Generally speaking, Rufus is a pretty low-key dude. He enjoys a good romp and he’ll even accompany you on a 12-mile hike (maybe longer, though we have yet to test this). However, he is not hyper or rambunctious by any means.
Because I have toyed with the idea of getting certified in some type of dog training, I started to work on his play drive. Even at his most hyper, his play sessions do not last more than 10-12 minutes straight. Even then, you really gotta keep him going. It has been a lot of work, but really fun as well.
In an attempt to spark his interest a bit more, I decided to purchase this toy from Tillies Tuggies on Etsy:
This handmade device combines two of his favorite things in the world : tug and soft toys. This is a really durable toy, and the quality is great. It’s made of fleece, but it also has real rabbit fur finely woven into it (yet another purchase I have cringed while making as a vegetarian. Just put that up there with raw marrow bones and bully sticks) I thought that this detail would help get him amped as he has a fairly high prey drive. He certainly enjoyed it.
The verdict? Rufus definitely enjoys this toy, but he doesn’t necessarily get MORE excited when I bring it out. However, I have noticed that when he is chewing on it, he definitely focuses on the rabbit fur. I’m hoping to train with this a little more and give you guys an update. As for right now, he’s just having fun with yet another new toy.