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Picking the Right Toy for your Dog

Picking the Right Toy for your Dog

 

Toys keep our dogs happy and active throughout the day and are great bonding tools when it’s play time. For dogs, playing and chewing are an innate and natural behavior so it’s essential to have a few different options on hand for your dog. Plus, every dog will have their personal preference and favorites.

 

There are so many things to consider when choosing the perfect toy for your pup. The one thing that is consistent is that it must be safe, durable and absolutely fun!

 

When looking at toys you need to think about your dog’s size, activity level, personal preference and environment. A frisbee may be perfect for the park but definitely not a studio apartment.  

Here are some options you can choose from.

Fetch Toys

These toys are great for high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise. You can get a ball, frisbee or any other retrieving toy. Be sure to pick the right size for your dog. It needs to be large enough for your dog to carry without swallowing but small enough to hold securely and comfortably. 

Tug Toys

Rope toys are made of braided rope ,rubber or other  plastic parts. Many dogs love rope toys, while others have no interest. Rope tugs are ultra-versatile toys and it is great for mental and physical exercise. They are perfect for dogs that love a 1-on-1 tug contest or those who prefer a soft toy to carry around. They can also be an effective way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. As your dog chews, the fibers work as a type of doggy floss to help prevent dental disease.

Treat Toys

Treat toys are great for dogs that love a challenge. There are a lot of varieties to pique your dog’s interest and keep them engaged. Fill them up with treats and your dog will get to work on finding the rewards inside. It will give your dog a sense of purpose and accomplishment, just put their favorite treat inside. They come in the forms of puzzles, mazes, and more. This multipurpose toy is a great treat for solo play time, but is also perfect for fetch or tug when you’re ready to join.  

Plush Toys

A lot of dogs love plush toys because they offer more than just play; they can be company or a companion. They will carry them around the house or just cuddle. In other cases, they will tear them apart like prey. 

Plush toys with squeaks and other noise making features create an added level of interest and will keep their attention. These tend to be best for light chewers, plush toys are usually filled with a soft stuffing and aren’t designed for long chew sessions. 

 

Please remember that all toys can be a risk if your dog swallows parts of them (or the whole toy). In addition, sharp or frayed edges can cause injuries to your dog. Make sure you supervise and monitor your dog, especially if they are aggressive chewers. No matter how durable a toy seems, there is still a possibility that pieces can be chewed off and swallowed. They can become choking hazards or cause a gastrointestinal obstruction.

 

Damaged toys should always be discarded.

 

At Swifto, our walkers and sitters are happy to play with your pups on their walks and visits! In fact, we look forward to it! Just point us in the direction of your pup’s favorite toys and we will take care of the rest.

 

 

 

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