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Toys For Your Pit Bull
Toys provide two important roles
for your Pit Bull puppy. The first role is to help stimulate your dog
both physically and mentally. The second is to prevent him from tearing
down your home. Pit Bulls, or any dog for that matter, are less likely
to destroy items in your house if given their own toys that they can
Pit Bulls love playing with balls, especially big, colorful bouncing
balls. They also enjoy a large and partially deflated ball. Hard rubber
balls are good for tough-playing puppies. Avoid using small balls such
as jack balls or golf balls because dogs tend to inhale or swallow
them. Soft rubber balls are also not recommended because they can
easily be chewed to small pieces and then swallowed.
Pit Bulls also enjoy fleece toys, although some dogs tend to be too
rough with them and rip them into shreds. Keep in mind that fleece toys
are not chew toys and your dog should not be allowed to play with them
while you are not around to supervise, or your Pit Bull might chew it
up and swallow the material.
Rubber tug toys are also among the favorites of the Pit Bull, although
you may need to have constant supervision when your Pit Bull is playing
with them, especially around kids. This kind of play may promote
physical competitiveness that may not be appropriate for your Pit Bull.
Use this toy sporadically and combine it with more moderate and gentler
Squeaky toys that are made of plastics are not a good choice for your
Pit Bull. These kinds of toys can be easily chewed and swallowed or the
“squeaker” can be lodged and also swallowed. Never leave your dog
unattended with a squeaky toy. Similar to fleece toys, squeaky toys are
not chew toys and should only be used when you are playing with your
Another type of toy that is your Pit Bull can enjoy is a pole lure. It
is basically a stick that is about six feet long with a string of the
same length tied to the end and a toy tied to the end of the string.
The goal of playing this toy is for you to run around while dragging
the toy and trying to keep your dog from catching it. Avoid letting
your dog get hurt by jumping too erratically after the toy.
If a pole lure is not available, your dog will be just as happy
settling for a good old fashioned stick. Just make sure that the ends
are not sharp and that it is long enough for him to be able to jab one
end to the ground while holding the other end in its mouth.
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