The Great Pyrenees likes to have toys just like any other type of dog. However, as a large breed, they will need toys that are suited to their size. All too often when large dogs such as the Pyr get a hold of regular sized toys, they are destroyed rather quickly; or even worse they are swallowed whole, prompting an emergency visit to the vet. Luckily, there are a number of toys made especially for big dogs. Consisting of sturdy, non toxic rubber and latex blends these playthings are built to take extreme abuse. They are made to mentally stimulate as well as safely release anxiety through chewing and chasing.
One of the most popular toys for any type of large breed dog is the Kong. A Kong is made of sturdy rubber that is meant to be chewed. Though it makes a perfect chew toy, it is more popular for mentally stimulating dogs as a treat dispenser. Once a bit of food, liver flavored paste or other treat is inserted in the middle, a Pyr can spend hours trying to get the food back out. The toy is dishwasher safe and lasts an extremely long time compared to other chew toys. Another toy that fits along these lines is the BusterCube. Owners can hide food in several compartments and then watch as their Pyr moves the cube with their nose and paws to dispense their goodies.
Nylabones are another good idea for the Great Pyrenees. Though they are a laid back breed, they are rather strong chewers and Nylabones are meant for this purpose. They are also a good choice for Pyr puppies. Chewing is simply a natural stage of development in puppies and it is their normal way of dispersing youthful energy. Puppy teeth are well known for chewing through furniture, cords and other valuables when not given a proper outlet. Before bringing a new puppy home, any and all treasured and dangerous items should be picked up off the floor. Chew toys should be left at random throughout the house.
A large rubber ball made of thick plastic or rubber is a wonderful toy for the Great Pyrenees. This allows them to chase after or herd an object as is their natural instinct. A soccer ball does quite well for the job. The Great Pyrenees will also like a well made tug of war rope. It should be noted that small children should never be allowed to play tug of war with the Pyr as their strength may accidentally hurt the child without even trying. A fun blend of both toys is the tug of war rope that incorporates a large colorful ball right into the center.