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Turning Old Toys into New

Author: Alison Spanner | Date: August 2, 2012

As I sat down to write this blog, I immediately felt a wet nose nudging my arm and a small furry head pushing its way into my lap.  My dogs were tag teaming me for attention!  I looked around my apartment and saw several toys my dogs seemingly loved a few days ago but were now ignoring.  I picked up the discarded toys and went to the basket of old toys I keep in the cabinet.  I dug to the bottom and found two well-chewed bones.  Asked for a sit from both dogs and then gave them each one bone.  They both acted like these bones were brand new and chewed away for the next thirty minutes.

Naturally curious, dogs are drawn to new objects.  There are several ways to use this penchant for the new to your advantage.

1) Pick up the dog toys and replace them with toys that have not seen action in a few weeks.  Haven’t you heard old is the new new?

2) When training, use your dog’s natural curiosity.  For example, if you want to teach your dog to ring a bell when it needs to go outside, present the bell to your dog and reward them when they sniff, lick and nudge the bell.

3) Drive your dog to a new neighborhood and allow your dog to explore new scents.  The new sights and smells will activate and exhaust your dog’s brain.

How else can we use a dog’s natural curiosity to benefit them and us? Post your ideas here.


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