There are thousands of different dog toys on the market and, to the untrained eye, they all just look the same. Not everybody, after all, has a certificate iii dog training qualification.

Your choice in toys can make a real difference to your dog. Some toys will end up bringing your dog years of joy, while other toys will be forever ignored. However, others might actually be harmful for your pet. Here’s how to spot the right toy for your dog and avoid any nasty surprises.

Is it the Right Toy for my Dog?

There are complicated toys that some brainy dogs absolutely love. For example, there are puzzle cubes that release treats when your dog figures out the right series of actions. However, some dogs prefer simpler play time activities and are far better served by a regular ball. Think about what toys your dog has loved (and loathed) in the past, and factor that into your decision.

Is it Safe?

For certain kinds of dogs, some dog toys could be dangerous. Cute little plastic squeaky toys might be perfect for small dogs, but a big strong pooch can rip that sort of plaything open and expose the squeaking-device inside the toy, potentially creating a choking hazard. Another thing to be mindful of is handing your dog a toy that was originally intended for a human child. These may have stuffing inside that would be harmful if digested. If can be hard to know what will keep your dog safe, but a dog training course will help you to know the difference.

Will they Last?

With dog toys, to some extent, you do get what you pay for. Don’t be surprised if the plastic chew toy you pick up at a $2 shop ends up lasting only two minutes before your enthusiastic puppy has torn it to polyethylene confetti.

Make Sure your Dog Knows how to Play

Certain toys should only be used with a dog that had been trained to play with them properly. For example, a short rope can be a great toy; it works for both fetch and a game of tug of war with your dog. However, if your dog hasn’t been trained to drop something on command, pulling games might be a bad idea as it might encourage your pet to tug on items like socks, trousers, bags, important documents, and so on.

There are lots of things your dog will learn with a trainer that will improve the quality of play they have with their toys. For example, a game of fetch can be a lot more satisfying when your dog knows to bring it back and drop it at your feet.

Dog Obedience Courses

Is your dog in need of a canine training course?

Did you know that NDTF is the national representative for the dog training industry and we offer Australia’s only government-approved dog training course for professional dog trainers?

For professional advice or enquiries about any issues you’re experiencing with your dog or more information about becoming a dog training trainer by getting a dog training certification, call 1300 66 44 66 or contact us online.