Two yellow dogs playing "tug-of-war" with a toy bone with text "Dog Toys: Playtime for Your Dog"

Dogs love to play. If they have nothing to do, they either get ahold of an object they are not supposed to have, or they will chew and dig at themselves. One way to help your dogs relieve boredom is to let them play with toys. Dogs, like children, need to play in order to improve their mental stimulation and alleviate boredom.

When finding the right toys for your dog, the size of the toy should be appropriate for your dog’s breed. Rubber toys are good for your dog to chew. They can improve his or her dental health. There are also rubber toys with a place for treats to be inside. Your dog will use problem solving to try to get the treat out of the toy. Stuffed toys will provide a dog with extra companionship. Interactive toys allow dogs and their owners to play together. Owners can throw tennis balls and flying discs for their dogs to fetch, and dogs can use rope toys to play tug-of-war with either their owner or another dog.
Owners seem to spend a lot of money on new toys for their dog, especially when dogs get bored of playing with the same toy for a while. To save money and to keep your dog engaged, rotate several toys each week.

One important factor about dog toys is safety. Depending on the breed, small toys or even broken parts can be a choking hazard. When your dog plays with a potentially hazardous toy, make sure you monitor what your dog is doing. Never let your dog play with a toy that was designed for a human. Be sure to do your research about the safety of dog toys.

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