Monday, September 27, 2010

4 types of dog toys Liam the pug (and his human) cannot live without

Shopping for dog toys isn't easy, as it seems like there are hundreds of thousands of options out there, and most canines have very specific ideas about what they like and dislike in the things they play with.

I thought it might be helpful to outline a few of the toys Liam the pug really loves, along with some links to replicas, in case you want to buy some of your own.

So here we go: Liam's favorite types of dog toys! (Note that this page contains affiliate links. If you click them, I get a bit of profit at no added cost to you.)

1. Stuffed toys   

pug and stuffed dog toys

These toys allow for vigorous play: head shaking, tug of war, digging to disembowel, and heavy chewing. When Liam has worn himself out, these toys also make great pillows he can rest his massive head upon.

While he loves these things, I do not let him play unsupervised, as most stuffed toys are filled with a polyester filling that can block up an animal's digestive tract.

Good option: Kyjen PP01001 Oakley The Octopus Dog Toys Plush Squeak Flappy Dog Toy, Large, Blue

2.  Chewing toys

All dogs love to chew. And we pup owners should let them do it, too. After all, dogs that chew on toys might be dogs that leave our favorite pieces of clothing alone. Everyone wins!

Study chew toys can also be left with a pup while you're out and running around, as it keeps the wee ones busy without much of a choking hazard.

Good option: Nylabone Just For Puppies Medium Key Ring Bone Puppy Dog Teething Chew Toy

3.  Puzzle toys

puppy and dog bed

Puzzle toys are made to keep a dog's mind occupied while you're out and running around. These toys can be filled with cookies, cheese, liver treats, peanut butter or other snacks, and dog's task is to remove the treat. A teaspoon of peanut butter in a toy like this can keep Liam occupied for at least an hour.

Good option:  KONG Classic Dog Toy

4.  Fetch dog toys

Pug blind cat and tennis ball

Fetch is a favorite game of pugs like Liam. And I prefer tennis balls, because they bounce, they're very difficult to puncture, and they're easy to clean.  Liam likes them because they move unpredictably on hardwood floors, and because he can almost fit one inside his mouth.

Good option:  Penn Championship XD Tennis Balls

Here's to happy shopping for your pups!

Disclosure: Some product links in this post are “affiliate links.” If you click on them and make a purchase, I'll get a commission. Rest assured that I only recommend products that I believe provide real value. This disclosure comes in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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