My 1 year-old puppy, Wally, has always loved playing fetch. We’re not 100% sure what breed he is but maybe he has a tiny bit of retriever in there somewhere. I’m still working on getting him to bring the ball back to me every time (vs. running away with it to play chase) but when he does bring me the ball, if I say “give” and hold out my hand, he’ll usually release it from his mouth.
My 15 month-old baby, Sadie, has always loved playing with balls. It started out with banging two balls together and then progressed to learning how to roll a ball to me. Now that she can walk proficiently, she’s learning how to do new things like kick a soccer ball and pick up a basketball to make a basket.
A new favorite activity for my two little ones is to walk to the dog park together and throw balls for Wally. When Wally retrieves the ball and drops it, Sadie will walk over and pick it up, give it to me, and then “ask” me to throw it. She loves participating in this game and Wally loves it too!*
Sadie also loves giving me Wally’s toys to throw them for him in the house. The sweetest thing she’ll do is bring Wally his toys when he’s laying down inside. It took us a while to teach her to do that —
When Sadie first became mobile, she would steal Wally’s toys and try to play with them like they were hers. Every time she did this, I’d take her hand, push it towards Wally, say “give to Wally,” and then make her give the toy to him. It must have set in eventually because one day she started doing it on her own. Wally and I were very pleased. 🙂
*We’ve also made a game of washing our hands every time we come in from the dog park. Our dog park is generally kept clean and I watch Sadie very closely when we are there, but it’s still a dog park! Sadie loves to wash her hands and we sing “This Is the Way We Wash Our Hands.”
Does your little one like to play with a pet? What games do they like to play? Feel free to share in the comments section below!