How to Choose the Right Toys for Your Dog
Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Marty Smith, DVM

"Choose a toy that matches your dog's personality and chewing habits."

Puppy digging in toy box Picking the right toy for your dog is not always easy. It may take a little trial and error before you find that perfect toy your dog just will not leave alone.

Below, I have tried to summarize the different kinds of toys to help you find 'the one.'

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.

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.

Dog with a soft, plush toy

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.

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.

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.

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