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Pet Products Trends: Funny Dog Toys

01 Dec

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I’ve noticed a trend over the past few years. People are tired of the same old toys, tired treats and boring beds. I’m seeing more humorous dog products every year and they’re getting popular. Check out the “Dog Savers” toy shown here. There are lots of toys that can be filled or stuffed with treats. But this one looks like a Life Savers candy. How great is that? Makes a great interactive toy to keep your dog busy for hours.

Funny dog stuff abounds. Take for instance:

  •  the squeaky bra toy
  • the floppy referee chew toy
  • the fake moustache fetch toy
  • the “homework” cookie
  • the plush iPhone with Facebook messages on it
  • the bed that looks like a Ferrari

Why do consumers flock to purchase funny products for their pets? I think Americans have a great sense of humor, of course, and that we don’t take our obsession with our pets too TOO seriously. But also I think it’s because our pets give us such joy and happiness, that a giving them a treat or toy or bed or Halloween costume that brings a chuckle is only natural. American pet owners look beyond the basic stuff. We’ve elevated shopping to a full-contact sport, and accessorizing to a sacred rite. Why shouldn’t we get the edgiest, trendiest, kitschiest stuff for our dogs?

Over the past few decades, products for dogs have gone from basic bagged food, rope bones and femur bone chews to imaginative, innovative and utterly cool stuff that appeals to the owner as well as the dog. In my business, we know that it’s the owner who’s the customer, not the dog. And what the owner purchases is a reflection of the owner. So if the dog walks around in a pink polka-dot harness, that says something about the owner. Many people go for funny and cute as an expression of personal style.  For many of us, the actual dog is, too. They become dear friends, but that’s not why we select them in the first place. There’s a reason I chose an Irish Setter rather than a small, fluffy dog.

So when American dog owners choose the toys and accessories that they do for their dogs, they’re saying something about themselves. When the dog has truly funny stuff, they’re saying, “I’m easy-going, I love to laugh, I’m friendly and I don’t take myself too seriously.” What’s not to love?

What do you think?

Reporters: you may quote this article and attribute it to Lisa Woody, President, DogToysAndTreats.com.

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Cool New Products

 

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7 responses to “Pet Products Trends: Funny Dog Toys

  1. Los angeles dog sitting

    December 2, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Ha I definitely want to get my pup one of these!!!

     
  2. jenniede

    December 8, 2011 at 1:00 am

    cute!

     
  3. Jana's Mobile Pet Spa

    December 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I still think the most popular dog toy is a little stuffed rabbit with a squeaker that is easy to depress or another small, fairly flat stuffed squeaky toy. My little chihuahuas and Pomeranian dogs go for that every time. I actually think they believe they are hunting and catching it. Then when they poke it with their nose or step on it and it squeaks, I think they feel they are winning the fight. Funny to watch but a little unsettling, I suppose. Anyway, they love it.

     
  4. 498A film

    December 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Oh!!! wow what a nice hand bag for girls too good…. yippppiiiiiiee

     
  5. PupJoy

    December 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I just recently discovered the “no-stuffing” toys that have crinkly, noisy product in them. My dogs love them! I think they started out making them for cats, but now they are making dog toys that way too. Most of these type toys however are probably best for small breed dogs.

     
  6. Dog digs under fence

    January 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Dogs seem to be a little like kids and that is the simpler the better. Our Beagle seems to not like the squeaking toys, rather he seems to like a simple ball (he’ll run after it but won’t fetch it) or a simple toy that just gets pulled by a string. For some odd reason he absolutely loved those little worm puppets, I think they are called squirmies…kind of odd we bought it for the cat but he would chase it around!

     
  7. DOGTV

    April 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Television for dogs is now available. Yes it is true, dogs do and can watch TV. To find out more visit our website at: http://dogtv.com/, our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/tv4dogs, and find us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/#!/tv4dogs. Your dog will surely fall in love with it!

     

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