One of our favorite activities is playtime! Labrador Retrievers are very playful and energetic by nature, since we love any activity involving toys. The best toys for us are toys that are interesting, while providing a stimulating interactive experience. Some toys are designed for human-and-dog playtime, while other toys are specifically designed to keep us entertained while being left alone. Each dog is different, and may have different preferences for the type and texture of their favorite toy. Toys are also very useful for preventing destructive behavior, since this can be a result of boredom or feeling neglected.Choosing A Safe ToyThough many of the toys on the market today are specifically designed with your dog’s safety in mind, it’s very important to still use caution when shopping for a dog toy. If you have a particularly strong or energetic toy, smaller or less durable toys may become broken, creating dangerous ingestible pieces. Avoid any toys that are made of a potentially breakable material, as well as toys that may rip or tear into pieces. When buying cloth toys, be sure that they are made with non-toxic materials and dyes. Plastic dog toys may still contain potentially harmful toxic materials, depending on the dog toy company’s safety standards. The best thing to do is thoroughly research dog toy brands, and only purchase from trusted companies. Playtime needs to involve safety cautions as well, and you want to ensure that your dog will be able to play without any potential hazards.Comfort ToysComfort toys are usually designed specifically for indoor playtime. These types of toys are usually made of a cloth-like or nylon material, sometimes being stuffed with stuffing or other materials. These are your Labrador’s toys for shaking and carrying around the house. Most Labradors have an instinctual desire to carry or shake stuffed toys, which is a result of their hunting instinct. These types of toys are not as durable as outdoor active toys, since they are designed for indoors. A comfort toy is also usually the best toy to place near your dog’s sleeping area to help them feel more at home.Active ToysThis type of toy is designed for high-energy, energetic outdoor playtime. This type of toy is great for dog-to-human interactive playtime. These toys can be use for fetching, tug-of-war, or keep-away games. Active toys are designed to be extremely durable, very resistant to breaking or being damaged outdoors. Ideally, an active toy should last quite a long time. Try to choose active outdoor toys that are made of durable rubber, or materials that can be left outdoors without being damaged by temperature and weather.Edible ToysEdible chews are also called “Distraction toys” since they are usually designed to keep your Labrador Retriever busy without direct interaction. These chews are ideal for times when you have to leave your dog alone for a period of time, since they can reduce instances of separation anxiety. A good distraction toy can also help prevent the destructive behavior that some dogs will display when left alone.Many edible dog chews are available at pet supply stores. Depending on how long you want the toy to last, there are many different materials to choose from. Small rawhide and meal-based chews are able to be consumed within a short amount of time, while bones, large rawhide toys, or other large edible chews will be able to occupy your dog’s attention for a significant period of time. If you wish to use an edible dog chews as a treat, it’s best to use an easily consumable toy that will offer instant gratification.Sometimes, you can create an edible dog yourself! The easiest way to use this is to use one of the durable “beehive-shaped” rubber dog toys that are popular at pet supply stores. These toys are made of high-density rubber, and won’t shred or break. Most of these chews usually have a hole that goes through the center of the toy, which you can fill with meat paste, peanut butter, or another edible material. Your dog will spend a significant amount of time trying to lick the edible substance, which may keep them entertained for hours! As with all edible chews, this can make a mess, so is best enjoyed outdoors.
The importance of Baby Toys is enormous in a baby’s life. Besides getting entertained, babies also learn a lot while playing with his toys. Baby Toys can make your child laugh with joy, it can stop your baby from crying, and it can make your baby busy while without your special attention, and it can also educate him without a failure. However, how to choose a most suitable toys for your beloved baby?1. Safety is the key to healthy baby toys
The prime factor to choose a healthy Baby Toys for your child is safety. Please check below:
– Are the toys made with toxic plastic or fabric?
– Are there any quality guarantee?
– Are there loose parts from the toys that could cause a choking hazard?
– Could the toys fit inside a toilet paper roll, if yes, it might choke a baby.
– Could little fingers get pinched?
– Is your child too large in physical body to safely play with the toys or equipments?2. Choose the Baby Toys according to Baby’s interest
It is important to choose baby toys according to your baby’s interest. In usual cases, for kids under 18 months like mobiles, soft books, noisemakers, busy boxes, activity tables, stacking toys and push-and-pull toys. However, it is important for you to observe your baby’s preference, and notice what interests your child. Does he like to pretend to drive a vehicle? Does she like to build with blocks? Does he enjoy stories about the farm? Being aware of your baby’s interests and making choices based on those interests shows that you respect your child’s feelings and value her ideas.3. Choose the Baby Toys according to Baby’s age development
It is also essential to choose baby toys according to your baby’s age development, and buy the toys with reference to the instruction labels on it. Assuming that your baby is at the stage of development that is usual for his age, the information on instruction label gives you a basis to evaluate the toys. Read the instruction label on the toys packing box with the recommended ages. However, you are the one who knows the most about your baby. You are the only one to consider whether the toys are appropriate or not. For an instant, your child may be behind most three-year-olds in physical development, but may be well ahead in language development. Consider these differences as you make your choices for toys.4. Choose Baby Toys that are educational
In fact, within the first four years of life, children develop a full 50% of their adult intelligence! That’s how fast their brains are growing. Besides having fun, baby toys encourage the creativity, coordination, emotional and social resilience. So it is important to choose toys with educational purposes. These toys will help to develop the self-confidence in your baby.Toys that foster the imagination are great for both boys and girls, toys like blocks or stacking cups can be very educational. They are designed to stimulate your baby’s brain and sense of coordination as well as help with item recognition. There are blocks with animals, abstract shapes, cars and instruments inside. Indeed, toys are one of the best friends that a baby may ever have.5. Choose Baby Toys that help your baby learn about the real world
Besides, educational purposes, some baby toys can help your baby learning about real-life skills. It can be accomplished through providing toys that mirror real life. For example, Baby Einstein Video and DVDs such as Baby Da Vinci: From Head to Toe, Baby Einstein Neighborhood Animals, Baby McDonald A Day on the Farm, Baby Neptune Discovering Water, Discovering Shapes, Baby Shakespeare – World of Poetry, Baby Mozart – Music Festival. They are the ideal platforms for your baby to learn about the real world, about the animals in the world and the water world, get knowledge about our body from head to toe, get in touch with the beautiful poems from Shakespeare and wonderful music from Mozart. For these kinds of baby toys, don’t worry about whether a toy is for a boy or a girl. Consider instead what the baby will be learning using the toys.