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Essential first time toys for puppy

Hi all,

I pick up Milo in 4 weeks when he will be 8.5 weeks. What essential toys do you all recommend I get for home? I thought about getting:
Kong puppy teething toy
Squeaky noise toy of some sort
Small pulling rope toy

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What I did was get a toy of a few different style, types, and textures and then see what they prefer. For example, Denver prefers crinkle-sounding toys over squeaky toys. Also, for tug toys, you can get fleece and make your own without spending a lot .. we liked having long braided tug toys because then our fingers were faaaar away from those puppy teeth!! Then with leftover fleece you can make knotted chew toys they can fetch with it chew on (You can soak in water and freeze during teething). Also some dogs love to work on knots and untie them which is great mental stimulation as well.

Also, bully sticks are considered an essential in our house.

I need to grab a few yards of fleece and make some new ones myself. Sounds like a good project for tomorrow!
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Without a doubt, the ESSENTIAL toy for a Havapuppy is a roll of toilet paper (be ready for a mess!). I also recommend an empty, plastic water bottle that makes a lot of crackling noise. That will keep them entertained for hours, but take it away as soon as they start shredding the plastic. And of coarse their very favorite toy is YOU, - playing chase, tug of war, and going for walks.

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Without a doubt, the ESSENTIAL toy for a Havapuppy is a roll of toilet paper (be ready for a mess!). I also recommend an empty, plastic water bottle that makes a lot of crackling noise.
Hahaha, the shredding gene is intense on Havanese for sure. Iíve had to quit working on the couch. LOL.

And YES to the water bottle. Denver now tries to swipe them all the time he loves them so much.
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What I did was get a toy of a few different style, types, and textures and then see what they prefer. For example, Denver prefers crinkle-sounding toys over squeaky toys. Also, for tug toys, you can get fleece and make your own without spending a lot .. we liked having long braided tug toys because then our fingers were faaaar away from those puppy teeth!! Then with leftover fleece you can make knotted chew toys they can fetch with it chew on (You can soak in water and freeze during teething). Also some dogs love to work on knots and untie them which is great mental stimulation as well.

Also, bully sticks are considered an essential in our house.

I need to grab a few yards of fleece and make some new ones myself. Sounds like a good project for tomorrow!

Thank you. I have ordered a handful more as per your post.


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Without a doubt, the ESSENTIAL toy for a Havapuppy is a roll of toilet paper (be ready for a mess!). I also recommend an empty, plastic water bottle that makes a lot of crackling noise. That will keep them entertained for hours, but take it away as soon as they start shredding the plastic. And of coarse their very favorite toy is YOU, - playing chase, tug of war, and going for walks.

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I hope not, Iím a clean freak! I donít think Iíll be giving him the option of playing with a toilet roll! :-)


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Hahaha, the shredding gene is intense on Havanese for sure. Iíve had to quit working on the couch. LOL.

And YES to the water bottle. Denver now tries to swipe them all the time he loves them so much.

I have seen videos online of havanese puppies playing with empty bottles, itís adorable! Will definitely offer him one up!


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Our favorite, hands down, are any kind of burrow toys. I usually buy Zippy Paws, but thereís a really popular Squirrels in Log by another brand thatís the same type of thing. The small plush toys are the perfect size for a puppy to play with, theyíre easy to squeak but not super loud, and when theyíre stuffed inside the burrow they keep him busy.

The strawberry from the waffle set has been his favorite for a while now.

The suggestion to try a couple of inexpensive toys of a few different styles is a great one. Then adapt as you figure out what he likes. Mine doesnít really care about tug toys if they donít have some kind of squeaker at one end to conquer when be wins! Of his favorite tug toys, one actually is also a stuff toy, too. The little goat, bat, and newt stuff into the cauldron.

Bully sticks were a necessity in our house. A couple of times I drove 45 minutes to buy an odor free bully stick at a specialty store because I didnít want to wait 2 days for them to arrive from Amazon. We used them to redirect teething behaviors. Mine isnít a really aggressive chewer so we still give it to him a lot.
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I hope not, I’m a clean freak! I don’t think I’ll be giving him the option of playing with a toilet roll! :-)
Then you might consider ALWAYS keeping your bathroom door shut - very tight, because Havanese puppies tend to be addicted to TP and most paper products. When Ricky was a year old, he utterly destroyed an empty 12x18x18 cardboard box when I wasn't looking. Cardboard all over the house in shreds.

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Cassie is also a toilet paper lover...we "always" put the roll on the counter out of her reach. But with the shortage of toilet paper these days, it is really always out of her reach. She still checks the bathroom to see if anyone has forgotten.

Seriously, Cassie used to love toys that she could throw in the air and loves still her tree stump with three little chipmunk/squirrels that she pulls out and scatters around. I put them back and she pulls them out again and scatters them around...over and over. She also has squeaky balls that she chases (never brings back) and plays with a lot.
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