Durable dog toys. That phrase sparks the thought of a dog toy that is so tough and long lasting that even the most dedicated of Labradors couldn't even destroy it.
You'd be right in thinking that, but the phrase also covers a multitude of other types of dog toys that are durable in other ways.
Because our dogs are so precious to us, it is very important to keep them active and give them plenty to do to stop getting bored.
A bored dog is not a happy dog and this boredom can lead to destruction of your property, bad behavior and even depression.
Yes, dogs can get depression, just like they can get other ailments that are also common to humans.
The good news is that there are plenty of toys available to buy your dog, ranging from simple chews to more elaborate activities that you can enjoy with your dog together.
What's more, most of these are even available online, so you won't even have to go out to get them.
The first type of durable dog toy are boredom bursting toys such as the 'Kong'.
This type of toy is normally made from a durable hard rubber where dog treats are inserted in and the aim of the toy is to make it tricky for the dog to get the treat out.
Your dog will spend time trying to get to the treat and then get the reward eventually.
It's a great toy that dispenses the treat sporadically so your dog doesn't eat the whole lot in one go. Great for boredom busting when home alone.
Even tough toys that help clean the dog's teeth are widely available and these types of toy can last for a very long time and the dog goes back to it time after time.
Then there are toys for both owner and dog to enjoy together. These range from the traditional ball and frisbee throwing to tugging toys, tunnel toys you set up in the yard and even paddle pools in the summer time. All are available online along with a wide range of choice.
Believe it or not, there are dog sitting DVDs available that you can put in your DVD player, set to repeat and your dog can watch and listen to a wide range of sounds and images that will speak to your dog. Sounds crazy?
When you understand the logic of it, it's perfectly reasonable. It provides the dog with company and even has subliminal messages on it such as "good dog" amongst the various nature scenes and sounds. He'll never feel alone again.
For more active dogs you can buy doggie treadmills that work in exactly the same way as human ones, but of course are smaller in scale.
These are fantastic for people who live in apartments and cannot take their dog for walks so often.
Set the dog up on the treadmill, put the dog sitter DVD on and watch your dog go!
There are plenty of options there to prevent your dog from ever being bored.
Durable dog toys will keep him entertained for hours, but of course this should be in addition to and not instead of the love that you give him. That cannot ever be replaced.
Dogs can wreak havoc on toys and other items around your house. Their teeth were made to grind, chew, cut, and tear anything they can get their paws on.
The following dog toys have been found to be fairly indestructible by dogs who have tried them.
Indestructible dog toy by Hurley:
The material that makes up this toy, Zogoflex, has helped make this dog toy indestructible. The toy comes in a variety of shapes- a bone, a ball, and a stick. It can be bounced, floated, and thrown
This toy has been around since the mid- 1970’s and it is known in the industry for its tough durability.
Dog breeders, dog trainers, and veterinarians highly recommend Kong dog toys.
They can last for years and put up with strong and forceful play and action.
The product is strong and durable enough to endure heavy chewing.
It comes in different sizes to fit the kind of dog you have- small through extra large.
There are a variety of styles, even having floating Kongs.
These toys are made from recycled fire hoses and are durable enough to be tugged on. They squeak but it is not an annoying squeak to humans.
These toys also float and are great for playing in the water.
The dog ball that is almost indestructible:
This is a ball that is designed for large dogs. It can put up with vigorous chewing and is guaranteed not to break, chip, or pop.
The ball is tough, big, and fun, and it is great for playing in big open spaces like a park or a beach.
These dog toys are made of durable and thick canvas. They come in water canteens, bones, planes, jeeps, helicopters, and tanks.
The toys have a sound box and squeakers and seem to be a big hit with a lot of dogs.
Dogs love to play and sometimes it is hard to find toys that can stand up to their chewing and vigorous play.
These toys are good and indestructible so you and your dog can play for years on end.
KONG’s rubber toys come in two colors-red and black. The red ones are super-bouncy and made from a natural rubber compound.
They are chewer-friendly and come in a vast variety of styles of toys.
The black rubber toys are ultra-strong and are made exclusively for large dogs who are very powerful chewers.
The different kinds of toys include the classic, extreme, the flyer, the dental, puppy, senior, tails, treat dispensers, tug, and retriever toys.
The WUBBA is a toy that is used for tossing and tugging.
It is made up of a squeaker ball and a tennis ball.
There is a long tail which helps to handle and throw easily.
The squeaking and the flapping tails make it a favorite among dogs.
It comes in pink and light blue and is one size.
These are all-natural and healthy.
They are designed to be stuffed in KONG toys, but are great as treats for training.
This is a great toy for chasing.
Air toys are made of a tennis ball covered with a felt material that is a breeze to clean and it won’t scrape the teeth of the dog.
There are Air KONG sticks with ropes that come in three different sizes, and Squeakers.
The plush toys are a hit with all togs.
They are made with nontoxic materials and all come with replaceable squeaker pouches.
They are available in a variety of styles, including Braidz, Squiggles, Dr. Noys’, E-collars, and grooming.
Dogs have strong teeth that were made for chewing. It is a natural and normal behavior and it is important to find safe toys for your dog to chew on so it doesn’t chew on something else, such as your furniture or shoes.
The following tips and advice will help you select the best and safest chew toys for you dog.
You want to look for durable toys that are made with a safe rubber. Brands such as Kong and Nylabone are good choices and they are available in various shapes and sizes.
Some can be filled with treats which will keep a dog or puppy occupied for a while. A lot of them also have a guarantee.
Features that are desired in chew toys:
- Size- big enough so your dog won’t swallow it
- Easy to wash and clean
- At first, only buy a few dog chew toys. Just have enough to divert your dog or puppy from using his teeth to chew shoes, furniture, or other items.
- Don’t buy toys that can be hazardous to your dog. Stay away from buttons, strings, loose fabric, or small parts.
Also keep away from rope and stuffed toys because the dog can ingest the fabric or swallow small parts such as the eyes, which can be a choking hazard or cause intestinal obstruction that is life threatening.
- Bones should not be used as dog chew toys. They have a hard time breaking down and if the dog has to pass them, it can cause constipation and impaction.
- Rotating your dog chew toys on a regular basis will keep your dog attentive and fascinated so he won’t move on to other items in the house you don’t want chewed on.
- Also have a variety to toys for your dog to choose from. Chewing is one way that puppies investigate the world and sometimes that curiosity is directed towards items you don’t want him getting into like pillows and furniture. Having a number of toys available will teach him what is alright to chew on.
- A lot of dog chew toys are safe but there is always a risk. Big, strong chewing dogs can rip apart anything, which may cause gastrointestinal problems, chipped teeth, or other issues. Thinking ahead and supervising play can ensure it is as harmless as possible.
Dogs are great companions and are fun to have around. In order to decrease the destruction they may bring to your house and clothes, finding safe dog chew toys is an important part of being a dog owner.
Have you ever bought an expensive dog toy recommended by someone at that specialty pet store and seen it ruined and torn apart by your dog or puppy?
The answer is to find a durable toy that will last over time and be able to put up with heavy chewing and playing. The following tips and advice will help you find that perfect durable dog toy.
Check with you local society and see what they use for dog toys that last a long time.
The people who work there care about animals, are there all the time, and know what material works for all the different sizes and breed that live there.
Local Pet store:
Ask those working at a pet store what they have found to be good toys for dogs and puppies that are known for destroying and chewing everything.
Use a dog Frisbee:
Regular plastic Frisbees are not strong enough to put up with dog abuse. A dog Frisbee resembles a rubbery, flexible disc and can hold up to chewing.
Find durable toys:
Dog toys made of very hard rubber can last years. Kong is a pet supply company that has a big variety of durable and safe dog toys that are recommended by pet groomers, veterinarians, and dog trainers.
They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors to keep your dog interested. They even have toys that you can hide treats in.
Look for thick objects:
Consider extremely thick ropes that are braided, tennis balls, and heavy bones made of plastic. These will last longer and better than thin plastic items or stuffed toys.
One of the best ways to find durable dog toys is to talk to other people and find out what works best for them.
Talk with dog trainers and find out what dog toys they recommend and leashes that hold up to biting and chewing.
These people are experts and they know what they’re talking about. Owners of big dogs are also good resources.
Find out what they like and what has worked or not worked for their dogs in the past. If you can find a dog owner who has experience with the same breed you have, that would be ideal.
Be willing to pay more:
Quality often comes with a price. Cheap toys are often cheap for a reason and will break, wear down, or be ruined quickly. A quality, durable dog toy will often cost more but it will last longer and be much better in the long run.
Dogs are a lot of fun and are great companions. Improve the experience by providing safe and durable toys for your dogs.
Dog toys are a great way to entertain your dog and keep them from chewing on your furniture or shoes. Reality is that the toys can be very pricey and often are ruined quickly by vicious chewing and play.
One way to fit dog toys into your budget is to make them. The following will give you some ideas of homemade toys.
Take a two liter size soda bottle and empty and clean it. It is a good thing to throw around and have your dog try to catch it. When it’s summer, fill the bottles with Gatorade and freeze them overnight.
Or try putting holes in the bottle and filling it with small pieces of treats or cookies.
Make the hole just the right size so it is big enough so the treats can fall out but small enough that they don’t come out easily and it keeps the dog’s attention.
Buy an inexpensive garden hose at your local home store and cut it into assorted sized pieces.
They are good floaters in a lake or pool so are great for retrievers and water dogs.
They also are great toys for fetching and are an inexpensive option for puppies who are teething.
Buy stuffed animals at garage sales:
The squeaking stuffed animals that you see at pet stores are expensive and won’t last very long.
Take a Saturday and visit a few garage sales. You can buy stuffed animals for a nickel, dime, or quarter so buy a lot.
Once you are home, make a small slit and take all the stuffing out, because it is dangerous and causes a mess.
After the stuffing is out, put the animal out for your dog. He will have just as much fun with it as one from the store.
Buy a ball:
At your local toy department, find a colored ball from one of those big bins. They are inexpensive, bounce perfectly, and will last for a few months.
Use the sprinkler:
During hot summer months, use the sprinklers as a way to cool off and have fun with your dog.
Throw a Frisbee or balls through the stream of water, or see if your dog will chase you through it.
Put dishwashing liquid and water in a big bowl. Take a fly swatter and dip it in the solution.
Blow bubbles and watch your dogs chase them around. Be careful because the dog can get sick if you do it too much or use too much soap.
Be creative when thinking of homemade dog toys. It is inexpensive but ultimately, it is about playing and bonding with your dog so have fun and use your imagination.
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