Have you ever noticed that a new toy brought for your dog is ignored? It turns out that our pets have an interest in certain things not by chance, as new research published in the journal showed. Animal Cognition ("Animal Consciousness").
These studies shed light on why dogs ignore some toys just a minute after learning, while others become their favorite.
"We believe that dogs perceive toys in the same way as wolves perceive prey, they prefer toys that either taste like food or that can be torn apart. The latter can cause health problems with a pet if the dog, for example, accidentally swallow some part of the toy ". says the author of research John Bradshaw, Researcher at the Veterinary School of the University of Bristol.
The researchers also added that dog toys should be soft, they should be easy to manipulate, easy to chew, and they can make sounds. As for the toys that most pets do not like, these are toys with rigid non-deformable surfaces and those that do not make any sounds during the game.
A team of scientists drew attention to how dogs play and which toys they prefer. Labrador retriever dogs that interacted with different toys for some time participated in the experiments. Previously, scientists used other breeds in experiments, but Labradors were chosen because they are quite popular dogs.
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Moreover, dogs of this breed are among the most playful, so researchers needed to make sure that animals would play with toys for at least a couple of minutes, otherwise it would be difficult to say which toys the dogs are interested in and which are not.
They offered dogs toys of different types and properties, including different colors and smells. Experiments have shown that dogs demonstrate an increased, but very temporary interest in almost all new toys. It seems that dogs are programmed to explore any new object, be it a toy or something else.
As for toys, the problem is that the dog quite quickly gets used to them, so it loses interest and ignores them. Changing the time between getting used to one toy and giving the second (from 10 seconds to 15 minutes), scientists found out that this does not affect the duration of the game.
Scientists suggest that the toy itself is not even as important as human intervention. "For such social animals as dogs, toys become interesting when they are part of games with a person. Some toys may be of interest to animals for quite a long time, but only if the owners participate in games.". said the researchers.
If you give the dog the opportunity to play independently, the toys should be made from materials that are easy to chew, that make sounds, or are made from edible materials.
Among many other reasons, dogs are turned up as pets because they love to play. Most other animals play only at a young age, and then their behavior changes.