Most dogs really like to play with toys, but there is usually a dog that is head over heels in love with their toys. These are the dogs that sleep surrounded by their favorite toys or hide them away so nobody else can play with them. When you have a dog that loves toys this much you should look for activities you can do together that use that love of toys. The main thing to remember when you have a dog that is crazy about their toys is to not allow them to become overly possessive over those toys. Dogs that become possessive of their toys can become snappy or aggressive when someone tries to take the toy. Proper training and fostering healthy toy behavior will ensure your dog does not become too possessive.
What dog would not love racing down a long dock and then launching themselves through the air after a toy and landing in a pool of water? Well, maybe dock diving is not for every dog. But for dogs that are toy crazy, this is the perfect activity that allows them to chase after their toy and then they have the gratification of coming out of the water carrying their toy. Dock diving keeps your dog in physical shape and helps you to create a strong bond. There are several dock diving challenges in the warm weather months, although some dog clubs can also host indoor dock diving all year. The only main cost that you will have when starting dock diving is the cost of the canine life vest, the toys you will use and any membership fees for a dog club or class.
A simple child’s game can turn into hours of fun for your toy loving dog. Hide and seek is wonderful for dogs that love their toys and have a great sense of smell. This game can be done either indoors or out and is super fun for both you and your dog. The price is right, too. All it will cost is the cost of toys and treats for your dog. Most dog owners have these things at their home anyway so the cost should be free. Be sure to hide the toys with your dog’s abilities in mind. In other words, do not hide a squeak toy in the tree.
Disc dog challenges are a great way to showcase your dog’s love of toys and their athletic prowess. You may not be into these challenges but simply want to play Frisbee with your dog on the beach or in your backyard. That is great and is excellent exercise for both of you. Some dogs have a natural ability to chase after and catch a Frisbee in mid-air but then there are others that are not so athletic and are unable to naturally succeed at this activity. Do not despair; your dog can learn how to catch a Frisbee, especially if they love toys!
are many different variations to this classic children’s game. Tetherball is a
great way to keep your dog active and have a ball while doing so. You can put a
tetherball pole up in your backyard or you can use a pole similar to a flirt
pole and play the game with your pooch. Tetherball is a pretty cheap activity
and can keep your dog busy for quite a while.
While it may not be the traditional basketball game, your dog can enjoy a game of hoops with you by learning a new trick. You can teach your dog how to shoot the ball with their nose toward the hoop. You may want to use a smaller, shorter hoop and a softer ball for this game! It can be played indoors or outside and it is a cheap activity to do with your dog that is entertaining and great exercise.
Dogs that love toys have the ability to participate in so many different fun activities. When doing activities that put a strong focus on toys, be sure to train your dog to not be possessive towards their toys. These activities are supposed to be fun but having a dog that becomes aggressive over their toys can ruin the fun. Train them to leave their toys and provide plenty of positive reinforcement for them.