To keep your dog safe it is absolutely necessary to check their toys regularly and buy only toys that present no danger
First, dog-proof your home and get rid of dangerous items that dogs can mistake for toys. Remove or keep the following in a safe place away from your dog: string, ribbon, rubber bands, children’s toys, pantyhose and anything small that can be ingested.
- Toys should always be the appropriate size for your pet. Balls and other items that are too small can be choking hazards. Pay special attention to any pieces which could be chewed off and inhaled or swallowed.
- Small pieces of rawhide can be chewed off and become lodged in a dog’s throat or damage their mouth. It is best to avoid it altogether.
- Avoid toys with fillings that can harm your dog, including nutshells and polystyrene beads.
- Keep a variety of toys available for your dog to access. If you dog has a favorite “baby,” you may want to leave it out all the time.
- Interactive toys are important for providing quality active “people time,” which not only engages your dog but helps strengthen the bond between you. Playing also reduces stress and boredom. The opportunity to interact also helps dogs develop better socialization skills and learn appropriate behavior.
Dog Crazy Newsletter. Online. 6 September 2013