My Labrador/Whippet X Boris has now been with me for 2 weeks and is settling in just fine. He is 9month old and I've got him from a rescue. Fortunately I am working from home so he is never alone for longer then 2hrs. I walk him 3times a day and he already made friends with other dogs in the park. Now my question:
when we are at home he is happy just to sit next to me while i am doing PC work. Every toy that I offer he plays with for max 5min and then comes back to sit with me. Only bones get his attention for a bit longer. He is my first dog and I really want to do the right thing. So does he NEED toys when I am around? Or is it perfectly normal for him to only focus on me when I am around?
Thanks everyone for your help!
If he is content, and isn't being destructive . . . I wouldn't worry about it. I work from home too, and my dog has never been very active during the day (well, not since he was about 5 months old). We usually go for 1 walk and 1 run per day, and he is outside in the evening with us; but other than that he is content to sleep/lay under my desk. Congratulations on your puppy, he is grateful you rescued him.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
Congratulations....sounds like a lovely pup.....a few pictures would be nice (grinnnnnn)
Some dogs have little to no interest in toys and yours may be one. Others (especially rescues) may need some help in learning to play.
As long as he is content to hang out and let you work - I would not mess with it.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thanks guys for your help! Very much appreciated!
no toys needed.
Heck I would love it if my pup were like that! She plays with her toys like yours for a max of 5 minutes and then it's on to sniffing around the house. She likes grabbing things off the end tables, pulling the tumbleweed out of a fake tree I have in the living room, and playing with her water bowl (this is fairly new) and getting water all over the floor. Like was suggested above, do not mess with him being content next to you! Congrats on your new pup.