Toys of Pets and Why They Are Important
Toys and playing are important to puppies because they teach them how to play, and through play, they learn. Carefully chosen toys teach puppies about their strengths and weaknesses. They help develop their character, help build the proper bond and establish the proper relationship of your puppy within his human pack. Toys are the tools that help educate your puppy.
Different breeds favor different games-herding breeds, gun dogs and hounds like to chase and retrieve. Guarding breeds like games of strength such as tug-o-war. Terriers like to pounce and kill – squeaky toys don’t last long with them. Let your pup have one or 2 toys of his own just to keep him occupied, but keep the best ones away out of reach ..these are your toys and he only gets to play with them on YOUR terms and when you are available.
As pack leader you will win most of the games, but occasionally to keep his interest up, let him win. At the end of the play session put your toys away and out of reach. If they are left lying where your pup can get to them, then he has gained control of prized trophies. In doing so he has, in his eyes, gained control.
Play with your puppy often
In short sessions and always finish on a high note, with your pup wanting more. Always, you should instigate play rather than your puppy. By doing this, and with you in control of the toys and games, your position in the pack is clearly established. Your puppy will be an eager pupil as you start to put in a little training during the games; a sit, a down, a come, and a stay – all part of the games, but training none the less.
If you find your pup grabbing a toy and making off with it under the table, attach a light line to his collar and control him by gently guiding him back into the game. If he wont give up the toy, switch your attention to another toy. Your toy will then become the best toy in the world; much better than the one he has. Use your toys to exercise your pup both physically and mentally. A good chase around with a ball soon tires a pup out. Use a ball that bounces unpredictably and the pup has to pay strict attention to the toy to see which way it’s going and how far.
Mentally, he learns to concentrate and the more he can concentrate, the easier he is to train.