I can’t blame the dog. Baby toys are just glorified dog toys, so it’s no surprise there’s some confusion. It’s still pretty annoying, though.
My wife, Kari, bought a bag of these balls like what you would find in a ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese. Parker loves these balls! We put ‘em in the bathtub with him, we put ‘em in the Pack and Play, and he plays with them on the floor.
Problem is, the dog loves the balls, too.
So it’s not uncommon to find chewed-up plastic balls under the couch or behind the TV. Then the dog vomits up these multi-colored piles of phlegm and plastic, and it makes me want to nonchalantly push the decorative vase off the dinner table and walk away.
I was watching a documentary a few weeks ago, and one of the people interviewed made a random comment that he put Tobasco sauce on his dog’s excrement to deter the dog from eating its poo. I thought this would be a great idea to deter our dog from chewing on Parker’s toys. That is, until I considered the ramifications.
How do you keep your pets from destroying your children’s toys?
No, it's still a good idea. (Hope you are reading this and see my full explanation!)
Just don't let your little one play with the hot sauce-coated plastic ball.
For instance: take one ball, cover it in hot sauce, and leave it in the middle of the living room while you are out of the house for the afternoon. Repeat this, possibly with different balls so he (your dog) knows not to chew any of them, for SEVERAL DAYS (so he is sure to remember the lesson) and simply wash any hot sauce covered balls before letting your child play with them again. If your dog forgets in a few months time you can repeat the experiment easily enough.