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Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Right Way to Buy a Christmas Toy for Your Dog

What makes a good Christmas toy for your dog? must appeal to YOU as much as (or more than) your DOG. Christmas giving is supposed to be fun. So splurge a little, and get something that catches your eye...something besides the tried-and-true Kongs and Nylabones. (You should already have plenty of those anyway...if not, stock up.) Don't even say, “Oh, my dog would chew that up in five minutes!” Get it anyway, and enjoy watching your dog tear it apart. After all, that's HIS idea of fun!

The toy must also be SAFE, however. Avoid products “Made in China.” Be ready to supervise as your dog plays with the toy, so you can intervene if the dog decides to eat it. If the toy does become a gastric hazard, just take it away and hand the dog something else...or dismember the toy, removing the potentially dangerous parts like squeakers, small plastic parts, and white stuffing.
One more NOT take your dog shopping with you when you pick out his Christmas toy! Would you take your child to Toys 'R Us, allow him to pick a toy, and then wrap it up till Christmas? Of course not! If you're going to include him in your Christmas traditions, go all out and treat him like you would any other kid!

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