Welcoming a puppy in your home is tough just as it is exciting. Sure, puppies are cuddly and adorable, and you wouldn’t want to get your eyes off them. However, when you do, they’re active and naughty and will chew on anything within reach – toilet papers, corners of your door, sneakers, flip-flops, and even your child’s homework.
Toys are essential for a puppies’ overall well-being. It will encourage stimulation and exercise and at the same time keep boredom away and other possible bad behaviours. Additionally, it will help lessen their boredom and discourage the development of bad behaviours.
This article presents a list of the best toys that’ll keep your adorable frisky little pup busy for an extended amount of time. We will also be giving you some DIY tips that can help you upcycle materials that can be found in your home. And who knows, you might be able to make use of the things you thought your pup has already destroyed. Read on to learn what you need.
The Best Toys for your Puppy
Puppies are incredibly active. You’ll have to provide them toys to save your sneakers from being chewed and to keep them amused. However, a toy doesn’t only have to be for entertainment.
This type of toy will physically and mentally stimulate your dog. You just have to fill it up with treats and let them figure out the next thing to do while keeping them entertained.
Hide and Slide Puzzle
This toy is also a good way for your puppy to enjoy treat games. It will keep your pup challenged and, at the same time, improve their problem-solving skills.
You can fill the compartments underneath with treats to which your puppy will try to navigate.
This puzzle makes mealtime engaging and fun.
A chew bone can have various flavours. From chicken to peanut butter, this is a classic to keeping your pup busy throughout the day.
While bones are not suitable for puppies and small breeds of dogs, you always have the option to give one a chew bone instead.
Chewing is a natural habit for canines, especially for growing puppies. It’s a big help for their calcium boost. In addition, chew bones are good for their overall oral health. It can scrape plaque and tartar off their teeth whilst helping them exercise their jaw muscles.
Puppy Teething Ring
Just like the chew bone, this is a good help for your puppies’ oral health. However, this one will not last as long as those chew toys.
A teething ring is fit to be eaten, with vitamins and minerals; this is a healthy option for your pup. This is free from any plastic and rubber, specially made with calcium to support healthy teeth and bones. With its soft texture, it’ll be gentle enough to soothe the discomfort of your teething puppy.
Dogs naturally have predator instincts. Of course, so does puppies.
This toy will make a good way for you to motivate and train them.
Here are three of the best possible toys that you can do and find in the comforts of your home.
- T-shirt Rope Toys
We all have those shirts that we don’t use that are just lying around. This is the best time to take them out and make use of them. You can easily cut the shirt up into strips and start braiding them together. Rope toys aren’t necessarily harmful to puppies. However, to avoid danger, it’s best to let them play under supervision. Also, a quick tip might be to soak them in water and leave them in the freezer overnight. This is best to cool your pup’s gums when they’re teething.
- Flirt Pole
If you happen to think that toys on a stick are only for felines, think again! You can use this toy as a fun way to practise commands with your growing and curious pup.You can DIY this by using an appropriate length of PVC pipe, depending on your puppies’ size. Next is to thread a rope in the pipe and tie a knot on each ends. Lastly, attach a toy on one side, and you’re done! You can also add a decorative tape on the pipe to make it look more fun.
- Indestructible Denim
It’s time to take out your old denim. This DIY toy is the simplest to make! Just chop off the leg part of your old jeans or dungarees and tie them in a knot. Denims are strong and durable which makes them a good chew toy.Not only is this inexpensive but it will also keep your pup busy.