The basic rules of thumb when choosing the right dog toys is know the goal you are trying to accomplish. From here, the next step is understanding your breedâs behavior while taking into account the breed size. Once you have this information, the choices are endless.
Dog toys play an important role in your dogs overall well being; one of the most important is controlling anxiety. All dogs suffer from some degree of separation anxiety. Although we cannot stop the necessities of life such as going to work and running errands, we can help our canine family members cope.
The best method of helping your dog cope with anxiety is by keeping their mind focused and active. Boredom is one of the major contributors to anxiety, which for too many dog owners manifests into destructive behavior. To avoid or eliminate this bad behavior have a healthy supply of dog toys for your dog to keep occupied.
If your dog is a heavy chewer, that is, he/she can tear apart plush dog toys in minutes then perhaps a Kong dog toys or Indestructible dog toys is the best alternative. Kong dog toys filled with peanut butter and then frozen will give your dog hours of focus; there is even an extreme Kong for those breeds that seem to chew through anything.
As indestructible dog toys go the one we found to hold up to the claim âIndestructible,â is from Huck. This brand of dog toys is an indestructible ball which when tossed bounces in different directions each and every time it lands on the ground giving your dog plenty to focus on. Both the Huck indestructible dog toy and the Kong are made from natural materials and are non-toxic.
Plush dog toys are by far the most popular toy on the market. Most are safe if your dog happens to rip out the stuffing but you should read the label to ensure no toxic chemicals are present. The benefit to plush dog toys is that they are machine washable so if your dog likes to slobber all over the toy you can add it to the wash and itâs as good as new.
There are stuffing free versions to plush dog toys that are beginning to make a presence in the dog toy market. These toys are great if your dogâs primary goal is tearing out the stuffing living it behind. They also make a prefect tool in training hunting dogs.
Balls and Frisbees are great toys for dogs that enjoy playing fetch. These dog toys come in several varieties so choose wisely, that is small dog, small dog toys. Playing fetch with a large dog and small ball could have disastrous consequences if they swallow the ball whole and it lodges in their throat.
Have several dog toys available for your dog to play with, occupy their time, and focus their mind. Doing so will relieve anxiety, boredom, and the destructive behavior they accompany. Like their human companions, variety is the spice of life for your dog, having an assortment of dog toys equals a happier well-rounded dog.
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