One thing is for sure, dogs love to play. Whether it’s chasing a ball, playing tug of war, or making that squeaky toy squeak, dogs always know how to have fun. However, it’s extremely important for owners to think about safety when picking out dog toys. Toys should always be appropriate for your dog’s size, chewing abilities, and activity level. Below is some dog toy safety information to keep in mind:
Tug toys: Some canines love nothing more than a good game of tug of war. If your dog has any neck or back problems, however, it’s important to use caution while playing with this type of toy.
Squeaky toys: For some dogs, removing the squeaker from the squeaky toy is the ultimate victory. If this is the case with you pooch, only allow these toys under close supervision and take away the toy as soon as it’s dissected to avoid a choking hazard.
Balls: Make sure that the ball isn’t small enough for your dog to swallow. Also, the fuzz on tennis balls can be overly abrasive on the teeth if a dog is an obsessive tennis ball chewer.
Rawhide chews: This type of chew may be great for keeping some dogs busy, but others tend to swallow huge chunks at a time, making rawhide chews unsafe in some situations. Supervision is key.
Stuffed toys: Nothing’s cuter than a puppy playing with a little stuffed animal toy, right? Just be sure to only give your dog toys meant for canine use (no children’s toys). Also, if your dog starts pulling the stuffing out, remove the rest of the stuffing for him and give the empty casing back.