You all might have come across the saying: “Dogs are a man’s best friend” -and yes, they truly are! For your pooch, you are his/her everything. But imagine you being completely busy with your work and having no time at all for your furry buddy… that’s a sad thought, isn’t it?
Well, it’s the same for your dog as well. In fact, for them to stay hale and hearty, and most importantly be more active, it requires you to spend as much time as possible with them. Of course, it’s understood that you cannot really compromise on work every time, though we’re sure you’d love nothing more than to play with your pooch. But hey, we’ve got you covered on this one!
Like us, even dogs have best friends (don’t worry, you’ll still be the best thing they’ve ever had!); by this we mean only one thing – toys! Yes, toys are not just a luxury in their life, but also a necessity. This is what will help them remain active and keep boredom at bay, especially when you’re far away from home.
So, if your four-legged companion doesn’t already have them, then it’s high time that you go get those much-needed toys. To help you pick up the right choice, below we’ve compiled a list toys and their importance.
Read on and select a toy that best suits your dog’s need!
- Chewing toys
One thing that every dog loves to do, be it a pup going through the teething phase or a fully grown pooch, is to chew. There are several reasons for doing just that. A teenage puppy would chew things to ease his boredom, sooth his gums and calm down the anxiety that they often feel whilst teething. And if they do not get any toy for chewing, they might end up picking any available household item like a comb, brush, toothpaste and even a pair of dog clippers.
Apart from pups, adult dogs too need soft and soothing toys to play with; well for the same old reason – to avoid boredom.
Giving your pooch a chewy toy has a lot of benefits. It helps them strengthen their jaw muscle, helps you to prevent them from biting anything and everything they find and also keeps them away from tooth problems.
- Activity toys
These are more like fitness toys that help you keep your do fit and healthy. Moreover, it keeps them active all day long by making your pooch to chase, jump and fetch it. If used wisely, these activity or interactive toys can help your furry friend in strengthening muscles and making their bones strong.
Mostly these fitness toys are used to play with kids helping them become more familiar to the person they are playing with. This way you can fortify relations and increase the interaction. Because of these advantages of fitness toys, they are not only trending, but are also in huge demands amongst the dog lovers.
For a puppy, it helps them in their growth, whereas for adult dogs, it helps maintain good health with proper exercise. Not to mention, with the help of these toys you can spend some quality time with your furry buddy and focus more on the training aspect.
- Treat toys
Just like we human beings, dogs too love getting treats and rewards. And you know what… now you can do just that with the help of treat toys. All you got to do is fill it with some attractive and tasty treats that can easily grab your pooch’s attention. At first, it might seem as if the treat would come out easily, but that’s not how it works. Your dog will have to constantly keep on playing and rolling the toy to get the treat. The best way to keep them busy, isn’t it?
Another added benefit of playing with these toys is it keeps them alert and active all the time, and increases their productivity as well.
Now that you know what types of toys you can get for your four-legged friend, here are a few tips that you need to bear in mind while purchasing them:
- Think of the age, breed and temperament of your dog.
- Always look for toys that can be within the reach of your dog, especially when you’re leaving them home alone.
- Do not purchase toys that are easy to ingest
- While buying toys for chewing make sure that you’re reading all the safety precautions carefully.
- Always select non-toxic toys to avoid any injury.
- Try to purchase interactive toys.
- Do not buy very big or very small toys; in fact, choose them as per the size of the dog.
Now that you know which toy would be best for your pooch, what are you waiting for? Grab some cash, rush to the nearest pet store and purchase a bag full of toys for your best pal.