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4 Fun Ways for Toddlers to Spend Time with Family Dog

September 18, 2017

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One of my favorite parts of having a dog is watching my three daughters bond with him as they grow. Our 6 year old dog, Julio, has played an active role in my girls lives and they love spending quality time playing games, going on walks, or just snuggling with him. With my youngest being in her toddler years, I have had to get creative in ways she can join in on the playtime fun with him. I have come up with four special ways she can have special time with Julio and I love capturing their sweet moments in photo whenever I can.


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Listed below are my top four favorite ways for my little one to spend quality time with our dog.

1. Blowing Bubbles

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What toddler doesn’t love bubbles? Purchase or make some dog-friendly scented bubbles (my dog loves the peanut butter or bacon scents) and let your little one have a blast blowing bubbles for your pet! This is endless fun for both dog and toddler and is a fun way to spend some outdoor time together.

2. Snack Time Picnic


Snack time happens a couple times a day in our house so it’s extra special if one of those times my daughter and pup can share a picnic together either indoors or outdoors. Julio’s choice of food at snack or mealtime is always Purina dog food. Lately he has been loving Purina ONE Smartblend in the Chicken & Rice flavor. This food is made with the perfect balance of quality ingredients and is highly digestible so your dog receives all the nutrition he needs. Chicken is the first ingredient which is blended with other high quality protein sources to help support strong muscles and a healthy heart. I love that Purina ONE Smartblend has Omega-6 which gives Julio a healthy coat and contains natural sources of glucosamine that help support joint health. A few more benefits in choosing Purina ONE is that their food is only manufactured in company-owned facilities, real meat is always the #1 ingredient, and there are never any added artificial flavors or preservatives. I purchase Purina ONE Smartblend at Target because it is always in stock and available at an affordable price.

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My daughter’s new favorite snack is Gerber®’s Organic Gluten Free Honey Flavored Biscuits. These delicious gluten-free treats are made especially for toddlers by expert bakers in Italy. The biscuits are easy for little one’s to chew with just the right texture and are free from artificial colors and preservatives. Additionally, they are free from genetically engineered ingredients. Another great snack for crawlers up to toddlers are Gerber® Graduates Strawberry Yogurt Melts Freeze-Dried Yogurt & Fruit Snacks. These tasty snacks are made with the goodness of real yogurt and fruit and are preservative free. They contain live and active cultures and are a good source of Vitamins A, C, and E making them a wholesome snack choice for little ones. Each bite melts in your little one’s mouth and is easy for him/her to chew and swallow. We love Gerber® because they have long been a leader in infant and early childhood nutrition and you can always call them 24/7 with questions or concerns at 1-800-284-9488. You can also head to and meet Dorothy, your on-call personal baby expert. Find Gerber®’s new Organic Gluten Free Honey Flavored Biscuits and Grabbers Fruit and Yogurt Pouches at Target in the baby section!

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3. Hide and Seek


Hide and seek is a super fun game to play with dogs. Help your little one find the perfect hiding spot and make sure he/she has one of your dog’s favorite treats. Your dog will enjoy trying to sniff out your hiding little one! The smile on my daughter’s face is priceless when Julio finds her secret spot.

4. Indoor Obstacle Course 

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My daughter and dog love indoor obstacle courses especially when we need an active rainy day activity. I set up a fun and easy course for the two of them to wind their way through. You can use any items you have including chairs, pillows, etc. to create your toddler and dog-friendly course.

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  • Reply Jenna Wood September 19, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Bubbles are always a huge hit in our home, with the cat, dogs, and any of our younger family members- that’s a great suggestion! #client

  • Reply Diana Lopes September 25, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I love your tips and ideas! I’m definitely going to use some of them and see if they work in our family =)

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