A good toy can be a lifesaver for entertaining your dog, for a reward, for training and for bonding. Good toys provide exercise, entertainment and stimulation. A poorly chosen toy can be destroyed in minutes and even be a health risk.
Here are three things to keep in mind when shopping for your furry best friend:
- Longevity – You want to choose a toy that will be around for a while. A toy that they will treasure and not destroy right away. You want to protect not only your investment, but also your best friend. Toys that can be torn apart can actually be a hazard if t hey are ingested or swallowed. Many companies provide a chewing guide or durability rating to help choose the right toys for your pet. Always remember that no dog toy is indestructible, and be sure to supervise dogs during play.
- Entertainment – Think about your dog’s age, size and interests when choosing a new toy. Dog toys have come a long way and there are a lot of options out there. Some characteristics of a good toy are that they are soft and malleable, so your dog can chew it, and toys that squeak or make noise are always fun. An older dog may want something softer and a high energy pup may want a challenge like a treat dispensing toy. A chewer may need a durable toy that is up to the challenge. Interactive puzzle toys provide critical mental stimulation, and can tire a dog as much as walk in the woods.
- Pet AND Planet friendly –Fido can be doing his part to lower his carbon pawprint! Look for some key terms on toy packaging to point you in the right direction for an Earth friendly product. Look for toys that are labeled as ‘nontoxic’, ‘natural’,’ made in the USA’, or ‘made with organic materials’ and avoid any toys with a heavy chemical smell.
The holidays can be such fun times for everyone in your family – including your pets! When you are looking for a new toy for your dog, be thoughtful about your purchase. Look for a toy that will last, that will be entertaining to your dog and that is friendly to our environment too! Happy shopping!