So you spent a half hour in the pet store picking out the perfect toy for your dog, yet as you excitedly arrive home and toss it to them, they want nothing to do with it. No worries, many dog owners have found themselves in a similar situation.
As you probably know, deciding what to buy and how much to spend is not an easy decision. The number of choices is about as abundant as the cereal aisle at the grocery store, but with time you get a better understanding of your dog’s preferences, narrowing down the options.
A recent study published in the journal “Animal Cognition” gives us some insight on our canine’s preferences. Researchers presented dogs with a different toys for 30-second intervals until the dog stopped interacting with the given toy, which indicated the dog had lost interest. They found that dogs act much like their closest ancestor – the wolf. They look at toys as if they were prey and are drawn to those that taste like food or can be torn apart.
The study also showed that dogs find quieter toys less interesting and sound can often keep them stimulated. Also, some good news, they enjoy when you participate. Dogs are social creatures and love when you interact and add excitement.
As an owner, make sure you pay attention to when your pup loses interest. Introducing them to new toys every so often will become of benefit to both you and your dog.
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