I believe that many owners have such a confusion that their dogs are not very attentive to many non- "food" toys, and it is easy to get tired of them. When they are at home alone, they almost never scoop up toys, but start to dismantle their homes, scoop up your shoes, or furniture, and then when you come back to see your laced shoelaces and toys that have not moved their positions, start Crazy ...
Before understanding these reasons, you must realize that toys have no intrinsic value. Dog toys are not necessary for your dog to survive. Unlike food and water, they have intrinsic value to the dog and they need it to survive. Your dog doesn't have to be taught to eat, because it needs to do so by nature. So, this means that we have to train dogs often for them to find the fun and feedback of toys.
Why don't dogs like to play with toys?
Dogs don't get satisfaction from toys.
There are two main reasons why dogs cannot get satisfaction from toys
The first is that your dog does not like to play with toys alone. It wants you to participate in it, so prepare some interactive toys, such as tug of war or a ball, so that you can play with it. When it plays alone, give it some rewards and associate the toy with a good result. As said before, toys have no intrinsic value for dogs, but games do. So if the owner can participate, for dogs, this is a game, not a toy.
The second and most common reason is that dogs are bored with toys. This is usually because the toy is always with the dog. It can be played at any time. Too many toys and the same toy will cause overstimulation, so the dog may not choose any toy. People will like the new and hate the old, as do the dogs. Even your favorite toy may have a tired day.
The solution is to rotate all the toys to your dog and don't show all the toys in front of it. Or keep these toys visible but not accessible. And book a certain time of day to let it contact its toys. If the toy is always outside and reachable, then when you try to contact the dog with the toy, those moments are not special. If every day Setting a similar play time with one or two specific toys will help combat boredom by developing your dog's desire for regular daily life. (When you give him a new toy, pay attention to transferring all other toys so that your dog can understand that this new toy is a special treatment).
So how do you get your dog interested in toys quickly? When starting a game, it's best to think of toys as your favorite toys. Dogs reflect your emotions towards objects or people to a certain extent. Showing the toy to the dog and throwing it around is a great way to stimulate the dog's brain. Remember to speak loudly. When your brisk tone and movements allow the dog's instincts to work, it will naturally become more excited when it notices changes in the environment.
2. The dog may feel uncomfortable, stressed or anxious about the current environment.
This situation usually occurs when the dog is at home alone. If a dog is afraid to be at home alone, or does not like to be at home alone, then the last thing it needs to do is play with toys. This involves the issue of separation anxiety, which we will discuss in detail in a later article.
In the eyes of dogs, no one is more important than their owner. Your dog longs for your company, recognition and affection. Playing with dogs is one of the best ways to show your love for dogs. Dogs not playing with toys may just be a signal that they want to have more interaction with you and get more attention.