Dogs love new toys, and giving them that new toy is one of the most fun parts of being a dog owner. One thing we must accept though, is that all dog toys are temporary. Since toys are only on this earth for so long, eventually you’ll need new ones. Here are some tips to help you save a bit of money.
When searching for a toy in the store, here’s a few things to know to save you money and time.
1.Know what you want.
You should know what you want before you enter the store. This doesn’t mean you have to know exactly which product, but you should know if you want something for your dog to chew, cuddle or chase.
2. How rough is your dog with toys?
When you give your dog a toy, how long does it usually last? If your dog shreds absolutely everything, you should consider toys made out of tougher materials such as rope.
3. Does your dog leave toys outside?
If your dog leaves toys outside, buying a toy made of a waterproof material will save you money in the long run. Softer toys can absorb water and become a breeding ground for germs. However this is far less likely to happen in the winter than the summer.
4. Does your dog get bored of toys quickly?
Toys can have one of two possible fates, death by destruction or by death by boredom. Sometimes your dog wont enjoy a toy as much as others, and that’s okay ’cause we’re the same way. Knowing which material your dog responds best to can help to reduce the chances of this. When toys are enjoyed longer, spending decreases in the long term.
5. Where will the toy be used?
If you know where your dog will be playing with the toy, you are far more likely to know the stresses the toy will be under. This helps when deciding if you need a durable or soft toy. Sometimes it isn’t your dog that wrecks the toy, sometimes it’s a guest dog.
6. What is your dogs “Toy Attention Span”
Some dogs focus on one toy until it’s destroyed and even for a long time after, often playing with them until they’re replaced. Others bounce from one toy to another, never really spending much time on one. Knowing your dog’s habits in regards to toy attention span will help you know if it’s worth it to get a durable toy. If your dog doesn’t spend much time on a toy, it’s unlikely they’ll destroy it quickly, and less likely you’ll need a super durable toy.