Dr. Lisa Lippman on Dogs and Plush Toys
"Dogs definitely have a preference for plush toys," says Dr. Lippman. "I've seen plenty of dogs that will play with just about anything, but most of them seem to prefer toys that are soft and cuddly." This makes sense when you think about it from a dog's perspective; after all, their wild ancestors would have spent most of their time outdoors, chasing down prey. Plush toys are a way for them to channel that natural instinct in a safe, fun way.
Of course, not all plush toys are created equal. "Just like people, every dog is different," explains Dr. Lippman. "Some dogs prefer smaller toys that they can carry around in their mouths, while others like larger ones that they can lay down on or cuddle up against." If you're not sure which type of toy your dog will prefer, it's always best to start with a smaller size and work your way up. You can also talk to your local pet store employee or veterinarian for more specific recommendations.
So there you have it! Our experts agree: dogs definitely prefer plush toys to other types of toys. Not only do they provide mental stimulation, but they also give dogs a way to express their natural hunting instincts in a safe and controlled environment. If you're looking for the perfect toy for your dog, be sure to keep their individual preferences in mind. With so many options available on the market today, you're sure to find the perfect one for your furry friend!