January 23, 2009, Newsletter Issue #272: Inexpensive Dog Toys

Tip of the Week

Try these ideas for inexpensive toys for your dog:

Get a few used tennis balls, a short length of strong rope with knots tied in each end, and a small plastic soda bottle emptied and cleaned. Once your dog has bitten through the plastic bottle, throw it away so he doesn't eat any plastic pieces.

Your dog will be just as happy playing with an item you already have in your house. He might be content to entertain himself chewing on an old sock or empty plastic containers. Make sure all your items are clean and free from any parts he could swallow.

Try resale shops or garage sales for used stuffed animals, a favorite with many dogs. Wash and dry them, and then remove any parts a dog might swallow such as button eyes.

Or buy your canine plastic toys and stuffed ones from the kid's and baby's department. They often carry similar products at lower prices.

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