Post # 1
Ugh, lol I know the reason, so I guess this just a pointless rant really, but I am about to strangle my pets (j/k, I wouldn’t harm them). But really they are driving me nuts.
We have bought 2 kongs, 4 hol-ee roller balls, and 3 braided ropes for our two labs. So there are more than enough toys to go around for the two of them. The toys are always strewn all over the house and easily accesible. But what do they do? They always fight over just one of them!!!
I get it, they are playing with each other and having fun…but it’s not so much fun for us when two 80+lb dogs are wrestling, barking and tumbling around because they want to steal the toy from the other. They get plenty of exercise, but their energy is relentless.
I love my dogs, I really do…but they are driving me nuts tonight! If I take away the toys, then they just bark at their toy box on the shelf or wrestle with each other anyways.
Do any of your pets do this?
Post # 3
YES. We have a 70 lb lab and a 45 lb mix and even if they are given the exact same thing — rolling into me, FI, couches, chairs. Oy.
Post # 4
@beeintraining: Doesn’t it drive you nuts? Ugh, I am glad they are having fun, but geesh it nearly destroys our house when they are doing it!
Post # 5
our dogs both ont play with toy, but when we give them chey treats they want each others. we have a german shepherd and pomeranian and the pomeranian is alway the one to steal the german sheperds bones so its really funny watching her struggle around the house with a huge bone that she can barely life.lol.
that would be hard to have 2 big dogs playing around the house! but they are probably just having so much fun!! 🙂
Post # 6
Yup. They also insist on eating & drinking out of the same bowls. I never know if they’ve both eaten or if one ended up scarfing down both bowls of food. Dog #1 will sit there while dog #2 eats, dog #1 then tries to eat out of that bowl when #2 is done, #1 realizes theres no kibble left, they both leave. Eventually both bowls are empty by bed time, I just don’t know if it was #1 or #2!
Post # 7
@Funsince1983: Oh my, lol! Poor dog #1, but if they won’t eat out of separate bowls, they are doing it to themselves!
Both of our dogs insist on sleeping in the same spot on the couch. So instead of stretching out, they lay on top of each other…literally! So one 80lb dog crushes the other on a routine basis. There is plenty of space, but they seem to be content that way.
Post # 8
my dog and my moms dog eat out of the same bowl, fight over toys, pee over eachothers other pee spots, try to steal eachothers sitting spots, try to steal eachothers treats….they are like sworn enemies….they are both girls…probably why
Post # 9
@bmo88: well, dog #1 & dog #2 are interchangeable so it’s not always the same dog eating both bowls of food haha. Sometimes one eats two bowls of kibble for breakfast & the other has two for dinner. One of our dogs is 2.5, the other is 4 months, the puppy is the main piglet. (Don’t need any lectures, they eat an all life stages food suitable for both of their nutritional needs)
Post # 10
@bmo88: My dog has a basket full of dog doys – pluses, squeakies and ropes. She does not play with them at all.
Until a visitor dog comes over and it starts playing with an item. Then she wants it! I’m like you haven’t touched that thing in 5 years! So funny.
Maybe put up a divider (I use an old crate tray bottom), so make them have their own spaces so they can enjoy their toys alone.
Post # 11
One of my dogs bullies the other. We get toys for them both and the girl dog is bigger than our boy dog so whatever toy he’s playing with, she’ll take from him. Then if he shows interest in the other toy, she’ll drop the initial toy she took from him and go get that one. She just wants whatever toy he wants. I feel so bad for him. But he usually ends up eating all her food so I guess he has his own way of standing up to her.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA
My female shih-tzu rarely ever plays with toys. My male shih-tzu acts like a kids and plays with them all! When my female dog gets in her hyper mood, she will go play with one, and my boy dog goes and tackles her like “That’s mine!” When she starts playing we have to hold the boy until shes done lol.
Post # 13
@bmo88: Oh we have multiples of a few toys and still they “fight” over the same one. I’ve come to the conclusion that she doesn’t want the toy – she just doesn’t want him to have it. But really they just enjoy wrestling with each other. If its warm enough and you have a fenced in yard – throw the toy outside and let them have some fun. There really is no stopping it – your only bet is to find a place thats okay for them to do it. I seriously think i need a play room for the dogs. lol
Post # 14
@Kate0558: Yep, I agree about not wanting the other one to have it. Our black lab (who we have had longer) used to never play with toys unless there were treats in them. But now, whenever she sees our chocolate lab with a toy, she wants it. Right now it is averaging 15-20 degrees or much colder and there is snow on the ground, so outback isn’t an option. In the summers it is a lot easier when they can go outback.
Post # 15
@bmo88: …THIS is the way of life in the 99 house…only its so much weirder since we got a chihuahua…because he was so dinky and weighed less than a can of beer at 8 weeks, we bought him little, dinky toys…since the three behemouths that already lived in our house weighed a staggering 292 pounds combined….and could easily drag around the brontosaurus bones we gave them to gnaw on…we figured everyone would be happy with the appropriately sized toys, right?
There’s this litte, tiny, totally adorable kong…its blue and is the size of a bottle of white out…seriously, this thing is little…the big dogs covet that thing…and will do anything they can to get it…but I’m so petrified that they’ll swallow it, so I put it up…then somehow, it ends up back in play and I figure out that one of the big boys is sucking on it like a losenge and I have to take it out of their mouth again….meanwhile, the chihuahua refuses to admit he’s knee high to a grasshopper and is literally laying on one of the huge bones, gnawing on the end of it…
I give up at this point….as long as no one gets hurt, ruins the carpet or pisses off the cat, I’m counting it as a win.
Post # 16
@bmo88: All the time!
Our male doesn’t even like to play with toys unless our female pup is already playing with it. He will bully her, steal it, chew for about 2-3 seconds and then just sit on it. She looks so dejected staring at him hoping he will forget about it. Poor thing!