Choosing Toys For Your Dog

Dogs just love to play! Whether it's dragging you out for a long walk on a wet night, or sitting chewing on its favourite toy, they love to be busy.

Toys are not only for fun, though, they can stop your dog getting bored, which may mean no chewing on your furniture, and playtime can help them bond with you as well. As an added bonus, playing with your dog can help you to get fitter.

Choosing toys for your dog

Before buying any toys, consider how old your dog is. An older dog probably won't want to spend too long chasing balls around the garden, while a younger dog will need something soft to chew one. Dogs also teethe, so from 3 to 9 months old, they will need lots of chew toys which are not too hard.

Exercise

Exercise is important to keep your dog healthy and prevent it from getting overweight. Apart from regular walks, balls are an excellent way to keep them fit. Whether in the back garden or at the local park, your dog will run and fetch the ball, and all you have to do is throw it.


Stop to think when you're buying the ball, though, about the size of your dog. Tennis balls are popular choices with dogs of all sizes, but they will need to be replaced as they will be well chewed during playtime.

Tug ropes are good exercise too, as long as your dog knows it's just for fun. Simply grab one end and get a work out with your dog as he tugs away on the other end, trying to pull it off you.

Stimulation

A bored dog can lead to a destructive dog, so keep his mind stimulated. Hide and seek is a good way to do this, and you get to sit and relax while he plays. Simply hide a couple of his favourite treats and watch him find them. Always put them where he can see or smell them, and somewhere he can access.

Preventing boredom

Like all animals dogs like a variety of toys. Chew toys are usually harder rubber and a dog will happily sit and chew. Some toys are filled with treats, giving your dog an added incentive and a nice reward at the end. Some toys have treats inside, and all the dog has to do is roll it around to get the treat to fall out of a hole.

Some chew toys are designed with dental health in mind. It's important to look after your dogs teeth, and chewing on the right toy can help clean them and prevent a nasty trip to the vet.

Comfort

We all like comfort toys and a dog is no exception. When buying a plush toy for your dog, don't buy one that's designed for a child. These are likely to be softer and far easier for your dog to destroy. A lot of dogs simply like to curl up with a favourite plush toy, just like a baby cuddles a teddy bear. It provides them with that little bit of comfort. Just make sure they don't decide to adopt your cuddly toy collection!

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