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What About Toys?

Most of us when we buy toys for our pets, I believe, really do not consider the impact of these toys on their pet's lives. We look at the pretty colors and packaging and try to envision how much fun they would be, and then make the purchase. I believe most people do not give their selections a substantial qualitative review. I am hoping that this article will change that.

What is the purpose of a "TOY"? It can serve as a diversion devise, it can help as a teething tool, it can be just fun, but most importantly it should stimulate the dog to use his brain. Just because a toy is being used to stimulate the old gray matter does not mean it cannot be fun. But most importantly it should make the dog think. Learning and having fun can go hand-in-hand but the item that you are picking to achieve this end must be evaluated carefully.

Why do I believe that the dog should learn and have a toy which is also not boring? Picture yourself receiving said toy. You cannot go out shopping for other toys because you live in a closed environment, like your dog. So basically you have to rely on what is given you. Now let us apply this thought to a real-life situation.

Remembering the criteria above, as to what we will be looking for, we will now go to the pet store and evaluate a toy for our dog. What jumps out immediately is, for example, a Kong Toy. It comes in a wide range of sizes to be utilized by a wide range of dogs. In other words, the size of a dog's mouth has been taken into consideration. Let's go over the physical characteristics of the toy and then we will analyze the higher tier which is learning.

The Kong Toy is almost indestructible. It is made out of a material that can take the everyday abuse a dog will give it. Due to the consistency of the toy it makes it pleasurable for a dog to mouth/or chew. Now for the important part, due to the shape of the toy, and how it reacts when it lands, it makes the dog learn by thinking. It increases the dog's eye and motor coordination when it is chased or caught. Due to the inconsistency of the bounce it maintains interest and trying to figure out a consistency by the dog.

So we have now researched one toy. It is a win-win situation not only for the dog owner but the dog. If this type of evaluation is used to check out other toys then the garbage toys will not be bought and only good toys will be on the shelves.

Written by Neal Seaman

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