Life-Saving Information for Pet Owners and Pet Sitters Alike!
Moreover, tug is supposed to be an exciting and elusive game for your puppy. Leaving toys out like this takes the excitement out of the toy, increasing the chance they won’t want to play tug / with that toy in the future.
Clean up tug toys (like stuffed squirrels, etc) as soon as you’re done playing with them and get super excited when you actually DO bring it out to play, to make the play/exercise session effective.
DO keep out rubber toys, safe bones (see the link at the end of this post. It’s a youtube video from a well-known veterinarian describing the type of bones that are healthy for different types of dogs), and KONGS stuffed with treats, frozen peanut butter, melted cheese, frozen beef broth, etc. Teach them what toys ARE acceptable to chew on (don’t let a puppy generalize a torn sock-toy to your brand new couch!).
In sum, it’s important to be the one who controls when your dogs will play with the just-for-playing-toys due to the effects it has on safety and excitement. When you do this, your dogs will LOVE those toys way more than they do now.
Here is the video regarding the types of bones that are safe for dogs to enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BicU-ZnU3Vk