Think twice before buying a new dog toy
If it looks like something you don't want chewed, don't give it to your dog
Christmas time is coming, and you’ve got all these great pet ideas for your pup. They’ll all win over your Instagram followers and look cute in a photo frame. It’s not until the damage is done that you realize that cute toy isn’t so cute when you’re at the veterinarian. It doesn’t take long to figure out which dog toys should be completely off limits. Do an Internet search for “dog smartphones,” “dog laptops” or “dog latte cups.” Now ask the same people who think these are good Christmas ideas how much they’ll enjoy their own dogs chewing on their smartphones or computers, or slurping down their hot drinks. (That plush squeaky monitor looks great until your own monitor is cracked.)
Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a toy. It can be the texture of a toy. My own Hound mix, who turned 10 months old on Saturday, has never had any interest in phone chords for the six months I’ve had her in my home: until today. Imagine my surprise when I handed her a small stick treat to chomp on, and she strolled away happily. She sat on the rug next to my computer desk while I typed away, and she happily gnawed away at the treat. I received a text message, took my phone off the charger to respond to it and noticed she was still chewing away. Only this time the stick treat was beside my foot. When I looked closer, she was chewing on the edge of my phone charger, not the treat. I grabbed her up immediately.