Does your dog easily get bored with the toys you buy him? Well, don’t worry, it’s not because you’re buying the wrong toys, it’s because dogs get bored, pretty easily too. Here’s the science behind it.
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It’s called neophillia. According to Geek.com, It all stems from a study back in 2008 where researchers from the University of Giessen in Germany and the University of Lincoln in the U.K. played with 17 dogs with two different toys. After playing with each dog with both toys, the dogs were shown a lineup of three different toys apiece: the two they had seen before and a brand new one. The dogs went straight for the new toy 38 out of 50 toys, and the study’s results were published in the scientific journal Animal Cognition.
This study reinforces the idea that dogs simply get bored and are attracted to newness and unfamiliar territory. Sounds a lot like humans.