Dog Toys – How to Use an Activity Toy Safely

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Certified Pet Dog Trainer Victoria Schade discusses how to use an activity toy safely.

    Victoria Schade

    Victoria Schade is an APDT Certified Pet Dog Trainer and an honors graduate from the San Francisco Dog Trainer’s Academy with a Counseling Certificate. Her company, Good Dog! Training, has grown exponentially since opening its doors in the Washington, DC area seven years ago. She has worked with thousands of dogs – and dog owners – and honed her unique dog handling and “coaching” technique. She earns rave reviews from her customers for her ability to help every dog be a good dog. Her expertise is also regularly taped by the media. Recent press includes a mention in Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best trainers in the DC area, and subject-matter expert insights in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The DC Examiner, Northern Virginia Living Magazine, Dog Fancy Magazine, Training Secrets for Labrador Retrievers Magazine, Dogs USA, Training Secrets for Boxers Magazine, DailyCandy.com, Housetraining Magazine, The Bark Magazine, and Animal Wellness Magazine. Radio interviews include Animal Corner, Steve Dale’s Pet World, Pet Talk, and Animal Radio. Victoria recently appeared as a judge on the WE Channel production, “America’s Cutest Puppies” and has appeared the CBS Early Show, WJLA ABC News Channel 7, and WTTG Fox 5. Victoria’s debut training DVD, “New Puppy! Now What?” won the DWAA Maxwell award in 2006. “New Puppy! Now What?” is a comprehensive yet light-hearted training tool that helps novice owners navigate puppy parenthood with a sense of humor, and tools that work fast.

    Victoria Schade: Hi! I am Victoria Schade, I am a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and the Creator of the Puppy Training DVD New Puppy! Now What?

    Today, Ive gone over a bunch of different ways you can stuff activity toys to keep your dog constructively busy. Now, there are a few pointers that have to do with safety.

    Number one, you want to gauge your dogs chewing ability. There are certain dogs that are very veracious chewers and they could chew through this type of plastic. So, when you are first giving activity toys make sure to supervise it and see just how strong your dogs jaws are. If you live in a multi-dog household you want to make sure to supervise your two dogs as they play and chew on these activity toys because if they start to scuffle, it might be a good idea to separate them, and my last little tip is, Do as I say not as I do.

    Clean out your activity toys, its really simple to take a mess like this and just soak it for a bit in the sink or even put it into the dishwasher and it will be good as new.

    And lastly, really important question, how often can you give activity toys to your dog?

    If you give things like your dogs regular meal ration and just kibble like this, you could actually give him an activity toy twice a day at every meal. Just put this kibble in and let him work on that instead of giving him his food from a bowl. Now, you if you are giving them more high fat type of treats like cheese and that sort of thing limited it to maybe a couple of times a week because you want your dogs waistline growing.

    Hope youve enjoyed these tips for stuffing activity toys and I hope your dog enjoys it even more.

    Thanks!