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Toys for Your Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute or Sled Dog

In order to keep your husky or sled dog healthy and happy (and your house, garden and sanity intact) it is important to keep your dog entertained and stimulated.

The Siberian husky and other breeds of sled dog have a reputation for being destructive. Indeed they can be, but most of the time destructive behaviour arises when huskies and sled dogs are BORED.

A bored husky or sled dog will find a way to entertain itself, and that may be by stripping the wallpaper off your walls or eating your shoes/bed/sofa/house etc. So... the best thing to do - Keep your dog entertained so they don't go looking for their own fun. Chewing provides mental stimulation for dogs, as well as keeping their teeth clean and their jaws strong. Chewing during puppyhood and juvenile growth seems to be important for good jaw development and a correct "bite".

Huskies and sled dogs will usually find their own 'chew toys' of you don't provide them with something adequate to get their teeth into. Rather than letting your dogs decide what to chew on (probably something you care about or need i.e. your favorite shoes/your mobile phone/the TV remote) offer them something acceptable from the outset.

While on the subject, it is important to remember to keep TV remotes/mobile phones etc WELL OUT OF YOUR DOG'S REACH!!!! Apart from the annoyance and expense of having to replace them, they can be very harmful to dogs - the batteries inside contain acid which is very dangerous, and dogs may swallow small parts which may cause harm internally.

While it is nice to invest in a few high quality, durable dog toys that will last for a long time, there are many things you can give your husky or sled dog to play with that will keep them quite happy. Tea-towels tied in knots make great toys for tug-of-war. Just make sure that anything you give them is not likely to break into sharp pieces or bits that could be swallowed.

Puppy Toys

Puppies need toys to chew on to 'cut their teeth' and to help their jaws develop properly. During teething you can put their toys in the freezer before you give them to them to help soothe their gums. For an extra treat, Kong toys filled with a yummy treat and then frozen are great for husky and sled dogs puppies.

Kong Toys

Kong dog toys are resoundingly popular amongst husky and sled dog owners. Kongs are very durable chew toys that come in a range of sizes and can be stuffed with all sorts of yummy foods and treats which your dog will spend much time trying to extract.
In all our time as Husky owners, to my knowledge we have never had to throw a kong away because it was damaged or worn out: they're definately worth investing in.

We go for medium sized Kongs for our adult Siberian huskies. Giant Sized Kongs are great for malamutes. Puppy Kongs are made of softer rubber and so are perhaps more suitable for young puppies. 'Extreme' Black Kongs are desgined to be extra durable for extremely determined dogs.

For oldies, the Senior Kong is now available.

There are many things you can stuff a Kong with, from regular canned dog food to home-made delicacies. If you do fill your husky or sled dog's kong with canned dog food, try using Chappie which is more suited to sensitive husky tummies than most canned dog foods.
One really good tip is to stuff your dog's Kong with something soft and the stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Give it to your dog once the filling has frozen and it will take them a lot longer to get all the good stuff out. Frozen Kongs seem to go down especially well on hot summer days.

Nylabone Toys

Nylabone chew toys are very much appreciated by our dogs. They are made from really hard, durable plastic that comes in various 'flavors'. We still have some that we bought over a year ago that are pretty much intact. We tend to buy the Wolf or Giant Sized Nylabones for our Siberian huskies. Our dogs seem to prefer chicken flavor, and - surprisingly to us - really like the 'original' vanilla flavor Nylabones too. For more determined dogs, Large or Extra Large Nylabones for 'Powerful Chewers' are also recommended. Nylabones for Puppies are available too, including more flexible items for teething pups.

Rope Toys

Rope Toys are good toys for interacting with your husky or sled dog. Playing tug of war is a favorite with our dogs, even if we only let them win on occasion. Our dogs also chew on rope toys quite a bit, which is said to be helpful in keeping their teeth clean. Scruffers Rope Dog Toys are widely available and inexpensive - we find they tend to last longer than many non-branded products.

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