Dog owners love to think that their dogs are their children. “That’s my boy,” they’ll say while referring to their own dogs. They will also refer to themselves as “mama” or “dada” while talking to the dogs. Of course they get their dogs some toys to play with. Choosing the right dog toys can be very tricky. People love to give their dogs cute squeaky toys or stuffed toys to chew on and carry around (the stuffed toy is the dog’s “baby” often: “Bring your kid, Ladies! Ladies, where’s the baby?”) As they think it’s “lovely”. Dog toys don’t have to be “pretty.” They need to be practical, fun, durable, and most importantly, safe for the dog.
As loyal, friendly, lovable, and playful as they are, dogs aren’t the brightest of creatures. They are naturally attracted to many things that can cause them harm. It is important to start early with the dog, giving him safe toys to play and chew on, when he is taught to avoid household items, he may want to use a toy. Dogs like to chew on pantyhose, for example, but they can be partially swallowed and choke the pup. Some dogs would chew on power cords, risking a very damaging (or even fatal) shock. Teach the dog early on things to play with, chew on, and things that are off-limits.
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The size of it is a very important consideration. Balls, Kongs, and other toys should be small enough that the dog can chew them and carry them with them, but not so small that they can get caught in the dog’s throat or mouth.
Durability is the other factor, mainly for dogs that love to chew for a long time. A toy that breaks easily can become a hazard, as the sharp parts can be swallowed, caught in the throat, or cut into the gums and mouth. Again, a very hard rubber Kong (one of the best dog toys) is a very good choice.
Softer toys, like the popular “squeaky” toy, made of very thin plastic and filled with air, are great for dogs that are a bit tame. They are unlikely to chew on such items and can usually be attracted to the sound of squeaks.
Tennis balls are a great option for some puppies, but poor for others. This is a matter of size ratios. If the dog was too small to have a tennis ball in his mouth, then he might be a nice toy that he would love, but it also costs very little. If the ball finds its way into the dog’s jaws, it could become a choking hazard.