She wanted to chew on shoes, socks, remote controls, towels, tissues, hats, gloves, anything. I wanted her to give up her prizes without a fight and without engaging in the "chase me" game.
So, I offered her balls, toys and treats as trades.
Slowly, she learned what was appropriate to chew--and gave up her prizes without a fight.
The game came in handy this past weekend when she found a prize -- my leather work glove. She ran around the yard and tossed it in the air.
I took photos and dug in my pocket for a treat.
And, we traded.
But the real test came yesterday during our walk at dusk.
She came trotting in from the waterway with a grand prize -- a deer leg.
What would a 5-month-old puppy trade for a deer leg?
I went to the refrigerator and pulled out a small piece of chicken.
Stepping outside, I called, "Niki,"
Deer leg in mouth, she trotted toward me and eyed me warily.
When I showed her the chicken, she dropped the leg, came to me and sat. I fed her another piece and put her in the crate.
I was now the proud owner of a deer leg.