Everything Has a Place
#1
Ember has a toy box. I keep toys in said toy box, mostly to entice her to dig them out on her own. For a long time she didn't, and only in the past few weeks or so has she started doing so - after very specific toys. Namely her favorites.

Up until now, this just means that I'll randomly find a toy in the middle of the floor in some random room.

Yesterday, Ember showed her first inclination toward "method".

3 toys. 3 places. Each a place she can be found resting. The odd space out is the mat on the cot - she doesn't necessarily like the cot (we haven't worked on it much), but she does love the mat that I put on it.

Bonus points if you can name the toys lol.

ETA: She did this in one sitting. I had cleaned up the toys that morning.

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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
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#2
Is that the poor stuffing-less Sharkie in the crate?

Mattie wouldn't have anything to do with toys when I first got her. It took her a long time to figure out how to play. She will now dig a toy out of the toy box and sometimes will trot to my bedroom to play with it because Tasha doesn't share well and Mattie wants to enjoy the toy without Tasha sassing her. Tasha is really hard on toys, she has never met a stuffed toy that she didn't think needed to have all its stuffing removed so Mattie gets to play with the 'road kill' toys. It is just like the movie 'Toy Story' where the kid, Sid, destroys all the toys and little sister plays with what is left.

Lambchop is on the rug but I can't figure out what is on the cot. Isn't it fun to see Ember interacting with her toys?
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#3
HaHaHa!!! I have always done this, but my boys always get the toys out carefully, almost one at a time. Lily can't stand the toys to be put away and will get both front feet in there and take all the toys out, one after another, starting with her favorites and working down to the never played with toys.
Gotta love 'em.
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#4
Yes that is Sharkie LOL! And the one on the cot is her stuffy Ice Cream Sandwich (I need a better name) - she loves that one because it fits in her mouth nicely.

At least your two have a system worked out LOL!

It's so funny how they work isn't it? Ember is slow and methodical, one at a time. I found the placement very very interesting. Also, this happened a few days after moving the cat try into the training room. Sort of looks like Ember is claiming each of her favorite places using her toys.

The day before she came into the living room swinging the Ice Cream Sandwich around (another new behavior, one she doesn't like me observing). She tossed it a little too hard and it landed on the bottom shelf of my bookcase entertainment stand, knocking over some games and sliding a small decoration over. I watched her try to figure out how to get it back out without touching anything with her face. It took her almost 5 minutes before she finally gave up (she touched something every time she stuck her face in), so I rescued it for her and gave it back. I think after that is when it may have ended up on the cot.
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Mattie is so nice with her toys.  She will prance around, gently chew, and roll on her back with her toy.  Tasha is aggressive and will shake her toy.  A few times it looked like it was snowing in the living room from the stuffing that was flying all around from the hole Tasha tore in the toy.  Other times Tasha will shake her toy and let go so the toy goes flying across the room.  Tasha and my crazy cat are the reason I only purchase very inexpensive lamps.
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#6
It is always wonderful finding the little quirks that dogs have with their items. I've had to take away any soft stuffies until River learns not to eat them, but when it was just Maya she would "chew" on her stuffies just to hear them squeak. Of course one of Maya's favourite things now is when outside she will take a toy, whether it be the 1/4 basketball, the 1/2 soccer ball, or any of the other "mouth" size balls, and just run. She zooms around the yard running circles around Kane and River. She will occasionally throw the toy in the air, pick it up after it hits the ground and take off at full speed again. What is cute is River has started to copy her way of playing. He's wasn't as fast as she is but as he gets older he is pretty close.
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