Dogs get bored just like people do. As much as your dog loves you, your presence alone can’t always keep them entertained, so you need to buy them toys. But, you need to be careful what toys you buy. Some toys are dangerous for every dog because of the way they’re made. Others are only dangerous to certain dogs.

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Size Appropriate

Make sure to buy toys that are big enough for your dog. If you have multiple dogs, buy toys that are big enough for the largest dog in the house. Toys that are too small can be swallowed, which can cause choking or gastrointestinal issues. Owners with dogs of multiple sizes may want to search for toys that are one size fits all. Flavored bubbles are a good example. The bubbles don’t pose a choking hazard to dogs of any size.

Air Holes

If a toy has a single air hole, don’t buy it. And, if the toy has any indentations that could create a suction, don’t buy it. If your dog’s tongue gets stuck, it could be seriously damaged. If the damage is severe enough, your dog could potentially die. Avoid toys like this hazard at all costs.

Soft and Hard Toys

If your dog is a rough chewer, make sure to avoid soft toys. They can easily be torn apart and eaten. Plush squeaky toys are especially dangerous. Once the toy has been ripped open, the hard squeaker can be swallowed, posing the same risk as toys that are too small. Nylon bones and other tough toys should be given to rough chewers.

Inspect and Wash

All toys should be inspected and washed periodically. An old toy can begin to fall apart, making it dangerous for the dog to play with. Some toys, mostly soft ones, can be repaired. Any toy that has chunks missing, rips that can’t be repaired, or sharp edges should be thrown away. Toys that aren’t broken beyond repair should be cleaned. Dogs can get sick just like humans can. Wash soft toys the way you would wash clothing. Hard toys can be scrubbed with soap and water. Some hard toys may also be dishwasher safe.

Always keep safety in mind when you’re buying toys for your furry friends. You want to make sure they’re safe and healthy as well as entertained.

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The bond between dogs and their owners the world over works well, as it has been this way for centuries. In a documentary shot in New Zealand, a man uses his dogs’ abilities to drive rogue bulls from the forest and drives them safely to a corral. The man describes how the dogs work as hard as he does all day everyday for the rest of their lives. As such, they become part of his family, and even more than that, his colleagues; he can’t do the job without them. He says if someone was to harm any of his dogs, even with a simple kick, he would definitely overreact.

Most of us feel this way about our dogs, a deep connection and a feeling that they actually ‘get’ us.

Initially, humans kept dogs for their usefulness, whereby dogs would guide humans to prey. Humans couldn’t see as well or run as fast as dogs could, and dogs on the other hand lacked the unique hunting skills and tools of the humans. The humans would do the killing and the dogs would get a share of the meat, making the relationship mutually beneficial.

Why the Bond between Humans and Dogs Works so Well

Dogs are territorial in nature, just like humans. They instinctively guard their territories and this has over the years made them useful to us. To our ancestors, they would sniff prey and warn the owners of imminent danger. Today, this territory-guarding trait is useful to us in that dogs warn us of approaching intruders with their barking.

In the wild, the park has an alpha male and only he and a female can procreate even though the other members of the park are mature enough to do have puppies. There is also a social order among dogs-there is a leader who leads and decides the course of action for the pack. The other members have to know their place in the hierarchy to maintain order at all times.

This social structure is also present among human families, and dogs instinctively take their rightful position depending on how you train them. If you let your pet shove you out of your bed, that is exactly what he will be doing every night and you, the lesser pack member, will have to look for alternative sleeping quarters. If he asserts his dominance by jumping all over you and you let him, he gets the message that he is the boss of you and he is in charge.

Researchers have recently revealed that the intense gaze that a dog gives you is not or naught. Staring into a dog’s eyes releases the same response from us as when we look at infants. The hormone responsible is oxitocin, also dubbed the hug chemical, and you immediately fall in love. I guess that’s where the phrase ‘puppy eyes’ came from. Even the toughest among us can’t resist a cute stare from a puppy, and if you are not careful you might find yourself getting lenient on discipline.

In summary, the bond works because humans and dogs have a similar social order, and they are both territorial. In addition, our ancestors needed the dogs as much as the dogs needed them to survive, so the bond worked well because they added value to each other’s lives. The magical doggie gaze is also responsible in part for making dogs irresistible to humans.

Every dog in the world enjoys playing with some sort of toy, and thanks to the outstandingly devoted dog-toy manufacturing companies which populate the modern industry, canine companions have no shortage of innovative products have fun with.

However, despite the variety of dog toys which are available for purchase today, as well as their inherent availability and affordability, it’s still difficult for many owners to keep-up with the toy demands of their furry friends. This is because dogs are always looking to get the most out of their toys—or in other words, they are consistently rough in their handling of the products!

How to Make Your Dog Toys Last Longer

Let’s take a look at some simple-yet-effective tips to make your dog toys last longer, and in turn, help your dog(s) to be happier, your wallet a little bit fuller, and save you a notable amount of time and hassle!

Purchase High-Quality Toys

This point may seem overly obvious to some readers, but nevertheless, it is very helpful in making dog toys last longer.

While the value-friendly pricing of many toys today is so impressive that it’s hard to not make the purchase, the age-old saying, “You get what you pay for” holds true; lower-priced dog toys generally last for a much shorter amount of time than their regularly priced counterparts, and in-turn, aren’t as enjoyable to use.

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That’s not to say that overpriced dog toys are the way to go, either. Rather, purchasing toys which are priced fairly, and are recommended by store owners and/or other customers (through online reviews) is a good idea, and will allow your beloved companion to have a great time with the product for as long as possible.

Walk, Walk, Walk

Walking your dog daily, at the very least, is a great way to make his or her (and your own, in a sense) toys last longer.

Dogs that don’t have the opportunity to walk each and every day, usually for around an hour, will become restless, and have an abundance of energy available; it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this energy will be focused mainly on their toys, which will accordingly become worn—and unusable—in a much shorter period of time than they would have otherwise.

The benefits of walking your pup are wide-ranging, and this commonly overlooked point relating to the longevity of toys is certainly worth considering as well.

Limit Usage Areas

Although use certainly leads to the wear-and-tear of dog toys, what many overlook is that the environment wherein dog toys are played with (and left) also affects their condition.

More specifically, dogs will commonly bring their toys outside with them, and after they are done playing, simply leave them there. The elements—especially moisture—work to lessen the integrity of these toys over a surprisingly short amount of time, and in-turn, they break sooner.

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By limiting the usage area of your dog’s toys—whenever applicable, or by purchasing toys which are specifically designed for outdoor use—you’re working to make them last as long as possible.

These tips are sure to help make your dog toys last longer—and help your beloved pet to be as happy as he or she deserves.Good luck!


As a pet parent, I respect medication. I have reverted to medication countless times, and my dogs have been saved countless times by medication.

However, I am also aware that having any of my dogs overly relying on medication can be dangerous because the dog’s immune system might ‘forget’ how to fight disease on its own if it’s used to getting assisted every time. Instead of having to decide between administering medication and having my dog try to fight disease on its own, I have preferred to take the prevention route.

3 Things You can Do to Prevent Over-reliance on Medication

When it comes to health and diseases in both man and beast, prevention is better than cure. Here are a number of things dog owners can do to prevent illnesses in their pooches and to make sure that medication is administered when it’s absolutely necessary, so that it’s more effective.

Healthy diet & exercise

Feeding your dog a healthy diet provides him with all the necessary nutrition to fight disease. Make sure you always feed the dog a balanced diet, and if you are not able to come up with the diet, buy food that has been approved for your dog’s size and breed. Walks and other forms of exercise ensure the dog is in a healthy weight and this wads off diseases caused by being overweight.

Pet safe environment

I once wrote about a dog we lost due to food poisoning. The dog was taken to the park by our nephews who were not as careful on keeping an eye on him. He wandered into the bushes and ate something poisonous that took his life. He was our very first dog by the way and we were devastated by his loss.

3 Things You can Do to Prevent Over-reliance on Medication

I attribute his loss to safe environments. Keeping a pet safe environment around the house can save you and your dog a lot of grief. Think of the number of accidents you prevent when you make sure all your electrical cords are out of his way and all the connections are properly insulated. By ensuring things that can cause harm to your dog are kept out of his way, you save the costs on medication and minimize his need for medication.

Supplements

Over and beyond their usual balanced diet, give your dog supplements such as multi-vitamins, omega fatty acids and joint support products (especially for breeds prone to joint problems). This way you aid the dog’s immune system to fight disease before he falls ill and avoid the need to visit a vet, again saving you medical costs and the need to use medication on your dog.