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Keeping Your Pup’s Playtime Interesting – Toy Rotation

1Well it's finally happened, and I can't believe it took as long as it did - Kitsune has too many toys!  How do I know this?  The fact that all his toys no longer fit into his rather large toy box was a good first indication.  Poor 'Sune had to dig through a huge pile of toys to get to the specific one he wanted, which of course was, more often than not, at the very bottom of the pile.

Our apartment started to resemble a daycare more than the home of two grown adults - and we don't have any children!  Because, as smart as Kitsune is, he just can't seem to grasp the concept of putting his toys away himself.  Half the time he wasn't even playing with them, he'd just toss them out all over the floor to make it easier for him to get to the stuff at the bottom.  To keep the house a bit neater, I decided to start rotating his toys.

2Turns out, this is not a novel idea.  While I started rotating Kitsune's toys because he's spoiled and has way too many of them, rotating toys can also help keep your pup's playtime interesting!  Has your pooch ever lost a toy outside, or maybe inside the couch cushions, only to find it again weeks or even months later?  It's like they found a brand new toy!

That's the same thing you're going for with toy rotations.  If you put a specific toy away for awhile, then when you reintroduce it to your dog  it's like giving him/her a new toy all over again!  It can bring new excitement to old pet toys (this works with lots of types of pets, by the way, not just dogs!) that maybe your pet was getting a bit bored of.  Dog owners, especially owners with very active dogs, know the importance of keeping their dogs entertained!

3Rotating pet toys can be great for pet owners too, especially if you like to spoil your pets like I do!  I find that I've been spending less money on dog toys lately, because instead of buying Kitsune new toys I'm able to give him old toys that he hasn't seen for awhile.  He gets just as excited over older toys that he hasn't played with for a few weeks than he does when he gets something new.  Also, toy rotation day can be a great time to check over your pet's toys, to make sure that they aren't damaged in a way that could make them dangerous for your pet, and to clean any of them that need it.

So if you need a way to help make old pet toys fun again, or if your pet just has too many toys like my Kitsune does, try rotating toys!  It can be a great, free, way to help keep your pet entertained.

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