Dog Play and exercise time for Dogs

Dogs love chewing, hunting and digging. Keeping your dog stocked with fun and safe toys will not only ensure his happiness but it will also help to keep him from choosing household items as toys. Specially designed dog toys are the best and safest but you should avoid your dog playing with only one toy all the time as this can lead to problems with possessiveness. Don't give your dog any toy that he could swallow or that is fragile. Also never give your dog old shoes or children's toys to play with, as this will confuse him as to what he is allowed to play with and what is off limits.

It is possible to create your own chewing toys for your dog by taking a cow bone and after cleaning it out and sterilizing it, filling it with cheese and then giving it to your dog. This can give your dog hours of chewing fun as he attempts to get the cheese out of the middle.

Chasing a rubber ball or Frisbee is another fantastic way for your dog to get good vigorous exercise and play time. Be sure that any ball you use cannot be swallowed or become stuck in your dog's throat. Fetch and return games are a great way to improve the bond between you and your dog. Help him learn the fun of being obedient and lessen unwanted behavior. Unwanted destructive behavior often results when your dog is not getting enough stimulating exercise. Another great way for your dog to burn off his excess energy is a game of tug-a-war. Never play this with your dog until he has learnt to drop a toy on command. If your dog thinks he can win you, it can cause problems with dominance issues.

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