Have you ever returned home with that fun-looking new dog toy, only to be disappointed that your pup wanted nothing to do with it?
For most of us “dog parents” this can be quite common. Choosing the right toy can seem like a daunting task. I myself have spent hours upon hours picking out toys for my kids. I always check to see if it is durable, flexible, chewable, and if it can bounce correctly, etc. My kids can be picky.
Well, after years of going through this painful process (and wasting plenty of money as well), I finally stumbled upon a tip which has yet to fail me.
Think about this… What is the most important thing in your dog’s life? YOU!
What is the most stimulating to a dog? Their sense of smell!
Most dogs prefer things which smell like their owners. For example, notice how they always seem to find comfort in your bed, or with your worn clothing. This can also be applied to their toys and other interests.
The trick is this… When you buy new toys for your dog, remove all of the packaging, tags, whatever may be attached. Then, place them in your clothes hamper or wherever you keep your dirty laundry. Leave them there for a minimum of 24 hours. This will help rid them of the packaged scent and transfer your scent to them as well.
When it is time to introduce the toys to your dog, make sure it is a happy time when they are excited, and you have the time to play with them. They should enjoy seeing your excitement over the new toys as well. Your interest in the toys is very important. Your dog loves you and wants to share your interests.
If any additional help is needed, you can always try rubbing treats against them, placing treats on or inside them, or smearing them with a little peanut butter.
Hope this helps. Please feel free to add your feedback, suggestions, tips, etc.
Thanks for caring!
- Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care, LLC