Join Date: May 2009
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2)Phoebe's favorite toys "weigh nothing"- for example, a pink plush ball, 1.5 inch whiffle balls, "foxtail" toys- these are soft very light balls and fitted with a long nylon tail. She plays soccer and tiddlywinks with the whiffle balls. She "kills" the foxtails. For all of them, she tosses them in the air or over her shoulder. They let her play by herself- YAY
3) If you have access to a playhut tunnel/ tube, that is a great play environment for a puppy. A great destination during a bout of RLH indoors. if you don't have kids, try looking at a garage sale.
4) Round tupperware lids: they act as a frisbee and are lots of fun, and a challenge to pick up.
5) Tug toys. Kong makes a small sized "wubba" but you can make one out of knotted polartec fabric or whatever. Tug toys teach pups about having a soft mouth on human skin, teach bite inhibition, and work off lots of steam. They build a love of a toy as a treat- much lower calorie option. Puppies need to play with a tug toy- daily. Another Plus: if you time it right, you can start to teach "drop it" or "leave it" while playing. Time it for when the puppy is about to let go, then praise them like crazy.
6) watch what you feed as a treat. Try to use your kibble as treats and for training. Other good choices are Nature's Balance, and boiled chicken.
Juliette and Phoebe