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Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

3 Ways To Determine Whether A Used Fabric Dog Toy Is Still Safe For Your Puppy

Since puppies are typically so energetic, you’re going to need a wide variety of toys to keep one entertained. But since fabric toys in particular are prone to disintegrating into small choke hazards when they’re worn down, you need to be careful about employing used ones for your puppy. To determine whether a used fabric dog toy is still safe for your puppy, use one or more of these three methods.

Pull On Any Loose Threads And See If They Easily Come Off

Individual loose threads on a fabric dog toy are an early sign of decay. However, if only a few threads have broken off from the toy’s main body instead of many, your puppy should still be able to play with and chew on the toy without danger.

It all comes down to whether the threads are still connected to the toy enough to not budge when you pull on them. If any of them easily come off, you can be sure that your puppy will get all sorts of fabric in its throat if it tries to chew the toy.

Soak The Toy In Water And See If It Starts Coming Apart

The better the condition of a fabric dog toy, the better it should hold up when it’s soaked in water. It should both remain in one piece when you take it out of the water and dry quickly when you smother it with a towel.

If one end of the fabric dog toy completely unravels when you dunk it in water, don’t be sad that you ruined it. If your puppy had put one end of the toy in its mouth for a long period of time, its saliva would’ve had the same effect on the fabric as ordinary water. The only difference would be the puppy’s risk of swallowing a bunch of loose threads.

See How The Puppy Bites And Chews On The Toy

When a puppy’s teeth are just coming in, the animal will be tempted to chew and thoroughly tear apart almost any toy that’s available. In this case, even a relatively sturdy fabric toy that only has a few loose threads on it is in danger of completely coming apart.

While you play with your puppy for a few minutes, use only the fabric toy in question. The harder the puppy tears at loose threads, the more wary you should be of leaving the animal alone with the toy.

Since puppies are smaller than normal dogs, they’re more likely to choke on small objects. While this shouldn’t be taken as motivation to take all your dog toys away from a growing puppy, you need to be circumspect. Learn more about puppy care here.

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Preparing Your Horse for Pediatric Therapeutic Riding Equipment

Equine therapy, or therapeutic horseback riding, has become popular with families of children with physical and developmental disabilities. A recent study shows that a 10-week therapy course can provide significant improvement in children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. If you have a horse and you are interested in helping with this type of therapy, there are some unique pieces of horseback riding equipment your horse will need to get used to. Here are some of the different types of equipment used in therapeutic horseback riding.

Adaptive Saddles

Depending on a child’s disabilities, he or she may need to use an adaptive saddle. These saddles are designed to help keep the child sitting in a safe, upright position while riding. They can be a bit more cumbersome than traditional saddles, and your horse will need to learn how to walk while wearing them. You can get your horse slowly adjusted to these saddles by practicing with them for a half hour each day, gradually working up to longer lengths of time.

Mounting Ramps

Mounting ramps help children who are wheelchair bound or who have difficulty with gross motor skills. These children may not be able to use the traditional method of mounting a horse. The ramp lets them walk or roll up to the horse for effortless mounting. You will, however, need to teach your horse to remain calm while standing next to the ramp so the child using it doesn’t get scared.

Therapeutic Riding Bolsters

Not every person who uses horseback riding therapy will be able to sit in a saddle. Some children have difficulty with muscle control, making it difficult or impossible to sit up long enough to enjoy horseback riding. Therapeutic riding bolsters help these children enjoy riding a horse but allowing them to lie on the horse’s back with the aid of a large, specially designed pillow. While your horse may need to get used to having children lie down on its back, the bolsters are actually quite comfortable. You may even find that your horse enjoys the bolsters more than traditional saddles.

Once your horse is used to the special equipment that goes along with therapeutic horseback riding, found at stores like The Riding Store, you can begin to practice some of the different techniques used to help kids with developmental and physical disabilities. You and your horse may find this line of horseback riding to be particularly satisfying.

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