Finding the best dog toys for your pet
In pet shops today, there are a whole host of dog toys for pet owners to choose from, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of suitability for the dog in question. Some dogs are left alone in the house during the day, so may need toys that are more stimulating than say, a dog who has people and other pets around them on a regular basis. For these kinds of pets, who are frequently on their own, activity toys are a great choice. These include toys such as squeaking rubber balls and toys with treats hidden inside, both of which are especially useful for younger dogs as they require interaction and a certain amount of experimentation, either to make the toy squeak or to find the treat. These are great dog toys to keep your pet occupied if they are left alone for periods of the day and are just a bit under stimulated. Most dogs love these types of activity toys and so they can also be used as a reward when they behave well.
Chew toys are a classic choice and are suitable for virtually every kind of dog, regardless of their temperament. The type of chew toy chosen requires some consideration however, as they differ significantly in terms of their hardness, size and shape.
For dog owners whose pet tends to be an aggressive chewer, a thick rubber toy would be a more suitable option than an air-filled one, as this kind of dog is likely to chew through and break an inflatable toy very quickly. Chew toys are also great for dogs who are quite hyperactive and energetic, as playing with these dog toys will help to rid them of excess energy.
Fetch toys are a great option for anyone who wants to spend more time outdoors with their pet. Once they have been taught the concept of the game, most dogs absolutely love a game of fetch and will happily play it for hours on end if allowed. In terms of what toys to use, items such as tennis balls and frisbees are both good options. If buying a Frisbee for fetch, remember to get a softer rubber one rather than a hard plastic Frisbee, as this will be more comfortable for the dog to catch. Try to avoid using sticks, as a rough one could have splinters which could hurt your dog’s mouth when they catch it.