Greyhounds are known for their gentle personalities, athletic abilities and desire for napping the day away. However, if you have a Greyhound in your life, you’ve also probably noticed that they will get short bursts of energy, and on rainy days when they can’t get their daily walk, you’ll need to break out some toys to play with. They love to play chase, a good session of tug-of-war and to use their considerable smarts on their own and with their humans.
But what are the best toys for greyhounds? Keep reading to find out.
Did you know you’re living with a pooch that had been featured in 8,000-year-old cave drawings? At some point over that time, they evolved into intelligent creatures with a laid back attitude, and today they’re a downright smart bunch.
Combined with their gentle disposition, thinker toys are a great option for these dogs to play with any time. Puzzle Toys bring together a physical and mental challenge for greyhounds, as dogs are encouraged to use their minds to unlock a toy to gain access to a treat, or work out a puzzle with their paws to find secret treats where you’ve tucked them away.
Most dogs love a game of fetch, and that includes greyhounds. Greyhounds have a long history as hunting dogs, which means they love to chase down small moving objects as they skitter around on the ground.
They also have a long stride so you can toss a sturdy ball or other Fetch Toy far in a yard or park for them to chase after on a day out. Stand in amazement as you watch your greyhound take off at speed after a ball or other toy and bring it back to you for another toss.
A perfect indoor toy for greyhounds, try out a Plush Toy. Greyhounds can chew on these soft toys all day – between naps, of course. Give yourself something cute to look at, too, as you watch your greyhound dig into plush toys in the shape of a hot dog, slice of pizza, a pigeon or eggs on toast.
Push and pull during a game of tug-of-war with your greyhound. Grab yourself a good Tug Toy and enjoy a short or long game, especially good when your greyhound needs to get out a little pent up energy. A good strong tug toy is usually a safe bet with most dogs, who will play with you, run with it, whip it around or just spend some time chewing on a rope toy.
Combine a plush toy with a chewer toy and you’ve got yourself a great activity for any greyhound to dig into. Spiky core balls have not only the cute, soft elements of plush toys but also contain a sturdy core ball that can lead to hours of chewing for your pooch.
They’ll be eager to find out what’s in the middle of that plush toy as they chew away, and because these toys have have a tough center, you’ll be able to play games of fetch where you can toss the toy farther than regular plush toys. These types of toys are great for both a relaxing chew or to toss around the house when you or your greyhound are feeling bored.
If you have a greyhound with some more energy – puppies, anyone? – a Super Chewer Toy may be perfect for you. These toys are durable, cute, and great for bouncing around the house or outside, as they’re easy to clean. Some have the option of tucking a treat into the toy, while others cut straight to the point – your dog will chew on these durable toys for hours, and they won’t break down anytime soon.
They can chew and chomp away without shredding these rubber toys to bits, giving both human and dog something to celebrate.
If your Greyhound loves toys, they’ll absolutely adore getting a BarkBox! For as little as $22 a month, they’ll receive 2 fun, original toys, 2 bags of delicious treats, and a meaty chew, all of which are curated around a fun theme. (Say, Chewrassic Bark or Knights of the Hound Table…and that’s just to start!) It’s an incredibly good deal for your incredibly good pup. Feel free to reach out to the Bark Happy team at [email protected] if you have any questions!
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