Toys and more toy.
With us and our pups living in an increasingly consumerist world today, how are we to differentiate the good from the bad? The quality goods from the replicas? The healthy from the unhealthy? The ones made with good intentions from the ones sold purely for profit?
Where are the good toys?
Personally, I’ve always had trouble when it came to picking out toys for Quinn. He was a real brat when it came to toys, especially furry ones. It was a habit of mine to pass on unwanted or old toys to Quinn, and he always made it a habit of chewing them to bits and unrecognisable pieces.
Quinn massacred them all.
First, he’d start with the button eyes. Off! (Lucky for me, he wasn’t one to swallow those hazardous buttons. However, you’ve been warned about giving your dogs your old toys, they might choke on smaller parts like buttons and beads!)
Second, off came the arms. He ripped them into little chunks, bits of fluff flying about in the air and laying strewn about the house.
Third, off came the legs. Akin to the arms, fluff lay everywhere like the PG-version of a horror movie.
However, this came the funny part. Quinn would proceed to chew on all individual arms and legs. Methodologically, starting with the right arm, then the left; the right leg, then the left. Just like a sociopathic toy killer, my dog was no excuse.
Which brings me back to my original question: Which toys are good for our dogs? And how are we to tell?
Well, if you want your pup to grow up non-sociopathic and nothing like mine, here’s how:
1. Always buy toys specifically designed for dogs. Yes, and I mean: Don’t ever follow in my footsteps. Truly, it’s not worth it going to the vet to get a S$200 X-Ray of your dog’s belly with a doll’s arm in it. Be smart. I wish someone had told me this 4 years ago.
2. Balls can be lethal. Though dogs may love their toy balls, those smaller than ping pong size may possibly be lethal if ingested and stuck in their throats. Select one that is larger than your pup’s jaw, possibly with a sturdy biting rope attached to it. That’ll be way safer.
3. Pick out the toy that you think your dog would like best. Just as my sister hated Barbie dolls growing up whilst I collected them, every dog is different with their own unique personality. Quinn loves squeaky toys, and toys that make odd crunching sounds when bitten on, so I usually trend towards those.What about yours? What’s your dog’s favourite?