Remember how much you loved your toys when you were younger? Well, puppies are no different—and to a puppy, anything can be a toy! Here are some things they can and can’t safely play with.

Your puppy will love bones, but keep him away from real ones that have been cooked! Instead, let him enjoy fake bones made of hard nylon or rawhide bits that have been pressed together (not ones made of large pieces or knots of rawhide, as swallowed pieces might not be good for your little guy). Hard rubber balls and chew toys are a great toy—you can even find versions that are hollow and allow you to hide treats inside of them. Knots of thick rope are also great fun for your pooch.

Your tiny friend might love the look and sound of squeaky rubber toys, but they might tear them apart and swallow them, so keep them away. He should also stay away from soft toys with foam stuffing, items with small, pointy metal bits (like batteries, pins or springs), anything made from long strips or strings or ribbons, anything made from sheets of plastic (like garbage bags).

The most important thing of all is for your puppy—and you—to have fun!

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