Otis here. Dogs enjoy smelling things, even gross things. (Based on how much we enjoy baths, you’d think that we love smelling ourselves.) But, we don’t necessarily like playing with stinky toys.
It’s easy to think of our toys as durable like blue jeans, assuming they can have the same cleaning schedule. (We know that people wear a t-shirt once but wear jeans ten times before washing them.) The truth is that our toys go into our mouths, unlike your jeans. They need to be washed regularly.
Don’t worry. We have tips for toy cleaning.
Whisking Toys Away
If you’ve ever tried to sort through our toys for donations in front of us, you’ve realized that every toy is the absolute most important toy ever. Taking the stinky toy away while we watch is a terrible idea.
You have to get sneaky about bath time for toys. The best option is to clean things up when we’re away at day camp or on a play date. You can even pick things up when we’re snoozing in another room. Just leave a few toys out for us when we return.
Your other option is to swap out toys as soon as we finish play. A snack-filled session with a puzzle toy should be washed and stashed right after a session. Trade another toy for the puzzle toy right away and we’ll eventually expect that as part of the routine.
The best part about cleaning our toys is not worrying about getting stinky hands when we want you to play fetch with us.
Until next time--