Pyrrha isn’t very familiar with toys and hasn’t shown an overwhelming interest in them. She has a squeaky octo-fuzzy-thing (a gift from Bo and his mama!) that she sleeps with in her crate; she is fond of a tug toy I made of some of Guion’s old T-shirts, but she still is warming up to the whole concept of playing with humans.
I’ve heard a lot of good press about the Cuz ball, and so I bought one before we brought her home. She wasn’t very interested in it when I first introduced it to her, but last Thursday night? Girl was ALL ABOUT that ball. It was so much fun to see her play and seem genuinely delighted in a toy!
I think the brilliance of the Cuz is how unpredictable it is. Those little feet make it bounce in strange ways–and its size is just big enough that she can’t get the whole thing in her mouth perfectly, which makes the chewing challenge even more enticing.
We played for a good half hour before bed, which might not have been the best timing on my part, because then she was pretty riled up when we put her in her crate and started to cry about it a bit. She seems most playful at night, though. Evenings have been our most successful times to entice her to play with us/toys. I wonder if this will change. I’m not sure what it is about nights that make her more willing to play, but I hope that willingness to romp will extend throughout the day as time passes and she continues to gain confidence.
If you have a dog who wasn’t initially interested in toys, what was it that got him or her excited to play? Any other recommendations for games or toys to entice a shy dog?