All the dog owners out there know how important toys are for their dogs. There are a wide variety of dog toys available on the market today, so choosing the right ones for your dog can be quite an overwhelming experience. I own a few dogs and I buy toys for them frequently like I would for my own kid. In this article, I’ll show you how to choose the best dog toys for your dog that they’ll love 🙂
Why Dog Toys Is a Must For Your Dog
We’re pretty busy with our normal lives and sometimes we just don’t have enough time to spend with our dogs. Dog toys are a great way for them to kill boredom and can also provide comfort when they’re feeling lonely because you are not there.
Some toys are even designed to prevent your dog from developing certain problematic behaviors. It’s kind of like mental therapy. Dogs are generally more than willing to play with anything they can get their paws on so that means you’ll need to be careful when choosing your dogs toys. You should also ensure that the toys won’t injure your dog in any way.
The problem is that not one type of dog toy will fit all. You need a variety of toys to ensure that your dog gets the best out of every single one for different situations.
My favorite is the chew dog toys that are made out of rubber. These are great for carrying around or chewing, so they make for a great game of fetch. You can find them in a number of shapes, sizes, and colors.
When it comes to buying a toy for my dog, I usually want to make sure that they are chewable. That is super important for me. For example, I had a tennis ball as a toy for my dog and he chewed right through it. If you do decide to use any sort of ball, make sure you toss it out before it breaks down.
If you have a dog that loves to chew, look for a sturdy, but soft toy he can snag on. Dental chew toys are a great option for this because they keep his teeth healthy and strong in the process. A trick I like to do is add some treats to the chew toy to teach them some fetching!
Tips for choosing a dog toy
Safety is the most important factor when it comes to buying anything for your pet. The number 1 safety tip I would give to any dog owner is to ensure that the toy isn’t too small because the dog can easily swallow it, which is not what we want.
Make sure the toys are dog-friendly, or can at least be made that way. Remove any strings, ribbons, or anything that could be chewed off and swallowed.
Another tip is to keep all your dog toys in one place. I like to keep them all in this “dog play room” I have at home. That way the dog doesn’t take it all around the house and I end up tripping over a toy. That won’t be good!
Avoid dog toys with noises. Those squeaky ones are super annoying to me and I hate them with a passion. Avoid them as much as possible.
Don’t buy any dog toy that will trigger aggression. A lot of dogs end up being super aggressive after playing around with aggression toys.
With that said, let’s move forward to some of the best dog toys that I personally recommend!
Man, I’ve bought soooo many of these for my dogs. I love this toy and it’s the one I recommend to every dog owner out there. It’s hard enough so that your dog can chew on it, but at the same time soft enough so that it won’t injure your dog in anyway.
My 60-pound dog has been playing with this toy for 8 months now and it is still going strong. It is one of the few treat dispensing toys that she enjoys with or without treats. It is a fun ball on its own but even more fun when stuffed with treats.
I bought the large ball and baby carrots and Charlee Bear crunchy treats fit perfectly in the larger hole which is almost exactly the size of a nickel. Any treat that can fit through a nickel sized hole would work great in this. Refer to the previous section where I talked about the trick of using treats.
There is a smaller hole (a little bigger than the diameter of a standard pencil) on the other side. My dog has become a toy destroyer recently and this is one of the few that are still intact. My dog has at least 20 treat dispensing toys and I find myself going to this one again and again because of the ease of filling and cleaning and the fun factor for my puppy. It’s a must have.
I originally bought this because of the name. We all need some humor in our lives sometimes. It’s an extremely affordable and useful toy for my dogs. The product is made by Petsafe which is a highly trustable brand in the dog and pets space. Let’s see some it’s features:
- Quality and performance driven products for your pet
- Tested for safety and health
- Provide a better quality of living for your pet with Petsafe
- Interactive dog toy will keep your pet engaged for hours
- Durable natural rubber withstands prolonged play
- Recommended for strong chewers
- For dogs 20 to 50 pounds
Even though it says its only for dogs between 20-50 pounds, I had no problem having my 60-pound dog play with it and boy does she love it.
The good thing about this dog toy is that there is NO squeaky sounds. As mentioned above, I really hate squeaky noises.
With over 300 4-5 star reviews on Amazon, you know you have to give this Floppy Disc Dog Toy a try. Perfect for play in your yard or park and the kids love them too. You can fold them up to carry in your pocket or pack, they pop out ready to play. If they get dirty you can clean them up in your washer or sink, and you can even turn them over and fill them with water to give your doggy a drink. When used as a toss and fetch toy, your floppy disc should outlive any hard plastic frisbee. Floppy Disc, Inc have found that the very characteristics that make the disc better for your dog’s teeth and gums
If they get dirty you can clean them up in your washer or sink, and you can even turn them over and fill them with water to give your doggy a drink. When used as a toss and fetch toy, your floppy disc should outlive any hard plastic frisbee. Floppy Disc, Inc have found that the very characteristics that make the disc better for your dog’s teeth and gums
Floppy Disc, Inc have found that the very characteristics that make the disc better for your dog’s teeth and gums makes it unsuitable as a chew toy. Leaving your pet alone with their floppy isn’t recommended as prolonged and unsupervised chewing will damage the disc. Keep it on a shelf or in a closet when not playing with your dog and the disc will survive many months of playtime. Most importantly, this toy won’t hurt your dog’s teeth and gums like that darned ol’ plastic-soft bite floppy discs-they truly are fantastic.
Keep it on a shelf or in a closet when not playing with your dog and the disc will survive many months of playtime. Most importantly, this toy won’t hurt your dog’s teeth and gums like that darned ol’ plastic-soft bite floppy discs-they truly are fantastic.
I refer to this one as the dinosaur ball in the house. My dogs love this one. The Treat Ball IQ is a combination of puzzle, treat dispenser, and hard rubber chew toy for your favorite dog. Your dog will have to work for his treat and will unwittingly be building his cognitive skills.
Treat Ball IQ will prevent boredom and satiate your dogs’ cognitive skills. The durable, hard rubber design allows you to add kibble or your dog’s favorite treat between the sturdy teeth of the ball. Watch as your dog solves the puzzle.
Give your dog a challenge when he deserves a treat with Treat Ball IQ. This puzzle ball made of hard rubber is sturdy and allows you to add treats inside the ball. This tricky design will keep your dog busy and build cognitive skills.
Holy crapppp, I bet the name makes human want to chew on this toy. Bacon Flavored?!?!
Personally, I don’t love it – but my dog does. God knows why, because it sure as hell does not taste like bacon.
…not that I’ve tried.
We have 4 or 5 in the house right now because it’s the only toy he does not immediately destroy. It’s a very hard plastic, so great for strong chewers. As it gets worn, the edges get really rough so definitely keep an eye on your dog and make sure they’re not hurting themselves. The wishbone shape is cute, but it’s also pretty easy for my dog to hold between his paws when he goes to town on it. He closes his eyes and gnaws on it so passionately that I get a little jealous because I don’t think I have ever enjoyed chewing something as much as my dog enjoys chewing this (and let’s be real, we have WAY better stuff to chew than they do.)
The wishbone shape is cute, but it’s also pretty easy for my dog to hold between his paws when he goes to town on it. He closes his eyes and gnaws on it so passionately that I get a little jealous because I don’t think I have ever enjoyed chewing something as much as my dog enjoys chewing this (and let’s be real, we have WAY better stuff to chew than they do.)
I believe that this one is the best bang for the buck!
There you have it folks. I really hope that this article helped you out on choosing the must have dog toys for your little pups. I’m pretty sure we all feel happy when we see our pups feeling happy. Get them a toy today to kill their boredom, especially for when you’re out.
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