More about choosing your pet’s toy…

By January 28, 2015Pet Talk

On Monday we brought up some great questions to think about before purchasing your pet’s toys.  Lets look more into each of these questions:

  • Does your dog like to chew?
    • Chews and dental chew toys are all designed for low- to medium-grade chewers.  Choose a chew that has a VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) stamp of approval and ones that will break down in the GI tract if swallowed in large pieces.
    • Dog toys made of rubber are great for aggressive chewers because of their durability. They’re built to last and give your dog a good chewing workout. Plus, their interesting shapes will cause them to bounce unpredictably for extra fun.
    • If your dog is a moderate to heavy chewer, choose extreme dog toys that are made for durability and can’t be quickly chewed into bits that could be a hazard to your pet.
  • Does your dog like to chase?
    • Choose retrieving toys that fly or bounce erratically to exercise and entertain your dog without completely tiring you out.
    • Invest in a flying disc made specifically for pets. These are easier on dogs’ sensitive mouth, teeth, and gums, which is especially important for those extra athletic pups that enjoy catching flying discs in mid air!
  • Does your dog like to carry & cuddle?
    • Choose soft toys made of fleece or plush fabric.
    • The more your dog plays with these toys, the more they’ll smell familiar to your pet, making them enjoyable for play over long periods of time.
    • They also make great companions when your dog is in the mood for quiet snuggle time. Soft toys often squeak or make other noises that capture and keep your dog’s attention.
  • Does your dog like to be rewarded?
    • Choose interactive toys that are great for “boredom busting.”
    • Balls or other shapes designed with hollow areas can be filled with treats. They’re great for keeping your dog occupied for long periods of time, as they usually won’t give up until every last bit of treat is retrieved. You can use moist food or soft dog treats and push them inside the toys. Pets love to work out the snacks!
    • Interactive toys provide both mental and well as physical stimulation.
    • Dog toys that conceal one or more smaller toys also challenge and reward dogs.

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