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As a dog owner or sitter, you probably know how important toys are! They are a great way to bond with your pup, keep them entertained while you’re away, and, of course, keep them from chewing on your belongings. You want to do your best to keep your dog safe, which means that you need to carefully decide which toys to give them. The following will help you ensure your dog’s fun and safety. 

Active Toys

Active toys include hard, rubber toys such as Kongs. These come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and dogs love to chew them! Some come with space inside where you can hide treats. The combination of toys and food can keep your dog entertained for hours. However, some dogs prefer woven rope toys instead. 

Most dogs love playing fetch with tennis balls. Tennis balls, however, aren’t very resilient to all the chewing. Keep the balls just for fetch, and be sure to throw out any that have been chewed through. Otherwise, they could pose a choking hazard.

Comfort Toys

Some dogs prefer a soft stuffed toy to something to chew on. They might view their toy as a companion, and carry it around with them. If this is the case, choose one that’s small enough for them to take everywhere, but not so small that it presents a choking hazard. 

Other dogs are more violent with stuffed toys. They may prefer to bite and shake it instead. If this is the case, try to find one that is as sturdy as possible. If they manage to tear it apart, remove the pieces. If it has a squeaker in it, don’t let your dog eat it. 

How to Use ToysTry to make your dog’s toys last by rotating them a few at a time. Of course, if they have a favorite companion, you can always have that one available. Remember that toys aren’t a substitute for interaction with your pet. Dogs love interactive play such as throwing tennis balls or playing hide-and-seek. These games are especially important for young and untrained dogs, as they are a great opportunity for socialization. They area good way to teach your dogs about appropriate and inappropriate behavior. If your dog is high-energy, it will also help them be calmer for the rest of the day.