The best toys for your dog -

The best toys for your dog

Have you walked into a pet store lately and seen the toy section? It seems like there's more toys for dogs than kids… and you can end up spending just as much! So how do you know what to buy for your dog if you're on a budget? Our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, is here with the info you need to know.

"You could easily spend a small fortune buying toys for your dogs," says Luciano. "But there's no need to. The truth is, you don't really need that many toys to keep your dog engaged and entertained."

There are three things you should consider when choosing a dog toy. You want to make sure it appeals to your dog, that it's affordable and most importantly, that it's safe.

Most pet stores will allow you to bring your dog in with you, so don't try to guess which toy your dog will like. Let your dog do the shopping by sniffing out a toy he likes best. This will save you money because you only have to buy the one or two toys he loves, instead of trying to figure out what he wants and winding up with toys he couldn't care less about.

"The Kong is one of my favorite dog toys," says Luciano. "It's virtually indestructible and holds food treats inside.  My dog loves peanut butter and will spend hours trying to lick every last bit of it. Kong, like many toys, are sized for your dog, so you'll want to make sure you buy the right size. If it's too small, he could choke on it. And if it's too big, he might not go near it."

Whatever kind of toy you choose, you'll want to make sure it's safe for your dog. If your dog destroys the toy, it can quickly become hazardous.

Some dogs love squeaker toys and will squeak them over and over. But if your dog doesn't like the toy and destroys it, the squeaker could become loose and choke him. So keep an eye on the condition of your dog toys.

The same is true with plush toys. Over time, some dogs may rip the toy to shreds and you wouldn't want your dog to choke on the batting.

"Take your dog toy shopping," says Luciano. "But don't waste money on things he's not interested in. Find a toy or two that's safe and interesting to your dog and you'll both be happy!"

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