Play Time
Let's face it - playing with your dog is one of the best parts of your day. Dogs are inherently fun loving and like nothing more than to catch balls in mid-air, chew endlessly on their favorite toys and sprint around the local dog park chasing other canines. We might even say play time is what dogs do best. For December's tips we've partnered with the good folks at Kyjen to help you make the most out of your doggie play time. As one of the most respected dog toy companies in America, Kyjen is dedicated to making quality products that stimulate your dog's body and mind.

The Copeland's Make The Most Out of Play Time with Colin

COLIN:
A powerful pup like Colin needs a durable toy (or leaf blower) to keep him entertained during play time. Watch Colin get his energy out with with Kyjen's Harley the Hedgehog - a toy the Copeland family learned is soft on the mouth, but specifically designed to last. Harley the Hedgehog is one toy the Copeland's trust for chew-time.

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The Flippo Family Makes the Most Out of Play Time with Chance

CHANCE:
Play time is important for a high-energy dog like Chance. See how the Flippo family keeps their Border Collie - Shepherd mix entertained and exercised with the right mix of toys. Chance works his mind with the Kyjen Hide a Squirrel toy and unleashes his energy on the Kyjen Invincible Snake

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The Etheredge's Make The Most Out of Play Time With Freddy

FREDDY:
What's on your dog's holiday wish list?  Watch as the Etheredge family takes Freddy on a road trip so he can pick the play time toy that will keep him happy and busy.  Freddy likes the crunch of the Kyjen Pig Bottle Buddies Squeaker - a  durable toy that allows you to extend its life by simply replacing the inner plastic bottle. 

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From The Kyjen Company to Make The Most Out of Doggie Play Time

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Dog Play Time Tips

PICK THE RIGHT TOY FOR YOUR DOG
If you've owned multiple dogs, even of the same breed, then you know just how unique every dog's personality is. Just as their behavior is unique, so are their preferences for certain toys and styles of play. And if you notice them ignoring their favorite toys, it could be they've grown a little bored with them for the moment. Don't toss them in the trash right away, but try and reintroduce them again later. Finally don't forget to make sure the toys are appropriate for your pooch's age and size as well!

KEEP CALM AND CHEW ON
Many dogs are obsessed with chewing the way cats are obsessed with scratching. If you don't give them something to chew on, you can be sure they'll find something in your home to sink their teeth into. So save your favorite couch by making sure they have chew toys at their disposal! "Chew-time" is also a great opportunity to provide dental care to your pooch or deliver wholesome mental stimulation. A problem-solving toy will keep your pooch busy and offer a mental challenge to boot. Chew on that!

GIVE YOUR DOG A JOB
You work all day to provide for your family and pets so why not give them a job during play time? It's not only fair - it's also very good for them! So next time you head out on a hike or jog, consider getting your dog an appropriately sized backpack to carry their treats or clean-up bags. A little added weight will provide your dog with more exercise and make a hyper pooch a little calmer on those long walks. Plus they get to carry their own belongings. It's a win-win for you and your canine companion.

DON'T FORGET TO STIMULATE THE MIND TOO
Play time is the best time for your dog to unleash all that pent-up energy. But did you know it's also vital to keep them mentally engaged as well? A good way to get their neurons firing is to use a hiding puzzle toy while playing fetch. By having them look for the ball in a fun and amusing way, you'll peak their curiosity and stimulate your dog's natural instincts to search. For a more DIY approach, you can build a basic obstacle course in your backyard and lure your dog along with treats. Don't get discouraged if they're a bit confused at first. As long as you persist, they're sure to get it eventually.

KEEP THEM SOCIAL AND PLAYFUL WITH REGULAR DOG PARK VISITS
Like humans, dogs are social animals that thrive on spending time in the company of other pooches. And play time is an ideal moment to bring your canine to the local dog park to socialize. By regularly visiting the dog park, your dog will become more comfortable around other dogs, learn to respect boundaries of play, and receive a well-rounded workout too. Puppy play-dates are a great chance for dog owners to get together and share in their love for their fury family members.