Dogs are highly intelligent and curious beings that thrive on mental and physical stimulation. One effective way to provide both is through the practice of toy rotation. Similar to how humans appreciate variety in our activities, dogs also benefit greatly from having a diverse range of toys to play with.
Just like us, dogs can become bored when faced with the same toys day in and day out. This boredom often leads to undesirable behaviours such as excessive chewing, digging etc. By regularly rotating your dog’s toys, you’re preventing them from becoming tired of their playthings and reducing the likelihood of these undesirable behaviours. When removing toys be sure that your dog does not see you do so to prevent frustration. When giving the toy(s) back to the dog ensure that they follow some command (such as sit) before returning the toy.
Dogs are intelligent animals that need mental exercise as much as physical activity. When you introduce new toys into their environment, it engages their curiosity and forces them to figure out different ways to interact with the toys.
Toy rotation doesn’t just benefit your dog’s mental well-being; it also promotes physical exercise and play. Different toys encourage different types of play such as chasing, fetching or tugging. Be sure to engage with the toy for a while with the dog before letting them play by themselves to encourage independent play.
Constant exposure to the same toys can lead to wear and tear, reducing their lifespan. By rotating toys, you’re giving each toy a break, allowing them to last longer and saving you money in the long run. You can also check the toy to see if it has been damaged.