Since self esteem is critical for dogs of all ages, don't forget to make a big deal about his trick so that he knows he is still top dog!
Rope toys provide fun and exercise for dogs. Some types of rope toys can also improve dental health. However, playing with a toy is no replacement for daily tooth brushing and a healthy diet. The social benefits of play with rope toys are much more significant than any potential dental benefits. When two dogs play with a rope toy together, they are enjoying a game, using up energy and reinforcing their social status within the "pack." When an owner plays games with his dog using a rope toy, he is strengthening his bond with his dog and helping to prevent future behavior problems with daily play and exercise.