(Part of an ongoing series of posts about my life as the new daddy of Otto, the rescue pitbull mix.)
What it is about bringing new toys home to your dog that is so enjoyable?
I suppose just the happiness it brings you to see them enjoying themselves.
With Otto it has also been waiting to see whether he would sniff it, taste it and then walk away bored no matter how much you tried to get him to become interested in most toys.
Otto is a bit of toy snob. He just can’t be bothered with balls (boring!) and the kinds of toys for which many dogs go nuts. He won’t chase anything on its own. Throw a ball and he looks the other way.
He likes stuffed toys with squeakers, but has the stuffing and squeaker removed so quickly that I stopped getting them for him.
It is said by many who love them that it is an almost universal trait that pibbles love to play tug-of-war and this is definitely Otto’s favorite game. Whether it’s with a rope or strip of canvas (or his leash when I am trying to walk him) he never tires of any kind of tug of war.
So I keep my eye out for different kinds of rope toys which look solid enough and have some sort of rubber ball or similar object attached with which he can occupy himself.
I ran across this one today which is almost all rope. He loves it.
Which is great, because you have to keep those doggy minds occupied as much as possible if they are to be happy and out of mischief. It’s also satisfies their need to chew on things that are hopefully not your shoes and furniture.
Chewing is one of the major reasons why dogs are given up for adoption or abandoned, so if you can learn to constructively deal with the problem you’ve won a major battle.
I knew this about dogs, but did not realize how central giving them things to chew on (some breeds more than others) is to their well-being and happiness.
This toy bills itself as virtually indestructible. We’ll see. I’ll give it less than an hour before Otto has it at least partially destroyed. The only thing he never eventually destroys is his rubber Kong.
Such is life with a beloved pibble!
$12.99 at Target! Don’t spend too much on most toys unless they have stellar reviews on, say, Amazon where many people say they last a long time.