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Entertaining Your Dog With The Right Toys

Nov 23, 2007
Dogs can be extremely annoying when they seem to chew on everything they can find lying on the floor, including your clothes and important papers. It becomes worse when they jump into your neighbor's backyard and tear apart their beautiful flowers.

Does your dog behave this way? Stop worrying, there are a few solutions to control this behavior. It may take little time for them to be effective but they will work in most cases.

When the dog is alone at home with no one to play with it, he gets bored! When dogs get bored they usually chew something or start digging if left outside. One way of putting an end to its boredom is by giving him a companion of one of its own kind to keep it company when you are away. But this could also mean two chewing and digging dogs.

A better solution may be to keep your dog engaged with something. You can do this by hiding its favorite food in different places in your yard or you may simply give your dog some special toys to play with.

Your neighborhood pet supply store will stock several dog toys that you can pick from. Dog toys are pretty affordable to buy. But make sure you buy good quality toys. The size of the toys should be large enough so that the dog does not swallow them. The material from which the toys are made should be hard, rubbery plastic, rather than being soft plastic which the dogs can tear with their sharp teeth.

It is necessary that the plastic toys are hard so that the dogs don't swallow the torn pieces of the plastic. Small plastic pieces can cause severe health problems if they remain into the dog's stomach.

You can pick up the toys from the wide variety that is available in the store. Some can hide treats inside them and the dog has to work at getting it out of the toy. Another one may merely be a plastic dog which resembles the dog itself. Still others are in the form of food that can be stored in the freezer overnight and given to the dog to lick on a hot day.

There are many other interesting toys that you may find in your local pet supply store. You may also be able to make some toys out of some existing household stuff. But you have to ensure that the toy is safe for the dog.

It is important to to remember that if you give just one toy to your dog to play with, it will soon get bored with it. Therefore, you should have more than just one, so that you can keep swapping the toys everyday to keep it engaged with the new one. But if your dog gets bored too quickly with the toys then you can apply some edible paste on them which will keep them busy for a while. This is a commonly used technique in many shelters where they cannot afford to keep swapping toys for the dogs everyday.

Thus, there are quite a few easy things that you can do to keep your dog from tearing up the flowers in your neighbors backyard. Try these simple things and your dog will soon learn to like its toys and spend its time playing with them.
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