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Utilizing a Dog Toy Box

Dogs are a man's best friend as the saying goes, but truthfully, they are a member of the family. How many times has your furry friend been the ruler of your household? In this way, they are like small children, defenseless and dependent on you for their very livelihood. They also depend on you for their entertainment, as many a pair of shoes can attest to! This is one of the many reasons a dog toy box can be such a great idea.

A new puppy will chew, chew and chew some more! They will chew on wires, shoes, your favorite fishing pole or anything else they can wrap their little jaws around, including you. To combat this potentially destructive behavior someone very smart invented the concept of doggy chew toys. There are balls, bones and furry little toys all geared for one purpose to give your dog something safe to chew upon. All of these many toys need a dog toy box, not only to keep them out from under your feet, but also to give your pet an added bonus of always having the toys available to him.

A good dog toy box can really be made of any material but a strong plastic tub like box is probably best. Be sure that the box is low sided enough to allow your pet access but sturdy and tall enough to securely contain all the doggy chew toys. Pet stores will carry specially made toy boxes for dogs but realistically you can utilize any type of tub and save some money in the end.

In addition to keeping a neat home, a dog toy box provides your precious pet with much needed exercise and stimulation. You pet will have a ball digging through the box to find that favorite chew toy! If you are very fortunate, you might even be able to train Fido to return his chew toys to the box when he is done playing with them. These activities will give your dog much needed exercise and also provide mental stimulation in the process.

One of the best aspects of the dog toy box is the convenience. You can simply move the box and all its contents into the area where the puppy will spend most of his time. That way if you need to put your puppy in another room for instance like when company is arriving he will have no excuse for chewing on everything in sight. In addition they are a handy tool if you are going to take your puppy on an outing or long trip, you can simply pack up the toy box!

Make sure you change the toys out every once in awhile. Bring in new toys and remove the destroyed ones to keep the game fresh and exciting. You may find that your puppy quickly understands that there may be new undiscovered treasure in his dog toy box.

It does not take a great deal of money to create the perfect dog toy box. With a little time and creativity, you will soon have a box filled with safe toys to chew on and your house will thank you! You might be amazed how convenient and helpful a toy box for your dog will truly be.

 


"Hybrid" Dog - Isn't That Just Another Word For A Mutt?

Every day we hear more about the new "hybrid" dogs, or "designer" dogs. Each feature is accompanied by pictures of adorable puppies that are examples of this new "breed."

Of course they're cute! All puppies are! Should you pay hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of dollars for one? Certainly not! The offspring of a mating between two purebred dogs of different breeds is a mongrel, a mutt. And if you have one, you should love it, train it and care for it as if it had the bluest blood of the canine kingdom.

Every dog breed, and there are hundreds in the world, was "created" by humans. Each breed was developed for a specific purpose - whether that original job was guarding the flock or being the ideal lap-dog. There's no reason that development shouldn't continue. If there is a need for a dog with particular characteristics, enterprising individuals will come forward to fill that need.

However, it takes many generations to "breed true." Compare yourself to your siblings. Do you all have the same looks, same personality, same interests and strengths? Chances are, you don't. Each of you has some of the "best" traits of your parents. But those may not be the same traits. And each of you has some of the worst.

Two of the best-known mixed-breeds out there now are the "Golden Doodle" and the "Puggle." The thinking behind these crosses is fairly obvious: wouldn't it be nice to have a Golden Retriever's personality and willingness to please combined with the Poodle's non-shedding coat and intelligence? Wouldn't it be equally delightful to have a small dog without the breathing issues of a Pug, but quieter than a Beagle?

But there is no way of knowing you won't get a high-strung, noisy, stubborn, slobbering mutt who sheds like the dickens!

If you are considering spending the kind of money that these "hybrids" are commanding, be sure to research all of the traits of the contributing breeds. You will get a mixture of the two. And an equally adorable mixture may be waiting for you at your local shelter - the size you want, with the coat you want and the adorable face that melts your heart.

If you require certain characteristics in your puppy - whether a family member has allergies, or you have a very small, or no yard, or your household requires a quiet, "easy keeper," or if you wish to fully participate in the world of canine competition, consider a pure-bred animal. There are over 150 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.

 


Frisbee Dog - An Awesomely Fun Dog Sport

This dog sport is called dog disc or Frisbee dog. In this sport the dog and his handler compete together, with the handler throwing the flying disc and the dog catching it. Two of the competitions are freestyle catching and distance catching.

In the 1970's it became popular to throw flying discs with family, friends, and dogs. Then in 1974 at a nationally televised game between the the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers, a young man named Alex Stein ran onto the field with his dog and Ashley mesmerized the audience by jumping as high as nine feet and racing up to thirty-five mph to catch the two freebees that Stein threw. After eight minutes of this stunt Stein got arrested, but Joe Garagoila had announced the feats that Stein and his dog performed together. Later, Stein helped to develop the Frisbee Dog World Championship.

In the official competition a team is made up of a dog and his owner. A team gains points for catches of different distances with a set timing. Freestyle events include music and choreography, several discs are used at a time, and the routines are brief. Freestyle can be very flamboyant. The dog may launch from the handlers back, knees or chest. Quick return of several discs and catching a disc with another in the dog's mouth is another stunt.

There are several names for short distance events: distance and accuracy, throw and catch, mini-distance, and toss and fetch. These competitions are sponsored by organizations such as The Flying Disc Dog Open, Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, and Quadruped.

Mixed bred dogs are totally welcomed in these competitions; sometimes dogs from shelters that have been given a home are in the competitions. It is a good way to overcome any problems caused by a dog having been abandoned such as neurotic behavior, being destructive, hyperactivity, and being aggressive.

There are disc dog clubs in many areas of the globe like Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S.A. The original club was stated by Ron Ellis during the 1980's.

The medium size dog has the advantage in the disc dog sport. Plus, the dog needs an athletic body and good structure. It is harder sport for small and large dogs. A few of the disc clubs have divisions for small dogs.

This dog sport requires minimum equipment, a big space to practice in, and your dog. Throw away a disc that has rough spots on it that can hurt your dogs gums or sand it. Don't allow him to use it as a chew toy. The disc should not be hard. The disc should be thin, soft though rigid, and light. These are the flexible kind of dog discs: Nylabone, Foppy Disk, Frisbee Flashback, and Aerobie.

The discs need to be maintained. The dirt on a moving disc grinds against your dog's teeth. The disc will clean well in a dishwasher. Sand off any rough spots. This will remove cuts and dents that can scratch the dog's mouth.

 




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