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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5. A Sock Rope

[mnright]If your dog, like so many others, loves to chew on your socks, make him a toy out of your socks that would otherwise be heading to the garbage. Tie them tightly together and you can have a ‘rope’ that they will love to play with, and love the smell of as well.

6. Floating Toys

Taking your dog out to the lake during the summer is a popular activity, and you will want to have something to throw into the water for them to fetch. Floating toys can come in all shapes and sizes.

7. Tug-of-War Toys

These are items that you and your dog can play with at the same time. Grab onto one end and pull against your dog for a good battle that will engage them and provide some exercise as well.  On the other hand, when was the last time you actually started a fight with anyone? We can use our pets to man up, as well.
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8. Flavored Chew Toy

If you have trouble getting your dog to interact with other toys that you have purchased, consider a flavored chew toy. Unlike a treat, these are designed to last while remaining exciting for the dog to pull out and chew on. Of course, these toys come in just about any flavor you can imagine, and most of them are meat-related. If there’s anything that dogs can’t resist, it’s the smell of meat, especially chicken. It’s a great way to have your dog chew on things without having to spend a lot of money on snacks. Dogs can go through snacks quicker than people go through potato chips. Thankfully these treats can last for months without breaking apart, and most importantly, without losing their flavors entirely.

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