We all know that one of the best traits a dog has is their urge to play, and deciding the right dog toy for them can directly impact your relationship with your dog. Toys, in a dog’s point of view, it is something
of a trophy to them. They consider it as something of a friend. So what should you be considering when choosing your dog’s toy?
You definitely do not want to give a puppy who is only two weeks old a hard, leathery, rubber ball, as they still have baby teeth…and will need them. A better choice would be a soft, furry plush or a soft fabric ball. Wait two or three months, and then you can pay some more because your pup will be teething for a total of two months! Just stock up on anything not too hard. Just make sure to keep your wallet alive while its blood is slowly draining for your dog’s toys.
The teething stage will pass in about two months (as stated before), and once it does, your dog should have a jaw strong enough for tough rubber toys and limitless stamina to play. By the time they are seven years old (45 years old in dog time) your dog should no longer need a hard leather ball, but instead, a softer alternative, like a soft rubber ball. They wouldn’t have the same jaw strength and their teeth are less durable than their past, although they still need toys to keep them active. Fortunately, there are many specific toys which were made for certain ages.
Dog Toy Texture and Size
An adult Yorkshire Terrier could never chew as harshly as a large German Sheperd so they’ll often need to require toys that are considered safer when being held in a much tinier mouth, but a toy that is too soft can be broken easily, and into tiny pieces and can be swallowed and your dog will choke on it or ingest it. That would cause gastrointestinal blockages as a result, which happens when the intestine is blocked, and symptoms are constant vomiting, cramping and other signs of stomach distress. You should replace any toy that you notice with damage, otherwise, your dog might ingest it.
If the size of the toy you brought was incorrect, then there is also the risk of just swallowing it. Or it’s too big for your dog, and you just wasted money and time.
Types of Dog Toys
Armed with all this info, navigating the pet aisle can still be very confusing. As you search for a toy, consider the next four toy varieties as a part of a shopping list.
There are many types of balls including baseballs, tennis balls, rubber balls, squeaker balls, plush balls, foam balls and much, much more. Each bounce higher than others. Some are GITD and some can float. Balls are definitely the most popular toys for dogs as they can be used for fetch, the oldest and most popular ‘game’. When you find the perfect sized ball, make sure it’s tough enough to endure the jaws of your dog, and not be broken into half a billion pieces.
Tug of War
Perhaps you’ve noticed your dog chewing your homework during your times of youth. Sure, you don’t like your homework, but you have to do it. So you’ve probably tried to pull it OUT of your dog’s mouth, give him/her a great big whack to teach them not to do it, then throw your soggy homework in the bin. On the contrary, there exists a genre of dog toys called Tug Toys. They are specifically used for you to play tug-of-war with your dog. Tug toy is usually made from rope, but any other strong material works as well. But, there are some safety risks. You should not be using an aggressive attitude in tug-of-war, and you should never forcefully rip the toy from the jaws of your dog. This can cause serious dental issues, and if you notice yourself teaching your dog to fly, it can cause fatal risks for your dog, especially towards the spine and neck.
Chewable Dog Toy
Some toys specifically exist to be chewed on and ruined by. Usually, they are made from nylon, rubber and leather. These toys were made hard, made to last years, or at least a few months, depending on the bite force of your dog. Some are even filled with treats and other scents to attract your dog. Usually, these chewable toys should be hard enough to endure, but soft enough so they don’t damage any teeth. As your dog ages, you’ll often have to replace these toys, to make sure that your dog doesn’t choke on the chewable.
Plush toys are popular among many dogs, but sadly, they’re usually more unsafe than safe. As mentioned before, plush toys are great for pups before their teething phase begins. Plush toys are also great for your dog when it is night time, as it is the snuggliest toys for dogs. Just remember to teach your pup what toys are your child’s teddy bears and which are their own.
Choosing a good dog toy is very important, but difficult. You would now know how to choose the best dog toys for your dog. If you’ve ever seen youtube videos of teaching a dog how to perform a trick, then you know treats are required. Toys can also be used, tossing a toy at your dog when they sit when you say ‘sit’. This will also allow y