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9. The Critter. Lest we forget that our furry friends are predators, and superb ones at that, their toy choices remind us. Plush toys to rip apart and squeaky toys to pounce on are prized by most dogs. For the more discriminating predator, consider The Critter, which is essentially a faux fur–covered tennis ball with a faux fur tail attached. It is rare to make the acquaintance of a dog who does not go wild over it.

The main purpose of dog toys is not to give us a peaceful moment in which to read the paper and have a cup of coffee (although if you’ve used them this way, join the club). Rather, their function is to enhance play, which is a critical and often ignored part of canine behavior. And just as the best children’s books can be enjoyed by adults and children reading together, the best dog toys can be enjoyed by people and dogs playing together.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 46: Jan/Feb 2008

Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by JJ | December 21 2012 |

Do you know where I can find rip ems? I bought them in the past, but can not find them anymore. Thank you!

Submitted by Beth Jackson | April 3 2013 |

There are a lot of different places you can get really good dog toys. I have been buying from Frazzle Gear (they also have dog treats) for over 3 years now. (http://www.frazzlegear.com) A portion of their sales are donated to help homeless pets and the quality has always been good.

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