An Unexpected Kindness

Has someone ever done something unexpectedly nice for you and your dog?

I was at the local pet store yesterday with Lexi and something completely unexpected happened. We were walking up and down the aisles looking at different pet products. I like to let Lexi sniff and see different stuff than her normal environment. Teaching her how to deal with other animals and strangers in a store. We wandered over to the aisle with dog toys in it and Lexi got distracted by another person squeaking toys. The other person, a woman, and I chatted for a second and then Lex and I started looking at other toys. A few minutes later the woman comes back with the squeaky toy that got Lexi’s attention. She asked if it was okay for her to give it to Lexi as she had just purchased it. I said “Sure” and Lexi sat down…her way of asking for something. This small purple rhinoceros (Kong Cozie – Rosie) will certainly be destroyed in a few days but, I’m trying to limit her chew sessions with it. But, Lexi happily took the toy from the woman and immediately proceeded to play with it. We chatted for a moment while I thanked her before she left the store.

Rosie Kong Cozie

So, maybe she was feeling the joy of the season and wanted to pass some along. Maybe there was something going on in her life and she needed to spend a few moments sharing joy and happiness with other people. For whatever reason, I’m grateful and thankful for kind people. It’s a reminder that kindness and selfless giving should be year round and not only during the winter season. Maybe I’ll bring some dog food and toys over to the humane society as a gift from Lexi. I haven’t decided what I will do yet but, I intend to “pass it on”.

Lexi and Rosie

Nylabone Puppy Toys

I should write a thank you letter to Nylabone for saving my shoes and furniture from the relentless chewing energy of my puppy. One of the first toys that I purchased for my dog was the Nylabone Puppy Pacifier Rope.

Nylabone Pacifier

This gem of a toy has two awesome features…the pacifier hard part that puppies love to chew on. We went through about 4 of these toys before Lexi got all of her adult teeth. By then it was time for us to switch to the regular Nylabone dog bones. It’s super important to make sure you don’t let your puppy with adult teeth chew on Nylabone puppy toys. The puppy toy chews will break off a lot easier and, if your dog eats the chunk, could potentially injure your dog internally. We also tried the Puppy Teething Rings and the Puppy Teething Pacifier. Neither of these toys was very popular with my dog.

The other fantastic aspect of this toy is the rope. Lexi loved when I would soak the rope and freeze it overnight when she was going through her teething phase. The rope is also something that’s safe for a puppy to chew on. Mine loved to go after the fringes and munch on that for a while. Since we’re past the Nylabone puppy phase she likes to play with ToyShoppe Monkey Fist Bar Rope toy.

Rope

For dogs with their adult teeth, the Nylabone DuraChew’s really do the trick. Lexi isn’t picky and doesn’t care about one flavor from another. We’re currently working on the Nylabone Wishbone toy. I received this toy from Pet360 when I won their Little Devil/ Little Angel contest.  One aspect that I really like about this toy is that it’s easy for the dog to balance the toy between their paws. It’s also nice that it’s got 3 sides for the dog to chew on. I like to give it to Lexi to keep her busy when I’m eating dinner or

in a conference call

.Wishbone

Lastly, another important aspect of making these toys really appealing to your dog is part training. Make these toys seem AWESOME to your dog. If your puppy is chewing on their Nylabone/Rope/ or some other dog toy then reward the dog with treats and/or petting. If your dog feels that they’re doing something fantastic by chewing on their toys then they’ll most likely go back to it. If your dog is showing interest in your shoes then you can do some of what I did. I put bitter apple spray on some of my shoes and other ones were put up where the dog couldn’t reach it. I also liked to use the correction noise “Ehhhh” when she did something naughty and redirected her attention to something appropriate. The point of it is, give your dog attention when they’re doing something that you like. They probably will go back to your shoes when they’re really young and it’s your job as their owner to keep the shoes out of their reach. Use correction effectively when you can.

Originally posted at: Geekery and Books