There is nothing more entertaining than playing with your dog or watching him at play. Dog toys provide a dog with not only play but mental stimulation as well. Choosing a variety of dog toys for your dogs entertainment will help him keep entertained mentally stimulated and can help avert behavior problems that are caused by boredom or loneliness. Here are a few great dog toys that your dog can enjoy.
Play Together Toys
Playing with your dog gives the two of you time together to bond and provides your dog with a way to get at least some of the exercise he needs. Dog toys do not have to be expensive they just need to be interesting enough to keep your dog entertained. Most dogs, especially those who have been bred for hunting love retrieving games and these games are a great way for you to interact with your pet.
Sticks and balls are inexpensive toys and can provide your dog and you with hours of entertainment. If your dog loves catching things there are specially designed flying disks available that are easy on a dogs mouth while allowing him to catch the object in mid air.
Yard and House Toys
Whether your dog is in the house or out of doors he will enjoy having his own toys to play with to keep him occupied while you are doing other things. There are a number of toys that can keep your dog happily occupied and entertained.
Squeaky toys are a favorite of many dogs. These toys can be furry or made from hard or soft plastic with a squeaker inside. While some dogs will gently play with their squeaky toys other dogs are anxious to tear them open and find out just what is causing that darn squeak. If your dog is one that tears up his squeaky toys it is best to supervise him so he does not accidentally swallow the squeaker.
Stuffed toys are another favorite of most dogs. Your dog will eventually tear up these toys so make sure that the stuffing inside is fiber not beads as your dog can swallow or inhale the beads accidentally. A visit to the local thrift shop can save a lot of money on stuffed toys and you can often get a bag full for just a dollar or two. Be sure to wash the stuffed toy and remove button eyes, whiskers, and noses before giving them to your dog to play with.
Buster food toys will help keep your dog busy and mentally stimulated while providing him with treats. You dog will spend hours rolling this ball like toy around in order to get the small pieces of dog food to fall out of the holes.
Floatables also provides your dog with his own toy for playing in the lake or the pool. These rings or balls allows you to play fetch in the water with your dog or he can play by himself nudging the floatable around in the water and then chasing after it.
There are many other toys your favorite canine friend can enjoy as well. Dog toys make wonderful gifts for the new dog owner and their pet and are a certainly a must have for your beloved dog.