|Crazy Puppy with new ball-ball and rope bone
As you probably know, we are the proud owners of a crazy puppy we lovingly refer to as The Kraken. Despite owning several dogs over the course of our marriage, we have never adopted one that liked to play with anything except pizzle sticks and beef bones. So image our surprise when Crazy Puppy played fetch without being taught. We were ecstatic. For all of a day. She is obsessed with ball-ball. Or frisbee. Or any object she can fetch, return to you and ram into your leg. While still chewing. With that in mind, here is a list of some toys/games one can play with a puppy.
Ball or Frisbee: Your puppy will love to play fetch with either object. She might even return the ball/Frisbee for more playtime. This sounds great until she rams the toy into your leg while chewing. Be sure to carry band-aids and neosporin at all times.
This is a pix of her starting to destroy ball-ball. She likes to pull off all the green fuzz.
Nylabone: Comes in a variety of flavors and types. Be sure to get an age appropriate one. Once a puppy's permanent teeth come in they can no longer chew on the puppy nylabone. Well, they can chew on it, but will ingest it in the time it takes you to throw out the wrapper. According to the vet and the wrapper, do not let puppy eat the bone.
Kong ball: Fill with yummy treat and watch as both dogs try to steal the other one's Kong. Other than the loud bark-fest, chewing is lots of fun for puppy. The Kong will even substitute as a fetch object.
Ice: Cheap and fun for puppy. Take a piece of ice and a tile or linoleum floor. Slide the ice across the floor and watch puppy chase it. This game involves chase and chew, two fun games for puppy.
Despite having enough toys and bones to qualify as a toy store, your puppy will invent games to play with you. Here are some of Crazy Puppy's favorite games.
Landscaping: Puppies like to help you landscape. Unfortunately their idea of a nice looking lawn and your idea are usually in direct opposition. Be prepared to holler no, stop, a variety of commands and leave it for long hours at a time while your puppy happily digs a hole to the center of the earth. Plenty of articles are written on why your puppy digs and how to stop it, none of which work. Accept that instead of lush and green your lawn now looks like a field of prairie dogs dug a city. Be sure to monitor puppy as she loves to pull out and eat all the building materials left behind when your house was built. This includes, but is not limited to, small hunks of concrete, bricks and rusted nails, none of which puppy needs to chew on and some of which are dangerous for puppy.
Plant trimming: This is similar to landscaping, but involves eating the vegetable garden. Puppies will eat anything in the garden except for kale. Tomatoes, corn, lima beans and asparagus are favorites and will be demolished on sight. An early freeze won't kill the Swiss Chard, but don't worry. You have a puppy.
The Towel Game: Puppies love towels, paper or cloth. This game happens when it rains and puppy's feet are muddy. Try to wipe off feet while puppy circles around trying to grab the towel out of your hand. This game involves a degree of dexterity for the human who must avoid puppy's gnashing teeth while grabbing puppy's foot and ridding it of mud.
What games do your pets play with you?
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