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magster33 08-22-2014 10:35 PM

Why does my puppy clean out her kennel? :)
 
I'm just full of questions today... :)
My pup has developed this new habit... I'm not worried about it, just very curious about why she's doing it... So, we kennel our [almost-5-month-old] pup while we're at work every day (and we have a friend come over to let her out mid-day and have play time with her in the backyard)...
Anyway, the last few days, when I get home from work and let her out of her kennel... before she'll even go outside to potty, she runs back into her kennel, grabs a toy, drops it in the living room, goes back in the kennel for another toy, drops it in the living room, etc... until her kennel is completely empty. THEN she'll go outside to potty (and shower me with affection and biting, lol)... she even gets her little blanket out of there (after the toys)...
Any thoughts on this?

selzer 08-22-2014 10:40 PM

It's kind of cute. Sounds like she is relocating herself and things to the living room where you will all be for the evening. I wonder if it works the other way, and you can teach her to "Get Ready For Bed." Where she takes her stuff back to her crate for the night.

magster33 08-22-2014 11:22 PM

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Originally Posted by selzer (Post 5936137)
It's kind of cute. Sounds like she is relocating herself and things to the living room where you will all be for the evening. I wonder if it works the other way, and you can teach her to "Get Ready For Bed." Where she takes her stuff back to her crate for the night.

Lol, Selzer! Yes, I find it adorable, just can't figure it out! :) Your theory makes sense, but... Funny thing is, the living room where her kennel is, is not where we hang out for the night (we have the tv downstairs in a different room, where it's cooler at night), and her favorite toys are down there too (the squeaky ones, which we don't leave in her kennel, because I read that they can be dangerous if pup is left unattended with them). So her safe "kennel toys" that she takes out, she rarely acknowledges them when we're home with her... just finds it necessary to remove them from the kennel... interesting! :)

wolfy dog 08-22-2014 11:38 PM

German "grundlichkeit"

Bear L 08-22-2014 11:38 PM

Mine likes to take things out of the toy chest, including the toys she doesn't play with at all. She prefers her toys spread everywhere. I prefer the opposite. She takes them out and I put them back in, repeat couple times a day.

Guessing the dogs have their preferences on how they want to "manage" their toys.

selzer 08-23-2014 12:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Bear L (Post 5936265)
Mine likes to take things out of the toy chest, including the toys she doesn't play with at all. She prefers her toys spread everywhere. I prefer the opposite. She takes them out and I put them back in, repeat couple times a day.

Guessing the dogs have their preferences on how they want to "manage" their toys.

This is are really kool game -- from your pooches perspective. She has you well-trained.

Juliem24 08-23-2014 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Bear L (Post 5936265)
Mine likes to take things out of the toy chest, including the toys she doesn't play with at all. She prefers her toys spread everywhere. I prefer the opposite. She takes them out and I put them back in, repeat couple times a day.

Guessing the dogs have their preferences on how they want to "manage" their toys.

Rudy was playing this game with me, too. Now, I've added "find your toy" to the game. I hide them really well, and he's not so quick to take them all out. Sometimes it takes all day to find those darn toys!

Bear L 08-23-2014 12:18 AM

Haha... my persistence is wearing the dog down though. She's not doing it as much after a year of this "game."

llombardo 08-23-2014 06:23 AM

I don't even put the toys back in the toy box anymore. I used to put them away, go get the vacuum and by the time I plugged the vacuum in every toy was out again. It's the same thing outside, if I have to cut the grass I can't have the dogs out there whe I put the toys away. I put them away they look at me like uh no we want that one out here. As soon as I cut the grass and let them back out, toys are once again scattered everywhere.

MichaelE 08-23-2014 09:49 AM

When Lisl was a little pup she would drag all of her toys out of her crate too when I returned home from work.


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