In addition to being cute and cuddly, Goldendoodles are also smart and active. They need regular physical and mental stimulation. As a conscientious owner, it’s your job to make sure they have it. It isn’t just good for them, but for you too. A bored, over-active dog is much more likely to display unwanted or even destructive behaviors. One of the best and simplest ways you can keep your doodle physically and intellectually occupied is supplying them with the right toys.
There is a wide variety of toys for dogs available today. The following post offers a good introduction:
Dog toys come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. You can choose from novelty, squeaky, chewy, and plush types, suitable for throwing, retrieving or tug games, and even interactive toys that provide mental stimulation when your dog is left on his own. Always buy toys specifically designed for dogs, and make sure the toy is suitable for the size and strength of your pet.
Although some companies indicate this on their packaging you should use common sense based on your own knowledge of your dog’s behavior. Supervise play with those toys that may prove less robust under a determined onslaught (such as squeaky latex or stuffed ones) so that if necessary you can step in and remove them before they have been reduced to small pieces and swallowed. Read more at Your Dog…
When selecting your doodle’s toys, always consider their unique personality and behavior. This will give you a more accurate picture of what to choose than simply relying on the information on the packaging.
As much as possible, playtime for your Goldendoodle should be deliberately scheduled. This will help you stay on track when you’re busy and more likely to forget. On some of these occasions you will have the time to play with your canine best friend, other times they will need to occupy themselves. There are great toys made for both purposes, and more. The following post has details:
- Distraction Toys
While we love to spend time playing with our dogs, it is sometimes necessary for them to get used to spending time alone and this becomes an essential part of their play time. When you’re trying to discourage your pup from destroying furniture, shoes, and clothes and basically everything accessible in the house, you need to provide him with something else he can focus his attention on to.
- Active Toys
Active toys are perfect for when your dog is in the mood for adventure and endless hours of playing. Active toys encourage his natural instincts to play and are the ideal combination of fitness and fun. Rope toys are the best kind to go for when you’re looking for active engagers as they are safe, amusing and fun to chase.
- Comfort Toys
Just like a child gets attached to some of his toys, pillows, and blankets, dogs find comfort in certain objects and it is important to provide them with these sources of love and warmth. Read more at Pet Sutra…
Along with the different categories of toys, there are some that work best in the backyard, and others that can be enjoyed by the fireplace in the den. It’s best to have a good mix of toys available for your doodle’s enjoyment.
As we noted above, your doodle is unique and will prefer some toys over others. The following post takes a closer look at why some toys become favorites while others get the cold shoulder:
Why Do Dogs Prefer Some Toys Over Others?
Generally speaking, most dogs like toys that simulate prey. This is why squeaky toys and soft toys are often very popular with most dogs. Hearing the high-pitched squeak and/or ripping apart a soft plush toy can be immensely satisfying to some dogs.
However, dogs are individuals, and even dogs within the same breed will have preferences due to personality differences. Some dogs prefer harder toys that feel good to chew on; others prefer toys like balls or Frisbees because they’re fun to chase and retrieve, and some dogs don’t like toys at all unless their owner is in on the game. Read more at American Kennel Club…
As a good dog owner, you should supply your Goldendoodle with new toys throughout its lifetime. It will keep them entertained, engaged and youthful for years to come. And let’s face it, there are few things better than a happy Goldendoodle.