What Toys Do Dogs Really Want?
By the way, do you know why puppies like cushions and curtains and may ignore that shiny red ball you bought them? Some puppies prefer to chew on their leashes. Why are pups so picky? And how can you buy toys that will hold their interest more than your décor?
We’ve got an answer:
A study published in the journal “Animal Cognition” examined why dogs loved certain toys and not others. They introduced Labrador retrievers, an especially curious and playful breed, to a single toy for 30-second periods of time until they stopped interacting with it.
Their results probably confirm what you’ve noticed with your own puppy. Knowing this information can help you get inside insight on the canine mind to make it easier to keep your puppy interested in the toys that you want them to chew.
Now, do you understand a little bit better why they like to tear up the throw pillows! It’s a lot of fun to pull the down “guts” out of their fallen victim.
Easily Torn Toys Are Unsafe For a Puppy
Toys that are easily torn – while fun for the pup – can pose a huge risk because the puppy may eat or choke on them.
And that’s why you should be careful:
While dogs love to destroy things, you won’t find toys that can be torn apart high on any recommendation list due to the safety issues this presents.
Since we can’t give puppies the satisfaction of tearing things up, we must focus on the other incentives to get them to chew, such as taste, interaction and the novelty of a new toy.
Puppy Chewing Goes Into Overdrive During Teething
Puppies lose their milk teeth around 14 to 30 weeks of age. During this time, their regular need to put anything into their mouths will become insatiable.
If you pick something that is especially fun to sink their choppers into, they will be more likely to keep chewing on that instead of your curtains or the soft couch cushion.
Your aim is to give them toys in order to replace the less desirable household items they gravitate toward for chewing.
If you can find toys that better fulfill your pups need during the teething stage and beyond, you won’t sacrifice those family heirlooms to the teething totem.
What Makes the Best Teething Toys for Puppies?
When your new puppy is teething, a lot is going on in their mouths. They have an incessant need to chew to relieve the pressure of the new teeth erupting through their gums.
The best teething toys for puppies must be firm and durable or they won’t last long! However, they must also have some give.
Remember these things:
Bad Teething Chew Toy Choices
Some toys can be dangerous for your puppy. Toys for dogs as precious as yours should be safe!
Here are some of the main things to watch out for when buying your pup a toy.
You’re careful about choosing dog treats, right? Then be careful about toys, too!
Tips To Prevent Chewing Snobbery
The worst thing in the world is if your puppy decides they’re bored with what is theirs and decide to focus on what is yours! Part of avoiding this scenario lies in picking a good teething toy.
We will go into some good toy choices in a moment. However, let’s also examine some general ways to keep the teeth and focus on the right things, in addition to the specific toy utilized.
To satisfy your puppy’s urge to chew, you need to follow these important tips about dog chew toys.