Tips To Buy The Right Toy For Your Pet

Posted December 25th, 2010 by gemainz

If you’re a dog owner you probably want the best for your dog. To make playtime for your dog more enjoyable you might want to consider buying him/her a few toys. But what kinds of toys? Are there specific toys that you should have in mind when looking? Of course there isn’t one rule that you should be following when looking for dog toys. But there are a few considerations that you should make if you don’t want the toy that you bought to just be laying around in the corner playing with cobwebs and dust rather being played with your dog.

Here are some things to consider:

Choose the right sized toys: Choosing the size of the toy is important for your dog. Choosing a very big toy for a smaller dog can experience stress instead of fun and choosing a smaller sized toy for a bigger dog might induce throttling. Keep the size of your dog in mind when buying the toy. Many toys actually have sizes listed on the package, if you are not sure how to make sense of the specifications, just doing a visual comparison of the toy and the size of your dogs mouth will be enough.

Purpose: Most of the toys for dogs that you will be able to find have a purpose other than offering fun. Chew toys for example can be good for puppies since it will help them deal with their growing teeth, other toys like balls for example, are good for exercise. So consider the particular purpose of the toy before buying first.

Observe your dog: Dogs have various play styles. Some tend to enjoy chewing and others tend to enjoy chasing. Base the toy that you will be buying on the style of your dog. If your dog tends to enjoy chewing more pick long-lasting toys designed for chewing. On the other hand if your dog prefers to chase, choose bouncy throw toys instead.

Inspect the toy: You have to be sure that no matter how much the toy gets worn, no separate parts will come off. This is a choking risk for dogs. Also see how well the toy can be cleaned. For most part, the label will tell you all that you need to know, but if doesn’t you can ask your pet supply clerk.

Explore your options: While it is important that you get quality and safe products for your dog, it is also important that you be able to save as much as you can in return. Just because a toy is expensive it does not mean that there is no other toy like it somewhere else for a cheaper price. So shop around for a bit and you might be able to find the same brand or demand same toy, at a discount.

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