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Choosing the Best Dog Toys
Choosing the Best Dog ToysToys provide pets with entertainment, encourage exercise and can prevent or solve many behavioral problems, particularly those involving destruction of the home or property. It is a natural activity for pets to chew or scratch.

Puppies love to sink their teeth into everything, so be aware of the importance of choosing the best safe dog toys. Having a variety of toys and chews for puppies will also deter them from chewing on furniture, shoes, wood doors and anything else they can get their teeth on!

Always follow the manufacturers' instructions regarding the durability and function of the toys you choose for your dog.

Type of Toy Description PETCO Suggestions
Fleece and Plush
  • Are perfect for pets who like companion toys
  • Are not for enthusiastic chewers

AKC Plush Mallard Dog Toy
AKC Plush Mallard Dog Toy


AKC Plush Squirrel Dog Toy
AKC Plush Squirrel Dog Toy



Vinyl
  • Are entertaining as well as functional
  • Come in a variety of shapes and sizes that suit almost any size pet
  • Usually have squealers or squeakers inside them
  • Look somewhat like latex toys but are stiffer
  • Are usually recommended for interactive play
  • Should not be left alone with enthusiastic chewers

Petco Vinyl Spikey Ring Small Dog Toy
Petco Vinyl Spikey Ring Small Dog Toy


Petco Vinyl Octopus with Squeaker Dog Toy
Petco Vinyl Octopus with Squeaker Dog Toy



Cotton Rope Knots
  • Have cotton strands of rope knots that, if swallowed, are eliminated more easily than some other chews
  • Provide a "dental floss" effect while the dog is playing with them, helping to clean teeth
  • Come in several sizes for all sorts of play
  • Are machine washable

Petco Multi-Color Rope Dog Toys
Petco Multi-Color Rope Dog Toys


Petco Rope Knotty Ball Dog Toy
Petco Rope Knotty Ball Dog Toy



Latex
  • Come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and characters
  • Are softer than vinyl toys and will stretch, which may result in a longer life
  • May come apart in the jaws of strong chewers

Petco Latex Small Dog Toy Multi Pack
Petco Latex Small Dog Toy Multi Pack


Petco Spiney Ball Latex Squeaky Dog Toy
Petco Spiney Ball Latex Squeaky Dog Toy



Rubber
  • Are the toughest in the toy category
  • Are for the hard players and are almost indestructible

KONG Dog Toy
KONG Dog Toy


Petco Rubber Ring Dog Toy
Petco Rubber Ring Dog Toy




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