What a mess of toys

Each morning as I start my day of pick up I make my rounds in the house. In almost every room I find toys; dog toys. Two on the dog bed in the kitchen, 2 in the livingroom with guts strewn randomly about, 2 toys and 2 bones in the bedroom and down in the familyroom there are carcasses, guts and toys from one end to the other. I don't mind at all; dogs need stuff.

I have often walked into a new dog home when upon having a quick look around asked "where's the toys?" Sometimes the new guardians admit to picking up before I got there but more often they just didn't know. The more toys you give your dog the less likelihood of having your stuff ruined. Now of course it still requires supervision but once your dog learns what is there's and what is yours; they need a large selection.

We have a basket of toys and the dogs know where it is and that the contents are theirs with no restrictions. If I bring home new toys I will often ask the dogs to not ruin them; at least for a few days. They play with them and then when they start to kill and gut them, I remove them for later. This only ever lasts a few days and then the white fluff covers the carpet.

Tilley is my only dog right now who does not gut her toys; she takes great care of her them. Because of this I do not allow the other two to play and destroy her toys. They are surprisingly good about leaving her toys and strictly ruin their own. It is extremely important for dogs to have alot of toys; it is good for their mind, their body and the posessions in your home.


  1. What happened to your new poodle puppy??? You never talk about her?

  2. We have an antique doll crib in our living room filled with Poodle toys. The little Poodles reach their heads right through the rungs to pick out what they want.

    Oddly enough, Trevor also does not destroy his toys. Sometimes they get torn in tug-o-war, but never intentionally. He is very respectful of the ones he considers his.

  3. Avalon, must be the special blue blood in our poos :)


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