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Safe Toys For Your Pampered Pooch

If you’ve ever been inside a pet store or wandered through the pet aisle of your local discount store, you’ll notice a plethora of dog toys. However, just because it’s labeled and tagged as a toy for dogs doesn’t mean it’s a good option for your pet. Before buying a toy for your dog, there are several factors to keep in mind regarding safety.

Why buy toys at all?

Dogs are people too, right? They get bored and need some form of entertainment, especially if their humans are busy or away at work. Some toys give a dog something to do, while others provide comfort. It’s good to have a variety of each type and hide them around the home or rotate for play time.

The size of the toy and dog matter.

A small lightweight toy is going to be destroyed quickly by a large dog and pose a choking hazard as well. A large heavy toy may be harmful to a small or toy breed by being too much for little jaws to carry around. Make sure to get toys appropriate to your dog’s size and jaw strength.

Dogs and kids are eerily similar.

Just like kids, dogs are often attracted to dangerous things. Anyone that has ever had a dachshund for instance, knows they love to silence the squeaky toy. The squeaking mechanisms can be the equivalent of giving a marble to an infant. In the mouth it goes, where it can easily cause a choking hazard or lodge further down in the digestive tract. I wouldn’t recommend making a habit of giving squeaky toys to dogs and strongly suggest constant supervision when doing so.

For comfort

Many dogs love a ‘lovie’ of some sort. Many female dogs will treat a stuffed animal like a puppy by carrying it around, licking and putting one paw over it for sleeping. Just make sure the stuffed animal doesn’t have button eyes that pose a choking hazard and check frequently for rips that might lead to lost stuffing. The stuffing can cause choking and vomiting so either sew it up or replace when it starts to come apart. You’ll save yourself and your dog an extra trip to the vet.

Make-do dog toy

If you’ve had to toss all your dog’s toys and haven’t been able to pick up new ones, make one from old laundry. And old t-shirt rolled up and sewn or tied in knots makes a good toy and probably smells great to your dog!


Rawhides should be given with caution. Dogs that race to finish their treats are at risk of swallowing big chunks that can get lodged in the esophagus, so supervise your dog and ensure he chews appropriately. Not all rawhides are made with strict manufacturing principles so they can cause stomach upsets due to E.coli or Salmonella. They are also high-fat and high salt treats (this is what makes them tasty!). Depending on what you purchase rawhides can also support unethical trades such as the fur industry, so consider what animal the rawhide comes from and whether you want to support the industry and company that made it. That being said, rawhides are a great (relatively) natural treat that can be excellent for dental health and satisfy your dog’s urge to chew.


Vet recommended toys for active dogs:




  1. Ezydog Dogstar Flyer – Made of durable nylon, this frisbee is recommended for two reasons. It floats and is durable yet soft enough not to cause trauma to teeth or gums.





  1. Kong Puppy Wubba Toy – Whether playing a gentle game of tug-o-war or fetch, this toy is sturdy enough for hours of interactive play.





  1. Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball – This is a toy designed to entice dogs with the scent of a treat inside or can be used for playing fetch.




  1. Jax and Bones Good Karma Rope Toy – These toys are sturdy yet comforting for dogs to carry around and keep nearby.




  1. Zogoflex Hurley Dog Chew Toy – Dogs love the flexible chewiness of this toy. Humans love that it’s very long lasting, practically indestructible and floats.

Most importantly, enjoy time with your furry friend. Remember, you’re his human for life. Make it count.




Eloise Bright is a mom to Duster, the Pomeranian, and Jimmy, the cat. As a Sydney based veterinarian of 7 years currently working with Love That Pet, Eloise has taken the opportunity to volunteer at charity clinics and is now completing her Masters in Small Animal Practice.


Interactive Dog Toys

Interactive dog toys are lots of fun for dogs and for owners. Many of them also provide a good way for dogs to learn. Instead of simply giving your dog a chew toy to keep him occupied, you can sit down with your dog and do something together. It takes more of your time, but you and your dog can build a stronger bond.


Different kinds of interactive toys

There are different kinds of toys that are called “interactive.” Some toys require a response from the dog in order for them to do something. For example, the Buster Cube and other treat-dispensing toys will dispense treats to your dog if he figures out how to roll it in a certain way to make the treats come out. Other toys will “speak” to your pet (with a message that you have recorded), when they play with it. One toy releases bacon-scented bubbles when the dog plays with it. (Dogs love bubble machines) These are all interactive toys because the dog has to do something to make the toys work. These are fun toys for your dog and you might be interested in getting some toys like this to keep your dog entertained.


However, there are also toys that require you to be present to play with your dog. For example, toy designer Nina Ottosson makes wooden puzzles for dogs. You hide treats inside the puzzle and the dog has to move the puzzle pieces with his nose or paw in order to find the treats. You have to be with him to help him play. The puzzles can be made more difficult as your dog figures out each level. Ottosson has made lots of these puzzle games. They can be found online and in some pet stores.


You can find lots of similar games for you and your dog to play together if you visit pet stores or check online. The key thing is that these games, toys, and puzzles are something that you and your dog can do together.


Of course, some of the best and most fun interactive games you can play with your dog are playing fetch, tug, and other old-fashioned games that dogs love to play. You can make an interactive game for your dog by taking a small pail and putting some of your dog’s rubber toys in it. Then fill it with water and freeze it. Give the block of ice to your dog in the yard on a hot day and let him lick at it to get his toys out. Dogs love to play with this ice toy.


Whether you choose toys that your dog has to interact with on his own, or you find puzzles and games that the two of you can enjoy together, the important thing is that your dog has a chance to use his mind and problem solving abilities to figure things out. These games are fun and challenging for your dog and he will have a good time playing with them.

Chewing is a normal activity for dogs and puppies. It’s only a problem when dogs chew on things they shouldn’t. Unfortunately, dogs can do a lot of damage in the home when they start to chew on inappropriate things. There are several ways you can stop your dog chewing on things he shouldn’t.

Stopping inappropriate chewing
If your dog is chewing on woodwork or upholstered furniture, one of the best ways to stop the chewing is by using a deterrent. Bitter apple cream and spray can be purchased in pet stores and online. You can apply it to your woodwork and furniture and the taste is so bad that it will make most dogs stop chewing on these objects. You will need to reapply as necessary. It can also be used on electrical cords and other things in the house that dogs like to chew.

Some people use tabasco sauce or other hot sauce for the same purpose. It will deter your dog from chewing on things. Just be careful not to use anything that could harm your dog as a deterrent.

Chewing substitutes
Another way to stop your dog from chewing on things he shouldn’t is by providing him with plenty of his own things to chew on. For example, rawhides can be good chews for dogs. Look for rawhides that come from USDA beef and which have preferably been sterilized as these are safer for your dog. When you give your dog rawhides to chew you should supervise and remove small pieces that come off so your dog can’t choke on them. There are also many good chew toys for dogs that will satisfy your dog’s urge to chew. Rope toys, hard rubber toys such as Kongs, Nylabones, and many others are all good for dogs that like to chew.

If you have a puppy, be sure to provide him with lots of toys for chewing. Puppies teethe from the time they are about four months to 17 months of age and they have a strong urge to chew on things during this time.

Spending a few dollars on chews and chew toys for your dog is a good way to save expensive home furnishings.

Another good way to deter chewing is to make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise. Dogs who get lots of exercise are less likely to be destructive in the home. They are more likely to spend their time sleeping when you are not home with them. Tired dogs are happy dogs.

If your dog is destructive and chews things when you are not home, consider crating him when you are away from home for a few hours. All dogs should learn to be crated. Medium and large dogs who fly with their owners have to be crated. Crating is a safe way to travel with your dog in your vehicle. And crating at home can keep your dog safe and out of trouble when you are not home. Most dogs regarde their crate as a den and are happy to sleep until you return. Naturally, you should not leave a dog unattended in a crate for more than a few hours.

If you follow the suggestions here, you should be able to stop your dog from chewing on things he shouldn’t. Try different suggestions, or try all of them. Bitter apple and providing good chew toys are often enough to stop most chewing problems.

Dogs are like people—and that means that they always enjoy gifts. Doggie gift baskets are great presents for your dog’s birthday or Christmas present. This article will tell you how to assemble the perfect doggie gift basket for your beloved dog in no time.

When you start making your doggie gift basket for your dog, make sure that you have a basket handy. A nice wicker basket seems to work the best. Always remember to put practical items in the basket that your dog would actually enjoy.

A bone is an essential item to put in a doggie gift basket. While there are many bones available, some of the best bones for your dog are dental bones. Your dog will love this kind of bone and it will also clean its mouth and freshen the breath. That’s what I call a win-win situation! If your dog just isn’t interested in a dental bone, a good rawhide bone is always another option.

A sweater for your dog is another fun present to put in a doggie gift basket and especially useful during the winter months. Make sure to not get a sweater that is too bulky for your dog, otherwise it will prevent them from being able to walk around normally. This often will result in your dog trying to get the sweater off.

A third and final item that will always be appreciated by your dog is a dog treat and will help if you need to train them. A good brand of dog treats are Milkbone. These are available in various sizes and flavors. A popular flavor that always seems to go over well is the Bacon flavor.

Hopefully now you know how to create a doggie gift basket that will please your dog. Whether it be a Border Collie or a Chihuahua, all the items mentioned are sure to please any dog. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the presentation or with the items within your basket.

Pink Elephant Dog Toy

pink elephant toyThe pink elephant toy is one of our new items for spring.  No drinks necessary to see this pink elephant!

The toy is soft and plush and has a squeaker inside.

Available now at

Plush Chewnel Dog Toy

chewnel dog toyThe Chewnel plush toy is finally back at Pampered-Dog-Gifts.  This toy had been discontinued for over a year and it is finally back with a new design.  This one has the words KoKo Chewnel France embroidered on it.

Your spoiled princess deserves the worlds most popular fragrance, doesn’t she?  Now she can have it with this plush toy.   This toy includes a squeaker for added fun.

Check out this and other cool dog toys at

Easter Loofa Dog Toy

Easter Loofa Dog Toy

Easter Loofa

The Easter Loofa dog toy is perfect for your pup this Easter.  It comes in 2 sizes. The smaller 12″ for smaller dogs and a larger 18″ for bigger dogs.  Our pom just loves this toy.  He likes to play tug of war with it.  He looks so adorable when he lays on it with his paws trying to prevent us from taking it.

The toy has a squeaker inside.  It also has a second noisemaker that makes a honking noise.

There are 2 colors – yellow and purple.  These are very popular for Easter and usually sell out quickly.

DogDiva Dog Toy

DogDiva Dog Toy


Since your diva dog cannot eat chocolate, get her the next best thing. A plush box of DogDiva for Valentines Day. This cute plush toy has 4 “chocolates” and the word DogDiva on its side. The toy has a squeaker inside and will bring loads of fun to your diva dog. Makes a perfect gift for Valentines Day or any occasion. The manufacturer has stopped making these, so we are limited to the small quantity on hand. You better hurry if you want your little diva to get one of these delicious treats.

valentine heart dog Toys

Valentine Heart Toys

This plush Valentine hearts toy will make a great gift for your spoiled little pup.  Valentines Heart Toys are packaged 3 hearts in each red paper heart box. Hearts say “Be Mine”, “I Love You” and “Happy Valentines Day” on them. Each heart is 4″. Supplies limited – Order now to assure your loved one gets one of these unique toys.

Supplies are limited on these toys, so it will be first come first serve on these.

Christmas Present Dog Toy

christmas present toy

christmas present toy

This plush dog toy looks like a wrapped Christmas present.  It is red and green and makes a great gift for any good dog on Christmas.  They come in two sizes, one for smaller dogs and puppies and a larger size for big dogs.

These cute Christmas dog toys are available at It is not too late to order for Christmas delivery.  All toys are shipped using Priority Mail as standard, so you have plenty of time to get your good pup a plush present this year.