8 Dog Toys You Must Have

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Getting new toys for your dog is one of the most fun parts of pet ownership. Many dogs develop a strong attachment to their toys – both through the smells they have and the sounds they make. If your four-legged friend tends to go through toys frequently by chewing on them endlessly, you probably need to find new toys on a regular basis. Here are eight popular options that are likely to hold Fido’s attention.

1. Rope

A classic chew toy for a dog, even a small rope can lead to hours on hours of chewing and fetching. Make sure the diameter of the rope matches well with the size of your dog.

2. Squeaky Toys

While they might be hard for you to listen to after a while, they are endless fun for your dog. There is something about searching for the squeaker and chomping down on it time after time that just never seems to get old.

3. Dog-specific tennis balls

[mnleft]A regular tennis ball won’t last too long in the jaws of a determined dog, but one specially designed as a dog toy will stand a much better chance. These are great for throwing and letting your dog chase down in the park or the yard. These balls are usually made of very strong rubber that even the toughest dog won’t be able to chew threw in a week. They also don’t have that annoying felt that most tennis balls have, which will make your home a mess once the dog is done with stripping it off of the ball. These balls are great for puppies who are just starting to strengthen their teeth and for older dogs that love playing catch in the yard for hours on end.

4. Oversized Stuffed Animals

This one is usually most fun for small dogs that seem to relish the challenge of corralling a toy that is larger than they are. Look for ones that are specially made for dogs so it can withstand the chewing it’s likely to receive.

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  • larrybud

    I have two black labs. One of them will bring you a toy every time you come home, and often, will bring toys to guests. We went to cedar point last year, and I won 3 or 4 HUGE stuffed animals. I have no use for them, so we gave them to the dogs. Macy brought me this giant elephant when I came home from work one day.. She barely could pick it up, and Macy weighs 75 lbs!

  • TIm

    DO NOT give your dog twisted rope toys. There have been cases of the fibers getting knotted up and then getting strung through their digestive system and constricting it or doing other damage. These things kill dogs. seriously google it.

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  • Dawn Shockley

    I agree with Tim. I had a shih tzu who had a blockage back in January. Poor guy was miserable. When I took him to the vet for vomiting, pain and failure to poop, and saw very weird findings in the x-ray. The only way to know for sure what was happening, was to open him up. Several hundred dollars later, we discovered the source of the blockage was the rope toys he so loved to chew. Before he came home, his rope friends were banished to the trash cans, as were his stuffed toys for good measure. Today, we only have non-stuffed toys and rope toys are only for tossing and fetch – NOT chewing and NOT a pacifier when no one is home to supervise. I entirely believed that rope toys were safe – why wouldn’t they be, they’ve been on the market for years, NONE of my other pets had EVER had this issue. I am still paying off the surgery and will be for a while longer, but I saved my boy. If you are going to have them, don’t just allow them to chew on it like a bone or chew. Those tiny pieces of string don’t always pass. In Beau’s case, they blocked his intestine, but they can draw the intestine into itself and cause it to die.

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