Dog Toys – Alerts and Tips

It can be a real challenge to choose the right toy for your dog. Dogs have different tastes but many dogs will play with almost anything. The dog toy market has exploded across the world. Pet ownership is increasing daily and the pet toy industry is booming.

There are many dog toys that have been designed to be enjoyed in various ways. You can find chew items…rope toys…fetch, stuffed and plush toys. Many of these items are designed for dental health care. The main point is to find a safe toy for your dog. If your dog likes to chew, a Nylabone or Kong brand is a good choice. These special units can tolerate lots of chewing for an extended time.

A toy is a great tool to allow you to bond with your dog. A type that can used to play “fetch” is good for this purpose. A dog toy that can be thrown for a distance can enable you to interact well with your pet. Interaction toys are good for the busy mind and mouth types. These play things should be put away after use and not left out. This will keep the dog’s interest when you want to take the dog out and bond with him. The most important issue is to find a toy that your dog enjoys the most.

Think about your dog…does he chew…like to fetch…like noisy toys…like to keep busy?

Good features for dog toys

  • Can toss a great distance
  • Enjoyable for your dog
  • A fun toy for both you and your dog
  • Is the toy safe

Dog Toy Alerts

Rope or stuffed toys should not be giving to a “chewer”. Loose bits or items can be ingested in your dog, causing intestinal problems. Stay away from poorly constructed toys…they must be durable. Consider toys that float if you will be using near water.


Always supervise playtime with your dog toys. Be sure to check the condition of the toy to make sure it remains safe to use. Have replacement toys available as needed. You want to rotate the dog toys to make sure your dog stays interested in the process. You might consider toys that you also can enjoy along with your dog. A dog toy gives value to your dog’s overall development…be sure to give the selection process some thought. Give “Rover” a toy that you both will benefit from.

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Dog Toys – A Necessary Element to a Happy Healthy Dog

Dogs easily become bored when they are stuck inside by cold weather and without the proper dog toys and chew toy stimulation, they can quickly become destructive. With winter quickly approaching, you may already be dreading those long, cold days stuck in the house with your precious pets. The good news is that there are many tools available to keep your dog entertained, happy and most of all keep them from destroying your home and possessions.

First, you need to understand why a dog’s behavior can become so destructive. The problem actually lays with us humans. Initially dogs were born and survived in the wild where they were naturally active and kept busy hunting for food and protecting themselves. Unfortunately, when we domesticated them, their lifestyles gradually became sedentary as they were brought into our homes and fed out of bowls instead of hunting for their food.

To compensate for their lack of natural activities, it is necessary to provide plenty of dog toys and chew toys to keep them entertained and properly stimulated. There are multiple dog toy choices available now and some of the newer puzzle toys are just the stimulus your dog needs to keep busy and out of trouble.

Unfortunately if you do not supply your dog with toys to both fill their day with constructive activities and satisfy their need to chew, they will likely find your favorite pair of shoes and create their own chew toy! This leads to the next question of how do you supply your dog with appropriate dog toys to suit their needs.

First, make sure you have a good assortment of toys for them to enjoy. They will get bored with the same one or two toys every day so only give them one or two each day and rotate the toys out to keep them interested. Make sure you choose quality toys for your dog to both prevent unnecessary choking hazards and to ensure that they are long lasting.

Many people give their dogs old socks or other household items to play with. This is a common mistake, which only confuses your dog and causes you grief later. For example, if you give them an old sock or maybe an old t-shirt to chew on, they will naturally think that every sock they find in your house is fair game to play with. You should also make sure your dog has a specific spot to keep their dog toys. Use a basket or plastic tub that they have easy access to and this will help your dog to understand which toys belong to them.

With so many dog toys to choose from, what are some of the more stimulating and boredom buster toys available?

* Balls – I have yet to see a dog who does not love their ball and it is a great way for you to interact and play with your dog as well. Make sure you have separate inside and outside balls so that they do not drag a dirty ball into the house.
* Chew Toy – Dog’s need to chew instinctively so make sure you provide them with good quality chew toys that do not have small parts that could come off or toys that are full of stuffing and noisemakers. The new stuffing free toys are an excellent choice for chewing and having a game of tug-o-war. In addition, I recommend a toy that mentally challenges your dog. There are tons of new dog toy puzzles available where your dog gets one toy that is full of smaller toys and has to figure out how to get them out. Another favorite are the rubber toys that hold either food or treats inside and your dog has to work to get the food out. All of these offer excellent stimulation and a break for you.
* Chew Bones – Offer both an activity and a way for you and your dog to unwind. With multiple variations of pressed bones, rawhide bones, rubber bones, dental bones and many others, you are sure to find one that is your dog’s favorite. Be sure to pick a bone that fits your dog’s size and chewing abilities to avoid choking incidents. If your dog does not finish the bone during their chewing session, pick it up and put it away for another day.
* Comfort Toy – Comfort toys develop when a dog is young and dealing with separation anxiety from their mother to a new home but many dogs do not outgrow their comfort toys. However, this type of toy still offers benefits to an adult dog. If you have to travel to unfamiliar places, leave them with a sitter, or vet for a few days, they offer your dog a feeling of comfort and have a reassuring effect. Many dogs also like to use their comfort toy for a game of tug-o-war or to simulate shaking their prey when in the wild.

By providing multiple dog toys for your furry friend, you will most likely avoid developing bad habits and keep them from engaging in destructive behavior. Most importantly, your dog will be a happy, healthy dog no matter how cold it gets.

Toy Story 3 and the Values it Taught Me

Everyone knows about Andy with his toys Buzz Lightyear and Woody and the potato heads along with others, who as a child he has numerous hours of imaginative enjoyment, making up adventures with each character as a child does. Have you ever watched a child playing with their toys?

They can take a range of toys and have an adventure and in their minds it is so real, no one else is in the room but these characters which are somehow bought to life with their vivid imagination. They have the toys character accent down to a ‘t’, whether they are good people or bad people, they change the tone of voice and the way the character interacts with others…. some imagination huh!

No matter what, children will always have a favourite toy, one that gets tucked up into bed with them each night, that goes with them on car journeys, airplanes etc… both my sons have their favourite bears still (aged 22 and soon to be 17) on their beds. They may not play with them as much if at all now, but the memories these characters hold for them is what makes these toys so special to them.

Customers, friends, family should be treated like a valued toy. If we engage with them, make them feel special and valued then you are rewarded with their loyalty in return, and no matter what these valued customers, friends and family will always support you or be with you.

It also taught me about sticking together with people you trust, and working together to solve a problem. You don’t have to be one your own, if you have friends around you, get them to engage also and to provide a solution to the problem, get everyone involved.

Each person in your team or family or friend  has a different strength that can be used, so discover what that is and put this to your advantage, to your business advantage.  Very few people are leaders, but the ones that are, stand out.  Help them to shine and to value themselves, you will be rewarded for doing this.

True leaders are selfless, and great team builders, they do not think  just of  themselves, they think of their team, the wider masses, they have a way of getting everyone to look at the objectives collectively and to then agree a way to work together to meet them.

I also learned to start being imaginative again, as a child we hold vivid dreams in our minds, we go into minute detail, as an adult reality tends to take over, and some of us may have dreams, but how vivid are they?  As kids, when we dreamed of having a new bike, or new toy we imagined playing with it, riding it, what our friends would say etc, and most of the time at Christmas or birthday you got your dream.  We need to do more of this again as adults, the way in which we think will bring things to us in the same way as when we were children.

Wow, you may say, all this from Toy Story, go see the movie and you will see what I mean….

To your continued Success

Colette Morris aka workfmhomeDiva