Dogs aren’t picky – they’ll chew on anything if no toys are around. So buying playthings for your pet should be a breeze, right? As straightforward as the process may seem, though, choosing the proper dog toys will actually require a bit more effort. Suitable, high quality toys will provide mental stimulation, exercise, and fun for your pet. Bad ones, on the other hand, can contain hazards that you may not even be aware of.
The next time you’re shopping for dog toys, don’t be tempted to grab every cute one that you see right away. Sometimes, manufacturers design their products to appeal to the dog owners and not the dogs. Be wary of buying from establishments that are not pet stores, such as groceries or dollar stores. These places carry poorly made toys that may contain dangerous chemicals or be constructed from flimsy material.
What makes a dog toy dangerous? Some are great for supervised playtimes but should not be left alone with your pet because they might get destroyed. If a toy breaks apart due to excessive chewing, it’s time for a new one. Your dog can accidentally swallow or choke on the small pieces, so keep a close eye on toys that are showing signs of wear. Even a small piece of string from a rope toy, a chunk of plastic from a chew ball, or a bit of stuffing from a plush toy can cause serious harm when ingested by your dog.
You have to acknowledge that dog toys have a limited shelf life. Our pets don’t take care of their things as well as we do with ours, and dog toys aren’t meant to last forever. For the safety of your canine companion, it makes perfect sense to pick up and throw away those toys that are starting to crack or have been nibbled down to a certain size.
Many dogs chew to relieve pain during teething as puppies or for fun as adults. It is your responsibility to provide your pet with toys that are enjoyable and appealing enough that they chew on them instead of on your furniture (or other things). One good way of teaching your dog good habits is by not giving him toys that resemble any valued items in your home.
You might also want to store the toys in a special basket or container and rotate them so your dog won’t get bored. If you set aside the toys that he has been ignoring for a while then bring them out later, he’ll be a lot more excited when he sees them again.