Few things are as enjoyable as playing with your dog or watching him play. Buying your dog toys helps stimulate him both physically and mentally. Toys can help prevent your dog from becoming bored and developing behavioral problems caused by boredom and loneliness. Some toys help your pet develop mentally while others keep him entertained physically. Here are a few examples of the different types of toys you can find for your dog.
Interactive toys are toys you can use to play with your dog. These include tug of war toys such as rope as well as balls and retrieving rolls. These toys do not need to be expensive but they should be designed appropriately so as not to harm your dog. Hunting and retrieving breeds of dogs love a good game of chase or fetch and balls and sticks can provide hours of endless fun for these pets. Frisbee specially designed for dogs are available that allow your dog to catch them comfortably without hurting their mouths.
House and Yard Toys
House and yard toys include toys that your dog can occupy himself with while you’re busy or out of the house. Most dogs love squeaky toys and will spend hours playing with them. Some dogs will play with their toys gently and some dogs will not rest until they have gutted the toy to get at the source of the squeaking. If your dog is the type that rips toys apart, then you should supervise him when he has access to a toy in case he accidentally swallows the plastic squeaker.
Stuffed toys are also popular with many dogs and your dog will enjoy “killing” his stuffed toy by shaking it violently. Avoid badly manufactured toys or toys that contain harmful stuffing as these could serious harm your dog. Dogs can easily swallow things they shouldn’t ingest and this can cause them serious problems. If your pet swallows the stuffing of a toy, he can develop an intestinal blockage that may require costly surgery. If you give your dog toys that haven’t been specially made for dogs, make sure you remove any buttons, eyes, whiskers and any detachable pieces before giving them to your dog to reduce the risk of choking.
Educational toys such as buster cubes keep your dog mentally stimulated for hours on end as he rolls the cube or ball around trying to get it to dispense treats.
Floatable toys are great for playing with your dog on hot summer days. Many dogs enjoy swimming and playing in water and these dogs will enhance their fun. Floatable toys such as balls and rings can be used in retrieving games or for your dog to play with by himself.
Dogs love to play, and toys give them the opportunity to do so. Dogs recognize their toys as belonging to them and when you buy your dog a toy he will understand this is something fun for him and it will make him joyful. Dogs give us so much joy so sometimes it’s only appropriate to try and give some joy back to them too!