Safe Toys Your Dog can Enjoy
For large dogs who have a lot of 'chew power', it's better to invest your money in toys like 'Kong' toys because they come in all sizes and tend to be very durable. Besides being very safe, dogs love them! Tennis balls are very good to fetch with but again take care that the size is suitable for your dog. Another popular toy are "rope" toys that you can play tug-a-war with your dog. Bones and raw cow hide can also be a form of toy because they can keep your dog content for hours by themselves.
Safety Tips for Buying Dog Toys
When you purchase toys, buy them according to the size of your dog and any habits they may have like chewing, fetching or pulling. Avoid toys with parts your dog can swallow or choke on. Examples are price tags, ribbons, staples or strings. Stuffed animals seem like a good idea but keep in mind they can be dangerous because of the eyes can be chewed off and the stuffing can be eaten. This is the same idea if you buy toys that are too small for big dogs who may end up swallowing them,
Home-made dog toys
If you are a crafty person, especially one that enjoys sewing, perhaps making your own home-made dog toy is something you'd be interested in. Toys can easily be made by gathering some old tough material and cutting them into any shape you desire. Make sure to cut two of each shape. Be careful for the size of your dog and make it big enough for them to play with without being able to swallow. Sew the edges of your duplicate and cut shapes then stuff the toy with padding. Once the stuffing in in, sew closed with a needle and thread the open end. If you are not so crafty and can't sew if your life depended on it, then another good idea is to take that same old tough material, loop and tie it in a knot before giving it to your dog. Remember, dogs don't care how pretty the toy is, they just want you to play with them.
To a dog, a toy can be anything as long as they can chew it, tug it, fetch it, and destroy it. If your looking to avoid spending too much money on toys, a good kind to buy for large to medium sized dogs are 'Kong' toys. These are durable and dogs love them! Making dog toys are also inexpensive and very easy to do with an old sweater or sweatpants. Just remember to buy toys that are safe and the proper size for your dogs. No matter what kind of toy you decide to bring home, your dog will love it no matter what as long as it can keep them entertained and allows you to play with them as well.
Anna Sandpakdee owner of a pug and a mother of two and who loves to cook and eat Thai and Laotian food.