I’m not usually a big spender.
Except when it comes to my dog.
And even then, I don’t spend money on coordinating leashes and collars, pretty clothes, or doggy vacations.
But I do spend it on toys.
And over the years, I’ve found some pretty compelling reasons for you to get your dog a toy today. And some of them aren’t even jokes.
Real Reasons To Get Your Dog A Toy
Over at Victoria Stilwell’s website, Positively, you’ll find five reasons dog toys are worth spending money on. Yeah, toys are enriching. And they give your dog emotional balance.
Blah, blah, blah.
These are the real reasons to get your dog some toys:
If your dog is playing with a toy, he’s not chewing on your underwear, socks, or cell phone. Enough said, right?
It’s much harder to bark with a toy in your mouth. In truth, Honey still manages to bark. But it’s not so loud.
A toy is the easiest way to move the dog from your side of the couch. A quick game of tug or fetch certainly works better than asking nicely.
A dog without toys will think you’re a hypocrite. After all, you’re sitting there surrounded by a $1,000+ computer and a whole house full of toys.
A dog with a toy is cute as heck. No arguing with that one.
Dog toys save you from frostbite (or heat stroke if you live in the south). A rousing indoor game with a toy might be all that’s standing between you and losing a toe when your dog feels cooped up and starts asking for another long walk.
Toys are better than vacuum cleaners. When it comes to attracting dog hair, you can’t beat dog toys. And you don’t have to plug them in.
Dog toys are the real job creators. With the gazillions we spend on toys that only survive a week or two, we’re doing our part to keep the economy strong.
Some Dogs Don’t Like Toys
I know. Some dogs don’t like toys.
My last dog, Shadow, never played with toys.
You know what’s a toy for dogs who don’t like toys? You.
Good luck being as fun as a huge stuffy with a squeaker inside.
Your Turn: Are toys important to your dog? Why?