Watch Adem Fehmi On Making The Most of Your Puppy's Toybox
Let's Talk Toys Guys!
We all love playing with our dogs and we all love buying them toys. What we must ensure is that we use our toy box constructively so we get the most out of it for our dog. Toys help puppies grow and prevent problem behaviours like puppy biting or puppy barking for attention, and stop puppy looking for things to chew.
We want toys with the potential to mentally and physically enrich our dog's day. There are 3 types of toys that we want in our box.
These toys are like a dogs version of children’s play dough or Lego. Our puppy is going to learn different textures and different sounds which is really important.
When it comes to a puppy, I really like to have these food dispensing toys in my locker. They can help reduce things like mouthing and boredom. Some can be stuck on a wall so the puppy can lick them while we practice puppy handling. Some toys move in different ways which gives a lot of stimulus for our puppy.
These toys are really important, especially when our dog mentally matures and the hunting instinct becomes prominent. Certain breeds, like the Cocker Spaniel and the Collie, might start showing an interest in these toys faster than a Saint Bernard would.
We need to make sure that we choose a chase toy that is appropriate for our dogs level. So, think about your dog's breed and life stage before you introduce these toys. It's good to get a little game going whilst your puppy is young.
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About Adem Fehmi, The Dogtor
Behaviourist Adem Fehmi has always known that helping dogs and their owners would be his life’s work. His passion and fascination with dogs started as a young child and he has devoted himself to the happiness of these amazing creatures and the humans who love them.
Adem has spent over 15 years practising as a qualified behaviourist and is now the founder and owner of Dog-ease, one of the UK’s largest dog training centres. He works with dog owners helping them to fully understand their doggy best friends and helping them with dog training and, when necessary, overcoming behavioural issues.