Toys that help to stimulate your dog and encourage physical activity can prevent them from becoming bored and showing unwanted behaviours around the home, such as scratching at furniture or digging up the garden. There's a huge selection of dog toys on the market, however safe, non-toxic dog toys that provide physical exercise, mental stimulation, social interaction and other health advantages are usually best for pets.
Having suitable objects for your dog to chew and play with helps keep them stimulated, entertained, happy and healthy.
How to clean dog toys
Start by cleaning dried, hardened debris and dirt from hard toys with a brush. Then wash your dogs toys with warm, soapy water and thoroughly rinse. You can use a water-diluted bleach on nonporous toys to sanitise your dog toys. Make sure that your dogs toys are fully dry before allowing your dog to play with them.
Plush and rope toys
Soft toys can house mould and bacteria easily. To keep your soft dog toys clean, first brush away any dry dirt before sanitising your dog toys in the dishwasher. You can do this by placing the toys in the top rack and running the machine on a hot cycle to clean using very hot water and strong water pressure. Allow soft toys to air dry afterwards.
The benefits of dog toys
Exercise is often the primary reason why many dog owners invest in toys. It¿s extremely important that dogs get enough exercise to keep them physically and mentally well. Toys such as balls that can be thrown and caught are great for keeping dogs active, and also for making exercise fun for both pet and owner.
All dogs need mental stimulation and well as physical exercise, and without it, they can become destructive and disobedient.
Playtime is also a positive way to bond with your pet. Games such as tug of war are interactive ways to spend quality time bonding with your pet. If you have more than one dog, toys can also be great for your pets to bond with each other.
Toys that help clean teeth are another way dog toys can be hugely beneficial to both pet and owner. Dental hygiene is extremely important to a dog¿s health, and with toys that clean during playtime, you are keeping your pet stimulated and healthy.