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I was feeling bad that I didn't really have any toys at my home for Maddie and Zoey. A really nice person sent me a huge box of toys . Maddie immediately went for one with a squeak in it. Its been a week and she is guarding that toy like its her baby. She always sleeps with me and now just hangs out on the couch with her toy. Zoey hasn't taken any interest in playing with the box of toys and still just likes my socks and toilet paper rolls. I have no idea what goes on when I'm not home. I had to take toys away before because they would fight over them. I don't really care if Maddie wants to keep her toy safe but is this a good thing or a bad thing. I miss her hanging out with me.
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Hi, Suzi. It is good to hear from you, but I have not thoughts about Maddie and her prized toy. I tend to think she might lose interest after time, though.

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Hi Suzi! We've missed seeing you around. Like Sheri, I think the novelty of the toy might wear off sooner or later.

OTOH, Pixel has one "special" toy... The one she came home from the breeder with. "Purple Monkey" HAS to sleep with her every night. Kodi is a toy shredder, and I'm afraid he would be the end of Purple Monkey. So he sleeps in Pixel's crate during the day, and she sleeps with him at night. Sometimes she asks us to take him out for her, but we don't, unless the other two aren't around.
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Ah, I love a good story about Pixel and Purple Monkey . . . Several trainers have told me that dogs don't need very many toys and that they rotate through their dog's toys to guarantee constant novelty. That said, we don't take away Shama's toys, but some sit in the bottom of her box for a long time before being "rediscovered." I'm guessing Maddie will eventually get back into you. Keep us posted . . . Good luck!
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Ah, I love a good story about Pixel and Purple Monkey . . . Several trainers have told me that dogs don't need very many toys and that they rotate through their dog's toys to guarantee constant novelty. That said, we don't take away Shama's toys, but some sit in the bottom of her box for a long time before being "rediscovered." I'm guessing Maddie will eventually get back into you. Keep us posted . . . Good luck!
I don't take Perry's toys away either (that being said, I do have a box of replacement or new toys tucked away - but that's mostly because I can't just order on amazon when a toy is getting too beat up to buy a replacement - so I always have a bunch on hand). Perry does have some in his basket that he rarely touches (unless I pick them up to put them away, in which case they're really really important). But he does occasionally rediscover them - usually just about the time I do think about whether I should put it away or give it away.

Perry doesn't seem to need novelty (he likes new toys, but always goes back to the go-to ones) - I guess that's needed if a dog starts getting bored with their toys but he doesn't get bored with his normal ones, he wants to play with a few toys as his usual go to (mostly the skinneeez raccoons - the large and the small, antlers), a few as the sometimes (the skinneeez giraffe and large fox, kong, balls - more so when he's allowed to run around) and a few if they happen to be next to him, sometimes they'll get attention for a few days at a time (ropes, the kong bone, nylabone).

While he's on restriction there are a couple in his crate and then when he's allowed to sit with me on the couch I'll let him choose from the toy box (and then will grab a few others because once he's fixated on a toy he won't look at any others, but will want them in a few minutes.)

He usually knows what he wants - it's not a matter of just grabbing one off the top, sometimes it means digging through the box, snuffling a lot, and tossing some around til he finds the one he wants at the bottom.
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It is funny that you posted this because my newest addition, Joy, seems toy obsessed on her IQ ball. When I let them out of their crates in the morning, Joy wants to stay behind and guard her "prey". Occasionally I will see the other two without her and find her between the sofa and a coffee table with the ball. My other two just want to get the food out, and then they are done. It is interesting that even the personality of a dog can show obsessiveness. I "cure" Joy by taking the ball and putting it up on the bar height counter. That satisfies her just fine, just so the other dog's can't get her "dead squirrel". I suggest you try gently taking the toy away at times, and especially before bedtime if you want her with you.

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It is funny that you posted this because my newest addition, Joy, seems toy obsessed on her IQ ball. When I let them out of their crates in the morning, Joy wants to stay behind and guard her "prey". Occasionally I will see the other two without her and find her between the sofa and a coffee table with the ball. My other two just want to get the food out, and then they are done. It is interesting that even the personality of a dog can show obsessiveness. I "cure" Joy by taking the ball and putting it up on the bar height counter. That satisfies her just fine, just so the other dog's can't get her "dead squirrel". I suggest you try gently taking the toy away at times, and especially before bedtime if you want her with you.
Perry is obsessed with his toys - but I do see the very distinct probability that if / when we get a second dog he's going to have to learn some manners about sharing. My Mom's scotty is the only other dog that he spends significant time with and we don't let them have toys around freely because Duncan (the scotty) can sometimes be possessive, but even if Perry was the one to start things, Duncan would definitely be the one to end it... and that's not how I want to teach Perry to share, so we need to do it with a dog that won't attack him for being bratty. I know from a few times when he did have a toy around Duncan that Perry will totally be the one to start something if another dog takes one of "his" toys (and "his" is defined as whatever he wants at the moment, and whatever he wants is usually what someone else has). Once he was playing with his toy on the couch and Duncan was on the floor and Duncan reached up to grab the toy that was dangling from the couch and Perry tried to lunge off the couch, and another time when he found one on the floor that we hadn't gotten, Duncan walked after him (just to see what he had) and Perry took such a stance and gave Duncan such a stink eye that I know he would have started it! (Which is kind of funny given what a scardy-cat/ coward Perry is!)

All that being said though, this is one area where I do go with the "I'm alpha" philosophy - I don't mean this in a controlling dominance way (though it's never been needed) but none of my dogs have ever been allowed to be possessive of something towards me - if he has something I can take it from him, no matter what. This is partially practical but it's also about safety - there is no resource guarding allowed because if he has something dangerous I need to be able to take it without any kind of argument (out of his mouth if needed). It doesn't matter if it's a toy or food, I can take anything. Now, that doesn't stop him from trying to quickly gobble something down if I tell him to drop it or go to take it from him
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