Puppy games: choose the most suitable one for the puppy Lagotto Romagnolo
All future owners of our puppies show up on the day of foster care with some games. We have the opportunity to see many puppy games and we can make a ranking of the most chosen ones.
However, the game for the puppy chosen is not always the most suitable for a puppy from Lagotto Romagnolo.
Many puppy games are available on the market: tennis balls, cotton ropes, balls with throwing rope, soft puppets, bone and last but not least Kong.
Sometimes it is the inexperience in knowing how to identify the most suitable one. Other times it is the desire to give the best for your puppy. As a result, the house is filled with treats.
Providing your puppy with too many toys can lead to total indifference. Better a few but good ones.
What are the best toys for puppies in Lagotto Romagnolo?
When we think of a puppy toy we have to take into account the breed and therefore the size of the dog. The Lagotto in particular has important changes in the closing of the mouth which must not be further modified by the type of game made available. For example, playing with the puppy at the tug-of-war is strongly to be avoided. The same game can be useful and stimulating for dogs of other breeds.
A game suitable for a puppy, specifically for the Lagotto Romagnolo breed should be:
- Interesting to be able to entertain the puppy in our absence and at the same time to be used in moments of training and education.
- Resistant in order not to represent a health hazard if ingested in small pieces.
- Soft to help the puppy during the period of the teeth change to alleviate the discomfort to the gums. At the same time it does not compromise the correct growth of the teeth and their closure.
Much also depends on the habits of each individual puppy and how the toy is used. There are toys that are more likely to be misused and become a problem or a danger.
For example, the bone is too hard. It can compromise the closure of the mouth of a Lagotto which, during the period of tooth change, by nature, moves a lot.
The thick cotton rope is made of a thousand pieces and frayed. Fragments that we find in the puppy’s faeces and can cause gastritis. It can also be a means of deformation at the bite.
The tennis ball or similar object is often an attractive toy for the puppy. It has all the characteristics to be fun. Difficult to grip and pleasant to drive with its legs. It can be used as an educational object and has no contraindications for health. In fact, it is not caught in the mouth.
Kong is made of caoutchouc, the ideal consistency. Specially designed to be grasped, it is indestructible. If filled with kibble or moist, it can become intellectually stimulating for the puppy. Once it becomes the puppy’s object of desire it can completely replace the tennis ball. Ah already forgotten. At first the Lagotto puppies seem to completely ignore Kong. I don’t know why, but they do!
Our advice is to make a kong always available and place it next to the tennis ball. When the Kong will be considered particularly interesting we will have in a single object everything we are looking for to make the pond play.
The game for the puppy, educating while having fun
The game for the puppy is an important moment. It is fundamental for his growth and education. Lagotto’s puppies have not yet turned one month old and spontaneously try to play. For us it is a hoot when the litter begins its socialization with us and with the brothers through the game.
The type of game and the way in which the games are played depend very much on the litter’s locomotor skills at that moment. When our puppies arrive in their families they have achieved complete control of movement and are happy to play with their new companions.
The time of play is perfect for teaching, educating and correcting certain behaviours.
The Mother herself tries to play with her puppies when the nursing period is over. She has recovered enough mental energy to enjoy her creatures.
With the game we will be able to create a unique bond with our Dog!