If you’ve ever owned a puppy, you’ve probably seen this face before. The “play with me” stare. As someone who generally works from home, I can’t always stop what I’m doing and toss the tennis ball for my sweet, 7 month old puppy, Olive. As she gets older, she’s getting better about playing by herself (or with her sister, Tally), but having the right dog toys around definitely help. We’ve been fortunate that she’s not really a destroyer (although our plush dog toy population has greatly diminished) which I also contribute to the fact that she has a wide variety of appropriate toys to chew on. I thought I’d share some of her favorites in case others are looking for new ways to entertain their furry friends.
Cow Hooves: These are pretty indestructible and aren’t a “treat” I don’t want her necessarily eating tons of treats each day. These are GREAT for teething dogs.
Round or Pretzel Shaped Rawhide or Bully Sticks. Ok, these are more of a treat, so she doesn’t get these everyday. They are long lasting (although can get kind of slimy towards the end) I’m not sure why she loves the round or pretzel ones, but they are much more popular than the straight ones. I can get a solid hour of uninterrupted work done when I give her one of these.
Kong Pet Stix : This stick is awesome and pretty indestructible so far as well (except for the tag. Note the shredding) She loves to toss this around for herself, and it floats in the pool which will be great this summer when we teach her to jump in and fetch.
Tuffy Barnyard Mouse: This is Olive’s second Tuffy toy. We also have the pig, who has lost his leg, but is still hanging on. She full on wrestles with these things. The pig was as big as she was when we got it, so its hilarious to watch her try to carry it around in her mouth. The neighbor dog has the octopus which they love to play with together.
I bought this rubber christmas light for her Christmas stocking on a whim. It bounces irregularly because of its shape, so Olive goes crazy trying to anticipate where to catch it. Requires human participation.
Koozies: Good thing we have ten million of these. I’ll put the koozie over her nose then she’ll get it off and shake it furiously. She absolutely loves these.
Squeaky toys (patience permitting): These two toys squeak louder than any I have ever heard. We keep them up on a shelf and only give them to her when we feel like we can handle the annoyance. We had one more that I successfully left at the neighbors house (phew!) The louder the better for Olive, and believe me, she’ll squeak it for HOURS straight.
At any given point, you’ll find these toys and probably several dozen more strewn about our house. As I mentioned before, having appropriate toys available for her to play with has resulted in minimal destruction of our house (one chewed remote and a few things snatched off the kitchen counter are our only casualties) Sure we might look like crazy hoarders, but its worth it to see Olive happily playing with her things.