How to choose the right dog toys for your best friend

Dog Toys

When buying toys for your dog, you may want to match them with your dog’s needs, demands and even personality. Before going on a hunt for your dog, look at this list that may help you to choose the right toys for your dog.

Dogs are a major status symbol in America. Every year, over 12 billion dollars has been spent on dog food and veterinary care alone. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association’s 2003-2004 Pet Owners’ Survey, more than half of dog owners purchase toys for their dogs.

Playing with toys is not only the monopoly of little kids but also pets of a different kind. Dogs have their own sets of toys to enjoy during their play time.

Dogs benefit from these toys, health and training wise. There are dog toys that can strengthen their teeth or build their intelligence especially if they also attend a series of training classes. Dogs are very sociable. Interaction with their companion or a sibling dog is very important in avoiding behavioral problems in the future.

When buying toys for your dog, you may want to match them with your dog’s needs, demands and even personality. Is your dog the type that enjoys chasing and retrieving games, chewing, sitting or sprawling?

You may want to try experimenting first to find out which toys make your dogs the happiest.

Chew Toys

These are perfect for the dog that likes to chew a lot. Instead of your dog chewing your furniture, why not buy these TOUGH little babies for them. These types of dog toys are usually made of nylon or latex rubber. “Kong Toys” are among the popular brands of chew toys. You can experiment by stuffing these toys with peanut butter or a cheese spread, freeze them and give them to your dog for hours of licking and chewing fun.

Doggie “potato chips” is also a favorite. These “edible chips” last up to a minimum of an hour to a couple of days. They are available in different shapes like pig ears, snouts, cow knuckles, femurs, hooves and bully sticks. Others are bone-shaped made from a variety of vegetables such as carrots.

Squeaky Toys

For these toys, choose the rubber over the stuffed toys for durability and to avoid synthetic materials. These little noisemakers are good for training your dog’s hunting skills.

Retrieving Toys

These are perfect for the chase-and-retrieve types of dogs. Dogs enjoy these toys because they get to play with you. Frisbees and balls made specifically for this activity, are the best to be used. Your dog will get a good workout and so will your arm.

Tug Toys

These toys are best for dogs that like to grab hold and never let go. Available in rope-like designs.

Brain Teasers

Best for dogs that are left alone a lot. “Biscuit balls” and “food cubes” are great examples. These toys require the dog to solve puzzles in order to get a treat.

Various toys of these forms are available in the market.

1. For Chewers of all Sizes

Squirrel – tough, durable and fun too; this hollow rubber chew toy takes on a new level in innovation; this helps to exercise your dog’s jaw a little more with four rubber prongs blocking the hole slightly that the dog must work a little harder to get the goodies out.

2. Ball Launchers and Throwers (Retrieve Toys)

Frisbee – an all-time favorite dog toy especially the soft version; fold to fit in a pocket; comes in blue and orange colors, size six to nine inches, prices at eleven to sixteen dollars.

The Round Orbee – tough ball hallowed with ½ inch thick membrane type surface and it’s soft, flexible, durable, grippy, bouncy, and buoyant. It also has a peppermint scent; good for sniffing-and-getting-the- ball; prices range five to twelve dollars depending on the size and form you choose.

3. Squeaky Toys

Squeakers – Available in packages of ten each; dogs that love to silence squeakers are the best for this toy; excellent as attention and pocket squeaker; prices are less expensive if you buy in packages.

4. Tug Toys

Leather Tugs – great for tug-of-war games with your dog; usually made of high-grade leather, 3/8 inches thick, tanned and not-treated; dogs like them a lot especially those with active lifestyle.

The Mongo Fetch Toys – a chew and tug toy combined in one; the natural rubber bar is vanilla scented; rope running through the center gives you a grip for tug games and the soft tasseled ends are made for exciting action with your dogs; medium to large.

5. Brain Teasers

I Cube – this is a toy that challenges and develops your dog’s intelligence and problem-solving skills; be sure you are there for supervision; available in junior and jumbo sizes.

Duck Egg Baby – egg babies are a plush toy with three squeaker eggs inside; there is an opening on the bottom of the toy so your dog can get the hidden treasures inside; this is a toy that challenges and develops your dog’s intelligence and problem-solving skills.

Toys are a fun way to enjoy playing with your dog on a sunny day at the park. Be sure to apply proper safety measures, especially when playing with rubber toys and sticks. You do not want to harm your dog in any way. Even harmless playing can cause irreversible damage to your dog.

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