Safe Dog Toys

Dog owners love to​ think of​ their dogs as​ children. “That’s my baby,​” they’ll say when referring to​ their dogs. They’ll refer to​ themselves as​ “Mommy” or​ “Daddy” when talking to​ their dogs as​ well. And,​ of​ course,​ they buy their dogs toys to​ play with. Choosing the​ right dog toys can be tricky. People like to​ get cute,​ squeaky toys for their dogs or​ give them stuffed animals to​ chew on​ and carry around (the stuffed toy becomes the​ dog’s “baby” quite often – “Get your baby,​ checkers! Checkers,​ where’s your baby?”) because they think it’s “adorable.” Dog toys don’t need to​ be “cute.” They need to​ be practical,​ fun for the​ dog,​ durable,​ and safe.

Avoid Non-Toy “Toys”

For as​ lovable,​ loyal,​ friendly,​ and playful as​ they are,​ dogs are not the​ brightest creatures. They are naturally attracted to​ things that can cause them the​ most harm. It’s important to​ start early with your dog,​ providing save toys to​ chew and play with while teaching the​ animal to​ avoid household items it​ may wish to​ use as​ toys. Dogs love to​ chew on​ pantyhose,​ for example,​ but these could easily be partially ingested,​ choking the​ dog. Some dogs will chew on​ power cords,​ risking a​ harmful (or fatal) electric shock. Teach your dog early on​ what things are for chewing and playing and what things are off limits.

The Best,​ Safest Dog Toys

The size of​ a​ toy is​ an​ important consideration. Kongs,​ balls,​ and other typical toys must be small enough that the​ dog can chew them and carry them,​ but not so small that they can become lodged in​ the​ dog’s mouth or​ throat.

Durability is​ a​ factor,​ especially for a​ dog that loves to​ chew. a​ toy that will break apart easily can become a​ hazard as​ the​ small,​ sharp parts can be swallowed,​ caught in​ the​ throat,​ or​ cut the​ mouth and gums. Again,​ a​ hard rubber Kong (easily one of​ the​ best dog toys ever conceived) is​ an​ excellent choice.

Softer toys,​ like the​ popular “squeak” toys made of​ thin plastic and full of​ air are good for dogs that are a​ bit gentler. They’re unlikely to​ chew through such items and are usually attracted by the​ squeaking sound.

Tennis balls are great for some dogs,​ but poor choices for others. This is​ a​ question of​ size ratios. if​ the​ dog is​ too small to​ fit a​ tennis ball all the​ way in​ its mouth,​ then it​ can be an​ excellent toy that the​ dog will love but costs very little. if​ the​ ball can fit all the​ way in​ the​ dog’s maw,​ however,​ it​ becomes a​ choking hazard.

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