Choosing a dog toy

Labrador RetrieverBuying a toy for the pooch can be much like buying a present for a toddler – the box turns out to be more interesting than what’s in it. 

We’ve written several posts about dog toys before, discussing examples of good dog toys, whether dog toys are important, and how to get the most out of dog toys, but there’s still one aspect to cover: what dogs like.

Dogs are very much individuals, and toys that appeal to one dog might do nothing for another. Some dogs think a tennis ball is bliss, others find it completely uninteresting. Personal preferences aside, most dogs agree that toys that taste good, make noise, or can be torn apart are interesting. Hard and quiet toys are less interesting that soft and noisy toys.

Dogs need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise, and new toys are more interesting than old toys. For that reason it can be a good idea to keep most of your dog’s toys tucked away and rotate them on a weekly basis – that way they will stay interesting longer.

Dogs are more interested when their person plays with them. If we’re exceed, they’re excited. Playing alone is pretty boring, but playing with their human is the best thing ever.

Naturally, keep an eye on your dog when playing with toys that can be torn apart and swallowed.

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