Service dogs are specially trained to assist people with disabilities. They provide ongoing support and tireless dedication to those they serve, helping them perform vital tasks, stay safe, and gain independence.
But even service dogs need some time to relax and have fun! And there are a whole range of service dog toys available to help your pup unwind after a long day on the job.
So, what are the best types of service dog toys? In this article we'll take a look at four types of useful service dog toys:
Keep reading for information about the benefits of these types of service dog toys, and our tips and recommendations for choosing high-quality toys that will stand the test of time.
All dogs have an instinctual need to chew – it just comes with the territory of being a dog! Chewing is mentally stimulating and helps dogs relieve stress. It's also a great way to keep their teeth clean and their jaw muscles strong.
Service dogs have demanding lives, and chew toys are an excellent way to help them relieve stress during their downtime so they stay happy and productive on the job.
When choosing a durable chew toy, consider your dog's size and chewing habits. A good chew toy should be large enough to be held in your dog's mouth comfortably without posing a choking hazard.
If your dog is an aggressive chewer, it's important to choose a toy made from strong, flexible material that will withstand vigorous chewing without damaging his teeth.
Smaller breeds and less aggressive chewers may be better suited to softer toys – but always choose a high-quality toy made from tough materials that won't break down over time.
West Paw Design's range of durable chew toys are perfect for larger breeds and aggressive chewers. The Zogoflex Hurley is the toughest of the bunch. Made from ultra-modern "dog" material, Zogoflex, it bends, bounces, flies, and floats. And it's so strong and flexible it will challenge even the most aggressive breeds. In fact, it comes with a manufacturer's guarantee against dog destruction!
Puzzle toys are a fantastic way to challenge, entertain, and engage your service dog. There are a huge variety of puzzle toys available, and they're all designed to keep your pooch busy.
Regular use of puzzle toys can benefit your service dog in a number of ways. They alleviate boredom, prevent anxiety, and improve problem solving skills. In a nutshell, they help your service dog relax and perform better on the job.
When introducing your dog to puzzle feeders, it's best to start out with a relatively simple design. This will prevent your dog becoming bored with a toy that's too challenging.
The IQ Treat Ball is a durable, non-toxic treat dispensing puzzle toy that will challenge and entertain your service dog. Simply add treats or kibble to the ball, give it to your dog, and let him interact and play with it.
As your dog moves the ball around the treats are dispensed through a small hole on one side. It's a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated and physically active. It's also an excellent alternative to the traditional food bowl, extending the joy of feeding time and preventing unhealthy gulping.
Training toys such as ropes and bite tugs can be used to improve your service dog's core strength, build his drive, and help him practice self-control and obedience.
Remember that dogs have an inbuilt instinct to tug, and some may become aggressive if you don't remain in control and teach them how to play the right way. If in doubt, consult with a certified dog trainer for guidance.
Used correctly, training toys are excellent tools to help your service dog release pent-up energy and learn useful skills he can apply to his job. Here are a couple of recommendations for service dog training toys that are tough, durable, and built to last:
The Viper Jute Tug from DogLine is made of high-quality jute material that's extremely strong and durable, as well as tear-resistant. Sewn together with heavy duty stitching and featuring a rubber woven handle for a strong grip, it's available in single or double handled versions.
DogLine's Synthetic Linen or Jute Soft Bite Pillow is perfect to use as a bite developer and drive building training tool for puppies and young dogs. It features tear-resistant, durable material sewn together with heavy duty stitching, and three thick handles for a strong grip.
Many dogs love to chase, and if your service dog is one of them chase toys are a fantastic way to provide physical exercise and mental stimulation.
There are lots of different chase toys available; from basic rubber balls, to frisbees and slingshot style toys. Flirt poles are one of the most convenient types of chase toys for exercising service dogs as they can be easily used by people with limited mobility.
The Squishy Face Studio Flirt Pole V2 is the only flirt pole on the market that uses bungee cord to prevent “whiplash” when the lure is caught. It's tough enough to be used with dogs of all sizes, and has a lightweight construction with a soft, non-slip grip and wrist strap for easy handling.
The flirt pole includes a choice of durable braided fleece lures in two color combinations, with or without squeaker. It also features safe, easily changed lures that don't use fasteners which can injure your dog's mouth.
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Grant WithersA writer for SitStay dedicated to getting the information out to pet parents about all things pets.