What Kind of Dog Toy is Suitable for Your Dog?
While shopping to find suitable dog chew toys for your new dog, you may come across hundreds of different dog toys available. Colored ones, big ones, small ones that come with different shapes, materials, and types. With all these amazing dog toys available, how are you going to choose the right dog chew toys for your dog?
Here are a few ideas to guide you into buying a safe dog toy for your dog:-
- Do research on the breed of your dog internet. If he is a guard dog like a Rottweiler buy them pedigree rubber dog toys because they are durable and are known to be inexpensive. Knowing what personality your dog have is the first step to choosing the right dog chew toys for your dog and eventually learn to love them. A tiny bit of research will help you save money by picking the right dog toy for your dog.
- The size of your dog toys matters too. If you have a petite dog, choose a small dog toy for them. But make sure it is not too tiny because they may end up swallowing the fall out pieces if left unsupervised. Plush dog toys are normally suitable for them because they are soft and comes with vibrant colors and shapes. Puppies are like children, when they look at these different shapes and colorful object, they will feel excited and happy.
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If your pups have a teething problem and they seem to chew on anything they could reach it is only right to buy dog chew toys such as dog Kong toys or toys that could be chilled in the fridge and be re-used again. Normally for Kong toys, they allow you to stuff some healthy dog treats so that your pooch will enjoy the taste of the treats and at the same time they can gnaw on the rubber. These inexpensive dog toys are normally made out of rubber and are harder to destroy. The rubbers used are non-toxic, non-abrasive, non-splintering, and do not get sharp when chewed. It also satisfies a dog’s natural need to chew and also cleans the teeth and conditions the gums.
For dogs who like to run around and are known to be intelligent, puzzle and treat teaser toys will test their minds. These inexpensive dog toys are specially made for educating dogs through play and also solving puzzles and test their minds. Always make sure that the toys you buy for them are durable and won’t come loose and have it swallowed when left unsupervised.
All dog owners would definitely know by now what are the positive aspects of buying a dog toy for your dogs. They are made to educate your dog’s mind and at the same time, they play a role to keep the dogs’ company when their owners are not around. Once again, take into account the size, likes, chewing strength, and intelligence of the dog toys. Make your purchase worthwhile at a discount pet supply store and also at the same time keep your dog’s playtime interesting and fun. Continue To Read More
What toys will keep a dog busy?
Interactive Toys – A “Must Have” for dogs who stay home alone.
Boredom is a leading cause of misbehavior in dogs. While your residence is well equipped for entertainment (having a TV, DVD player, computer, etc.) your dog is unlikely to kick back and watch “Air Bud.” Instead, he needs a full day of dog entertainment mapped out. Interactive toys are the answer.
Things You’ll Need:
- Dog mat (blanket or towel)
- Dog food
- Peanut Butter
- Interactive toys
- Make meal-time work-time. Place your dog’s food in an interactive toy so that he has to work for it. Not only does this give him a job to do that will keep him busy, but it is also helpful for digestion as it slows down his eating pace.
- Keep a mellow, even attitude when coming and going from home. Being too sad in the morning and too excited in the evening can throw the wrong vibe to your dog, making him think that being left at home is terrible. Keep it cool so he’ll know to chill.
- Do a test run and supervise your dog with each new toy. Check to see how much he moves with it (to protect carpet and furniture) and to ensure he uses it properly.
- Get your dog plenty of exercise to keep him healthy and calm.
- Make sure that his overall caloric intake is at a healthy level. For each treat given, give less kibble. But make sure he gets the right amount of kibble to meet his nutritional needs.
- When mixing rewards with the dog food, there’s a chance they’ll end up on your carpet or furniture. If your dog likes to move around with his toy, make sure nothing valuable is at risk.
- Make it a habit to trade with your dog. When he has a stuffed toy, offer him an even better single treat in exchange for dropping the Kong. Reward with the good treatment and then give him the Kong back. Because the stuffed toy has good stuff in it, there is a chance he will become protective of it. Prevent this problem by making it normal for him to be rewarded for giving it back to you.
- Step 1: Gather up interactive treats, dog food, and toy stuffing (such as peanut butter or Kong stuffing, small dog biscuits or milk bones).
- Step 2: Make an honest assessment of your dog’s smarts, creativity, and stubbornness. Interactive food toys can be stuffed in a way that makes it easy or hard to get the rewards out. As a general rule, the smarter the dog, the more challenging you can make it. If it’s too hard, then the dog’s motivation disappears.
- Step 3: Fill up the interactive toy with a mixture of dog food, dog treats, and additional flavor (peanut butter, Kong stuffing).
- Step 4: Optional – place the toy in the freezer. This makes it take longer to get the insides out but is not necessary. You can use frozen goods, such as Frosty Paws dog ice cream if you are going to freeze the toy.
- Step 5: Test run. At a scheduled mealtime, call your dog and tell him to “sit.” Offer him the toy and tell him to “take it.”
- Step 6: Supervise him while he works on getting the goods out of the toy. Note whether he moves around a lot or settles in on one spot. Some toys require movement – such as the Buster Ball – so make sure that whatever falls out is safe for your floor and furniture (Frosty Paws ice cream, for example, is not the perfect add-on to your new suede sofa.)
- Step 7: When he has finished with the toy, pick it up and check to see if he got everything. If he did, then you can try to make it even more challenging next time. If he did not, check to see what the problem was. Milkbones can cross at the gap and prevent items from falling out, stuffing can stick, and other random things can happen. Adjust accordingly by placing fewer or smaller milk bones in the toy, only having the stuffing at the edges, etc.
- Step 8: Arrange a series of toys stuffed with food and treats throughout his living area. Space them apart so that he does not settle in first thing and get them all right away. For example, you may want to place the Kong toy in the kitchen and a Buster Ball in the back bedroom (if he is free to roam in the house). If he stays in a crate, provide a couple of toys that don’t require a lot of movement to get the treats out. Make it as hard as he can handle to get the treats so that it takes time.
- Step 9: Alternate the toys and treats that are given to him so that each day brings a challenge.
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