A dog toy is a toy that is specifically for dogs to play with. Dog toys come in many varieties, including dog bones, puppy toys, balls, tug toys, training aids, squeaky toys, discs and frisbees, plush toys, and sticks.
Dog toys serve different purposes. Puppies, for instance, need toys they can chew on when they are teething because their gums and jaws become very sore and chewing on things provides them relief. Also, playing with different toys encourages exercise, which benefits the pet's overall health. Toys also stimulate dogs' minds, discourage problem behavior resulting from boredom and excess energy, and promote dental health.
There are a wide variety of dog toys on the market that are designed for different purposes and depending on the dog's characteristics such as size, activity level, chewing habits, and play style.
... Dog toys are not safe if small pieces can be chewed or pulled off as these could be swallowed by the dog ... The toy should also be adequate for the dog, taking into consideration their size and activity levels ... When choosing a dog toy, it is important that pet owners choose those made with non-toxic materials ...
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—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
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