Looking for that special toy for your dog? The internet and pet stores have a nearly unlimited selection of toys of every type, size, color, and price. Selecting dog toys and other pet accessories online that are made by well-known and quality-minded manufacturers is a smart move. Those manufacturers didn’t get their reputations by selling shoddy or overpriced merchandise. Choosing the right toy for your canine buddy should involve some serious thought about not only the manufacturer and price, but several other factors as well. The following 5 points should be taken into consideration when you do your shopping.
- Safety should be your primary concern when giving your best pal a new toy. The toy must be durable enough that your pet can’t chew or tear off parts and swallow them, creating a choking hazard. Choose a toy that your dog can easily carry around, but not so large that it’s cumbersome.
- Your dog may get a real kick out of a squeaky toy, or one that is pliable and tough enough to take shaking and chewing. Invariably, your dog will want to take an inside toy outside, and vice-versa, so the toy you pick should be able to withstand some exposure to the elements.
- You should consider how the dog will play with the toy, as some dogs are very rough and aggressive while others are gentler. Stuffed toys may not be the best choice for the high spirited dog, as he/she would have great fun pulling out the stuffing if a seam should split. Never give a dog a toy designed for a child. They are not durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of a playful dog.
- If the toy is for an inside dog, it will probably get tossed about by the dog and thrown by you for the dog to retrieve, so it should be made of material that will be less likely to break something.
- The toy should be relatively easy to clean. Dog slobbers combined with dirt it will be in contact with on the floor or outside will soon turn the cute toy into a grimy toy.
Just like humans, dogs have their “favorite things”. Some like to play in water, some like to fetch, some like to rough-house, etc. Your dog will develop a special liking for certain toys and ignore others. You will learn from experience what toys push his/her buttons. Shopping for dog toys and other pet accessories online can be a pleasant and relatively easy experience. A little thought, common sense and observation will go a long way in helping you pick the right toys for your dog.