Feb 17

Dog Toys – Does Size Really Matter?

Kong Dog ToysWith the large number of dog toys available online and in pet stores, it’s difficult to know which one is right for your dog.  Dog toys don’t need to be “cute” or colorful, although it brings us satisfaction.  When I shop for toys for my dogs, I look for something interactive, fun, durable and safe.  Dogs love toys that make noise, toys they can shake, toys they can tear and toys they can chew on.

When considering which toy to buy size is extremely important.  Dogs love to chew, tug and fetch.  Dog toys such as Kong’s, Nylabones, flying discs and balls should be large enough to prevent them from becoming a choking hazard, but small enough for your dog to carry and chew. Durability is another important thing to consider, especially if you have a dog that loves to chew and play tug-of-war. Dog toys that are easily chewed up can be a health risk for your dog.  Small parts that break off can become lodged in your dogs’ throat or cause intestinal blockage when swallowed.

Stuffed dog toys are very popular because most of them squeak and have that soft feel that dogs seem to like.  The one Stuffed Dog Toyproblem I see with stuffed dog toys is the urge for our dogs to pull out the stuffing.  There are several brands of stuffed dog toys with squeakers that are becoming more popular t and are stuffing free such as Skinnneez.  Some are more durable than others and I would definitely recommend any stuffing free toy for your dogs.  They can still enjoy the squeaker and we don’t have to worry about them swallowing the stuffing and getting sick.

Another favorite are tennis balls and flying discs. They provide some fun interaction with dogs that like to play fetch.  They are also great for making sure your dog gets enough exercise.  You will want to make sure that the tennis ball is not too small for r dog to swallow.

Some things to avoid giving your dog are socks and plastic bottles. While old socks can be fun to play tug with, it can also teach your dog that it is okay to use your socks as toys.  Plastic bottles can become sharp when chewed on and can cause damage to their gums.

It’s time to get out there and buy your dog some toys!  Make sure they are appropriately safe, durable.  Most of all, keep in mind that “size does matter” when it comes to your selection of toys.

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