Dogs are fun loving creatures who enjoy nothing more than a good game. And while playing games with your dog is definitely something you should do, there will be times when you are not around, and the dog has to keep himself amused.
This is where dog toys come in handy. And these days dog toys come in hundreds of varieties so there’s a toy out there to suit every kind of dog.
Pick a few from the list below and you’ll be able to keep your dog happy, and out of mischief, when you’re not around.
Kong Toys – If you have a dog that loves to chew, then a Kong toy is the answer. These rubberized toys and virtually indestructible, so even your Pitbull can chew away for hours and not make much of an impact.
A cool feature of these toys is that they have a hollow center that you can stuff treats into. The dog then has to try and get the treat out, so it’s great for working his problem solving abilities.
Tug-a-War Toys – Dogs love to pull, but beware of cheap rope toys that fray and can be swallowed by your dog.
Kong offers a solution here too, a clever little toy that is basically two rubber balls in a canvas holder and with a canvas rope attached. Very hard to break, and the balls squeak too, just to make the game more interesting for your dog.
Frisbees – Many dogs love this game, but the plastic disc many people use can actually be dangerous, as they can shatter when bitten, and cause serious cuts.
The best disc to use for dog games is the Frost Bite Frisbee which is made of a soft, pliable plastic that punctures when the dog bites it rather than shattering. It flies pretty good too!
Puzzles – Dogs are natural problem solvers, so a toy that challenges your dog to work something out in order to earn a treat is a good choice.
A good example is the Squirrel Plushy, which is a soft plush toy with smaller plush toys hidden inside. The dog has to figure out how to get the smaller toys out.
Nylabones – Another good toy for the dog that loves to chew. These rubber, bone-shaped chewing toys are incredible strong, so your dog can gnaw away to his hearts content.
Tuffies – As the name suggests these are tough, durable stuffed toys made especially for dogs. They are graded according to how difficult they are too break, so you can get one for your Yorkie, and a tougher one for your Doberman.
Squirrel Dude – A clever little rubber toy with a timer that dispenses treats at regular intervals – sort of like a vending machine for dogs!
Some thing for every dog on this list, I’m sure you’ll agree. And even if you can’t find something here that your dog fancies, shop around there are tons of choices these days.