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Dogs: Masters of Toy Obsession!

Since we've successfully unleashed our dog (and cat) toy collection, it only makes sense that our next blog should go paw-sitively wild with it!


Why Do Dogs Love Toys So Much?

Dogs absolutely adore toys, and they have some pretty solid reasons for it! These playthings are like brain boosters, keeping our furry pals entertained, banishing boredom, and fulfilling their constant craving for chewing and playtime. It's like discovering a treasure trove of comfort when toys become snuggle buddies for our pooches, as well as energy drainers, letting them release all their pent-up extra energy in a satisfying play session. It's pure enchantment in the shape of a toy!

Squeaky toys on the other hand serve as a furry friend's connection to their innate hunting instincts. You see, the squeak imitates the distress of a critter in danger, triggering the pooch's primeval desire to chase it down. It's like flipping a switch that screams, "Let the hunt begin!" They also help puppies to relieve any discomfort caused by teething or older dogs with sensitive teeth and gums. 


And Why Do They Destroy Them?

When your dog hears that ear-piercing squeak, it's like an alarm clock for their inner predator, urging them to unleash their wild instincts and go all out - shake, chomp, and dismantle! It's nature's way of disorienting and immobilizing prey, reminding our furry friends of their untamed roots. 

Although this triggers the release of hormones like dopamine and serotonin in their adorable little bodies which are responsible for creating feelings of happiness and joy, keep an eye on him while he's playing with toys. If you notice any destructive behavior, it's best to take the toys away. Avoid leaving your dog alone with toys to play with. This way you teach your little pup, that the toy is a lively companion in a fantastic game, but that it goes away when the playtime ends. Once your adorable fur-ball understands the purpose of the toy, they will enthusiastically seek the thrill of the game instead of chewing it to bits. Until they grasp this concept, be their wise guardian and safeguard the toy from falling victim to their playful antics! 


Happy dog with destroyed dog toy _ MrsCopyCat


Is It Safe To Allow My Pooch To Rip Up His Toys?

Letting your adorable pup have a blast tearing up toys might lead to some confusion about what's okay to destroy. Eventually, this could make him think it's fine to be destructive with your stuff too. 

Swallowing toy material can result in various health problems, but the most serious consequence is an obstruction. When an object gets stuck in your dog's intestine, it poses a life-threatening situation that requires immediate attention from a vet and often demands surgery to fix. If not addressed promptly, it can prove fatal for your furry friend. Hence, it's crucial to keep a close eye on anything your dog plays with or chews. Moreover, objects like sticks, rocks, items in the trash, mulch, and so on, have the potential to cause severe health issues if swallowed, which could even be deadly. So, it's essential to prevent your dog from destroying anything and possibly gulping down something they shouldn't.


What Kind Of Toy Should I Get?

Dogs vary in their toy and play preferences, which are influenced by factors such as age, personality, breed, and health. Don't worry, figuring out what gets your furry friend excited is all part of the fun!
Every dog has their own favorite playtime activities. Some adore tugging on rope toys, while others get a kick out of playing fetch with a squeaky toy or chasing a tennis ball. Discovering what triggers your dog's natural instincts is the key. Remember, play is essential for all dogs. Apart from lots of fun, it serves as a way to keep them physically active and prevent issues like obesity or joint problems. If your canine companion seems low on energy or a bit sluggish, it may be time to boost their spirits. You can do this by introducing new games, toys, or even engaging them in social activities. Just like us, they might need a little encouragement to get up and moving. Let's keep our four-legged pals happy, healthy, and forever entertained! 



Choosing The Pawfect Material For Chew Toys

It is essential to select suitable chew toy materials to maintain your dog's oral health. Avoid the use of hard materials, which can potentially lead to tooth fractures. Although bones and antlers might seem like appealing options, their hardness can pose more harm than benefit. Instead, consider opting for more suitable alternatives like durable rubber or nylon materials that promote safe and enjoyable chewing experiences for your furry friend. Our dog for example absolutely adores having his snacks hidden inside these unbreakable treat balls and toys! He happily engages in the delightful challenge of retrieving them, keeping himself entertained for quite a while. However, the toy he loves the most is his cleaver. He still has the original prototype, and despite the squeaker being punctured, there are no holes in it!



Check Your Pet's Toys Often

To ensure your dog's safety, it is advisable to discard or mend any toys that are damaged. If you opt for repairing them, be cautious not to utilize hazardous materials such as super glue or duct tape. Additionally, assess their durability before returning the toys to your dog.


Choosing Safe Toys For Your Pup

When it comes to picking out toys for your furry friend, safety is key. Make sure to steer clear of toys that contain harmful chemicals like phthalates, lead, or BPA. Instead, go for dog toys made with non-toxic materials to keep your pet healthy and happy. Also be cautious of toys that have strings, ribbons, or small pieces, such as easily detachable eyes, which could potentially be chewed off and swallowed. Remember, they may pose a choking hazard, and if accidentally ingested, they might lead to digestive problems. So, stay vigilant and ensure your little ones' safety while they enjoy their playtime!


Reasons To Clean Your Dog's Toys

As a responsible pet owner, it is imperative to maintain proper hygiene for your furry friend. Ensuring cleanliness not only applies to their living environment but also includes their toys. Regularly washing your dog's toys offers numerous benefits worth considering.
1. Promotes Good Health and Hygiene: Dog toys can harbor dirt, bacteria, and other pathogens that can potentially harm your pet's health. Regular cleaning helps eliminate these harmful germs and reduces the risk of infections or allergies. By providing a sanitized environment for your dog to play in, you contribute to their overall well-being.
2. Increases Longevity of Toys: Proper cleaning and maintenance can significantly prolong the lifespan of your dog's toys. Removing dirt, saliva, and other residues prevents the toys from deteriorating prematurely. This ensures that your pet can continue to enjoy their favorite playthings for an extended period.
3. Eliminates Odors: Over time, dog toys can develop unpleasant odors due to bacteria accumulation. Washing them regularly aids in eliminating these odors, creating a more pleasant environment for both you and your pet.
4. Prevents Cross-Contamination: If your dog interacts with toys that have been in contact with other animals, it increases the risk of cross-contamination. Regular cleaning acts as a safeguard, reducing the chances of spreading diseases between different pets.
5. Promotes Responsible Pet Ownership: Taking the initiative to clean your dog's toys showcases your commitment to responsible pet ownership. It demonstrates that you value your pet's health and prioritize their well-being, setting a positive example for other pet owners.
By adhering to a regular cleaning routine for your dog's toys, you contribute to their health, safety, and overall happiness. Prioritizing cleanliness not only fosters a healthier bond between you and your pet but also ensures a clean and safe environment for everyone involved.



Wash Your Pup's Playthings Regularly

If you have rope or stuffed toys that need a good wash, you can easily toss them in the washing machine. To keep your toys clean, use the warm setting on your washing machine for the hottest water temperature that is safe. Hot water (at least 140°F) is great at killing bacteria and viruses, ensuring a thorough clean. Plus, it helps get rid of pesky dust mites. So remember, when giving your toys a wash, go for the hot water option to keep them fresh and hygienic!

To give your stuffed animals some extra care, it's a great idea to use a mesh laundry bag. This nifty bag will protect them and make sure any loose bits and bobs stay put. So go ahead and wash those toys without worrying about loose parts causing mischief!

When washing your toys, make sure to use detergents that are safe for your pets. It's important to avoid using detergents with certain ingredients, as your dog will inevitably put these toys in their mouth. So, stay away from detergents that contain:
  • Bleach
  • Chlorine
  • Sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES)
  • Phthalates
  • Artificial dyes
    Keep your furry friend happy and healthy by opting for pet-safe and plastic free detergents like:

1.  Dropps Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent Pods

2.  Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent Sheets

3. Organic Soap Nuts 


Ensure Your Stuffed Toys Are Bone-Dry Post-Wash!

To dry your pet's toys, you have two options:

  • Air-drying: Simply let them dry naturally.
  • Using a dryer: If you choose to use a dryer, ensure it is set to air-dry or the lowest heat setting. However, refrain from using heat if the toys contain any plastic components.
  • Avoid scented dryer sheets!

    It is important to note that scented dryer sheets should not be used. In fact, it is best to avoid using any dryer sheets at all. If your pet eagerly awaits their toys and you accidentally drop a dryer sheet, they might perceive it as a new plaything. Ingesting it could lead to a gastrointestinal blockage. Interestingly, some dogs have a tendency to snatch dryer sheets just as they would grab a sock!



    Shining Up Your Pooch's Rubber, Plastic & Nylon Toys

    Most toys crafted from materials such as plastic, rubber, and nylon can be effectively cleaned using a dishwasher. We recommend referring to the manufacturer's guidelines for ensuring the safety of toys in the dishwasher.

    1. Inspect for Damage: Thoroughly examine each toy for any signs of wear or damage. If a toy is broken or has loose parts, remove it from your pet's collection to prevent any potential harm.
    2. Spot Cleaning: For small, isolated spots or stains, apply a small amount of mild dish soap or pet toy cleaner directly to the affected area. Gently scrub the spot using a soft brush or sponge. Rinse it with warm water and pat dry with a clean cloth.
    3. Full Soak: Submerge the toys in a sink or basin filled with warm water. Add a few drops of mild dish soap or rather just vinegar to create a mild cleaning solution. Allow the toys to soak for 10-15 minutes, ensuring complete immersion.
    4. Scrubbing: Using a soft brush or sponge, scrub each toy thoroughly. Pay extra attention to any hard-to-reach areas or textured surfaces, as these may harbor dirt and bacteria. Apply gentle pressure to remove dirt, debris, and any remaining stains.
    5. Rinsing: Thoroughly rinse each toy with warm water to eliminate any soap residue. It is crucial to remove all traces of cleaning agents, as pets may ingest these chemicals while playing.
    6. Drying: Place the cleaned toys on a clean cloth or towel and pat them dry. Alternatively, air-drying is also an excellent option, allowing the toys to dry naturally in a well-ventilated area. Ensure the toys are completely dry before returning them to your pet's toy collection.


    And Now: Go Play Fetch!