Most dogs love nothing more than playing around in the yard. It’s a way for them to burn off excess energy, relieve boredom and satisfy their natural instincts for play. If you own an especially playful breed of dog such as a Labrador, Bearded Collie, Beagle or Dalmatian, he’ll appreciate any toys you give him that will make his playtime more enjoyable.

What exactly makes a good dog toy? According to Cesar’s Way, the best dog toys are those that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Tastes like food
  • Soft and chewable
  • Makes some type of noise
  • Holds their interest after initial use
  • Enables you to participate in playtime

Keeping these characteristics in mind, we have compiled a list of 10 outdoor toys that your dog is sure to love:

  1. Braided Rope Retriever — Does your dog love to fetch? You can spend countless hours with this cotton rope toy that is easy to throw and extremely chewable.
  2. Flex ‘n Fly — Another fun retrieving toy, this flexible rubber disc is softer than a Frisbee and recovers its shape after your dog bites
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The Fourth of July is almost upon us. In addition to family picnics, beach excursions and backyard barbecues, this favorite summer holiday is also the time for fireworks – and that might not be very good news for your dog!

While some dogs handle the booming sounds of fireworks just fine, they can be a major source of distress for other dogs. The sound of fireworks is enough to cause some canines to cower under chairs, drool or whine excessively, or have a bathroom accident. An especially high-strung dog may even decide to turn tail and head for the hills!

If your dog doesn’t react well to loud noises, your best bet is to leave him at home and attend the Fourth of July fireworks show without him. If exposing him to fireworks is unavoidable, here are some tips to make the experience a little less stressful for him – and you:

  • Prep him with loud noises — If possible, begin to prepare your dog for the fireworks well in advance of the Fourth of July. Begin by periodically playing recorded firework sounds in March
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If you’re a dog owner, you probably spend a lot of time entertaining your coworkers with stories about your pooch’s antics. You might even have a picture or two of Fido in your work area, so you can remember him during those long days at the office.

With June 26 being “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” it’s the perfect time to show off your pet and let everyone see what makes him the coolest dog on the planet. Here are a few tips to ensure the entire experience works out well for you, your dog and your office mates.

  1. Know your company’s rules — Some companies are more dog-friendly than others, so be sure to review your company’s policies about animals in the workplace. You may need to get approval from your supervisor and coworkers before bringing your dog to work.
  2. Know your dog — Be honest with yourself about your dog’s behavior. If he sometimes acts aggressively toward people or other dogs, you’re better off leaving him at home.
  3. Give him a refresher course — The excitement of a new environment that will
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A week or weekend at the beach can provide some much-needed downtime and the opportunity to enjoy some fun in the sun. The beach can also be a source of excitement and adventure for your dog. If you’re planning to take him with you on your ocean getaway, here’s a list of seven things you need to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for both of you:

  1. ID tags — The beach represents a new and different environment for your dog. He can easily become disoriented and wander away. Even if you’ve had your dog microchipped, you can also bring along ID tags and attach them to his collar before heading to the beach for the day. If he happens to run off or get lost, the tags will make it easier for someone who finds your dog to contact you.
  2. Leashes — Certain situations may arise where you’ll want to keep your dog on a leash while he’s on the beach. Even if you’re not a big proponent of leashing, it’s a good idea to have one within easy reach so you can snap
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