of his favorite toys as rewards if the dog performs a command you have requested like “sit.” The most important part of training is to train the dog to understand which toys are his. This will stop any destructive behavior that can ensure from the dog chewing on things like children’s toys, chews, or furniture. You should consider the age, size, and intensity of your dog’s chewing habits before choosing a dog toy. Remember that your dog will go from puppy toys to adult toys to senior toys as your dog ages. And you should keep safety and fun in mind.