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My Rottweiler's Favorite Toy, and One She is Afraid Of
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.
Here It Is at Amazon: Lola's Favorite! - It comes in other colors too
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
The Pain-free Training Methods that Dogs Enjoy!
Most Dogs Love This, But Not Our Lola! - This is the one that scared her.
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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