It is endlessly entertaining to watch a puppy at play! Puppies have big imaginations and are amused by the smallest (and sometimes invisible!) things. They roll, stalk and leap! They tumble and gallop full speed, only to stop and bark with delight.
As your puppy's guardian, it is your responsibility to make sure that he stays safe during playtime. Besides making sure that playtime does not get too rough, you must make sure that your puppy's toys are safe. Although some older dogs can be trusted with toys that can be torn apart, make sure that your puppy's toys are too large to be swallowed and too tough to be torn to bits. Avoid toys with parts that can be chewed off (stuffed animals, etc.)
The following is a list of toys that can be dangerous for your dog (for a complete list of household dangers and how to avoid them.
- Aluminum foil. Even when compressed into balls, it is too easy for your puppy to swallow.
- String, yarn or tinsel. These can be swallowed and cause obstruction in the intestines.
- Electric cords and telephone wires. Lamps fall over, irons fall off ironing boards. Chewing on the wires...well, you get the idea.
- Keep knickknacks and breakable objects such as glass, ceramic figurines or bottles out of reach.
- Any small, hard items such as bottle caps, ping pong balls, small children's toys, cat toys and the like that could be swallowed and cause an obstruction in the puppy's digestive tract.
- Do not give your pet dog bones that can splinter or be swallowed. When a rawhide toy gets small enough to swallow, discard it.