Have you ever noticed that your dog reacts differently to different toys? Some are a hit, giving your pup plenty of engaged playtime, while others remain untouched. Who knew dogs could be so picky? Well, different breeds tend to enjoy different types of toys. So here’s a guide to getting the best types of toys for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels love a good Fetch Toy. They’re born to chase, which means playing fetch can become a staple activity for dog owners at home or outside to both entertain and wear out your dog on high-energy days. Look for toys that are both great for fetch and chewing – like “The Best Balls Ever” or the “Orbee Globe Ball” as these dogs love to chomp down on a good toy after (or during) a game of fetch.
Keep in mind whether you’ll be playing fetch inside or outside with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If you’re planning to play fetch outside regularly, make sure to buy a fetch toy that’s both indoor and outdoor friendly. Keep fabric-based fetch toys indoors and use easy-to-clean bouncy balls and other toys for outside use. Simply wipe down the toy when you want to take it inside to keep dirt outside where it belongs.
While Cavalier King Charles Spaniels love to gnaw on a good toy, they also love Plush Toys. These dogs enjoy chewing, but don’t have tough jaws like some other breeds that can wear away tough toys. The combination of a penchant for chewing and smaller jaws make Plush Toys a great option for these Spaniels. You may find them carrying around their favorite soft toy – maybe “Consuela The Cactus” or “Knitwear Heggie” – in addition to interacting with the toy during fetch.
Bonus cuteness opportunity: these pups may use their favorite plush toy as a pillow or cuddle buddy in their beds.
Puzzles and mazes make for great thinker toys for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Spend some time training your dog to use these toys and you may be surprised by how much they take to these more challenging playtime options.
Thinker Toys – like the Dog Brick Puzzle or “Dog Casino Puzzle” – are great for keeping this breed busy and mentally engaged in between games of fetch and some solid couch time. Teaching your dog to use these toys is also a great way to bond with your pup and to keep them engaged in a different kind of activity. This is especially great for younger dogs while you’re still training them in earnest.
While your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may love to chomp down on a soft plush toy, they also take to Super Chewer Toys. If you notice your dog tearing apart soft toys, grab a Super Chewer Toy – perhaps “Max the Marching Penguin” or a Benebone – for them instead. These durable toys have a much longer life and can provide a great option for longer chewing sessions when your dog is in the mood for a bit of a challenge.
Over time, you’ll learn even more specifically what your dog loves to play with. Try out a few toys in the categories above and soon you’ll find the ideal toy for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
With BarkBox, you’ll get a selection of two toys, two bags of delicious all-natural treats, and 1 chew delivered to your door each month. And because each box is tailored to your dog’s size and preference, you can rest assured that everything that gets delivered will be a huge hit with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
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