A Human’s Guide to Dog Toys
Dogs take playtime very seriously, and as a pet parent, you should too! These tips will help you pick the right toy for your pup and keep things fun, safe and squeaky.
Know your pup’s play persona
Each dog likes to play a different way, and his toys should reflect that. If your dog likes chomping down, he’ll appreciate a tough toy that can take a bite or two. Maybe your pup likes to cuddle and would prefer a toy that’s soft and snuggly. Or maybe he enjoys the thrill of the chase, in which case he may want a toy that’s more — pardon the pun — fetching.
DIY with care
Our vet expert, Dr. Leslie, says, “Given the high liability in the pet-toy space, I am reluctant to recommend anything not proven safe for pets toxicologically or bite/chew- resilient.” She adds, “I’ve surgically removed far too many household items from doggy tummies and have had to provide testimony too many times in pet-toy medical cases.” Save the doggy DIY for accessories like these.
Keep your eye on the (tennis) ball
Tennis balls are pretty much a textbook example of a dog toy, but beware! Sometimes dogs can bite through a tennis ball and get pieces of it lodged in their throats. Watch your dog at all times when he plays with tennis balls, and make sure to put this toy out of reach when you’re not around.
Swap out the fun
Even if your dog has a favorite toy, make sure to rotate the toys available to him frequently. Not only will this keep your dog interested, it will also make sure that one toy doesn’t get too beat up. Old or frequently used toys can sometimes break inside your dog’s mouth, causing him health problems.
Do your homework
As with any product that goes into your dog’s mouth, you should do your due diligence and research the dog toy you buy before you buy it. If you’re stuck, ask your vet which goodies and fun toys she recommends.
Here’s hoping these tips helped you “catch” up on the do’s and don’ts of picking the perfect dog toy! Which kind of toy does your dog dig?
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