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Dog Toys

Guide to various dog toys and recommendations to keep your dog stimulated, amused and happy and where to buy the dog toys:
Dog Toys
Puppies and Dogs need their own special dog toys to provide them with comfort and stimulation and a sense of having their own possessions. Dog toys need to be chosen carefully to ensure they do no harm to your dog. For example, cuddly toys should not be given to puppies, especially FlatCoated Retrievers who are very oral and like to chew. The stitching can be ripped easily and the puppy or dog will enjoy eating the stuffing, which will do their digestive system no good. Buying your dog or puppy a dog toy can also go some way to stop them chewing on shoes and slippers like naughty Lucy on the left!

If you do have a dog or puppy that is chewing furniture and things it really should not you could try it with some more appropriate dog toys and chews. Some are specially scented or flavoured which your dog will love - and should keep it out of mischief!

It is worth buying your dog's balls, frisbees and other dog toys from specialist dog shops as these products will be more durable and are made to withstand the rigours of dog teeth.

The Drummer Boy
Whilst my four legged companion sat beside me I wrote a book which tells the story of The Drummer Boy. This novel is about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty's Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.

Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.

Flat Coated Retrievers Book

Flat-Coated Retriever (Comprehensive Owner's Guide) is a detailed flat coated retrievers book, published by Kennel Club Books, which will prove useful to any owner. Chapters include the history of the Flat Coat dog, advice on choosing a puppy, health care and training tips.

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A useful dog toy to keep your pet entertained and educated is the food cube which help to stop boredom and provide your dog with tasty snacks as they play. It simply gets pre-filled by the dog owner and given to the dog. It is particularly useful for keeping dogs out of mischief whilst having to be left alone. Other variations of these dog toys include the pet pyramid, kong dog toys, dog smart, dog tornado, dog twister and dog spinny.

Squeaky rubber toys are great for smaller dogs and puppies but I am afraid they will not last long with a FlatCoat! It will be destroyed quickly enough and the small plastic squeaker can pose a danger if swallowed.

A solid rubber tug is great fun for you and your dog to pay a safe game of tug of war.

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Other dog toys include a tug off war type toy which are generally made with colourful rope or similar tough material. In her book It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet Victoria Stilwell considers tug of war dog toy playing to be a great bonding experience between owner and dog. Though she advises to beware of over stimulating the dog which can lead to aggression and guarding of dog toys. In such cases play should immediately stop and ownership of the tug of war dog toy return to the owner.

Dog Portraits from Karla's Creative Capers

Free UK Delivery on Pet Portraits from photographs at Karla's Creative Capers who did the portrait on the left from a photo of my Lucy. The portraits are ready to hang on the wall and are of a high quality canvas. For full details see www.karlascreativecapers.co.uk

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