Restless dogs may become anxious, which is why it’s important to provide them with entertaining toys. Before you set foot in a pet supplies store for toys, however, it’s helpful know which toys are beneficial and which you should avoid. Below are the do’s and don’ts for picking out dog toys.
Choose an appropriate size.
If you currently have a puppy, you’ll need to start small and slowly work your way up as they grow. A toy that is too small could pose a choking hazard, while a toy that is too big could strain their jaw or make them loose interest. If your dog is already fully grown, find toys that are well-suited to their breed size and activity level. Younger dogs may want to run and play with ropes, frisbees, and balls, while aging pets may prefer a toy they can gently chew, such as a squeaky toy or mesh balls.
Choose an engaging toy.
There are a lot of pet supplies on the market, but you’re better off buying durable rubber toys with varied shapes and textures. These will stimulate your dog’s mouth and remove plaque buildup while they’re chewing. Some options even have small spaces where you can stuff treats or peanut butter. The scent of the food will excite the dog, and they’ll work hard to get every last bit.
Choose easily destructible toys with fiber fillers.
Seeing your dog cuddle up with a stuffed animal is endearing, but they’re also likely to rip it apart if they get bored. Not only does this create a mess, but the stuffing can lodge in their throat and cause them to choke, or spark digestive issues if they swallow it.
Give them rawhide or pig ears.
You’ll know these toys by their brown and off-white colors and rich smells. While dogs love to chew on them, they can form sharp edges as they break down. If your dog swallows a piece, it could cause blockages or tear the stomach lining and intestine. Avoid an emergency trip to the veterinarian and skip these pet supplies.
Whether your pets toys are wearing out or you just want to reward them for being a good dog, you can find high-quality options at Pet Fashion and Grooming in Hudson Heights, Manhattan. They also carry pet supplies for cats, birds, reptiles, and small rodents. To learn more about their doggy daycare and grooming services, visit their website. To schedule an appointment for your furry friend, call (347) 726-9409.