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Best Puppy Toys

From the puppy's point of view, the best puppy toys are toys that give him pleasure, excite him, challenge him and provide him  with exercise. From the owner's point of view the best toys keep the puppy occupied for long periods of time, keep him from chewing the furniture, keep him quietly occupied, don't make a lot of noise, are long lasting and are inexpensive. Here are some suggestions.


Cody is a 9 week old lab mix.


Puppy Balls

Puppies are fascinated with balls when they roll and bounce. Tennis balls make the best playing balls. They are great to play catch with, they are soft so they don't cause damage in the house and they don't make a lot of noise when tossed around, and they seem to last forever. An assortment of bright colored tennis balls like these make the best puppy balls. Note about balls - they should be "close cropped" and not the fuzzy variety of tennis balls. Puppies love fuzzy tennis balls but they have a tendency to pull on the fuzz and eat it or make a mess.



Puppy Chew Toys

Chew toys are a must if you own a puppy. Better them chewing on the toy rather than on your couch or furniture. Chew toys come in all shapes and sizes. When selecting a chew toy make sure you pick one (better get several) that won't go to pieces and become a choking hazard for your puppy. Caution - If you buy squeaky chew toys be especially careful that you puppy cannot chew open and swallow the squeaker from inside the toy.



Best Puppy Toys

 #1 - Plastic Soda Bottle

Liter Size Plastic Soda Bottle (with cap removed)

A plastic soda bottle turned out to by Cody's best chew toy. Cody loves it because it makes a loud crackling sound each time he chews it and makes a lot of noise when he throws it around the house. Be sure to remove the cap before giving it to your puppy. The cap can come off and become a choking hazard. The plastic bottle is free and will last for weeks occupying your puppy with hours of enjoyment. Although your puppy may adore it, you may tire of it quickly because of the noise. You will have to monitor the condition of the bottle because eventually it will flatten and develop jagged edges, then it's time to through it away and get a new one.


#2 - Rope

People have varying opinions as whether to play tug of war with a new puppy. Some say it develops aggressive behavior in dogs and teaches them to bite. Others don't buy that theory, indicating that pulling is a natural tendency of a dog and provides a source of exercise and enjoyment for both you and your new puppy. Ropes also make excellent chew toys. When I first got my new puppy I got a length of rope and cut it into three foot long sections, then I placed them at different locations on the floor around the house. I not only play tug of war with my puppy but he chews on them instead of the furniture. Rope is a great puppy toy. It's cheap and easy and lasts forever.


#3 - Old Socks 

Old socks make great play things. They are good for playing tug of war, for throwing or  sticking your hand inside as a puppet. Be advised that if you give your puppy old socks to play with he may go into your hamper and help himself to a new toy any time he wants.



Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)


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