Every pet owner knows the importance of providing their furry companion with a toy to keep them entertained. But how long should they last? The answer is not as simple as you may think! It will depend on many factors including your pet’s personality, age, and type of play. In this blog post we’ll discuss the different types of toys for pets, what to look for when purchasing one, and how long each should last.
How to Make Your Dogs Toys Last Longer
Dogs love toys. They find them exciting and interesting to play with, but that can come at a cost as most of the time they will tear through their toy within 5 minutes! But don’t worry – there are some things you can do about it. In this article we’ll go over how to make your dogs favourite toy last longer including tips on picking one for tough chewers or what else might work best for them like food dispensing ones where they have a lot more fun than just chewing up something in five minutes.
When I adopted Laika, the thing she loved most was shredding and tearing apart stuffed toys. Trying to find durable replacements that weren’t made of plastic or wood proved a difficult feat; but after seeing her joy as we played with interactive rubber-made playthings together for hours on end, my search ended.
Your dog’s toys will last long if you choose the right ones and limit access to them. Here are some tips on how to make your dog’s toys last longer:
Play Interactive Games With Dog
Dogs need interaction. The time you spend playing with your pup teaches them how to adapt and helps relieve stress in both of you. Think about the mental impact it has on a dog: they have more energy, better behavior, and are happier because their master is happy!
We’ve all heard that a tired dog is a good dog – but what does this really mean? Beyond physical activity there’s some evidence that dogs thrive when provided lots of interactive playtime as well. Play enhances the quality of life for not only yourself or other humans around him/her; it affects motivation, behavior, and communication too!
Tug and nose work games are a great way to give your dog mental stimulation. Playing these games with them for 10 minutes will tire out even the most energetic pup! Afterwards they’ll be content, relaxed – maybe even taking a nap afterwards if you play long enough!
When we give our dogs something to do, they don’t have time or focus for their own entertainment. Dogs resorting to boredom find it difficult not only on them but also others around them and the environment in which they live as well. There are plenty of indoor games you can play with your dog so that both parties get a good workout!
Be Realistic When you Choose the Dog Toys
I know there are plenty of dogs out there that just love to chew on everything and anything, but those aren’t the only type. For some people it can be hard because they have a dog who chews up every toy without even trying much! It’s important to keep your dog happy with toys that will last longer than 5 minutes like tug-o’-war or fetch games – not stuffed animals from bargain bins for $2 each.
Some breeds of dogs seem downright obsessed with chewing things apart; while others prefer licking their owners’ faces instead (gross). I know you’ve seen “those” types: always destroying something in sight. Whether it’s an old shoe left under the bed or a new squeaky rubber ball bought at Walmart.
Does your pup have a favorite toy? Mine destroys them in less than 5 minutes. What’s the point of buying expensive toys for my dog when they are just going to get destroyed anyways, right? Well I found out that there is one thing you can do and it cost half as much!
I hate spending so many dollars on interactive treat balls because Laika loves chewing through anything plastic or rubber she gets her hands on within seconds. We tried getting Kong Wobbler but after only 2 days with this new ball we already had our first hole appearing under where some treats were leaking out.
Your dog is the toughest person you know. They will chew anything and everything, but there are some things that just can’t withstand their mighty jaws. That’s why it’s important to invest in a toy your pup won’t be able to destroy (most likely) so they don’t get bored of playing with one thing for months or years on end!
Don’t Give Your Dog Access to Toys All The Time
Laika has never had a toy last more than two days without being destroyed, but this week she’s already on her sixth. I think it might be because of the new way that I rotate them–now every day there is something different to find!
If your dog isn’t left alone with his toys he doesn’t have the chance to destroy them. My dog Laika only has access to a few toys at a time and they are rotated out regularly so nothing becomes too boring for him or old news. A month ago we started rotating in some squeaky ones-and now those are mysteriously gone as well!
A recent study found that regardless of toys presented, dogs exhibit boredom at roughly the same rate. If you think about it, this is not surprising; “newness” does not last long and we are just doing what our canine companions do – going for new things when they get bored with old ones! What’s interesting to me in all these findings on dog behavior was one particular finding. Dogs prefer toys with a squeaker over those without them by an astonishing margin.
Dogs assign values to their toys and anything that becomes interactive is instantly way more fun and valuable. By limiting your dog’s access, you’re not only making them last longer – you’re taking the toy from “old-to-new” in a matter of seconds which can make playtime super exciting!
As we get ready to buy a new toy for our pet, it’s important that we take into account how long they will be playing with the toy. The best way to do this is by understanding their age and personality. If your dog likes to chew on toys then you may want a tough rubber or nylon bone. Cats prefer small items like balls and mice so make sure you have plenty of those on hand as well! Toys are an essential part of any pets daily life but if not properly chosen can create some serious problems quickly.