What Type of Toy is Best For Your Dog?

by DFS-Pet-Blog on June 25, 2010

Kobe with a few of his many dog toys.

Kobe with a few of his many dog toys.

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

When I first adopted my dog, Kobe, he didn’t know what to do with dog toys. Boy, has that changed! After a few times of me on the floor interactively playing with him and toys, he quickly realized toys were fun! Working at a pet supplies company, I’m easily tempted to bring home fun-looking products. Thus, Kobe has LOTS of toys.

However, it did take a little trial and error before I figured out what type of toys he liked best. Dog toys that make noises immediately got his attention, and they still remain his favorite. When he’s by his toys and I say “squeak!” – he looks at me and dives into a squeaking frenzy. Life is good!

Below, is an excerpt from a Peteducation.com article titled How to Choose the Right Toys for Your Dog. It does a great job of summarizing the different kinds of toys to help you choose a toy that matches your dog’s personality and chewing habits.

Linkables dog toys hold treats & are very durable!

Linkables dog toys hold treats & are very durable!

Rubber toys

Great jaw and mouth exercise for dogs that like to chew; keeps them occupied for hours; fun for fetch or non-interactive play; great for aggressive chewers because they are so durable. Some are hollow so you can put treats inside of them for extra fun. Examples include Kongs, Planet Pets, and Rhino Chew Toys. Be sure to read Barb’s product review of Linkables dog toys.

Vinyl toys

Easily compressed by the bite of just about any-sized dog; usually have squeakers that almost all dogs enjoy; great for fetch, but popular for alone play because of the squeaker.

Skinneez Stuffing Free Dog Toys

Skinneez Stuffing Free Dog Toys

Soft toys

Made of fleece, plush fabric; retains dog’s scent for extended play; some have squeakers; great for fetch, other dogs just like to carry them around and snuggle.

Rope toys

Great for fetch, tug games, and chewing; often flavored; good for teeth and gums; they last a long time.

Kobe loves this Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone that combines treats, rubber and Nylabone.

Kobe loves this Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone that combines treats, rubber and Nylabone.

Nylon bones

Great for dogs who love to chew; good for the teeth, since they remove plaque and are nonabrasive; relieve boredom; come in various flavors and sizes. Nylabones are such a toy.

Rawhide chews and bones

Chewing rawhide removes plaque from the dog’s teeth and keeps them cleaner while the dog has a great time chewing; come in many flavors, sizes, and shapes.
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