Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Dog toys don't have to be expensive
Sales are a great place to start and most pet stores have a clearance bin. Pet Supplies Plus, PetSmart, Petco and many on-line dealers usually have great toys at discounted prices, you just need to shop around. Meijer and Target also have $2, $3, $4 and $5 bins. I've also found some great items at Dollar Tree, but it's hit or miss. When I find something cool there, I get several at a time.
One place that people don't usually think to look is at your second hand stores, like Value World and the Salvation Army. Most carry used kids' toys, so I search for the perfect sized stuffed animal, and it usually only costs .25¢ or .50¢. Just keep safety in mind when shopping. You'll want to look the toy over thoroughly for any holes, loose pieces that your dog could swallow and you never want any beanbag items (stuffing ONLY). It's basically the same you would do when buying baby toys, because they both put everything in their mouth, so watch for any choking hazards.
My dogs love stuffed animals and small tennis balls. They don't care where it came from, how much it cost or what brand it is. All they care about is the FUN!