Dogs are fundamentally fun animals and love playing – whether entertaining themselves , interacting with their owners or playing with other dogs. It has been said that great things come in small packages, and small dogs are no exception. So what should you think about regards dog toys for small dogs?
For small-breed dogs and young puppies, extensive walks are too much exercise. Or maybe you have a particular dog that doesn’t really like standard exercising (I haven’t met too many dogs that fall into this category, but I know that some do!). For these smaller dogs and young puppies, toys can be a good way to have shorter, sharper bursts of activity. But with so much out there, what do you need to think about before you buy?
The number one consideration is always safety, followed pretty closely by enjoyment – otherwise what’s the point of a pet toy? For your small dog or puppy, don’t choose anything that
- is so large it could hurt their mouth
- is made of a such a hard substance that they could hurt themselves if they start to throw it around
- has pieces that can be chewed off and swallowed, including strings, ribbons, plastic eyes etc
- is so small they may choke on it
In general, it’s best to throw out any toy once it’s past its use by date – and by that I mean it has started to fall apart. Once this happens, it’s more likely your dog will ingest something undesirable (e.g. synthetic stuffing, plastic squeaker). No-one likes unexpected visits to the vet, least of all your pet.