Every dog loves toys, but 3-year-old therapy dog Mojito’s love for them is something else. For 1,5 years now the pooch has been bringing toys with her to bed, each night picking a different toy after searching the whole house for a specific item the doggie wants to sleep with that evening.
“Mojito has tons of toys … way too many,” Kim Downie, Mojito’s mom, told The Dodo. “She insists on picking one out every time we go to the store and of course BarkBox sends her new toys every month.”
“She is very specific about what she chooses to take to bed. She will search the house and empty her toy boxes until she finds whatever one she is looking for.” The toys stay upstairs until the pooch decides otherwise. “If we move them back downstairs, she will carry them right back up,” Downie said.
Scientists claim dogs have neophilia – preference for new things. But, if you want to take a break from getting your pooch new toys, researchers suggest you can pretend the toy is new by adding a different scent to it. You can also try hiding it from a dog for some time and then making it re-appear, or just playing with a dog and an old toy to change its meaning and spark the dog’s interest.