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If you know anything about dogs and puppies, you will know that dog toys are a huge part of their day. Though some four-legged friends favour dog toys more than others – this is often related to breed, age and individual personality – as an owner, it’s always a good idea to give them a selection of things to play with. In fact, you may consider joining in with their game. Not only does this keep them stimulated and entertained, but it helps them to develop important skills.

Why Are Dog Toys Important?

There are two types of playing for dogs, solo playing and community playing. Community playing refers to playing with other dogs or humans, with or without an object. Solo playing refers to playing alone, with or without an object. This could be a stick or their own tail, or a favourite dog toy. After a while, playing can become repetitive but a dog toy helps to keep it interesting and avoid boredom.

Dogs are animals, which means they have animalistic traits and instincts. A toy can help them to act these out without harming themselves or another; they may chase, bite, hunt, growl and get out any pent up aggression with their toy. A lot of dogs enjoy ripping their toys to shreds, but this is all part of the game for them. It has been proven that dogs who don’t play are more likely to display hostile and aggressive behaviour. So, dog toys really are an important part of ensuring your dog is social and well behaved.

Don’t underestimate the importance of playing with your dog, something that a dog toy can encourage. Playing together strengthens your relationship with the dog and brings you both joy. It’s why you’ll see a lot of dog owners taking toys with them on a walk. Whether it’s throwing a ball for them to retrieve or playing a game of ‘Tug of War’, playing together is a great way to enjoy spending time with your dog.

Our Dog Toys

At Pets & Lifestyle, we have a wide range of fantastic dog toys for you to choose from. We have specifically chosen dog toys that are interesting and fun for your dog, but also resilient and long lasting. After all, you don’t want to buy a dog toy and find it has been destroyed in a matter of minutes. We have dog toys for all types of dogs, from tough and strong dogs to meek and mild dogs. Whereas some dogs prefer soft and squishy toys, others prefer hard and tough toys. You won’t struggle to find a toy that your four-legged friend will love. Plus, we work hard to keep things affordable. Your dog can enjoy a friendly character toy or an extreme tug toy, without you breaking the bank. So, what are you waiting for? Browse our fantastic range of dog toys today.