The type of Dog toys you use and how you use them can have a great effect on both your dogs training and general enjoyment. We list below a few toys and there good and bad points.
Although Kong is a brand when the name Kong is mentioned it is more likely to be related to “The” Kong. The Kong is a chew resistant object which hold food treats for your dog. The idea being the treats come out slowly, either by licking (filling the Kong with peanut butter do the dog gradually licks it out) of small bits of dry food (i.e. kibble or dried liver) which come out randomly over a period of time whilst the dog plays with the kong.
For even a mildly food orientated dog a Kong can provide many hours of interest. In this way a Kong can stop your dog from chewing other items, or getting bored and barking at everything, or escaping the back yard.
Kong’s are made in the USA of 100% natural rubber. Kong dog toys are puncture resistant and chewer friendly. Dogs love them because they hold treats …you’ll love them because they last.
Tug of war is a game of strength. Two dogs playing tug of war will soon learn which one is in control. WHen playing with a human the dog will also quickly learn who is on top.
If you have a dog that tends towards dominant behaviour a tug of war rope may create problems, but if you do decide to use one I suggest you always win.
The flip side of this is also true, you can play with a more timid dog and let that dog win some of the time, this can give confidence to the dog.
Tennis balls are cheap and easy to find and can provide fun activity in lots of situations. Their ability to float means they are a great summer toy as well. You can use a tennis racket to launch a tennis ball quite some distance with relative ease, giving you the ability to play with your dog for a longer period that if you have to throw the ball normally.
Tennis balls are a low risk toy (providing your dog is not so large that the ball can be swallowed), as opposed to sticks which can easily cause injury especially in the situation where the dog tries to scoop up the stick from the ground whilst running.
And if you thought you knew what a tennis ball for a dog was check out this range
Sticks are the cheapest of toys but have a risk factor associated with their ability to spear into your dogs mouth or body. Many many people have over the years played fetch with their dogs using sticks and never had any problems. However many (all be it much fewer) people have also lost dogs or spent a lot of money repairing dogs injured by playing with sticks.
Whether you use a stick when playing with your dog ultimately comes down to you weighing up that risk.
I would suggest Frisbees pose a much lower risk but it still bears saying that there is some risk.
A Frisbee can cover some distance (and therefore give your dog a lot more running) with relatively little physical effort, so it gives your dog the advantage of longer play sessions.
There are “DOG Frisbee” clubs you can join, it is a sport in its own right! Frisbee Dog Clubs