If you've ever bought your dog a new toy, you may have been surprised when he or she turned up their nose and went back to an old favorite. But there are ways to shift your dog's attention.
If the toy is the durable rubber kind, such as a Kong, you can smear the inside or outside with peanut butter, cream cheese, or lamb-flavored baby food. Let your dog sniff the toy and he or she will be captivated. This technique is also perfect for distracting dogs with separation anxiety or puppies who whine through the night.