Dog Health & More
Thursday May 7th, 2009
Some dogs don't care about toys, and no amount of jumping up and down with a new squeaky toy is going to generate much interest. But most dogs love them--toys can provide comfort, exercise, mental stimulation, and camaraderie. And for dogs who spend a lot of time alone, a good stash of toys can stave off boredom and the ensuing destruction of hearth and home.
With more toys on the market than ever, you should be able to find something your dog adores. Here are some favorites:
If your dog's a retriever:
He probably likes to retrieve things (no surprise), and balls are perfect for him. The toy that's perfect for you: a plastic launcher to throw balls. This will save your arm and help you throw the ball further. And because these launchers let you scoop up the ball without touching it, you don't have to pick up a slimy ball over and over.
If your dog loves to chew:
He'd love something sturdy to gnaw on, such as a Kong or dental chew toy. Avoid squeakers or small vinyl toys--they're not made to withstand a power chewer.
If you've got a small (or large) dog:
A lapdog's small jaws can't drag around a heavy chew rope; likewise, a large dog may ignore (or worse yet, choke on) a puppy-sized plaything. If you have several dogs of different sizes, get the right size toys for each dog.