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My Rottweiler's Favorite Toy, and One She is Afraid Of

Updated on January 1, 2013

My Rottweiler Loves Her Blue Toy Above All Others, But There is Another Toy She Avoids

Lola, our six-year-old Rottweiler, carries her blue toy with her everywhere. She may drop it anywhere in the house but pretty soon she comes and gets it again. First thing in the morning, when we open the bedroom door, she prances in with it clenched in her large jaws. Some days she will let me play with it then, while other mornings she eludes my hand.

The toy that Lola is afraid of has been relegated to the dog yard. Now and then another dog visiting on a playdate will shove it around. We should have given it to that border collie.

I'll write more about these two toys, but as long as I am thinking about dog toys, I'll tell you about the rope toys she demolishes on a regular basis, about her several Kongs, and another we tried. You'll know Lola better after all this! Do you have a dog? If so, does it have a favorite toy? There will be a spot for you to comment further down.

Photo credits: All photos with Lola in them were taken by my husband, Kelly Hart.

Let's Play!

Let's Play!
Let's Play!

Here It Is at Amazon: Lola's Favorite! - It comes in other colors too

West Paw Zogoflex Bumi Interactive Tug of War Durable Dog Play Toy, 100% Guaranteed Tough, It Floats!, Made in USA, Large, Aqua
West Paw Zogoflex Bumi Interactive Tug of War Durable Dog Play Toy, 100% Guaranteed Tough, It Floats!, Made in USA, Large, Aqua

Lola loves this, as you can see. We have found it to be quite tough. It comes in small and large.

It's called a tug toy. but Lola would probably call it a carry toy.

I was surprised to see that it isn't ideal for some dogs, so do take a look at reviews before buying.

Highly recommended! If she were on a desert island and could only have one dog toy, I know this would be it.

 

Our Dog Really Does Have Other Toys - But They Get a Lot Less Use

Lola can go days without picking up her rope toy, though it was her favorite before the blue arrived some months ago. That ball comes out maybe once a week.

This photo was taken shortly after the other two above here... they all were taken within about an hour of each other. Here, she went back into her crate, lay down, and then dropped her toy close by.

We got that crate when she was a puppy of 6 or 8 months old, which is when we got her. She loves it. Nowadays we rarely close the gate but she doesn't mind if we do. I do always give her a Kong if there is a reason to close her in. Most commonly, that is when I am trimming the toenails of LarryDog, our older mixed-breed dog, and I don't want Lola lurking right there to get the treats I give out generously at that time. (When it's Lola's turn for her nails to be done, I close LarryDog in our bedroom with another treat.)

A Word About Rottweilers

I've learned so much since Lola came into our lives.

I just want to say that until we had the chance to get Lola, I didn't realize what great dogs Rottweilers often are. I had known a couple of really nice ones, and Lola falls into that category as well.

She is gentle, she is loving, she is patient. Yes, she barks when someone comes to the door, but she is not aggressive. She is one of the best dogs I have ever had.

Many Rotties are like that. Not all of course, but many!

More Toys She Likes - Who Likes Red? Must be Me!

I don't actually buy that many dog toys, but I did get all the ones on this list, and I got them at Amazon. I'm pretty frugal and I like the toys to last. The two Kongs are still going strong... I wouldn't expect it of the rope toys... and we did have a lot of fun with the last one before giving it away to a dog with a gentler bite.

KONG Classic Large
KONG Classic Large

This Kong got a lot of use right after we moved back from Mexico to Colorado. We were fixing up the house we had bought here in Colorado, and often out shopping. This classic Kong with a good bit of peanut butter smeared inside it really helped her separation anxiety.

 
KONG Dental Stick Dog Toy, Large, Red
KONG Dental Stick Dog Toy, Large, Red

We sometimes give her this with a few bits of dry dog food stuck in it when we leave the house. We also play "Where's your toy?" with it. To do that, we tell her to stay and then we hide it someplace in the house and say "Lola, where's your toy?"

 
Sergeant's Rope Chew Multi-Color Large for Dogs
Sergeant's Rope Chew Multi-Color Large for Dogs

We've gone through several of these. For a soft chew they are great. Once they start dropping bits of string, I don't want to risk our cats picking up the strings, so then these toys go out in our large dog yard for a good long time more. (There are coyotes in our neighborhood, so the cats only go outside into a completely fenced yard, roofed over with fencing.)

I buy these two at a time.

 
Tuffy Mega Ring Brick
Tuffy Mega Ring Brick

She did manage to make a mess of this when she was about four years old, but it took her several months. I mended it twice and that kept it going a while. I think most dogs are much gentler on their toys than our mouthy girl. We gave it away.

 

Here's Lola Learning to Wash Her Face - Thought you might enjoy seeing her in action after the still photos!

This is a video I made to show how to train a dog to wash its face, using a dab of honey. There's not much sound at first, sorry!

I Refer to This Site of Mine in the Video...

I started this site back in 2003 and it has hundreds of pages now. I have mostly learned by reading and watching DVDs from great trainers such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Karen Pryor, Patricia McConnell, and others. I'm not a professional dog trainer myself, but I began writing about dogs when I was about eight.

Most Dogs Love This, But Not Our Lola! - This is the one that scared her.

Jolly Pets 10-Inch Push-n-Play, Red
Jolly Pets 10-Inch Push-n-Play, Red

Most dogs seem to have a great time with this toy so I guess the problem is just our Lola's attitude!

 

This Is As Close As I Have Seen Her Get to It

I put a little peanut butter on it this morning.

And I am happy to be proved wrong!

I think a few more dabs of peanut butter are called for! I have found that food works well to help dogs get over fears. So why didn't I think of doing this before?

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Do You Have a Dog? - What Toys Does He or She Like?

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      hartworks lm 4 years ago

      @webscribbler: I have never tried peanut butter with cats, suggest you google it first to be sure they can eat it okay. Thanks for your comments!

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      Our last dog was a toy poodle. She loved stuffed toys. But, she seemed to think it was her mission in life to unstuff them. She would toss them, chew them and dig at them until she made a hole. Then she would proceed to remove every bit of the white fluff she could. Thankfully, she generally pulled out the fluff in one place and didn't scatter it around the house. Then she would proudly play with the skin. And, that skin was hers by golly. At least until the next time we went yard sale-ing and brought her home another one.

      Animals are so fun when it comes to their toys. You never know what they will like or not. But bribing them with peanut butter? Hadn't tried that. Don't think it would work though with our cat who is utterly terrified of a stuffed bird toy we bought her. lol

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @LisaDH: That's why I like this toy... it has held up. Lola's jaws are strong and she is a mouthy girl!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Lola is a beautiful dogs. We have two dogs, a shar-pei and a mutt, and they love to play with toys. However, our shar-pei is always chewing them to pieces, so we have to ration the toys or we'd go broke!

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @bossypants: Lola is pretty hard on hers!

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Lola is a beauty! And Larry looks very cute, too -- love his waggy tail!

      Yes, we have a dog, Nattie, a Samoyed. There is a wonderful series of children's books about Carl the Rottweiler and in one of them he has a friend who is a Samoyed.

      Nattie loves the sheepskin-style toys that squeak. (She just got a new one!) She's reasonably gentle, so her toys hold up pretty well -- until the doggie friends come over! :)

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @MarcoG: Thanks... we think she is! There have been about 10 more photo ops with her and the blue toy since I did the lens, but I have resisted the impulse to run for my camera.

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Awww very cute pics, Lola looks adorable

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Demolish, love... is there a difference??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have 2 poodles and 1 bischon frise, and they love all their toys. Well, they demolish all their toys.

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      gigiee 5 years ago

      his so cute. i love dogs

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      stanfk54 5 years ago

      I have Mastiff puppy 10 weeks old. her best toy is my old work boot and family cat

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @stanfk54: Have fun with her!

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @designworld lm: Yeah, Lola was like that till she got her blue toy!

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      designworld lm 5 years ago

      I Have a dog that loves different toys she doesn't really have a favorite toy.

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      Dev20122 5 years ago

      @hartworks lm: Thanks a lot!!!

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @Dev20122: I can just imagine it! A red Kong is one of Lola's favorites, too. I often give her a little peanut butter in it just as we leave for a while. Lola sends her greetings to Bear.

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      Dev20122 5 years ago

      Hi!! I have a 9 year old male rottweiler named Bear and his favorite toy is a red Kong ball. Often times he will even try to bark with it still in his mouth.

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      dcosmato lm 5 years ago

      Yes, we have a feisty Chihuahua (Jilly) who loves her raggedy lion! I wish I had bought two of them at the same time because this one is worn and torn but she refuses to accept another version.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      She looks like a sweetie! I know she's a great part of the family! I enjoyed getting to know Lola! B : )

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Lola looks like a great dog.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Rotties are great dogs; I really enjoyed your Lens. I recently watch my friend's two Rottweilers for a few days so that they could go on vacation without boarding them; I couldn't believe just how smart and powerful my furry-godchildren were. Lola's a beauty.