When you’re at the pet store looking for new toys for your pup, there are always rope toys on display. They seem to be essential to any dog’s toy box. Some have knots, some have handles, and some even have balls or bones attached to them. And like many toys, rope toys can give your four-legged friend some great benefits.
Benefits of Rope Toys for Dogs
1. Playing tug-of-war with a rope toy can strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Occasionally letting your pup win a game of tug-of-war can help boost his confidence, especially in dogs or puppies who are more shy or reserved. Just remember to not overdo it—if your dog constantly wins, he may start to over-assert you. Work with a certified trainer who can help you teach your dog how to play tug appropriately.
2. Rope and tug toys can help redirect nipping or biting behavior. Some dogs and puppies simply get nippy when they want to bite something. These ropes can provide them with a biting and chewing outlet.
3. Lots of people use rope toys as a reward. Dogs love these toys, especially when their owners are playing with them. You can use rope toys as positive reinforcement when you’re training with your furry companion.
4. Great for your dog’s teeth! Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs. It’s extremely important to focus on you pup’s dental health. When your dog chews on a rope, it helps clean his teeth by removing plaque.
5. Speaking of teeth, here’s a tip! If you soak a rope toy in water, it absorbs the liquid so you can freeze it. When your puppy gnaws on the rope, it’ll soothe his tender gums and potentially prevent him from chewing other things you don’t want him chewing on.
6. Rope toys are easy to carry—for you and your dog! They’re portable for you. And they’re fun for your dog to carry, especially if he’s a retrieving breed that likes to hold things in his mouth.
So now you know some ways your dog benefits from rope toys and you’re ready to buy one. Here are some things you should consider when purchasing:
Things to Consider:
- Buy an appropriately-sized rope toy for your dog. If the toy is too small for your dog, you dog may be at risk of choking.
- Consider the material. If your dog is an aggressive chewer, you’ll want a sturdy material. Dogs who gnaw and chew intensely can shred and ingest small rope fibers, which can cause digestive problems.
- Some ropes are made of the same materials as common household items like shoes, clothing, or furniture. Be careful when selecting the material so you don’t encourage your dog to transfer his chewing to non-toys.
And lastly, after you surprise your pup with a new toy, be sure to supervise him. Don’t leave your dog unattended. You could have issues with broken or ripped pieces of the rope toy.
Now go out and have some fun picking out a new toy for your four-legged friend!