Puppy Activities (plus a few health questions)
So we just got our first ever puppy, Hunter, on Friday night. He's a lab bred by a great breeder. He was 8 weeks old when we brought him home. I have several questions.
First of all, he seems to have gotten bored with the routine already. Usually when he wakes up we take him outside. We'll play with him for a bit until he gets tired. This usually consists of chase games, letting him explore, and and playing with a big ball.
When we're inside, he's either exploring, or we're on the floor with him playing with toys. The toys vary from rubber chew toys to plush toys with stuff to bite and pull on. Including hard ropes. Pretty much every moment he's awake we're trying to stimulate him.
But now we're starting to have problems (already?) because he's getting bored of the routine. I've tried playing games like hiding toys, but he doesn't seem to understand that the toy is hidden and he needs to find it. If it's not in front of his face he becomes uniterested. Any help with stimulating games is appreciated.
The other thing I noticed tonight is he started trying to bite his tail alot. He would be trying to bite his tail, then when he couldn't reach it he'd start whimpering. I thought it might be itchey (am I an idiot?) so I was trying to help him reach it. After that he seemed to stop. I am concerned because I've heard so many warnings about parvo, and I live in an area that higher propensity for it. Also, I just worry that he might be stressed out. Has anyone ever witnessed this problem?