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Picking the Right Toys for Your Pooch

August 24th, 2012 Pets

Even the most devoted dog owner can't be with his pooch 24/7 - at some point you're going to have to go to work or visit a friend. But how can you enjoy yourself without constantly worrying whether your dog is sitting at home, alone and bored? The right toys can give you the peace of mind needed to live your life guilt-free. If you're looking for some new dog toys, here are a few things to consider before committing to a purchase, courtesy of the Humane Society.

Be wary of the fact that your dog is frequently going to be most fascinated with whatever happens to be the least safe thing for him to play with. This includes ribbons, rubber bands, small children's toys and even pantyhose. If you're not careful, your pooch can quickly chew on and swallow any of these, which can cause serious health problems. This is why it's important for your pooch to have something to play with - if you don't buy him a toy, it's likely that he'll find one of his own, and it could become a health hazard if you're not careful.

You can keep your toys simple - most dogs love chasing a tennis ball or large knotted ropes that you can play tug of war with. Your dog may take comfort in an old piece of clothing that you no longer wear - he may even carry it around the house, especially if it smells like you!

According to PAWS, you should be aware of the fact that a toy may not suit every dog. Make sure you pick one that's appropriate for your pooch's size - something too small may not be enough to occupy your dog's jaws, while one that's too large could just be unmanageable for a smaller canine. This is mostly a matter of experimentation - figure out what stimulates your dog the most and find toys that cater to that particular activity, whether it's solving puzzles or a simple game of fetch.