Squeakers, tug-of-war, crinkles, oh my! Every dog plays differently. Do you have the right toys to accommodate your pup’s style of play? Choosing the right dog toys for your pup can be tricky, but we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips on how to choose the safest toys for your dog.
Safety is important
Depending on the size of your dog, a toy can possibly be harmful to them. Dog toys come in all shapes and sizes and it's important to choose a toy that is appropriate for your dog's size. It’s a general rule of thumb that any toy that can fit behind your dog’s molars can be a potential choking hazard.
Choose the right material
Durability is important if you have a new puppy or an extreme chewer. Toys like tennis balls and plush toys may not be right for your pup depending on how durable the material is. Tender-Tuffs are great toys that come in a variety of sizes and styles to extend your dog’s playtime. They are made with TearBlok Technology, a reinforced fabric, that enhances durability while maintaining a soft, plush bite for your dog
Control the mess
If your dog chews their toys up within an instant, there is a solution for you. Toys like the Tender-Tuffs hedgehog come in a large size and small size and include a puncture-resistant squeaker and no stuffing. Let’s be real, it’s not fun to pick up stuffing and remnants of your dog’s plush toy all over the house! If your dog is a heavy chewer, ditch the plush and go for a stuffing free toy. Bounderz are natural rubber toys designed for durable fun. The hollow center is great for inserting treats plus, natural rubber chew toys are great for getting out that extra energy while also helping clean teeth and gums.
No toy is indestructible. If your pup is a heavy chewer with determination, they can chew up any toy. When introducing a new toy, make sure to watch how your pup plays with it. If small bits of stuffing, fabric, rubber or latex come off, remove the toy from your pet and discard it.
Toys improve the bond between you and your pet and help keep boredom at bay. To prevent boredom with a specific toy, consider getting them something that is durable, extends their playtime and gives them time to release their energy. Signs of a bored dog include excessive licking, pacing, panting, and scratching without explanation.
Want to find more dog toys that are perfect for your pup’s playtime? Visit www.snugglepuppy.com and check out 'The Dog Mom Guide: Dealing with a High-Energy Pup’ for more information on how to entertain your dog who loves to play.