Using Dog Toys for Fun and Training

Dog toys can be an entertaining diversion for your canine friend. They can also be very useful when training your dog. It’s commonplace to reward a dog’s obedience during a training session with food treats, but giving only food rewards should be avoided because this can result in your dog obeying only in the presence of food.

Therefore, you should have some variety in your dog’s training rewards. Toys make a good alternative for food treats. However, choosing the right dog toy will depend on the personality of your dog and the type of training they are receiving. To give you an idea, here is a list of some of the most popular types of dog toys:

Throw Toys

Throw toys such as tennis balls and frisbees are perfect for the most basic form of dog training there is: “go fetch”. They allow you and your dog to share exercise and quality time together, while getting your dog used to obeying simple commands. A great warmup for more advanced types of training.

Stuffed Toys

Stuffed dog toys are a classic choice. They come in many shapes, sizes and colours, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your dog’s fancy. For training purposes, use dog toys that are chew-resistant, durable, and easy to wash.

Talking Toys

Talking toys adds a level of interaction that most dogs love. It makes them curious and it holds their attention wonderfully well. Getting to play with a talking dog toy can be a great incentive to motivate your dog to obey your commands.

Puzzle Toys

These dog toys provide simple problems which your dog can solve. More intelligent breeds of dog respond to puzzles very well. They are less useful during most training sessions as they require your dog to stop and think, but can be appropriate reward for afterwards.

Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Toy

How to keep you and your dog entertained!

Does your dog find ordinary dog toys tedious? Do they get fed up because all they can do is chew, squeak or roll their toy around? Or do they work out how to get the treats out in 2 seconds flat?

D4DOGZ has the answer for you! The fantastic Nina Ottosson Dog Twister dog toy will keep you entertained and your dog coming back for more.

Like many dog owners you have encountered a problem that can be hard to fix. Dog’s are like children, they need to be entertained or have your full attention to be happy. And we all just want our pooches to be happy.

This fantastic dog toy will keep your dog guessing with all of its secret compartments and it makes treat time fun. This is a fantastic dog toy for you and your dog to use together. The first time you and your pooch sit down to use this dog toy you need to put a treat in every compartment, and have some so that the dog can see some of the treats. Each round of ‘dog twister’ that you and your dog enjoy together can be made harder and more interesting just by putting in less treats or ‘locking’ some of the compartments. This is a sure-fire way for you to get your dog interested in this dog toy. There are just so many possibilities.

This dog toy is also a fantastic way to teach your dog some simple, yet effective, commands, such as sit, stay, OK etc. This can make a whole variety of encounters more pleasant, like dinner time, or meeting a new dog or human friend.

The Nina Ottosson range of dogs toys consists of several different styles, ranging in dificculty levels, the Dog Twister is rated 2-3 on a scale of 1 to 3, Once you get one you’ll want to try more.

Dog Toys – What You Think You Know, But You Really Don’t!

My Dog Has 5 Toys But He Still Eats My Shoes – Help!”

If you’ve gone out and bought some random dog toys, only to discover that your pooch still prefers your $200.00 pair of Doc Martens, then you’ve just encountered a common problem all owners face at some point.

We forget that dogs need to be stimulated mentally and emotionally by their dog toys, just as much as we need to be with sports, entertainment or interests. But all dogs are different. I recommended a squeaky bone to a friend of mine who owned a pug once, and the poor thing was terrified of the noise it made. Epic dog toy fail!

You need to keep the personality of your dog in mind when choosing dog toys. If like our dog Shadow (the lab), you dog loves to fetch things – get them a dog toy that will enhance their playtime. Balls usually do the trick, though it’s never a bad idea to buy one that won’t disintegrate after two chews like tennis balls do!

If your dog is still chewing your shoes, it means one of two things. Either a) they aren’t interested in the dog toys they have, so they turn their attention elsewhere, or b) they’re naturally naughty and chew everything – toys, shoes, tables, clothing, handbags…

If you have a Jack Russell, you’ll understand. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do about b), but a) you can definitely change. If you can’t nail down what your pooch wants, then buy a range of dog toys for them to try, and see which one gets the best response.

The love between a dog and its favourite toy is always easy to spot. They carry it around with them, sleep with them, bury them, dig them up – hide them in your couch cushions covered in dirt – it’s a beautiful thing really. And that’s what you want to target! The right dog toys will keep you dog entertained for hours, and then it all becomes worth it.

Good luck on your grand toy hunt!

Invincibles Dog Toy

Wow what a Fantastic Dog Toy

We bought a few of the new Invincibles dog toy in to try out as we always do before we decide to stock any dog toy and what a winner!

We took one home last week, we chose the green with 6 Squeaks, they are available in either red or green and in either 3 or 6 squeak styles. All our dogs love them so we are going to get them each one now.

It’s quite funny when we are outside with the dogs, ‘Charli’ the youngest and not a real dog toy lover, will just sit at the back door looking at the Invincible snake, she even whines a little its very cute. When we say OK we are going back inside there is a rush to the door to get to the toy first.

Last night Shadow our black lab had a fabulous time playing, squeaking and tossing this Dog Toy, it was a real test to get a good photo that wasn’t blurry!

This is no ordinary Dog Toy, the squeakers are a first of a kind – They are able to keep squeaking even after being punctured by your Dogs teeth now how good is that!

No stuffing means no mess that’s something we love at our place, the Invincible Dog Toy even has a little rattle in the tail for a bit more fun, but our dogs really just love the squeak.

After Shadow and Charli had their fix it was Buster’s turn, he played for a while then went to sleep on it just so the others couldn’t get to it, which is not unusual as he will sleep in the toy box to keep the other two from getting to all their Dog Toys.

Find the Invincibles Dog Toy Here