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Toys: The perfect treat this festive season

No gift list is complete without a treat or two for your beloved four-legged family members. This festive season, we recommend treating them to a high-quality toy that is both safe and durable, and will keep them occupied for hours.

Why do dogs need toys?

Much like children, dogs need toys to provide mental and physical stimulation and to assist in fulfilling their emotional and physical needs.

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Dogs have a lot of energy, and can easily become bored, which often leads to behavioural issues. Ever heard of dogs destroying cushions, chairs and other household items while their owners are at work? Boredom can lead to destructive behaviour.

Non-working dogs need something to do in the hours that you’re not there, or during the time in between walks, feeds and sleeping. Toys occupy their time and fulfil their need to chew. If it’s not a toy, it might be your shoe, pillows or furniture next!

How to get the most out of your dog’s toys

Dogs can get bored of their toys, which is why it’s essential to have a few that you rotate, ensuring they don’t play with the same toy every time. Select toys that are non-toxic and that don’t pose the danger of choking. Wash or clean them from time to time, both for the health of your pet, but also for the cleanliness of your home.

Hunter has a gorgeous array of dog toys on offer – these are the ones we recommend for the upcoming festive season:

Stuff & Bounce Rubber Ball

Available in two colours, this durable rubber ball can be used as a regular ball or a boredom-beating game when filled with snacks. Vanilla-scented and safe for chewing. R139.

Availability: Selected pet stores, veterinary stores, supermarkets and independent retailers.

Tough Plushy Toy

These plushy toys are tough and will provide hours of safe fun for your dog or puppy. Available in assorted shapes, these toys are non-toxic and safe for pets and babies. Each toy is made from cotton and polyester and is washable at 30°C. R129.

Availability: Takealot, selected pet stores, veterinary stores, supermarkets and independent retailers.

 Striped Dog Toy

These plushy toys will provide hours of safe fun for your dog or puppy. Washable at 30°C, they are made from cotton and polyester and do not contain a squeaker. Non-toxic and safe for the whole family. R139.

Availability: Takealot, selected pet stores, veterinary stores, supermarkets and independent retailers.

Details: www.huntersa.co.za/

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