Most parents would never give their young children toys with sharp points that could stab or poke. They would never give their kids blunt toys that could hit and hurt. Although they could have been “a lot of fun for the kids”, they would probably be used to harm siblings and possibly parents.
And, as kids, how many of us have heard “Don’t rough house in the living room! Go outside and play!”. Again, our parents were trying to establish behaviors and boundaries that were appropriate for a safe and properly run family.
Wow! Now that I think about it, there were a lot of things our parents had to worry about and manage with our toys and our actions. Although, at the moment, what we were playing with or how we were playing were not that important, the long-term implications were important. They didn’t want us to destroy the furniture and knock all the pictures off the wall. They didn’t want us to think that it was OK to stab people and beat them over the heads.
Now let’s turn our attention from our parent’s decision about our toys to our decision with our dog’s toys. We give our dog toys because we love him and want to make him happy and have fun. We use toys when we play with our dog.
So, why does our dog start to become dominant and stop listening to us when we give him toys? Is it the toy? Is it how we play with him? Are toys just a bad thing to give to our dog? Robin and I have a great article that explains what is happening and what you should do. Please check out our dog training article titled “What Toys Are Bad for My Dog or Puppy”.