Two dogs Two toys but they want the same one......

United States
May 27, 2010 12:24pm CST
I have two dogs, when I buy a toy I will buy two so that they each have one. My problem is which ever toy one want the other also wants that toy. Again the toys are exactly the same. Please help, is there a way to split them??????????
3 responses
@kedralynn (992)
• United States
27 May 10
My dogs are the same way. We give them two balls to play fetch with but they both only want the same ball. I can't even really tell the balls apart but the dogs can. Maybe it's a smell or the fact that they're both just fighting for some kind of control. They do get jealous of each other sometimes even tho each one is treated equally. I try to alternate who gets which ball. I try to play with both of them at the same time. If a fight erupts, I take the toys away and tell them sorry but if you can't get a long, you don't get to play with it. We don't seem to have too much of a problem tho as they have a TON of toys and seem to easily get bored with the balls and move on to other things.
@maxito100 (150)
• Argentina
27 May 10
its ok as long as they dont go mad and start hurting each other! i think they might be just playing together! im sure they recognise themselves as a team.
• United States
27 May 10
Nope. It is natural instinct for them to go after the same item. It is a resource gaurding instinct. So the only way to keep them for taking each others toy is to seperate them completely when they have them. Or if they can play nicely just let them steal it back and forth between them.