Let's Talk Toys Guys!
We all love playing with our dogs and we all love buying them toys. What we must ensure is that we use our toy box constructively so we get the most out of it for our dog.
We want toys with the potential to mentally and physically enrich our dog's day. There are 3 types of toys that we want in our box
These toys are like a dogs version of children’s play dough or Lego. Our puppy is going to learn different textures and different sounds which is really important.
When it comes to a puppy, I really like to have these food dispensing toys in my locker. They can help reduce things like mouthing and boredom. Some can be stuck on a wall so the puppy can lick them while we practice puppy handling. Some toys move in different ways which gives a lot of stimulus for our puppy.
These toys are really important, especially when our dog mentally matures and the hunting instinct becomes prominent. Certain breeds, like the Cocker Spaniel and the Collie, might start showing an interest in these toys faster than a Saint Bernard would. We need to make sure that we choose a chase toy that is appropriate for our dogs level. So, think about your dog's breed and life stage before you introduce these toys. It's good to get a little game going whilst your puppy is young.
About Adem Fehmi, The Dogtor
Behaviourist Adem Fehmi has always known that helping dogs and their owners would be his life’s work. His passion and fascination with dogs started as a young child and he has devoted himself to the happiness of these amazing creatures and the humans who love them.
As a boy, he desperately wanted a dog of his own and by the time he was nine years old, he had washed enough cars and run enough errands in the local neighbourhood to have finally raised the money for his first dog. He soon learnt two important lessons. First, his relationship with his dog was extremely important to him and made the world of difference when life got tough; and second, that owning a dog was not always easy. They needed a common language so that boy and dog could clearly understand each other.
Through his teen years, he set about learning everything he could about dogs. He attended local dog training classes and, for nine years, devoted himself to his work at the local kennels where he cared for dogs of all shapes and sizes. He discovered different breeds and learned about temperaments of dogs, and over time he developed the communication skills needed for working effectively with dogs, especially those with behavioural issues. Even as a student at university, he would travel back during weekends to work with the dogs at the kennels or help those in his local area with training their dogs and managing behavioural issues.
He has spent over 15 years practising as a qualified behaviourist and is now the founder and owner of Dog-ease, one of the UK’s largest dog training centres. He works with dog owners helping them to fully understand their doggy best friends and helping them with dog training and, when necessary, overcoming behavioural issues.
His aim is to help as many people as possible to enjoy their dogs and, consequently, as many dogs to enjoy their humans!
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