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Your pooch is like your best friend; it accompanies you on evening walks, plays and stays with you through thick and thin. The sweet sight of it in the morning prepares you for any conundrum that the day may present to you. However, have you ever thought what your dog likes to play with? A dry, artificial bone is good, but is that all you can give your dog for pleasure? No. Dog toys may sound like an old hat means of entertaining your dogs, but they are an important part of your pooch’s wellbeing.
Choosing the right toys for your dog
If you are considering to give your dog some nice toys to play with, you should make a careful decision. You need to consider the following factors before making a purchase:
Age of your dog is an important factor to consider. A three-week old puppies still have baby teeth, for which the toy should be soft and snug. If your dog is between three and nine months, don’t worry if you see it chewing on your loafers. This is the teething phase and you should consider chew toys for your pooch. After the teething phase, your dog will develop strong jaws. Now you can consider giving it harder toys. However, on attaining seniority, your dog needs to be switched back to soft toys because their jaws lose their strength.
- SizeAll dog toys should correspond to the current size of the dog. A big dog will need a bigger toy lest they may crush it with their teeth. The right size of the toy is also important to consider because a very small toy may be ingested by it and block gastrointestinal tracks. Make sure that you choose a toy that does not fit behind your pooch’s rear molars.
What dog toys are available?
Now that you are careful about the factors associated with dog toys, you can consider the following toys:
- Active toys
Hard rubber toys come in various sizes and shapes and are great for chewing. If you dog likes tug-of-war and chewing on different textures, then you can consider woven and rope toys which are generally available in the shape of a bone with done up ends.
- Distraction toys
Feeder or busy box toys, which come in rubber shapes can be filled with treats to distract dogs. By moving the cube around the dog’s nose, paws and mouth, it gets to the goodies. This is great for dogs that tend to eat quickly.
- Comfort toys
Soft stuffed toys are good if your dog likes to carry it around or wants to shake or “crush” their toys. These toys are usually sturdy that prevents accidental swallowing.