I ‘commissioned’ a new toy for Izzy this Christmas – it was not a new or innovative design and there are many videos circulating with dogs using similar ones. It’s made of wood and re-used drink bottles.
And until a couple of days ago, Izzy didn’t understand it was for her. All she managed to do was to chew on the wooden frame and screws that held it together a few times.
But then, Izzy had a play date with her friend, Helga, who is a Bernese Mountain Dog. And Helga showed some interest in the toy with the addition of a little peanut butter at the top of one of the bottles.
Helga went home and, within minutes of her leaving, Izzy started to engage with her new toy. Best of all, I caught it on video:
Clever girl, she just needed a little doggy leadership to show her the way!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand