April is synonymous with spring -- and spring cleaning! If you are about to embark on this annual purging and organizing project, don't forget to include all of your pet's toys too!
- When it comes to plush toys, they are probably either dirty and shredded. If they are just dirty and you choose to wash them, either hand wash or toss the in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.
- However, toys that are broken or shredded, especially if they have stuffing and squeakers inside, should be thrown away and replaced.
- Most rubber and plastic-composite toys are washable and can be placed in the dishwasher.
- Toys made from these harder materials could also do with a good soaking in a disinfectant, as drool is full of bacteria. (This is something can you can do year-round.)
- As you go through your dog's toys, make sure you have a good variety of ones she likes - plush, rubber, interactive, puzzles, rope, etc. If you find any gaps in the collection, put it on the shopping list.
- If there are any types of toys your dog loves but goes through quickly, consider stocking up so you can replace them regularly throughout the year. (Take your dog shopping with you! It's a great outing and bonding experience!)
- To help stay organized past spring, we recommend getting a toy box so all of your pup's belongs can be kept in one place. Buy a box that's easy to wash and keep clean. And if it has a lid that latches shut, you will be able to control the games – especially in the very early mornings and in the middle of the night!
And to help maintain this new sense of order, you can always teach your dog to pick up her own toys! Happy cleaning!