Organizing dog toys or toddler toys, for that matter, are just about the same. You put the toys away and somehow they find their way back OUT again! And, there you go … a mess in the making! LOL
We love our our dogs so much, don’t we? I have two: a 5 year old yellow lab “Sadie” and a 4 month old cattledog/boxer mix named “Bailey.” They get along so well – running, playing, wrestling, tugging, ripping, chewing, chomping, climbing (yes – Bailey like heights) barking, eating, sleeping and playing with lots and lots of toys. Many are officially dog toys and others are sticks, branches, an old plastic bottle and leaves. I’ve had some interesting things come into the house including a deceased baby bird who had fallen from the nest. Actually, I caught that one before she could bring it in. I feel like that Subaru commercial “You’re not coming in here with that!”
So, for the longest time I was using a laundry basket for their toys. They could get toys in and out easily (I would put them in – THEY would take them OUT.) It wasn’t pretty but it was functional. It was located in the foyer making it very visible from both the dining room and kitchen. Not exactly haute couture! I wasn’t exactly sure what to do so I just lived with it.
Then I went to a Signature Homestyles party and found my answer. I bought a fashionable woven cube storage box with hinge top to use as a toy box for the dogs!
Yes, a TOY BOX is the
to keep the dogs’ toys organized!
The material this cube is made from is tough – the same fabric used for making automobile seatbelts. The hinge top is so much better than a lift-off kind that could become a toy in itself. That way I am not putting it on and taking it off all the time! I got the navy blue one – very pretty! It also comes in gray, expresso and I THINK teal (ask Carla, the rep – her phone number is on her webpage – or cruise around the website to see for sure.)
Take a look at before and after …
Having a puppy for the first time in 5 years has brought back a lot of my dog training know-how. Bad behavior is often a failure of the owner to anticipate and divert their furry little one’s attention from “no-no’s” to toys that are “A-OK!”
Bailey’s favorite toys are her Y-shaped bacon flavored Benebone, a squeaky blue dog plush toy, a stuffed cow that she sleeps with in her crate (she has one for each of her crates*), her Kong Wubba Toy (she flips that crazy thing all around!) and her leather dog bone.
*Bailey has a crate located near our kitchen where she naps and stays when we go out. She also has one upstairs near Sadie’s crate. Sadie is plenty old enough to be loose in the house but she moves around at night, wanting to be near us. We love that but it is dangerous. We could trip over her in the dark. So, I got her a super-big crate that fits a Great Dane so she would be more comfortable. She loves her crate.
Got any tips for organizing your dogs stuff?
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