All doggy owners should remember how important it is to understand the intellectual benefits of your interaction with them. Toys are a necessity for keeping your dogs happy, active and out of trouble. They are a good way to provide this mental stimulation while also spending time with your dog and strengthening the bond you have with them.
Toys are important to your dog’s well-being. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave your dog at home, and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. They can even help prevent your dog from developing certain problem behaviors. Directing your dog’s energy into play with toys can prevent problems like chewing on furniture, shoes or shrubbery and digging.
Benefits of toys:
- A good way to Exercise
Exercise is the number one reason why many dog owners spend money in toys. It is a crucial part of having a healthy dog because, without adequate exercise, a dog can become obese and get sick.
- Provide Intellectual Stimulation
Dogs can easily become bored. Without enough intellectual stimulation, they can become destructive, disobedient and difficult to handle. With a combination of exercise and mental stimulation, this can help dogs relax.
- Bonding Time
Another way to bond with your dog is to join in playtime with their favorite toys. Toys also promote bonding in multiple-dog households by helping dogs bond with each other as well as understand their place in the family.
- Promote Dental Health
Playing with toys can be a fun way to improve dental health in dogs. It is a good idea to invest in toys that are designed to clean teeth as your dog plays. These toys encourage chewing, which stimulates saliva and helps to diminish plaque.
Safety is important during playtime.
There are a lot of factors which contribute to the safety or danger of a toy. One thing to consider is the dog size, activity level and preferences. Another thing to consider is the environment where your dog spends their time. Here are safety tip:
Toys should be appropriate for your dog’s current size. Balls and other toys that are too small can be easily swallowed.
Avoid any toys that are not “dog-proof” by removing ribbons, strings, eyes or other parts that could be chewed off and ingested.
Monitor your dog’s toys and discard any toy that starts to break into pieces or has damage.
Very hard rubber toys are safer and last longer which is recommended.
Know your dog’s chewing habits before leaving him alone with any toy. Some dogs will chew it apart and ingest the pieces, creating a safety hazard for that dog.
The dogs will definitely have a favorite toy of their own, choosing the right one is up to their owners. Only the dog owner knows their dog’s likes and dislikes as well as their destructive tendencies. Always keep the dog’s preferences in mind.