Keeping our dogs engaged in healthy play with toys that are safe, tough, and fun is key to their well-being. For dogs, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity. Whether your dog needs toys to help with boredom when left alone or to provide comfort when feeling anxious, dog toys actually help prevent dogs from developing certain behavioral problems.

Hero dog toys are a perfect choice. Because a dog’s interest has a variety factor, Hero dog toys come in different colors, sizes, shapes, sounds, and materials. With a variety of 12 Hero sub-brands to choose from, each Hero brand is designed for specific needs and habits. It’s a good idea to have several types of toys available for your dog because you’ll notice that some toys seem to excite initially, but they may lose interest when becoming familiar to the stimulus qualities of the toy. His canine instinct to investigate unfamiliar items may come into play.

To find the appropriate toy for your dog, be sure to consider his tendencies, keeping his age, size, and breed in mind. Most toys can be broken down to the following categories:

• Training toys – meant for teething and chewing so your dog learns what’s allowed to chew (not your kitchen chair leg)
• Interactive toys – playing fetch and tug-of-war, building bonds between you and your dog
• Comfort toys – Plush toys made for a cozy time
• Treat-dispensing toys – Providing mental stimulation
• Self-amusement toys – strong and durable for supervised and alone play

Safety factors to consider
Always consider the environment where your dog spends most of their time, your dog’s size, activity level, and preferences. Supervising your dog’s play with any new toy is a must. Be certain to purchase toys appropriate for the size and breed of your dog. Many Hero toys are available in a variety of sizes to suit most puppies, small, medium, large, and extra-large dogs. While one toy may be suitable for one dog, the dog of the same size and breed may react differently to the same toy.

With the right selection of toys, you’ll have a well-rounded canine partner.

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