Choosing the right toys for your dog is important. Your pup may have very specific preferences in terms of what they enjoy playing with and what they don’t. Meanwhile, some toys may not be safe for certain dogs, or may not offer enough stimulation. For this reason, always do your research before buying a new toy. Likewise, if your dog doesn’t seem to be very interested in the toys they currently have, mix it up instead of just assuming they don’t like to play.
So where do you start? Here’s what to know about the essential role that toys play in your dog’s life—plus some helpful tips for picking out the best ones.