Toys should be a part of every dog’s life. Most dogs are energetic and giving
them the appropriate toy can control some of that energy. But you need to choose
carefully. Toys can be dangerous to your pet. Balls and other toys that are too
small can easily be swallowed or become lodged in a dog's mouth or throat.
Discard toys which break into pieces, or have pieces torn off. Discard toys with
parts inside, once the inside is exposed. Pay particular attention to your dog’s
chewing habits and pick toys that are suitable for their level of chewing.
Aggressive chewers tear toys apart. Parts can be lodged in the mouth or
throat, and can even kill a pet, if swallowed. Aggressive chewers should only
have durable, hard rubber or nylon toys.
Semi-aggressive chewers don't tear toys apart, but will chew enough to
cause wear on a toy. Semi-aggressive chewers should have canvas, plush, fleece,
berber or rope toys. These toys are softer, but will not come apart easily.
Understanding your dog's chewing habits and preferences make it much easier
for you to determine what type of toys best suit your dog.
Hard Rubber and Nylon
Nylabones are great
for more aggressive chewers. They are durable, and some pet toys like Kongs can
even have a treat inserted inside which adds to its interest.
Bones also make good toys for aggressive chewers. For a toy and
treat that is especially entertaining for your pet, fill each end with peanut
butter or Cheese Wiz.
Made with either nylon or cotton rope material, these toys are ideal for
semi-aggressive chewers. They’re great for dogs that love to play tug-of-war.
They also aid in dental care by providing a flossing action when you dog chews.