“It’s Mine!! It’s Mine!! Mommy!!” How many of you have heard this from your children? And when
you lift your eyes to see the problem you find a tug of war ensuing between your puppy and child over a toy. Usually your
child’s favorite toy. Can you really teach your puppy to leave your children’s toys alone without having to have
them locked away all the time? Can you really teach a puppy to be able to discern which toys are his? The answer is yes.
First you will need a toy box for the dog toys. I use a green recycle basket. Works great and is not too
high or deep. Next you will need a scent. Something like vanilla, maple or almond. Any scent will do. I prefer almond just
because it is not a smell you would find on toys or objects, plus it is clear. I use almond extract. Take the extract and
put a small drop on each of the dogs toys. If it is a plastic toy then put on the scent and leave it to dry for about 15-20
minutes. Then put it in the basket. You will need to replace the scent every four or five days.