Toy has posted a new item, 'Kids and Dogs Playing Together: The Best Games and
Pets and kids are adorable together. But theyre not just cute, theyre beneficial
companions too. As many as 90 percent of all children have grown up with a pet,
writes Dr. Gail F. Melson, author of Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the
Lives of Children. When your kids and your pets play, they keep each other
healthy and happy, fostering cognitive and emotional growth. This summer, you
can make the most of your kids and dogs play time with few simple toys and a
Its a classic, and it works even better with a Chuckit! or Dogobie throwing
disk. Fetch offers great exercise and its easy as pie. The ASPCA recommends you
ensure your kids know the correct way for their pup to retrieve the fetch toy,
which is to drop the toy at their feet. This doesnt come easy to most dogs, so
be sure to reward them with a treat for dropping the toy correctly.
2. Blowing Bubbles
Dogs and cats love to chase bubbles, and kids love to blow them. Bubbles make
for hours of endless fun for young children, as long as you purchase non-toxic,
edible bubbles for pets and children like Bubble Buddy, which even features
sizzlin bacon-flavored bubbles.
3. Hide and Seek
Most playful dogs have a natural inclination to play hide and seek, and its a
game you can play indoors or outdoors. Supply your child with a fist full of
treats, show them to your dog, then put him in the sit or stay position (or hold
him back). Allow your child to call the dogs name once and instruct them to hide
in an easily accessible place. As the game continues, your child can raise the
stakes by hiding in a more difficult place. For an added bonus, give the dog
chicken or cheese, theyll love it.
4. Find the Toy
This game can be taught to most dogs, but it requires a lot of patience and
discipline. According to The Week, there is a dog named Chaser that can
understand 1,022 words, and most of them are specific toys. The way we see it,
if your kid can teach your dog to differentiate between three or four toys youve
got a very disciplined kid and a great dog. To teach the dog the name of a toy,
simply work with one toy at a time. Tell your child to repeat the name of the
toy over and over, then hide it and have the dog find it. After a few days, add
a different toy, focus on the new toy, then go back and practice with the old
toy. Although Chasers owners spent four to five hours per day teaching him, one
to two hours should do the trick. At the end of the summer, youll have the best
trained pooch (and kid) on the block.
Any canine-inclusive games should have ground rules, especially if the child is
young or the dog is new. Children should be taught that bared teeth and wrinkled
noses mean the dog may snap if the toy is taken, and they should get an adult.
If behavior persists, a Petsafe remote training collar or obedience class might
be considered. Children should be taught to respect the dogs space and never
startle, hit or pinch the dog.
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