How to tell your dog he has too many toys

spankee with a hand-me-down toy

This is my dog. His name is Spankee.

When I first got him, he came with a blanket, a stuffed teddy bear, and a stuffed dragon. Also a few tennis balls but he never liked those.

Over the short time I’ve had him, we’ve celebrated a few Christmases and birthdays. So he’s gotten more toys. We’ve found that at first he’s really excited about a new toy, but the interest quickly fades. So, again we buy him new things, to keep his interest.

Yet as we buy him new things, we keep his old things. Afterall, they’re his — not mine to get rid of. But they sit there in the corner behind the big chair and remain unused. Also he’s a bit older now and just isn’t very playful these days.

What can we do with these unused toys?

Donate them to an animal shelter, for one. Or especially with new toys that he just didn’t like, pass them along to a friend’s dog. We’ve gotten a few hand-me-downs that way and have loved them!

The thing is, unless it’s your dog’s favorite toy, she probably wont even notice that you cleared out the stash. So the title of this article is misleading, because you really don’t need to tell her anything.

If you’re still hesitant, try putting the unused toys away and out of sight. Then after a few weeks or months, bring one out and see if there’s any novelty. If not, pass it along. A dog at your local shelter might love it, and you and your dog will enjoy a less-cluttered home.

Decluttering my life has brought me peace of mind and relief from the world around me. There’s nothing like walking into the space you created and knowing you have nothing more than what you need. I write articles to help others create that same feeling for themselves.