Dogs love to chew.
Toys have never been meant, or are intended to take the place of your companionship and regular exercise and playtime with his humans. However, to keep doggie from getting bored and thus getting into trouble, it is a good idea to have at least 8 to 10 toys for him or her to play with and chew on.
There are an abundance of toys to choose from, for all sizes and ages of dogs, and even their specific chewing habits. There are plush toys with different fabrics, squeaker toys, tug toys, chewies, toys for tossing or rolling, and even toys with treats hidden inside! There are even toys for those of us who have decided to “go green” that are made from recycled materials and can be recycled again when doggie is done with it.
It’s a good idea to have many toys and varieties, and rotate them on a regular basis. This allows for cleaning and disposing of toys that have been played to death, as well as the renewed interest your dog shows when he sees them as “new” or “I forgot all about that one!” toys.
Even though your dog has plenty of toys, don’t forget he needs you to play with him too. It’s great exercise and fun for the both of you. Frisbees, balls, tug toys are all great “my human can play too” toys.
Yes. Dogs really do need toys. Toys keep them happy, occupied and out of trouble.