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    As dog owners, we’ve enjoyed learning each of our dogs’ personalities. While Solomon is go, go, go and always ready to bark at the slightest thing, Judah is more reserved and very attentive – one of those dogs that you look at and KNOW he’s watching you. Although they’re about a year apart in age, Judah and Solomon are like brothers, always hanging out, napping, and most importantly playing together.

    Here are 7 habits of our highly playful dogs.

    1. A dog’s gotta eat.

    Before starting any day of fun, Solomon and Judah each start with a bowl of Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Dog Food. We’ve been loyal Purina® Pro Plan® feeders since we become dog owners and have always appreciated the quality dry food that helps power Solomon and Judah’s play time.

    A new PetSmart opened a couple of months ago, and we took the opportunity to check out the new store when we needed to stock up on dog food.

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    In our PetSmart, the dry dog food was in the back corner of the store and Purina® Pro Plan® was easy to find. Purina® Pro Plan® offers a variety of dry food options depending on dog size and flavor. Solomon eats Purina® Pro Plan® Puppy and Judah gets the Large Breed Purina® Pro Plan®.

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    We’ve trained Solomon and Judah to wait until given the command to eat. (A particularly useful command if you happen to, say, accidentally spill a cup of coffee on the floor. I would not want to see these dogs amped up on coffee.)

    Solomon & Judah waiting for Purina® Pro Plan®

    WAITING for breakfast is NOT Solomon’s most favorite part of the day.

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    2. It’s time to chase… Turkey!

    We have wild turkeys that roam the land. They seem to find lots of good eats in our grass and enjoy picking at the bird seed that falls from the feeders. Judah and Solomon view wild turkeys as giant feather play toys that must be chased. (Don’t worry, turkey animal rights activists, no turkeys have ever been harmed by our dogs.)

    Wild Turkeys

    We have a few large flocks of wild turkeys. Here’s a group of ~20. Click the pic for a larger view.

    While chasing turkeys may be fun, Solomon’s favorite game is fetch. Whether it’s a pine cone falling from a tree or a ball that you throw, this dog will play fetch for as long as you will throw the ball. With his breakfast of Purina® Pro Plan®, that can mean a lot of throwing.

    Solomon Playing Fetch

    Hours of fetch are powered by Purina® Pro Plan® dry dog food.

    3. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s something I must bark at!

    Most of the day, Solomon makes do by chasing and barking at the birds that have made their homes in the surrounding trees. Sometimes I think the birds fly back and forth across the yard just to watch that dog run. But sometimes, bigger prey catches his eye.


    White Tail Deer are also frequent visitors around the land.

    Solomon Barking at Birds

    “The only thing standing between you and me is this fence.”

    Whether it’s a bird or a deer, it doesn’t make a difference, Solomon will be sure to “greet” them.

    4. Time for a Power Nap

    Did you know that dogs typically sleep 16 to 18 hours a day? (Conversely, people are usually awake 16 to 18 hours a day…hmm.)

    Judah Recharing After Morning Playtime

    Judah loves napping on his “heated tile floor” – aka the patio.

    5. More Purina Pro Plan? Don’t mind if I do.

    With all of this running around, dogs can always use more fuel. Judah and Solomon really appreciate that real chicken, beef, lamb, or salmon is the #1 ingredient found in all Purina® Pro Plan® dry dog foods. Solomon loves his chicken while Judah is more of a beef dog.

    7 Habits of Hightly Playful Dogs Powered By Purina Pro Plan

    6. Chew Toys are a Dog’s Best Friend

    These dogs are Montana dogs. They’ll dig up tree trunks, gnaw on tree roots and turn tree branches into itty bitty bits. To help protect our trees from our highly playful dogs, we make sure to have a good supply of chew toys on hand.

    7. Catching…Zzzzs, that is.

    After a long day of chasing, barking, sleeping, eating and sleeping, every playful dog needs to catch up on their woofy sleep. Solomon still hasn’t figured out that he can finish chewing on the antler before falling asleep.

    Solomon Sleeping Antler

    Solomon tired himself out from all the chewing…


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