Where to Buy: at PetSmart stores nationwide
Price of Product: starting at $3.99
Description of Product: “The search for engaging and entertaining toys for your dog is over. From puppyhood to adulthood, toys are fundamental to a pet’s mental, psychological, and emotional development. The new Toys“R”Us® PetsTM collection, exclusive to PetSmart® (NASDAQ: PETM), helps stimulate a pet’s intellectual growth.
From the beginning, toys play a crucial role, but which toy is right for your pet? PetSmart has created the new Toy Chest aisle, which groups 100 whimsical Toys“R”Us Pets items and 1,000 other toys, allowing for easy exploration. Here’s what to look for:
The Early Years
Puppyhood is the most formative stage for health and cognitive growth, and “it’s important for puppies to have many different experiences because neurons are forming,” Dr. Yin said. To help a puppy reach his full potential, engage pets with toys with varied textures, such as:
Toys“R”Us Pets Tubular Body Animals: With a tubular rubber center, this toy is ideal for puppy chewing. “Soft rubber toys are the best chew surface,” Dr. Yin said.
Toys“R”Us Pets Vinyl Tire and Rope Animal: This crunchy squeaky toy can entertain pets with short attention spans. “Having a toy with different textures and surfaces will keep your puppy engaged for longer periods of time,” Dr. Yin said.
Incorporating problem-solving toys is crucial. “Research indicates that dogs who were given intelligence toys could learn positive reinforcement faster – like crossword puzzles for adults,” Dr. Yin said. Tug and fetch games encourage exercise while teaching impulse control. Try the:
Toys“R”Us Pets Flying Disc: Durable and bright, this cloth disc is perfect for a game of fetch. “Fetch is one of the most efficient ways to exercise your dog and spend quality time,” Dr. Yin said.
Toys“R”Us Pets Bungee Tire Animal: This fun tug toy has two grip options for comfortable game-playing. “The location of the tug holding areas allows the pet parent and dog to play together safely,” said Dr. Yin.
As dogs’ physical capabilities wane in senior years, opt for enrichment tools. “Dogs enjoy playing with toys less and less as they get older,” Dr. Yin said. Toys that encourage interaction and those they have previously associated with play are good choices. Examples include:
Toys“R”Us Pets Squeaker Mat Dog Toy: This six-squeaker fleece toy is safe to throw and tug. “For older dogs who like squeakers but need more encouragement to play, a toy with five or six loud squeakers may be just right,” Dr. Yin said.
Toys“R”Us Pets Dumbbell Treat: This toy allows treats to be hidden inside. “Toys such as food dispensers can improve brain development in puppies and slow down brain aging and onset of cognitive dysfunction in adult dogs,” Dr. Yin said.”
Review of Product: Chester and Cleo aren’t puppies but I think playing with toys keeps them young and playful! They are funny when they get a new toy – they fight over it and then once someone claims it there is no more fighting. I wish I could understand the conversation that seems to take place! They play alone with their toys, never together. They had so much fun with these bright toys! I loved how tactile they were, they were soft and the dogs had a ball playing with them! Their favorite was the water bottle crunchers hands down. They have been playing nonstop with them!
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I received samples of the products reviewed in this post. My opinions remain my own.
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