It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Seasons are changing, holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to find the perfect gift for your pup! Whether you’re heading to your local pet store or looking to order online, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when purchasing a gift for your dog.

Durable Toys Built to Last 

Dogs are rough with their toys. From chewing to dragging them across the floor, all toys receive a fair amount of wear and tear while the pup has fun! When looking for a new toy, keep an eye out for options created with dog-friendly materials or a safe and sturdy fabric. 

Various toys are made from materials such as rope or rawhide which might be easy for your dog to play with, but it will be damaging to their teeth when chewed. Most dog-friendly products are marked with a label and should be noted before purchase. Check out KONG for some of the most popular dog-safe toys. 

Watch Out for Choking Hazards 

Any piece of a toy that can be easily removed or swallowed can be considered a choking hazard for your dog. Small pieces of material including string, buttons, and ribbon can become stuck in a pup’s airway. Removing these pieces will not only make it safer for your pup, but will also give you peace of mind when allowing your dog to play with the toy in and outside of your supervision. 

The size of the toy should also be considered in comparison to the size of your dog. The general rule of thumb is that the toy should be small enough for your dog to get their mouth on it to pick it up, but big enough so it does not become a choking hazard.  

Encouraging Exercise Through Toys 

Toys are a great way to encourage exercise for your dog. Dog-safe balls, frisbees, and ropes encourage play and provide the opportunity for one-on-one time for you and your pup. When your dog is stimulated with a toy, it reduces issues such excessive barking and chewing, too! 

Toys to Encourage Mental Stimulation 

Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise. Your dog’s mind can be stimulated with various kinds of toys. These toys can be filled with treats and will only allow your pup to receive a treat when they press on it, bite it, or roll it over in a specific way. Toys of this nature will stimulate your dog’s mind and keep them busy for an extended period. 

Dogs love new toys. If your dog has a large variety of toys to choose from, try pulling a few back and rotating them in and out so your dog feels as though they have a new toy every month! If your dog prefers to play with their BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever) instead of at home, Dogtopia would love to welcome your dog to daycare! To find a location near you and schedule a Meet & Greet, click here!