We had a little fun in the garden today with her chuckit kick fetch ball that we bought after she punctured a cheap football in about 2 minutes! She loves chasing it when I kick it for her then picking it up and hiding it behind the shed, I go retrieve it and the game repeats. It’s like her version of fetch except I’m doing most of the work!
Needless to say she tuckered herself out and was ready for a little nap.
On Halloween day we celebrated Bonnie’s first gotcha day! I can’t believe it’s only been a year since we got her from Rainbow Rehoming, it seems like she’s always been a part of our family. We had a load of fun celebrating and I think Bonnie hasn’t been so excited in a long time with all her new toys and treats!
We got her most of the things from our Toys Wishlist and the treat bag and a hula hoop (not pictured) from our Training Wishlist. We also got her some other food and treats not shown as that’s another separate post coming soon!
She needed a bit of a helping hand to open her presents as she can be a bit timid with her mouth as you can see in the video she lifts the bullhorn by holding onto the smallest bit of paper, we just love her little quirks 🙂
She was really funny as with every new toy and chew she opened she would take them into her crate and ended up surrounded by all her new presents, she was totally over the moon!
Out all of her presents her favourites are definitely the bull horn and the chuck it balls. I was really disappointed in the chuckit squeaker ball as the squeaker only lasted around an hour so was a waste of money but luckily Bonnie is still interested in the puffy air noise it makes xD
We accidentally left Bonnie unsupervised with the rabbit tugs so they are looking decidedly less furry now so I would really recommend not leaving them anywhere accessible (she pulled them off from the coffee table xD)
Later on that evening we went to our fun training course which covers beginner tricks, agility and scent work. This was our second week out of a total of four weeks. We had already did a lot of the beginner tricks at home but we got to practice beg and standing on her hind legs which we haven’t fully mastered yet.
We also did lots of basic agility work like weaving between cones and jumps which Bonnie loves! She gets easily bored with training things like waits but loves any training where she really gets to use her body and do a lot of movement.
She also had some real positive interactions on and off leash which was great as she was getting a bit anxious on lead around other dogs. It was an awesome day all around, I am so glad she joined our family a little over a year ago now and hope we can celebrate many more gotcha days to come!
Bonnie’s first gotcha day (year since we adopted her) is coming up next month on Halloween so I’ve been thinking about what goodies to get her. I thought I would put together a few different wishlists with some ideas and although we won’t be able to get everything at once, we can use it as a shopping list for her gotcha day, Christmas and whenever we want to spoil her.
So going to start the wishlists with toys! I have included links to where they can be bought, no affiliate links, I just spend too much time trying to finding the best deals!
Chuckit Ultra Balls – Bonnie loves to chase balls but she tends to pick the fluff off of tennis style balls like the Kong Air balls and tear them up so hoping these will last a bit longer since there is no fluff to tempt her!
Chuckit Ultra Squeaker Ball – What could be better than a ball? A ball that squeaks of course! Bonnie just can’t get enough of squeaker balls and we’ve learned to live with interpreting TV/films over the squeaking!
Nerf Squeaker Football – Another squeaker ball, Bonnie’s best doggy friend Dougal has one of these, it makes the funniest noises as well as bouncing erratically so this should be a hit with her.
Rabbit Squeaker Tug– Yet another squeaker but this time in a rabbit fur tug toy. When we first got Bonnie she didn’t know how to tug and was very hesitant in using her mouth to take anything like dentastixs, balls and even her Kong from our hands. So to raise her confidence I’ve used clicker training to help her enjoy tug and hoping to increase her tug drive by using something a bit more interesting than a rope toy.
Rabbit Chaser Tug – Another rabbit tug toy but this one has a long handle so you can use it like a flirt pole and wiggle it around the ground to get a good game of chase going.
Squeaking Mouse Teaser Cat Toy – Yes this is a cat toy in a dog toy wishlist… But I’ll tell you now that Bonnie is totally obsessed with this. Another dog in our training class has very little toy motivation unless food is involved so the owner has tried all sorts of toys to see if he likes anything. So one day she brought this into class and brought it out to show us and I have never seen Bonnie so playful, she is usually quite reserved but she was really going for it! I think this will be brilliant as a reward as well as training impulse control.
I can’t wait to get some of these for Bonnie, she’s still coming out of her shell and learning to play with humans even now after being with us so long, so it always makes my day when we have a good play session together. 😀