Since our dog, Blue Belle, is a medium sized dog and not a Chihuahua we recognize that we don’t know much about how to take care of a small puppy. Thanks to this post from Sara, we have learned about the needs of a Chuhuahua puppy. Sara tells us before you go shopping for toys for Chihuahuas, check out this easy guide. You’ll learn everything you need to know about what your Chi needs in a toy.
Guest Post by Sara, Freelance Writer ~ ILoveAll Dogs
What you should consider before buying Toys for Chihuahuas
We all want to give our dogs the best food, treats and toys that money can buy. But sometimes we’re not sure where to start. You might find yourself confused about what the right toys are when you’re a new dog owner. This applies for every breed but in this case, we’re talking about Chihuahuas.
As a parent to a brand new Chihuahua puppy, you want to start spoiling them right away. You want to get the best toys for them so that they can meet all their chewing needs.
But don’t go shopping for toys for your Chihuahua before you learn about the best toys for them. They’re little dogs but as puppies they can chew like any other breed. Here you will find everything you need to know before buying toys for Chihuahuas. All your Chihuahua’s needs and what qualities to look for in a toy are right here.
Teething and Chewing
Chihuahua puppies love to chew but they aren’t the only ones. Even adult Chihuahuas enjoy chewing. Chi puppies start teething at around the age of 4 months. The reason for their need to chew is because they’re gums are itchy. They’re gums itch because they’re baby teeth are getting lose and their adult teeth are coming in.
It’s so important to have adequate toys for your Chi pup to chew on to relieve their discomfort. If you don’t provide good toys for them they’ll turn to chewing everything else in sight. This includes furniture, shoes and anything else they can get their paws on.
Below are some factors to consider before buying, courtesy of Petchidog.com.
Texture: All dogs, including Chihuahuas, need toys with lots of texture to them. The more texture variety your dog toys have the happier your pup will be. No matter what the age, your dog will easily get bored if they only have one texture to choose from.
Cooling: When your Chi puppy is teething their gums may be sore. Getting some toys for Chihuahua puppies that can be frozen to cool their gums while they chew is a great idea. It’s just like buying teething rings for a baby. Cool and chewy is the way to go.
Size: Chihuahuas are some of the smallest dogs in the world. Their mouths just can’t handle the same toys you’d give to a German Shepherd. So you should make sure that the toys you buy are extra small.
Durability: Chihuahuas chew about as hard as any other breed and they can easily destroy a good toy. So make sure to shop for tough dog toys that will last a long time.
Boredom Relief: Believe it or not, your Chihuahua gets bored some times. They will get bored with the same old toys and the same old routine. You can buy or make some dog puzzles or dog food puzzle toys so that they can have a treat and play at the same time.
For more posts like this one, go to Metroeastrba.com. There, you will find more helpful info on toys and treats for your dog.
Best Places to Buy Toys for your Chihuahua
You can shop online for all of your dog toys. It’s convenient and it’s the easiest way to find great prices. You can find a variety of strong dog toys available for Chihuahuas and other breeds on the internet. If you like handmade dog toys, you can find plenty on Etsy.
Here’s an example of a cute toy for a small dog, made by Doodlebugduds on Etsy. Chihuahuas are small dogs so they don’t chew nearly as hard as larger breeds do. So your Chi can handle a little toy like this.
You can get toys, treats, and food at big pet stores. You can even bring your little dog in most of these stores with you. This is the most fun way to buy toys because your Chi can pick them out all on their own. It ’s more exciting when you can bring your fur kids into the store with you.
You can also make your own Chihuahua toys at home. If you have a talent for sewing, you can make cute little stuffed animals for them. There are even some DIYs and tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube for how to make your own dog toys.
Here ’s an example of a DIY dog toy tutorial on Youtube.
Don’t forget to keep in mind texture, cooling, size and durability and you’ll have no problem choosing toys for Chihuahuas or any other small breed. Search the vast reaches of the internet and I guarantee you’ll find the perfect toys and DIYs for your little dog.
DogBlog Note – Thanks to BarnImages on Pixabay for the Chihuahua image.