Looking for some great puppy toys?
Bringing a new puppy into your home is a wonderful experience. The animal's cute face and lovely puppy smell will make any dog lover smile, plus there's the hours of entertainment that you'll have playing with the pet and watching him learn about the world.
There are a number of items you'll need to get for your new pooch - a dog collar and ID tag are essential, while things like dog crates, beds and treats will also be necessary.
One thing that definitely shouldn't be left off your shopping list is a good selection of puppy toys for your new best friend to play with. Here at Muddy Paws, we've brought together a collection of some of the best toys on the market for young dogs.
The importance of puppy toys
There's no doubt that puppies love to chew - and they will gnaw on just about anything they can get their teeth on.
While having a good selection of puppy chew toys won't guarantee that your shoes, furniture and children's toys are safe from your pup's pearly whites, it will help to prevent problems.
Puppy toys are also ideal for keeping your little bundle of fur busy. Playing is a way for dogs to develop their senses and learn; it also provides exercise.
In addition, when you play with your pooch, it will build the bond between you and your pet and reinforce to the animal how he should behave as a part of the family. Games like tug-of-war and fetch are perfect for such activities.
Choosing the best toys for puppies
When shopping for puppy toys, it's best to get a variety of items to keep your pet's interest.
You should also consider your dog's breed, as they all have different playing habits. For example, retriever dogs will like to have soft toys to carry around, while terriers will want something that they can pounce on and shake. Meanwhile, herding dogs will need to do a lot of running.
• Chew toys and puppy teething toys - These are often made from heavy-duty rubber and give your pup a way to exercise his jaw and keep his mind occupied. Some items, such as puppy Kongs , are hollow and can be filled with treats. This will help to teach your dog which items are appropriate for chewing.
• Tug toys - Pulling games are fun for both you and your dog. The range includes items with plenty of grip and rope especially made for dog toys.
• Fetch toys - Playing fetch with your pup is a great way to get him to exercise. Just about any toy can be used for the game, but balls are ideal and there are special devices to help throw them long distances.
• Plush dog toys - These come in a variety of shapes, including birds, bones and squirrels - while seasonal items are also available for holidays and special occasions. They often include squeakers to add some additional interest.
It is generally recommended that your puppy should be allowed access to its chew toys at all times. However, the dog should think of all other toys as belonging to the human. This means they are only brought out during play times, and put away otherwise. Doing this will help to reinforce that humans are the pup's pack leaders.
Shop for your puppy with Muddy Paws
Whether you need puppy toys or other items for your new pooch - like grooming products, training aides and dog harnesses - you're sure to find just what you need here at Muddy Paws.
Ordering online is easy and we offer fast despatch and delivery times, so you puppy won't have to wait long to start playing with his new toys.
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