Dog toys come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The right toys will test your dog’s intelligence; help with teething and feet coordination. They also provide a great training tool if you have chewer on your hands. Dogs do get bored doing the same thing over and over so a variety of challenging toys is recommended.
Understanding your dog and it needs will help you pick out the right toys. For Example, a Cocker Spaniel has hunting instincts. Their natural instincts will tell you they love to hunt, flush and retrieve game. This tells me the dog is of high energy, smart and needs to be kept busy. So if you keep this in mind when choosing toys you will be on the right track. Of course some toys will be for indoor play and some for outdoor play. Let’s look at the benefits of rubber toys for a second,
Benefits of Toys
- Curbs the need for chewing Helps keep teeth nice and clean
- Helps maintain healthy gums
- Provides exercise
- Provides focus
- Help maintain dog alertness
- Dog is kept busy and entertained for hours
These are just a few, I am sure you could come up with a few more. The point is that the benefits of the toys will far out weight the cost. In my area if I have to take a dog in to get its teeth cleaned I am looking at bill at around $60.00 US. A toy to help keep my dogs teeth clean averages around $7.00 and it is much more enjoyable for the dog as well. Below is a list of toys that will challenge your pup and provide health benefits. You can find these popular toys by visiting your local pet shop or doing a search on the internet. For the most part they are inexpensive.
Kong Jump’ Jack – Great for Cocker Spaniels that like to chew. This dog toy that will clean your pups teeth and exercise the gums at the same time. Because it has an unpredictable bounce it will entertain your pup for hours. It has plenty of surface space to clean the dogs teeth and slits that are useful in exercising the dogs gums. They come in three different sizes, small, medium and large. Medium is recommended for Cocker Spaniels.
Squirrel Dude – (Also known as Busy Buddy Squirrel Dude). This toy is durable, unique and innovative. Fill the hole with treats and it will challenge the dog to be more assertive in attempting to taste and reach the treats. It is very durable and will keep your Cocker Spaniel busy for hours.
Ball Stomp’r – Launch and throw the ball. This ball launcher will provide fun for the young and old alike. Simply place an old tennis ball inside and step on the launcher to eject the ball. A ball is included with the toy but a tennis ball is much better substitute. On smaller units the ball is launch about sixty feet while the larger unit can reach up to 100 feet. Play with your dog and watch him focus, chase and retrieve the ball. Great outdoors fetch toy. Great way to exercise your Cocker Spaniel.
Dinosaur Egg Baby Plush Puppies – This toy helps build intelligence. Inside its secret opening it has three eggs that produce a squeaking sound. This will force the dog to test its instincts in discovering the hidden rewards.
Toys that you can interact with are always the best as they allow you to continually bond with your pet. Have fun in choosing toys. Keep your Cocker Spaniel busy and well exercised and it will help you avoid bad behavior problems.