By Carla Preston. Dog Toys. Published at Sunday, February 18th, 2018 - 20:39:07 PM.
Making Safe Fetch Toys For Your Dog - Playful dogs love to play fetch. Playing "fetch" is an activity that is enjoyed by both the dog and the owner. Also playing "fetch" is an important training event which is a necessary part of teaching the dog to retrieve. Sticks are the most often used "fetch" item for dog owners. It is common to pick up a stick and throw it for your dog. However a stick is simply too dangerous. Most owners get by with this time after time, but all too often the worst can happen and the stick will penetrate either the dog, or someone nearby. Sticks can be deadly in the mouth of a running dog. They can jam backwards into the mouth or jab into the eyes of nearby dogs or children. Another example of an inappropriate object is a rock, but unbelievably, there are numerous owners who think it is really cute that their dogs pick up rocks and bring them to be thrown. Unfortunately, rocks and the digestive system of the dog simply do not work well together!
When you are selecting a dog toy, you try to get the one that is personalized to your dog. Every dog is different - some like to chew, some like to hear noises, and some like to have something that they can catch. The selection of the dog toy is important because you don’t want your hard earned money being dug underneath the yard. Sadly, the safety of the dog toy isn’t noticeable until after your dog has played with it. Here are some tips to look for when selecting a safe dog toy:
It is important that you purchase safe fetch items for your dog. If you dont want to spend the money, you can make good fetch toys, toys such as braided rope items that are too thick or big for the dog to swallow. Individual socks that dont match make wonderful braided ropes, provided that they are tied together into a large enough knot that they can not be swallowed. Another excellent way to make several good throwing toys is to take an old garden hose and cut it into foot long strips. When you are teaching your dog to fetch it is a great training trick to have a whole set of these rubbery "sticks" handy, because you can throw one out and as the dog begins to bring it back to you, you can immediately throw another one...thus he will drop the first one and go after the one that you just threw. This is the first step towards training him to release the object to you.
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