Dogs are intelligent creatures, and giving them toys is one way of keeping them both entertained and out of your way when needed. Actually, toys can prove to be a good entertainment for both the dog and the owner. And apart from the fun and distraction factors, toys are helpful in developing the dog's mental and physical capabilities, keeping them from becoming bored and destructive, boosting training sessions, and even helping keep their teeth clean.
There are toys shaped like octopuses, whales, turtles, horses, cats, birds, snakes, monsters, dogs, bears, dolls, and so on. I found one absolutely adorable pink piglet plush toy. It's so cute, in fact, that it would be a crime to hand over that little piggy to the dogs. Much better to get stuff with a little less personality, like a ball or a cube. Or something technical minded, like the toy called 'iBone', which I thought was simply hilarious.
Another toy I liked was a Loofa Sausage Dog, which looks good, can be carried around easily by your pet, and is tough enough to withstand much mauling and shaking. Then there was a yellow duck toy, which I again liked more for my own sake than for my dogs. It quacks when you squeeze it. Just irresistible. There comes a time in every pet owner's life when you could do with a friendly quack or two.
I also found a 'Tear Apart' plush toy, which is a stuffed toy with its different parts fastened together with velcro. The dog can have a great time in shaking and tearing the toy apart and then you can have your fun turn in putting it all together again.
Like I said, the range of toys you can buy is just amazing. Just make sure you get non-toxic toys made from organic dyes and organic fabrics, so you will be doing your bit to save the planet while also saving your pet from boredom. Different dogs have different likes. Some dogs like ordinary toys. Some dogs like squeaky toys. Some dogs like to play rough with their plush toys. Some dogs like to carry their toys from room to room. Some dogs like to cuddle up with them.
If you get toys meant for large dogs for small dogs, the dog is more likely to sleep on the toy than play with it. If you get something meant for small dogs for a large dog, the dog will tear it to pieces in no time. Get toys that are appropriate for your dog. If you buy something tough and durable, they will probably prove safer and also last longer. You can get the so-called indestructible dog toys―rubber chews and bones, for example―but even these can be destroyed by a determined dog. Plush dog toys, of course, are not nondestructive, and it is a good idea to keep an eye on your pooch when he or she is playing, so there is no chance of accidentally swallowing anything.
Many owners pick up toys for their dogs at their local pet store, but, if your store has a limited range, you can browse online on websites of dog accessory companies or independent toy designers for some really unique toys. Buying from independent designers has the benefit of getting a one-of-a-kind toy, and also encourages more creativity and talent. You can pay with credit card, check, or PayPal.
Many toy suppliers allow toys to be returned for a refund if they are found to be defective. So long your dog didn't sample and make them defective.