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DOG FRIENDLY TOYS AND GAMES

You may be surprised how great of a game player your dog can be. Many 'people' games can easily be shared with your furry friend. Letting your dog kick the ball around or join in on hide and seek will not only make him the happiest pup on the block, but it will also take your game to a whole new level. You and your entire family will most certainly be in stitches after letting your dog in on the fun.

Great Games to Play with your Pup

One of the best 'people' games to let your dog play is hide and seek. Dogs love to a good search and what's more fun to find than their owner? Kids love a good game of hide and seek as well. If you are looking for a way to keep everyone entertained and establish a friendship with roommates, set up hide and seek in your home and yard. However, keep in mind you will need to bend the rules a little bit to cater for your four legged friend.

Hold your puppy for ten seconds while the others hide. Let your children do the hiding and you hold onto your dog. After ten seconds, let the dog loose and let him 'seek' out the hiders. Your dog will be happier than ever when he does find them and your kids will love being greeted with a big sloppy kiss from the seeker.

Another great game to let your dog play is any type of ball activity; soccer, Frisbee, baseball, football - anything that involves balls. Again, you will need to adapt the game for your dog. There are many dogs that can actually dribble a ball; then there are also many dogs that steal the ball at the first chance they get.

Adapt the game to match your puppy's personality. If he likes to steal the ball, then play 'keep away' with him. If he likes to dribble the ball, then let him join in on your game of soccer. While you can expect the rules to fly out the window when playing with a dog, this can be a hilarious way to get the whole family involved in physical play.

Fantastic Fun Toys

It can't all be fun and games. Sometimes you need to leave the home and let your pup have some alone time. If this is the case, you can make his day a little more exciting by purchasing or making some toys for him to chew on. Kongs, rubber balls, dog bones and stuffed squeaky toys all make great toys; however, you can expect some of these items to be ruined by the end of the day, especially stuffed animals.

You may also choose to make your own toys. One great option is to use an old paper towel roll. Smear some peanut butter and place a treat in the middle and then roll up the corners. Your dog will love chewing through the toy to get to the treat. This is a great way to keep his mind working while you are away.

One thing to remember when it comes to dog friendly toys and games is that most dogs do not know the difference between a chew toy and a valuable item. Dogs often take children's stuffed animals, signed baseballs, slippers and expensive shoes and chew them when you are not looking. Make sure you keep these items out of sight and give your dog plenty of 'doggy' toys for him to enjoy. That way he will not be tempted to find other means of entertainment when you are out of the house.

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