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These are some things to remember when shopping for holiday gifts for your dog

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Seasons are changing, holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to find the perfect gift for your pup! Whether you’re heading to your local pet store or looking to order online, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when purchasing a gift for your dog.

Durable Toys Built to Last 

Dogs can be rough with toys. All toys get a lot of wear and tear, from chewing to being dragged across the floor, while the dog has fun. When looking for a new toy, keep an eye out for options created with dog-friendly materials or a safe and sturdy fabric. 

Various toys are made from materials such as rope or rawhide which might be easy for your dog to play with, but it will be damaging to their teeth when chewed. Most dog-friendly products are marked with a label and should be noted before purchase. Check out KONG for some of the most popular dog-safe toys. 

Watch Out for Choking Hazards 

A toy that is difficult to remove or too large for dogs to swallow can be considered a choking risk. Small pieces of material including string, buttons, and ribbon can become stuck in a pup’s airway. Removing these pieces will not only make it safer for your pup, but will also give you peace of mind when allowing your dog to play with the toy in and outside of your supervision. 

You should also consider the size and shape of the toy relative to your dog. The general rule of thumb is that the toy should be small enough for your dog to get their mouth on it to pick it up, but big enough so it does not become a choking hazard.  

Encourage exercise with toyss 

Toys are an excellent way to encourage your dog to exercise. Dog-safe balls, frisbees, and ropes encourage play and provide the opportunity for one-on-one time for you and your pup. When your dog is stimulated with a toy, it reduces issues such excessive barking and chewing, too! 

Toys that encourage mental stimulation 

Mental stimulation can be just as important than physical exercise. Your dog’s mind can be stimulated with various kinds of toys. These toys can be filled with treats and will only allow your pup to receive a treat when they press on it, bite it, or roll it over in a specific way. Toys of this nature will stimulate your dog’s mind and keep them busy for an extended period. 

Dogs love toys. Your dog will love new toys if they have many to choose from. You might consider pulling some back and rotating them in and outside so that your dog always has a new toy! If your dog prefers to play with their BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever) instead of at home, Dogtopia would love to welcome your dog to daycare! To find a location near you and schedule a Meet & Greet, click here! 

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