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12-12-2013 08:06 AM
AngVi We have a large tub for all the toys. They will dig into looking for a favorite one.
My girl loves her toys and just likes squeaking them. Unfortunately my boy loves ripping all the stuffing out. We are always buying toys
Would live to find fluffy toys for her that he can't destroy in two minutes


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12-07-2013 12:41 AM
trcy hmmm, I used to leave them out, but the dogs would have some disagreements over them. Then I put the toy box in a closed room and they were allowed to choose one a day. At the end of the day I put them back. However, my oldest one just had surgery and is on crate rest, so I put the toy box back out so the GSD puppy can entertain himself and not just bark at my oldest dog in the crate throughout the day.......fun times.

Now the problem is my littlest dog (20 pounds) once the largest nyla bone and will turn into cujo over it. Why can't they all just get along? She does have nyla bones more suitable for her size, but she wants the largest one.
12-07-2013 12:32 AM
doggiedad i leave the toys, bones and antlers out all of the time. there's
a few balls in the yard that are out all of the time.
12-06-2013 08:17 PM
dogfaeries As I sit here reading this thread, Carly grabbed the wubba and Russell is chasing her around the coffee table. And now they flew out the dog door. If these dogs didn't have a bunch of toys lying around, they'd drive me out of my mind. I just want to watch the basketball game, LOL.


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12-06-2013 07:26 PM
onyx'girl I keep certain toys for training only...gappay balls, french linen tugs, bumpers, floppy frisbees and a couple different balls.
I let the dogs have toys and don't rotate(because I can't afford a ton of toys and they destroy anything fuzzy) In winter I try to gather up the toys so they don't get buried in the snow, then it's SOL if we get dumped on. I try to keep indoor and outdoor toys separated, but they tend to grab n go now and then. Here is the gathering of toys after the snow melt last Spring. Onyx has a favorite pink cuz that she never looses!

12-06-2013 04:12 PM
FrankieC
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His bunny wubba!
LOL! Love the look on his face.

"Really??"
12-06-2013 04:01 PM
Wild Wolf
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Yeah it isn't the same for all dogs, and honestly I think my latest pups issue with it was caused more by not doing enough trades when he was young vs just taking items and some anxiety was created about whether a toy was going away forever or just for a second. There was an element of keep away that crept into it and it was my fault and a bit my gf's as well. Maybe introducing control to the game a little too soon was part of it too, but I largely fixed it by enforcing what I did.

In short it's probably because I screwed up...lol

Scratch that it is definitely because I screwed up lets be honest.
I agree that it is important to have "training tools" separate from toys, though, if people are serious about sport training or work with their dogs. Hunter doesn't have his tugs, rewards balls or bite rags/flirt poles etc to play in the house - those are all kept in our training bag and only come out for training... although I do use his reward ball when I "run" him for conditioning/exercise because I can throw it the farthest on flat land, up or down hill.
12-06-2013 03:56 PM
Baillif
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Not my experience at all. My male has free access to toys in the home at all times. Although his reward ball is never used in the house, he has some large soft balls on rope to play with inside. He has never had a single training session OR play session involving me in which he hoards his toy or won't bring it back. Perhaps this is his genetic biddability, but when we are training or working he could care less if it is raining tennis balls all around us - all he wants is to work with me, and craves the interaction between us with his reward ball (although when we are working he usually only gets praise reward).

All dogs are different, but I do not need to restrict anything with mine because he has incredible ball drive and incredible desire to focus on me and work with me.

Kinda off topic, sorry.
Yeah it isn't the same for all dogs, and honestly I think my latest pups issue with it was caused more by not doing enough trades when he was young vs just taking items and some anxiety was created about whether a toy was going away forever or just for a second. There was an element of keep away that crept into it and it was my fault and a bit my gf's as well. Maybe introducing control to the game a little too soon was part of it too, but I largely fixed it by enforcing what I did.

In short it's probably because I screwed up...lol

Scratch that it is definitely because I screwed up lets be honest.
12-06-2013 03:54 PM
SummerGSDLover
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After years of working at pet stores and buying toys at cost, and also getting free toys to review for my blog, I have accumulated an impressive amount of dog toys, of all varieties. Hunter doesn't destroy toys, so everything I ever bought him we still have. I have had a massive amount out at a time in a huge dog toy bin, and my home just ends up a mess (a.k.a dog heaven). So, I went and bought myself a small blue bin, and started rotating toys every couple of days. I really like this method, because when I bring out a new bin of toys Hunter's eyes light up and he entertains himself for a couple hours with his "new toys"... lol

Do you leave all the dog toys out all the time, or do you rotate sets and keep the other toys put away? How do you maximize dog toy bliss in your home?

Aaand a photo, since text posts aren't visually appealing enough... lol.



Approximately a touch more than 1/4 of our toy collection..

Also, bonus points if you post a photo of your dog with a bunch of toys.
this is the cutest picture!
I have a similar.


*-*Summer*-*
12-06-2013 03:50 PM
Wild Wolf
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If they value the toy and not the interaction the chances they just run off with it and horde go way up. And then it screws up the training session because the dog wont bring the reward back.

Not my experience at all. My male has free access to toys in the home at all times. Although his reward ball is never used in the house, he has some large soft balls on rope to play with inside. He has never had a single training session OR play session involving me in which he hoards his toy or won't bring it back. Perhaps this is his genetic biddability, but when we are training or working he could care less if it is raining tennis balls all around us - all he wants is to work with me, and craves the interaction between us with his reward ball (although when we are working he usually only gets praise reward).

All dogs are different, but I do not need to restrict anything with mine because he has incredible ball drive and incredible desire to focus on me and work with me.

Kinda off topic, sorry.
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