Puppies and Babies have a lot more in common than you think. Babies need lots of stimulation, rattles, toys, over crib mobiles, you get the idea. Playing with your baby is one of many ways to increase your parental bond. Are you surprised to learn that puppies in a lot of ways are the very same?
Playing with your puppy helps to develop a bond between you. Before you invest in toys take a minute to get to know your puppy. During that all-important development stage between 2 to 10 months, a good toy or two (or ten) will really help shape your puppy into adulthood. It really pays off to study your puppy’s habits so you can buy the right kind of toys. If your Puppy really likes to destroy toys, then may we suggest you stay away from plush toys and invest in a few toys without any stuffing. A good crinkle toy is just as fun or even a toy with a sealed-in water bottle. If you have a more laid-back Puppy, then a fun plush toy is a great idea. Do you have a Puppy that likes to fetch? Then a durable fetch toy is what you are looking for. Just always keep in mind the size of your puppy. A great Dane puppy should not be playing with the same toy as a Pug puppy. A good rule of thumb is to never buy your puppy (or dog) a toy that they can fit entirely in their mouth.
Again, we are going to use the baby analogy. Puppies, like babies teethe and will gladly rip into anything they can find during this time. Multi-textured toys are great for teething gums or a toy with a teething ring built in is a fantastic option. Usually a puppy starts teething at around four months, so have a few toys at the ready. A good teething toy not only reduces pain, but it is a great opportunity for you to teach your puppy what they can and cannot chew. Toys good, your shoes not so much!
Whether you decide on plush, textured, or crinkly material you need to keep in mind that your puppy has a smaller mouth than an adult dog. It is not very fun for a puppy or a small dog to have to overextend their mouth trying to get a grip on a full-sized adult dog toy. It is frustrating for them and not at all good for their poor little jaw.
Toys are not a luxury for a puppy but a necessity! Let us take that one step further. A healthy dog is an active dog. All dogs should have a selection of great toys. Does this sound familiar? “My dog keeps wrecking toys so I don’t buy them anymore.” With a little care in choosing the right toy it will last much longer. Like kids you do not buy one toy and expect them to play with it until they reach adulthood. A good toy will last but all toys will eventually wear out.
Congratulations on getting that new puppy!