Quick, what do you think of when someone mentions a German Shepherd? Big guys, really hairy, and a ton of personality, right? Sure, that might also describe your Uncle Frank, but here’s something he probably can’t boast about at family gatherings: the German Shepherd is one of the smartest breeds out there. This hardworking dog is known for their intelligence, strength, and getting the job done. So what does that mean in terms of toys?
How boring would your life be without your cell phone, books, or computer? Nothing to think about, nothing to do, just sleeping the day away. Okay, that last part actually sounds nice.
Every dog thrives with mental stimulation, but German Shepherds boast a high IQ, right up there with Border Collies and Poodles. Without something to keep them thinking, they’ll get bored and frustrated very quickly. When it comes to keeping your dog’s mind active, Thinker Toys are an awesome option, testing a shepherd’s sleuthing and snooter all at once.
Many puzzles - like the "Dog Casino Puzzle" or the "Dog Hide N' Slide Puzzle" - have flaps and levers that require the pup to put their critical thinking skills to the test before being rewarded with a treat. Others - like the "Dog Tornado Puzzle" - come in fun, tough shapes that can be stuffed with rewards. This means the pup has to actively move and interact with the toy to get to the prize inside. Not only do these toys keep German Shepherd’s busy, but they stimulate their minds.
Right up there next to brains, we have our brawn. German Shepherds are a tough breed, through and through. Alongside their loyalty and smarts, the strength and capabilities of Shepherds have earned the breed top pick in military and police work. It’s no surprise that it can be a challenge finding toys that stand up to these power pups.
The best place to start is with materials. While there are certainly Shepherds out there that enjoy cuddling a Plush Toy now and then, most are going to want more something more in the vein of tough rubber and nylon. These Super Chewer options provide long-lasting fun for a pup who might otherwise find themselves in a fluffy fiasco.
Natural rubber toys have some give and can feel great on teeth while still standing up to shredding. Some natural rubbers, like "Max the Marching Penguin," come in harder, stronger variants, bringing even more durability to the table. Then we have the nylon Benebones, which are often infused with flavors to add another layer of enjoyment to your dog’s playtime. Even a German Shepherd has met their match when they go up against these toys.
Whether they’re working as service dogs, herding sheep, or pulling a Rin Tin Tin on the big screen, German Shepherds love their jobs. But how does that carry over to being a stay at home furry family member? That’s where we come in. It’s up to pup parents to give their Shepherds something to do with all that energy.
Unless you’re extremely fond of exercise (no need to lie here), chances are you aren't going to be out there running right alongside your pup for very long. Not to worry! Fetch Toys are a great way to get a Shepherd moving and focused on a task. These toys can vary across a wide spectrum, from tennis balls (like the "Best Balls Ever") to tough rubber (the "Orbee Globe Ball"). If you can chuck it, and your pup can bring it back, you’re doing it right. German Shepherds love the work of bringing the ball back to you, even if they don’t quite get why you keep throwing it again. Humans are weird like that.
With brains, brawn, and a work ethic that keeps them constantly moving, German Shepherds can be a hard breed to shop for. But all that effort will always be worth it when you find the one special thing that brings your dog happiness.
And hey, who knows? Maybe these toys will work for Uncle Frank too!
If you’re not sure where to find the best toys for German Shepherds – or which toys your GSD is sure to love – try the Super Chewer BarkBox
. With the Super Chewer BarkBox, you’ll receive two top-quality original toys, two bags of treats, and two delicious meaty chews delivered to your door every month.
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