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Are We Boring?

Ivy is almost 10 weeks old now and I sometimes feel like we are "boring" to her. I find in the evening especially she will wander the room, want to go outside but not do anything, come in, complain that she can't go up the 5 steps to the kitchen...

She has toys and she will play with them a bit and we engage her in playing with them. She is very bitey right now so it's hard for the kids to play with her.

Do we need to get more toys? She has a rubbery, squeaky fish, two little tennis balls, a small flat squirrel, big flat tiger and a chewy stick. She has a rope toy but doesn't seem interested. Any ideas on what toys to get her?
I've taught her to sit but I don't want give too many treats/food in the evening.

Any ideas on what I should be doing with her?
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As long as she's getting plenty of attention and interaction at other times during the day, I wouldn't worry about it. Just as with kids, it's important for them to learn to self-sooth and entertain themselves. It might help to take her on a brisk walk or have a fast gave of fetch (or "chase the ball" if she doesn't fetch yet) to wear her out BEFORE she gets to this point. I wouldn't encourage the behavior by getting sucked in once she starts to act unsettled and demanding.

Mostly, this is a phase. She'll soon settle into the family routine of winding down in the evening. But right now, she's still a small baby, and is still just learning how to fit into your family. She's probably also missing her OWN family somewhat, and like a child away at camp, it doesn't bother her during the busy day, but she becomes a bit "homesick" at night when she's trying to settle down.


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Read up on clicker training and you can start teaching her many things. Puppies like to be interacted with -a lot! Just think about how they interacted with their furry siblings! Toys aren't much fun by themselves. And, yes, this is tiring to you because you are the one who will need to burn off all that energy. The children and puppy will need to learn to interact with each other and that will need your supervision. This little puppy phase is fun but exhausting very much like having a toddler in your house.


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Quincy likes games where he has to figure things out. He's a really fast learner and all of the interactive toys/games we have, he has long since figured out. One of the games we played early on was "find it." I kept him behind a gate in the living room and I would drop kibble in various rooms throughout the house. Once I was done, I would tell him "find it" and he would go sniffing them out. He loves that game! Sometimes we even do it with daddy where my hubby will hide and I'll tell Q to "find him."
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Agree with Karen, she'll get used to this wind down time. Charlie was like this early on but he knows the routine now. 6pm is 5 or 10 minutes play fetch time and chase the cat, then our gin and tonic time and his settle down time.
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Havanese love to play! They can learn to be an only dog of course, but they are ever so happy with another Hav to RLH with. In general, boys seem to be happier just sitting in your lap gazing at you, but girls are a bit more adventurous and like to explore and be challenged. My girl Dance has definite times during the day that she needs to play and be rambunctious. It's very regular, mid-morning and early evening. I try to play with her then, but if I can't she has a large bucket of toys. I will hide her favorite toys at the bottom or down in the middle and she will go through them all one by one until she finds the one she's looking for. It's so adorable to watch her systematically plundering. I have lots of plush toys, squeaky toys, rope toys, balls, cuddly toys. She doesn't have access to these 24/7, only when I want her to be occupied. Then I put the toy bucket away until next time. At 10 weeks old, your girl will tire out fast. Notice if she gets antsy around the same time of day. If so, just schedule your play time then if possible.


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Quincy likes games where he has to figure things out. He's a really fast learner and all of the interactive toys/games we have, he has long since figured out. One of the games we played early on was "find it." I kept him behind a gate in the living room and I would drop kibble in various rooms throughout the house. Once I was done, I would tell him "find it" and he would go sniffing them out. He loves that game! Sometimes we even do it with daddy where my hubby will hide and I'll tell Q to "find him."
Maybe you should try nose work with him! That's a sport I'm saving for Kodi's retirement from the ring, since it's not physically demanding. But I'd LOVE to do it someday!!!


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Havanese love to play! They can learn to be an only dog of course, but they are ever so happy with another Hav to RLH with. In general, boys seem to be happier just sitting in your lap gazing at you, but girls are a bit more adventurous and like to explore and be challenged. My girl Dance has definite times during the day that she needs to play and be rambunctious. It's very regular, mid-morning and early evening. I try to play with her then, but if I can't she has a large bucket of toys. I will hide her favorite toys at the bottom or down in the middle and she will go through them all one by one until she finds the one she's looking for. It's so adorable to watch her systematically plundering. I have lots of plush toys, squeaky toys, rope toys, balls, cuddly toys. She doesn't have access to these 24/7, only when I want her to be occupied. Then I put the toy bucket away until next time. At 10 weeks old, your girl will tire out fast. Notice if she gets antsy around the same time of day. If so, just schedule your play time then if possible.
Kodi has the late afternoon/early evening play time thing also. He's really funny. If I'm still working and can't play, he will start bringing me his toys. (he has LOTS and they are in a big bin in another room) He'll stand and look at me, and when I don't respond, he'll run back and get a different one, as if he were thinking, "Nope, she didn't like that one, let's see if this one works better!" I often end up with a PILE of toys around my feet!


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Thanks for the suggestions. I do play with her with the toys. She will fetch the little tennis balls 6-12 times before getting tired of it. We play tug with the flat tiger or squirrel. The kids or I will run her around the back yard too or go for a walk (although she is just figuring out the walk bit).
I do have a clicker so maybe I'll give that a try.

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