We had given our little girl (~15 weeks) a Chew n' Clean Dental Duo a couple of days ago as a chew toy, and she really liked it. She would settle down for 5-10 minutes at a time and just chew. We thought this was great! We'd been teaching her to sit, come, down, etc.. with kibble and that was going great as well.. that is, until we went to the vet! The vet gave us a bully stick for her, and when we got home we tried it out.
She went into crack-addict mode. She loved this thing so much, she completely ignored us. She wouldn't repeat her previously learned training, she wouldn't come, sit or do anything for kibble. I took the bully stick away, and she didn't like that at all.. she wouldn't touch her chew n clean toy, and for even an hour or so later, she was still hyper, sniffing around for the bully stick. We gave her a frozen rag at that point, and that seemed to settle her a bit, but even now, a day later, I feel like she still hunts for that bully stick. I should mention this was after her first vet visit, and within about 3-4 hours of bed time (I heard something about puppies and pre-bed-time craziness...)
I'm not sure what to do here.. It really scared me that she loved that thing so much she just completely ignored us. The repeated sniffing after it also confuses us, as that's normal behavior for when she needs to go outside..
What should we do? I was thinking we could give her the bully stick, and just leave her for an hour or two.. maybe she'll get over how new and exciting it is, and once she realizes we won't take it away, she'll calm down? Is it possible this is just something she likes too much, and we need to hold off on it until her training is more ingrained into her behavior / personality?
Thanks, as new puppy owners we're at a bit of a loss as how to proceed with the bully stick!