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What You Should Know About Soft Dog Toys

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What You Should Know About Soft Dog Toys

Soft toys are great for dogs. Some dogs like to “baby” toys, so pick a toy that is easy to carry around. Others love to kill their toys, so chose one that is tough enough to withstand dog’s attacks and large enough to prevent swallowing. Supervise your dog with the squeaker so it is not ingested. Avoid toys that are treated with fire retardants and stain guard as they contain toxins that can be released when wet. Comfort toys are not built to be indestructible. GoDog toys make a toy with ChewGuard Technology that makes their toys last longer, but even they cannot stand up to a champion shredder. Supervise your dog if he is known to kill his toys.


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How to use soft dog toys for the most benefit?

  • Rotate your dog’s toys weekly by making only a few toys available at a time. Keep a variety of types easily accessible. If your dog has a favorite, like a soft “baby,” you may want to leave it out all the time.
  • Provide toys that offer variety—at least one toy to carry, one to “kill,” one to roll and one to “baby.”

What hazards do soft dog toys have?

  • Take note of any toy that contains a “squeaker” buried in its center. Your dog may feel that he must find and destroy the source of the squeaking, and he could ingest it. Supervise your dog’s play with squeaky toys.
  • Remember that soft toys are not indestructible, but some are sturdier than others.
  • Soft toys should be machine washable.

Can I use any plush animal for a dog toy?

  • Avoid or alter any toys that aren’t “dog-proof” by removing ribbons, strings, eyes or other parts that could be chewed off and/or ingested. Look for toys that are safe for children under three.