Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Lomita California
Re: Best Toys?
When Mr. Ferguson was just a tiny pup, 5 wks old (at the breeder) we took him a soft skunk that held a plastic water bottle inside of it. He just loved it, drug it, chewed it (it crackled) tossed it etc, and shared it with his 9 mo Vizsla playmate ( he was a singleton). Water bottles were always a huge hit with him as he grew up. He had many toys ( very short attention span)... but the most important thing he learned from his toys was interaction with us, and games. We made a point of playing WITH him not just giving him the toy and letting him have his way with it. From this, he learned to respect his toys and realized that they brought him attention, food, exercise, play, fun, challenges, etc. did I say attention. He was given chew products, and many many of those, so he did not chew up his toys. IMO it is important to teach your pup the difference between a chew, and a toy. When he would start chewing a toy, we would switch it to an appropriate chew, or chew toy.
Fergy still has most of his puppy toys, ( he is almost 2 yrs. ) He loves games, like hide the ball, duck, rabbit, and go find it. Catch, with the the soft toys. or chase them down the hall way. He loves any ball.
When he started teething and chewing on every thing, We gave him small cardboard boxes to beat up and destroy. He still loves cardboard, and will wrestle a refrigerator box for an hour.
I know all pups are different, so this is just my experience.
Good luck, and please keep us all up to date on which toys become your pups fav's.
Mr. Ferguson 6-25-13