Believe it or not, we often encourage and are the reason why our dog steals our children’s toys and other goodies.  We let our kids’ toys be on the ground and our dog’s toys are right there too.  There are games like tug of war going on and other adrenalized activities.

These are all natural games that our dogs and kids play.  The problem is that our dogs have no way to differentiate which toys and goodies belong to them and which toys and goodies belong to our kids.  They see them as all being the same because of the social environment we have created.  It is simply natural that they think they are allowed to take whatever toy or goodie they desire.

We need to educate ourselves regarding the appropriate environment we will present to our dogs so that they understand what belongs to them and what belongs to our kids.  We also need to create rules to maintain focus and respect.  Please check out our dog training article titled “How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Stealing Toys” to learn how you can easily accomplish this.

A little training and adjustment to the family room can stop your dog from stealing your kids' toys