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How To Choose The Right Toys For Your Dog?

For dogs, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity.

Toys are important to your dog’s well-being. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave your dog at home and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous.

Toys can even help prevent your dog from developing certain behaviours that are problem causing.

Your dog’s toys should be:

  1. Fun and entertaining for them to play with;
  2. Durable and won’t easily break; and
  3. Safe to chew

Many factors contribute to the safety or danger of a dog toy. Many of those factors, however, are completely dependent upon your dog’s size, activity level, and personal preference. Another factor to be considered is the environment in which your dog spends his time.

Golden Swag offers quality dog gift boxes to give to your dog that’s why we are here to showcase some helpful tips that we use for choosing the right toy for your pup.

Be Smart With Your Dog Toy Choices

The things that are usually the most attractive to dogs are often the very things that are the most dangerous. For example, some companies are selling dog toys that require your dog to push a long lever to receive treats. Avoid this type of toy as it poses a potential danger to your dog’s eyes. Sharp, pointy objects are always a bad idea when it comes to dog toys.

Tip: Dog-proof your home by checking for strings, ribbons, rubber bands, small children’s toys, and anything else that could be ingested by your dog.

Choose The Right Size Dog Toys

All Dog Toys should be appropriate for your dog’s current size. For example, balls should be large enough to carry, but not too small. Balls and other toys that are too small can easily be swallowed or become lodged in your dog’s mouth or throat. Avoid or alter any toys that aren’t “dog-proof” by removing ribbons, strings, eyes, or other parts that could be chewed and/or ingested.

The Age Of Your Dog Matters

Although he doesn’t mature the way you do, you should still keep your dog’s age in mind. A three-week-old puppy still has his baby teeth, so toys with softer rubber or plush, snugly fabrics would be a good fit for him. From three to nine months, your puppy will be teething, so it’s best to avoid hard rubber and be sure to stock up! He’ll be chewing on anything he can get his paws on, so a good variety of chew toys will keep him distracted from your favourite pair of loafers.

Once the teething phase passes, your dog will have a strong enough jaw for harder rubber toys and endless energy to play with balls or rope pulls. By age seven or so, your senior dog won’t have the same jaw and tooth strength as a young adult, but it’s still important to give him some softer toys to chew on and play with toys that encourage him to keep him active, like easy-to-toss balls and sticks. Luckily, there are plenty of options specifically made for dogs of certain ages, all of which match your dog’s age with his size and his chewing habits.

Size and Texture

Even in adult dogs, the petite Yorkshire Terrier is unlikely to chew as harshly as the large German Shepherd, so they’ll often need toys that are considered more forgiving clenched in a smaller jaw. Similarly, a toy that is too soft can break into pieces and become choked on or ingested—causing gastrointestinal blockages as a result. If you notice a toy starting to show signs of damage—such as a broken squeaker or breaks or tears in fabric or stuffing—it’s typically best to replace it.

The right size toy is important as well. Something too small can be swallowed just as easily. A general rule is to make sure anything small enough to fit behind your dog’s rear molars is a choking hazard.

Ultimately, you’ll want to decide which types of toys will occupy your companion the best. Dogs, like people, will be able to indicate which toys they prefer over time.

Soft & Squeaky Dog Toys Are Fine For Gentler Dogs

Some dogs love to carry around plush toys to show her humans. Other dogs are gentle with their toys and would not rip it apart.

However, other dogs tend to play rough with their plush toys and like to destroy them to show that they are having a blast. It may just be because some plush toys have squeakers buried inside and the dogs want to find that squeaker. This is a hazard because the dog might ingest that squeaker. You can still let your pooch play with that toy but only under supervision.

Recently, several stuffing free dog toys have come out. Remember that soft toys are not indestructible, but some are sturdier than others.

Also, make sure to pick a washable toy to make sure it’s clean before your dog plays with it.

Avoid Rawhide Type Dog Toys

Rawhide chews are dog treats, given to dogs with hopes of cleaning their teeth and giving them something to chew. Rawhide is made from an animal’s “hide,” which is the skin of an animal that has been treated to become a product for humans to buy — mainly for leather, and also for rawhide chews. Rawhide chews are typically made from cows, as well as horses, buffalos, or deer.

While rawhides are given to dogs with the best of intentions, overall, they are not good to give to your dog. Rawhides pose a choking hazard to dogs, they can break dogs’ teeth, they can present digestive issues, they may introduce contamination, and more. The risks outweigh the benefits, and there are plenty of ways to give your dog proper oral care and a delightful chewing frenzy without rawhide.

Active Dog Toys For Dogs With High Energy

Very hard rubber dog toys are great for high energy pets. These are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are fun for chewing and for carrying around.

Rope toys are always big hits with dogs that like to play fetch.

Tennis balls make great dog toys for fetching, but don’t stand up to chewing very well. Discard any tennis balls that have been chewed through, as they can pose a choking hazard to your pet.

Comfort Dog Toys For All Dogs

Soft stuffed toys are good for several purposes but are not appropriate for all dogs. For some dogs, the stuffed toy should be small enough to carry around. For dogs that want to shake or “kill” the toy, it should be the size that “prey” would be for that size dog (mouse-sized, rabbit-size or duck-size).

Again, make sure that if your dog likes to attack his stuffed animal, that his play is closely supervised, and avoid soft toys with squeakers.

Golden Swag’s personalised toy boxes are filled with nice dog goodies and treats that we are sure that they’ll love. Custom and hand-picked boxes are the best gifts for your furry friend.

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  1. Anniejane 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for this amaziiing info. I’ll keep this in mind when I adopt my own pupper or doggo.

    1. GS-Admin 4 weeks ago

      That’s great Annie. It’s about giving your pooch something to keep occupied with.

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