Dog toys are important, but can get expensive. If your dog tires of toys quickly, here are some tips for getting the most out of the toys.
- Rotate your dog’s toys on a weekly basis and keep a few available at a time. This way, old toys can be like new. If your dog has an absolute favorite you might want to keep that available all the time.
- Make a good mix of the toys that are available. For instance one toy to carry, one to kill, one to roll around, and one to baby.
- Play hide and seek with your dog through hiding toys and letting your dog seek. A toy that’s just handed over is okay, but a toy that required work and was “found” can be even more precious. You can also hide treats and teach your dog to seek them. This is a good mental exercise that keeps your dog active.
- Take time to play with your dog. Whether it’s a hide and seek game, playing frisbee, or tossing a ball, interactive games will help establish the bond between you. Playing together also gives an opportunity to learn good behavior.