Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a new puppy. You’ve got a lot of firsts to look forward to in the next few months: first walk, first trip to the park, and of course, first toy! The first toy isn’t all about fun and games (though they are tons of fun!). The right toy will help you bond with your puppy, teach him good chewing habits, soothe sore puppy teeth, save some of your things from being torn apart, and even prevent stress and boredom.
Keep Safety in Mind
When selecting a toy for your puppy, try to think like he does. Things like ribbons, bells, plastic eyes, and noses are begging to be ripped off, chewed up, and sometimes swallowed. The stuffing in a toy can be ripped out and swallowed as well, leaving you with a sick puppy.
Choose the Right Chew Toys
Puppies generally fare well with durable toys, like those made by Nylabone. Nylabone Puppy Chews come in a variety of sizes, shapes, flavors, so you’re sure to find something perfect for your new pup. They’re made with gentle, flexible materials that are best for young pups.
Don’t Forget Teething Toys
Chewing is a natural behavior for puppies, and their urge to chew will only get worse while teething. Chewing a soft but durable toy during teething will relieve discomfort, help your puppy get rid of his baby teeth, and teach him what he can and cannot chew. Luckily, there’s a bundle of Nylabone toys and treats that are specifically designed to safely guide your puppy through his difficult teething stage.
Teach Positive Chewing
Few owners escape puppyhood without losing a pair of shoes or a potted plant. You can significantly reduce your chances of chewed-up slippers by encouraging good chewing habits early on. Having a few Nylabone chew toys around helps your puppy relieve his natural urge to chew without gnawing at your furniture. He gets a fun new chew toy, and you get to save your stuff from puppy destruction. It’s a win-win!
Ease Stress and Boredom
You and your new puppy will be practically inseparable for the first few days, and curious puppies require constant supervision. However, there comes a time when you have to get things done around the house as you try to supervise your pup. Some pups, especially a rescued puppy who may have been abandoned before, won’t like to be left alone in his crate or a gated-off area. One way to help ease his stress and discourage potentially harmful puppy antics when you’re not looking is to give him a chew toy to occupy his time in a safe way.
Congratulations again on your newest furry family member, and happy chewing!