When he first saw some of the puzzle toys that Gracie and I love, he just didn't know what to do with them. He'd back up, look at them, and sit.
One of Mum's goals for Rach is to help him be more confident and want to dive right into the right fun things. So she worked with him with a few puzzle toys, and just within a few days he was eager for more.
Mum has been working with Rach to learn fetch and put. He runs to get a toy (his favorite Aikou fur toy) and Mum taught him to put it in a box. Then she changed it up and had him put it in a basket, then a bowl. After he mastered all of those, she had him try to fetch another toy, and he didn't want to have anything to do with that game. He wanted his favorite toy. That's OK!
But Mum does want him to fetch other toys, so she got out our Nina Ottosson Dog Box and thought she'd see if he would enjoy that!
The Nina Ottosson Dog Box is a box that has two pegs, one large and one small. The object of the game is to fetch the peg and put it in a round hole on the top of the box, then treats fall out. The treats don't fall out very well with the box, so Mum treats over the box.
Mum started by holding the peg and when Rach mouthed it, she clicked and treated. Mum named it 'use your mouth.' Then she put the peg on the box and when Rach mouthed then picked it up with his mouth she clicked and treated. Success!
After that success, Mum threw the peg and encouraged Rach to bring it near the box. Then before you know it he was putting the peg in the box. Big success!
Here's the vid:
Now Rach loves the Dog Box game. It's a great game to play on rainy and cold days.