For dogs, having fun matters a lot, especially since they can get so easily bored. That is why choosing the right dog toys is important.
Dog toys range from balls to fleecy/plush animals to squeakers to interactive toys (I.T.). They are a necessary component to a good relationship with a dog. Your dog will ultimately play with depends on his tastes and what you allow him to have, and what you have given value to. His tastes may change periodically, which is fine. Experts agree that rotating toys keep the games fresh and fun–which keeps your dog more interested.
Choosing a toy for your dog might seem like a simple thing, but there are a lot of factors to weigh in. Keep in mind that a toy should serve as entertainment but also stimulate your dog’s learning abilities. You can opt for toys that the dog will use on his own or choose interactive ones, as these allow you to play together and form an unbreakable bond.
Many times a dog’s personality dictates the type of toy. Cuddly toys are never suitable for dogs who like to chew on things or have a more active character. On the other hand, a dog with an anxious personality will never like squeaky or loud toys. Consider what your pet would enjoy first.
Food puzzles are fun for any dog. Oftentimes, dog food is either left out the entire day or just given to them without your dog working for its sustenance. Owners can make your dog’s activity more interesting for them by hiding the food or using toys to distribute the food. You can hide your dog’s food in the bedding in its crate. This is also a good way to get your dog to like its crate more, although this may not be a good activity if your dog already chews its bedding. Toss the food in your back yard to have your dog forage through the grass; beware of pesticides or fertilizer. Boomer Balls or Busta Cubes or Kongs are great toys that offer your dog complicated ways to work for its food. Boomer Balls are balls with holes in them that distribute food, Busta Cubes have drawers which the dog has to learn to open to attain its food, and Kong offers a variety of toys that have holes or compartments for food that your dog has to work for to be able to eat. Have a variety of different toys but only offer your dog 1 or 2 of those toys and rotate the toys when your dog tires of them.
Here’s Penny’s short video, the most exceptional dog at Acme Canine, and her sister, Autumn, testing a dog toy.