3 Main Benefits of Dog Toys

If you have a dog, you probably know how much he or she likes to play and you probably already have a toy. If you don’t, I suggest you find a suitable toy that your dog would like because there are numerous benefits which can be gained from having one.

Throughout this article, you will find that I compare dogs to humans from time to time and I’m going to kick it off with a well known phrase usually reserved for humans: “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Here, “all work and no play makes Shaggy an unhealthy dog.”


Every living creature needs exercise. It’s what keeps us healthy and dogs are no different.

In fact, exercise is one of the primary reasons many dog owners choose to get a toy for their pet. You can’t take him to the gym and teaching him yoga would probably be a bit hard so why not just let him run around for a bit to get the blood flowing.

dog doing yoga

But just telling him to go run won’t do it, there needs to be some motivation and a simple toy like a tennis ball is all you need. As simple as it sounds, throwing a ball provides great exercise for a dog by making him sprint, especially in an open area. And there’s some arm exercise in there for you too but if you don’t want to exercise, you can sit down and use a tennis ball launcher while your dog does all the work.

Exercise is an important part of having a healthy dog because like humans, dogs can become obese and obesity usually does way more harm than good. It introduces an increased risk for sicknesses such as diabetes and the weigh may put extra strain on joints.


Fun is one of the universal ways of creating a bond, no matter the person or animal. And that is main reason that dogs love toys.

You may love them for all the benefits mentioned here, but your dog isn’t thinking about all the health benefits of toys; they just love to play with toys because they’re fun.

Dental Health

Did you know that dogs have teeth too? Yeah crazy, I know!

And like us, poor dental hygiene can lead to infections, bad breath etc.

But it’s a headache to try and brush their teeth and surgical cleanings not only cost an arm and a leg, but you’ll have to put him under some anesthetic. Luckily, there’s a simpler way to get those teeth cleaned and that is the use of toys specifically designed for that purpose.

Though not as efficient as the two ways previously mentioned, it’s still a viable option because they encouragee chewing which creates saliva and reduce plaque.


There are many more benefits to using toys for your pet but these are the main ones that you should know. What others do you see that should be included?

Let me know in the comments section below.