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Choosing the Right Dog Toy

As a dog owner, there is nothing more fun than shopping for your pet. However, with endless available options when it comes to accessories and toys, it can be overwhelming to make the right purchase.

One of the best ways to simplify the shopping process, is to choose items that reflect your dog’s personality and characteristics. For example, if you have a larger dog that loves to run around the yard with their favorite chew toy, be sure to choose an appropriately sized, durable option. This will help to avoid toys being swallowed as a choking hazard and ensure that your purchase lasts outside for as long as possible.

Here is Ultra Oil’s Guide to Choosing the Right Toy for Your Dog:

1. Chew Toys

Chew toys are considered to be a must have for every dog. They also provide the added benefit of helping to keep a dog’s teeth, gums, and jaw healthy. The biggest question to consider when choosing the right chew toy is: how aggressive is my dog during playtime? Many of the gentler toys can be ripped to shreds in seconds by an aggressive chewer. A great option for stronger dogs would be the more durable toys, such as the Kong Extreme Dog Toy.

2. Plush Toys

Plush toys are not only great for playtime, but also in providing a sense of comfort and emotional support. You’ll often find that dogs love to proudly trot around the house, with their favorite plush toy on display in their mouths. For gentler dogs who don’t enjoy tearing their toys apart, soft and squeaky is the way to go. For more aggressive players, there are several stuffing-free options on the market, which will save you from having to clean up tiny torn-up pieces.

3. Tug Toys

Tug of war is one of the best pastimes between a dog and their owner. Using a tug toy with your dog not only provides an interactive game, but a great workout for your dog’s jaw and a nice flossing of your dog’s teeth. A great choice for dogs that prefer to play directly with their owners.

4. Treat Toys

The only thing better than playing with toys? Playing with toys stuffed with treats. Treat toys provide mental stimulation and fun between meals, helping to keep your dog satisfied and entertained. Most treat toys have adjustable openings which allow food and treats of all sizes to pass through without falling out too quickly.

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