Playing and chewing are natural canine behaviours therefore toys are a must in all dog’s homes. Behavioural problems may develop if dogs do not have the opportunity to exhibit their natural instincts through play. Here’s a run-down of the best toys for your dog…
Balls are a must have for any dog that loves to play fetch. Ensure you choose a ball large enough for your dog to carry without swallowing it. Never leave balls lying around your home. They shouldn’t be treated at chew toys. Small pieces of a chewed ball can lead to choking or gastrointestinal obstruction if ingested.
INTERACTIVE FETCH TOYS
A disc or Frisbee toy is more versatile than a ball. You can vary the speed of the disc and cause it to change direction, further challenging your dog.
SOFT PLUSH TOYS
Depending on the temperament of your dog, they will either carry soft toys around like babies or tear them apart like prey… Many dogs appear to ‘kill’ the ‘prey’. They then often carry the ‘dead’ toy around. This is a natural part of your dog’s hunting behaviour and can be very satisfying for them.
Many dogs love rope toys, while others have no interest. The action of chewing on a rope is good for a dog’s teeth due to the brushing-like action. It can reduce plaque and tartar build up.
Dog’s tugging on toys is a healthy display of their predatory nature. It is great mental and physical exercise. Ensure you replace worn toys so they don’t break in the middle of a game of tug-of-war.