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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-02-2017, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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I would love any ideas for a toy we could get Mayzie to replicate and/or add to the fun she has digging in her toy box. Here's a link to a video that shows her play digging (the 3rd clip). It cracks me up to see her having so much fun! CarolG said Cubby likes to dig like this in his box, and since so many Havanese behaviors seem to be breed specific, I thought maybe someone else had found something fun. I thought maybe I could get her a play tunnel, but would that be something she could dig in, or would it just tear? Ideas welcomed!

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What about a dog-sized version of a kid's "ball bath"? I've seen a number of breeders use something similar with a kiddie pool and plastic balls. A lot of dogs love to jump in them and dig around in them. Many dogs love a sand box to dig in too, but you probably wouldn't want that in the house!!!


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Not a toy recommendation but Loki loves his round bed. it is one with lip all the way around. When he runs zoomies, he jumps in and out, puts his treasures in it (stolen dish towels, shoes, his kongs, favorite toys), digs in it like crazy, and occasionally even sleeps in it. If it isn't in the place he likes he drags it back.

Its not digging but he does really like the toys that have others inside to pull out - the log with squirrels, the bird house with birds, and the bee hive with bees. We have all of them. I put all the squirrels, birds, and bees back in before I go to work and he pulls them all out during the day. It takes a while to get them out so I know he is occupied. I also like that it makes him problem solve!

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Oh Mayzie is so cute with her digging! Man is she a big girl compared to little Oreo...it's hard to believe they are almost the same age. We were introduced to a new toy last week by a Havanese owner friend. It is the Starmark treat dispensing Bob-A-Lot.


From what you have said about Mayzie being food driven, I bet she'd love it. Oreo goes nuts over his! At first I thought I had made a mistake getting it because he was barking so much while he was playing with it. I realized that it was mainly out of frustration, and now that he has figured it out, the barking is mostly just when it has gotten empty and he wants MORE. I am now feeding him most of his meals in it since a snack runs out way too quickly! I made a little video of him playing with it.

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These are all great ideas! I will be on Amazon this afternoon for sure! I have given her the bones that you can screw treats onto, and those occupy her for a good 10 or 15 minutes. I will look for the ones that Loki likes, Barbara! I haven't seen those. I have a feeling I'm going to be trying out that ball pit too.

Yes, Mayzie is a big old girl. I weighed her in a very unofficial way, and she was 13.5 pounds! It is probably a bit less than that given the circumstances, but still, can't be too far off!
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Olive also loves the toys where she has to pull smaller toys out of. We have the squirrel / log, hedgehog / log, and reindeer / chimney. its never happened to Olive but I read in some reviews that some dogs might get their head stuck? Olive will almost stick her entire head in the toy to get the small ones out.
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These are all great ideas! I will be on Amazon this afternoon for sure! I have given her the bones that you can screw treats onto, and those occupy her for a good 10 or 15 minutes. I will look for the ones that Loki likes, Barbara! I haven't seen those. I have a feeling I'm going to be trying out that ball pit too.

Yes, Mayzie is a big old girl. I weighed her in a very unofficial way, and she was 13.5 pounds! It is probably a bit less than that given the circumstances, but still, can't be too far off!
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That is a cute video! Looks like she has more fun with the toy container than the toys!
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I think Oreo is the only one that hasn't really gotten into the squirrels and the log. He loves to fetch the squirrels when I throw them and play tug with them, but as far as him working to try to extract the squirrels from the log...not so much. Occasionally he will manage to "free" a squirrel by grabbing the log with his teeth and swinging it back and forth, but he never has gotten the hang of trying to pull the squirrels out.
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I think Oreo is the only one that hasn't really gotten into the squirrels and the log. He loves to fetch the squirrels when I throw them and play tug with them, but as far as him working to try to extract the squirrels from the log...not so much. Occasionally he will manage to "free" a squirrel by grabbing the log with his teeth and swinging it back and forth, but he never has gotten the hang of trying to pull the squirrels out.
It took Loki awhile to figure it out,too. He has only recently started pulling the squirrels, bees and birds out of their respective homes.
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