Our dogs love to play and we love to play with them. That’s why it’s so important to invest in quality dog toys that will last. Even once you find the perfect dog toy, there are some things you can do to get the most out of it.
To get the most out of toys, you need to make sure you’re picking those that are long-lasting and durable. The better quality your dog’s toys are, the longer they will last.
Proper use and care also play a big role in how long a toy stays in usable condition.
Today, we’ll be using our Fenrir Hammer as an example on what to look for and how to care for your dog toys.
Choose a Dog Toy Made of Durable Materials
Toys from the store are often cheaply made and easy for your dog to tear apart. By choosing a toy made specifically with dogs and their habit of chewing in mind, you’ve already taken the first step.
You’ll often find products in big box stores and chain retailers that are made of plastic. They just don’t hold up to rigorous play.
Instead, look for something made out of a high-quality and durable, natural rubber. Something like our Hammer is built to withstand the toughest of chewers. The rubber has been created and shaped with them in mind.
Choose a Dog Toy that has Multiple Uses
First and foremost, most dog toys are chew toys. They’re made with that natural habit in mind.
However, a good toy will have multiple uses. You’ll purchase fewer toys and save more money this way.
Our Fenrir Hammer can be used as a chew, for fetch and tug-o-war, and it can also be stuffed with treats and frozen.
Now instead of needing chew toys, something for fetch, a tug toy, and an interactive toy; you have it all in one.
Be Sure to Use Dog Toys Properly
It can be easy to give your dog a chew toy as a way to entertain them while you’re busy. However, if your dog doesn’t know proper chewing behaviors, they can be destructive.
It’s important to make sure you supervise your dog during any sort of play and to put toys out of reach when playtime is over.
If you notice your dog gnawing or tearing at any toy with the intent to pull it apart, it should be taken away. Not only are they going to ruin the toy, they could ingest pieces of it and that can cause a medical emergency.
How to Properly Care for Dog Toys
Dog toys aren’t “just dog toys.” They’re an investment. You have spent good money on them and proper care will help keep them around for longer.
High-quality toys are often made to be dishwasher or washing machine-safe, but both of those options may not clean them completely and they can be hard on the toys with frequent washing.
We recommend hand-cleaning any toys. This way there’s no leftover food that can spoil and mould on the toy.
It also gives you the option to hand or hang dry, so that there’s no chance of mildew.