Choosing toys and treats for dogs
Our beloved canine friends deserve from time to time a little present. Choosing toys and treats for dogs might be a challenge these days, especially since so many dog toys are on the market.
Most dogs will get excited by a new toy, and if you decide to play with them in their newfound joy, you might just well increase their interest with the new playful gift(1).
You can give your dog a chew toy or other toys made to comfort and relax your dog for days when you do not have the needed time to play with them.
This will keep them busy but don’t forget about the treats to show your pet some extra love! These special yummies can be anything from homemade biscuits to a package from a doggy bakery, or even just a morsel of steak from your plate. Since there are so many options, how can one choose the right toy or treat for their pet? (2)
Selecting toys for your pet
Some hard rubber toys can be filled with treats. Kong type toys, which are small round tubes that you can fill with hard treats or soft treats (peanut butter, for example), are great for play.
These types of toys are easy for your dog to carry around in their mouth and chew on them. Tug toys are great for getting active with your dog since most enjoy a game of tug-of-war with you and even other dogs.
Another great toy for your dog is a ball. They come in many variants, from rubber balls to plush balls, to tennis balls, and foam balls. They are great for a game of fetch and catch. However, take into consideration how big is your dog’s jaw before purchasing the ball.
What to look for regarding comfort
A great toy for your dog’s comfort is a soft stuffed toy. Plush toys are very popular with many dogs, offering them great relaxation. However, not all of these toys are safe.
Before buying a soft stuffed toy for your dog, you should again consider how big your dog’s jaw is. The toy must be easy for the dog to hold it in his mouth and carry it around.
Another thing is to ensure that the toy isn’t small enough to be swallowed, and it should be durable also since some pieces can break into smaller ones, and again the risk of swallowing is present.
Now if you want an even safer and cheaper way, offer your dog some of your old t-shirts, pillowcases, or towels. Dogs enjoy them since they have their owner’s smell and find them comforting.
Confirming the toy is safe for your dog
The toys should be made out of non-toxic materials. Since your dog will be playing with them extensively, licking, chewing, and gnawing, you should check that the toy contains no toxic materials.
The label of the toy should usually read non-toxic and safe for dogs. The second aspect is to confirm that the toy is designed for your dog’s size.
Dog toys are designed with a specific dog size in mind. The label should provide the recommended size range. Toys that are too big, especially for small dogs, may either frustrate or discourage the pet from playing with them.
Reading reviews of the toy online is a great way to see and confirm whether the respective toy is worth it.
Finding the right treats
To avoid depriving your dog, choose treats formulated especially for dogs. They are designed to please their palate without upsetting their tummies.
Some treats have added nutrients or dental benefits, and these are very good for your pet. Giving your dog some fresh vegetables such as carrots, green beans, or even broccoli is highly beneficial since they are low in calories and high in fiber.
However, some table foods can be harmful or even toxic to dogs. Never feed your dog onions, chocolate, grapes, or raisins. It’s best to ask a veterinarian about other foods before offering them to your dog(3).
Did you know?
– If you keep track of the calories in the treats for your pet and subtract these from their total daily diet can prevent overindulgence.
– It’s best to make sure that your dog eats their nutritionally balanced food before filling up on treats.
– Dog treats should be kept at under 10% of their normal diet.