Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

A lot of thought goes into choosing the right toys for your hound. You must first learn about the breed and understand its mannerisms before heading out to the store and buying anything old.

By nature, if a Bloodhound doesn’t have much to keep its mind occupied, it’s like any other animal on the planet, it gets bored. Many new dog owners will spend a great deal of money spoiling their new pet by going to their local pet store or shopping online for all kinds of toys that they think will be dog-friendly.

Hounds like to have jobs to do, like walking or running, training for search and rescue, or whatever they think will please their owner. They love to play and I don’t think they will ever get out of that stage. Now don’t be fooled, it is a very intelligent animal and some owners end up being the seekers rather than the seekers, so you’ll want to keep their minds on the task at hand and not something else.

While they are idle in their yard or corral, they are always looking for something to do. Most hounds like to chew, so you’ll want to choose a toy that will last and won’t hurt them if they swallow it. Once they are old enough to play with each other, they will want other items to occupy their time.

A toy that is good and that will last for a while is a wind-up toy. They will throw it with each other if they have a playmate and will try to take it away from the other. It is always good entertainment for the owner to watch his new dog play. Get involved with them as much as you can. Pull the string, but always let them have it so they know this is their toy and no one will take it away.

Over time, the rope will get old and frayed and they will start to eat it. Toys don’t last forever and once this happens, you’ll want to take them off and get a new one. They will be very happy to see a new rope to play with.

Another great chew toy for them is hooves. You can find them in almost any pet store. Ask the store manager where you can find them. They will also last a while and will keep them busy for hours, but just like with string, once they start to get small and there are splinters lying around, you’ll want to replace them with a new one.

Since Bloodhounds like to chew, a new owner might be disappointed in the new dog because they like to chew on their doghouse. This is common in almost all bloodhounds that I have seen. Some will literally destroy the house if they don’t have enough to keep them occupied, and others will just nibble on it for a while.

The best toy for any hound that I have come across is a plain old run-of-the-mill stick. They come in many flavors, pine, aspen, willow, maple, oak. You will have to adjust the taste of the dogs to what is available to you. Where I live, the poplars are plentiful and I get them a fresh stick often and it keeps them busy for hours.

Toys for your hound don’t have to be fancy, just safe and practical so they keep busy and don’t hurt themselves from eating something that is bad for them or gets stuck in their intestines.

Have fun with your dog, it won’t be around forever. Once you find a good toy for them, you will enjoy a lifetime of playing and staring at them for hours on end a day.

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