06 Sep

Dog Toys

Dog toys are popular for a number of reasons. They keep your dog happy. They drive away boredom. They are for exercise and play. They are fun. Dog toys keep both you and your pet occupied and stimulated. Dog toys, even the very simple ones, are good tools for bonding and communication between you and your dog.

Dog Toys are an important part of dog training or if you have a behaviour problem

There are many different types of toys are the market. You may say “my dog doesn’t play with toys, or my dog destroys toys within 10 minutes. If you need any advice on these maters please contact Pauline@k9harmony.co.uk and Pauline will be more than happy to advice you.

Toys are not optional. You need to purchase one or more toys. All dogs are different in there own way, and you may need to experiment to find the toy your dog likes.

• Hard Rubber Toys: These are probably among the safest dog toys on the market. Make allowances for the dog’s size. If your pet can get his or her jaws totally around such a toy, they may be able to chew it in half. In general, however, these toys provide hours of safe and gleeful chewing. This is particularly true if they are treat balls. If you can hide something edible within the toy, you will capture almost any dog’s attention.

• Soft toys: Plush, soft, pliable toys make your puppy feel more secure. Some will cuddle a soft toy. Some will continue cuddling it long after they have removed its head. Be sure there are no removable small parts. Some have a squeaky. This makes it particularly attractive for a few reasons. Your dog can comfort it. Your pet can make it cry – sometimes, to your annoyance, many, many times. There is a good reason to try to demolish it. Check to see if the squeaky, once removed, does not end up in the dog’s stomach. Make sure the fabric is not toxic. Be prepared to see bits and drabs in your dog’s poop.

• Squeaky toys: Some dogs love the rubber or plastic type of squeaky toys. In fact, they love them to pieces. This is one reason why people spend good money looking for the ideal tough squeaky toy – preferably one with a silencer. Maybe the ideal is one only a dog can hear? And, yes, there is one on the market.

Some people stock up on inexpensive squeaky toys. They may or may not save money. It depends upon your puppy or dog. If your canine is in the habit of swallowing squeaky toys whole or devours entire large chunks, the vet bills may make it not a saving at all. It is better to fork out more money now and prevent emergency operations.

• Rope toys: There are dogs out there who adore rope toys. They will chew, pull and shred them. These are braided rope, twisted and soft enough not to harm a dog’s gums and teeth. They may encompass a toy, making them doubly interesting. As in the case of squeaky toys, be careful. Rope toys come apart. A dog will swallow them. They will reappear later. I guarantee it.

• Nylon toys: These are another variety. They are tough. They can be quite durable. These may come in different shapes, but they can be very boring to your dog unless you get involved.

• Puzzle Toys or Treat Balls: These are fairly new on the market. They require your dog put his thinking cap on. For some this could be very difficult – except there is food involved. Some not so intelligent dogs are quite clever when it comes to getting food.  Puzzle toys are meant to be filled with treats. Once you have loaded it up, you give it to the dog. Your Einstein then has to figure out how to remove the treats. It can be frustrating, challenging and fun.

So, go ahead and buy that new puppy or older dog some toys. Be aware of the pros and cons of each. Buy appropriate toys, suitable to the character of your dog. Make sure they are safe, fun and far from boring. Your pet, and your furniture, will thank you.

Information written by Jenny Gerard of <a href=”http://www.ohmydogsupplies.com/dog-supplies/dog-toys/”>Oh My Dog Supplies</a>, where you can find a incredible collection of <a href=”http://www.ohmydogsupplies.com/dog-supplies/dog-carriers/”>airline approved dog carriers</a> online. Edited by Pauline Waller www.k9harmony.co.uk

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