I have recently noticed the interesting ways my corgi, Leia, plays with her toys. I was wondering how your corgi plays with his/her toys.
Leia has a basket of toys that she chooses from. Each day, she will play with a few of them. She brings 1-3 into each room, leaving them there for the day. She rolls around on top of them, tosses them up into the air and then tries to catch them, kills them (shakes them violently around), buries them in various sheets, blankets, and pillows, and weirdest of all, groups them.
That's right, she groups them. She will bring all the squeaky toys into a room and put them in a pile, the tug toys are in another room in a pile, and the stuffed animals that are no longer stuffed thanks to Leia are in yet another room. This behavior only occurs when she is trying to get one of us to play with her. We get the message. "Play tug with me! No, no, now lets play Catch the Toy! Wait, now I want to play Squeak the Toy together!" She's smart, but no genius. It's clear that she is just trying to get our attention with these groupings. Maybe she's thinking, "Don't want to play with that rope? Okay, I'll try another one. No? How 'bout this one?"
Also, when she squeaks her toys, it sounds like an alarm clock. Seriously. 6 am and she is squeaking her carrot (the only toy she hasn't ripped the stuffing out of) over and over and over...and over again. She will squeak for five minutes straight, no joke. I am partly to blame for this behavior, I think. She has an elephant that has squeakers in the feet. She and I will spend a few minutes squeaking them together. The name of the game is to squeak all the feet as fast as possible. She loves it!
So how does your corgi play with toys?
Ginger will bring us her Kong and throw it at us when she wants us to fill it. If we don't grab it and get up in about 2 seconds then she throws it a second time and starts barking. We are trying to train her to pick it back up and carry it into the kitchen while we're walking out there. We've had mild success.
I have two corgis, the female will bring me the toy she wants to play with and it is usually a ball for her to chase or a rope. Something funny she does to me is come up behind me when I am lying on the floor and rub her chin onthe right side of my head. It seem that she is rubbing her scent on me. If the male does not want to play he will take the ball away from her so she will not bring it to me. But at the end of the day both of them will come to bed and sit together and sleep on the bed together like nothing has happened.
Leia is very smart indeed! Gracie likes to be chased with her toys. She'll nudge me in the leg with one, then move her head fast as lightning when I go to grab it. If I try again, she runs off. Game on! I chase her around the living room but if I want her to give it to me I have to use my stern authoritative voice! "Give me the squeaky!!". I feel totally foolish of course, but whatever works to end the chase game. She also likes to pounce on her toys. This was quite entertaining for the folks in the car service waiting room when I gave her a new toy and she jumped on it making it squeak. She used to enjoy making me squeak when she was a puppy when I'd bring her up onto my bed in the morning. I'd egg her on with a certain look in my eye and she'd pounce on me. Adorable. But only recommended during the puppy stage!!