Dog Toys

“Safe” Toys

There are many factors that contribute to the safety or danger of a toy. Many of those factors, however, are completely dependent upon your dog’s size, activity level, and personal preference. Another factor to be considered is the environment in which your dog spends their time. Although we can’t guarantee your dog’s enthusiasm or their safety with any specific toy, we can offer the following guidelines:

Be Cautious

Toys We Recommend

Interactive Toys

Distraction Toys

Comfort Toys

Get The Most Out Of Toys!

Rotate your dog’s toys weekly by making only four or five toys available at a time. Keep a variety of types easily accessible. If your dog has a huge favorite, like a soft “baby,” you should probably leave it out all the time.

Provide toys that offer a variety of uses – at least one toy to carry, one for treat filling, one to “kill”, one to roll, and one to “baby.”

“Hide and Seek” is a fun game for dogs to play. “Found” toys are often much more attractive than a toy that is blatantly introduced. Making an interactive game out of finding toys or treats is a good “rainy-day” activity for your dog, using up energy without the need for a lot of space. Only hide your dog’s toys in areas you don’t mind them digging and searching (down the couch cushions might not be the best idea).

Many of your dog’s toys should be interactive. Interactive play is very important for your dog because they need active “people time.” By focusing on a specific task, like repeatedly returning a ball, Kong, or Frisbee, or playing “hide-and-seek” with treats or toys, your dog can expel pent-up mental and physical energy in a limited amount of time and space. This greatly reduces stress due to confinement, isolation, and/or boredom. For young, high-energy, and untrained dogs, interactive play also offers an opportunity for socialization and helps them learn about appropriate and inappropriate behavior with people and with other animals, like jumping up or being mouthy.


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