The problem is she will not bring the ball back when we throw it and will instead hold it in her mouth and wag her tail, waiting for us to chase her. Thanks for your comment, Connie. You’ll build confidence together as you resolve matters one at a time. Hi Shiny! Every dog has their toy preferences, so it’s a good idea to experiment with a variety of toys to find out what appeals to your dog. Give your boy a hug from me and Haley and good luck with the training, socializing and the playing!? ? The first reason is to play keep away, says Why Do Dogs. By Maggie McCarthy. Hugs to all of you!. Charlie is the true retriever, loves to fetch! I think it has something to do with her after-dinner pooping ritual. To a lot of people, fetch is THE game to play with your dog. Fido doesn't know the rules of fetch, so teaching him the rules is the only way to break the cycle so you and your dog can truly enjoy the game. We have tried many many toys and keep trying to use them in different ways (balls, tug toys, hide a treat toys, Kongs etc…). But we are sure the humans would be more than willing to play a game of fetch with him., Some dogs enjoy having a job to do or activities like nose work and you could start with games like “Find It” to see if that might be interesting for her. There are various ways to play with a dog and certainly different dog breeds prefer different play styles. Playing fetch with your dog? The way we interact and play with our dogs also has a bearing on how much our dogs enjoy playing with us. Harley came to live with us at age 2 and really didnt have experience with toys that we could tell. There’s such a huge variety of dog toys: Balls of all shapes and sizes, squeaky toys, hard and soft rubber toys, stuffed toys, tug toys, treat-dispensing toys, throwing toys, etc. P.S. I will have to try these tips with the dogs at my parents’ house. Maybe try shaking things up to see if Charlie or Daisy can help give you a clue about what they might be thinking. Both mine love to play, but when it comes to rewards, such as for agility, my oldest, Earl, much prefers food. Two of the most common problems are the dog … Reset your dog by removing the toy, waiting a few seconds, and reintroducing it to him. Every day I find myself researching and reading to resolve these issues and I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to deal with first as perhaps some of these things are certainly connected. Thank you for the ideas! Hi, Elizabeth! I even offered her a Kong with peanut butter in it but she calmly licked out most of the peanut butter and actually left some in the Kong when she was done with it. Hi, Sandy! Required fields are marked *. He likes to play after dinner and sometimes after a walk and if we have guests over, he’ll drag out all the contents of his toy box and parade around with them. That was a about 3 years ago. No further interest in the Kong. However when we are at home, she is a total couch potato. She seems irritated by the sound squeaky toys. I know I made mistakes in the last few weeks and I have no other pets or kids for her to play with but I wan rtf her happy can you give me advice? I read a few other articles along with this one and you all seem to agree on having a variety of toys to stimulate the dog’s senses and mind. I can’t believe somebody would do that. I would focus on creating a bond of trust right now and helping him overcome his shyness and fear of the door (and any other issues he might have). When we do take her out for a walk she becomes a different dog, very happy and active and spends most of her walk with her nose to the ground. We’ll just have to experiment and see what piques her interest. It may seem like you’re just providing some casual entertainment for your pup while playing, but he’s learning manners, self-control and problem-solving skills. . They have been doing this for almost 5 months now. You’re right, every dog is unique in personality (for lack of a better term) and motivated by their own drives, which explains why some retrievers have no interest in playing fetch. What breed of dog is Riley? She has near perfect behavior, comes when … Thank you so much for your comments! . Your sweet GS/Corgi girl sounds pretty well adjusted to me and I’m sure she’s happy to have her new loving, family. She walks with or without a leash. My lesson was, be careful what you reward. It can be overwhelming sometimes when you adopt a rescue dog with several issues, especially when you don’t know about their history. Sherman is obsessive about playing with one specific type of toy and doesn’t give others a second look. Some dog breeds are literally born to retrieve, so making a game of that inherent desire is simple. However, if your dog is pretty well-adjusted and seems to have interested in toys but isn’t super excited about them, here are some tips to build drive. She is an 18 month old mini-Schnauzer mix who had a pretty tough first year. Like the vigilant guard dog who keeps an eye on every chick in the barnyard. While the ball-crazed Border Collie may fetch all day, a dog who does not naturally find it a fun game will not. I have a new puppy german shephard and we were playing ok for the first week and then she slowed down gradually. Or, they prefer the “keep away” game once they have possession of the toy. If he fails three times, go back a step and make it easier for him by repeating the old step or breaking up the steps even more. I really appreciate finding people with very similar situations as well as your responses and suggestions! I don’t get it?? And he definitely does that terrier shake and kill with his stuffed toys. Looking forward to the journey! Thanks for visiting today. Back to the issue of not playing with toys, we also have a very difficult time trying to help her entertain herself with things like chew sticks. Then again, as a dignified guy, he may look at you with that expression that says “Really?” That’s okay too, some dogs are content with just doing their own thing and that’s just fine. I think it is important for anyone considering adopting a shelter dog, especially if this is important to the adopter or the family, to make sure that the dog they adopt has the personality the family is looking for. I’m curious to hear how the dogs respond and if Jade will enjoy playing in different ways. Since she’s also super playful, I’m going to try Jen’s advice and see what I can accomplish with a tug toy and playing as a reward sometimes. While she is a sweetheart and loves to cuddle and give kisses, we haven’t found exactly what she might like to play with just yet. I’m sure Kilo is making great progress with the manners. Thanks for commenting, Jen. You don’t want him to get bored, so at first, only play a few minutes and then do something he really does enjoy, like a walk or a run, to get out the rest of his energy. She does not chase balls , Will not put anything in her mouth to play tug, She even ignores sticks outside. Thinking I’m going to get her a puppy. I’d love to hear back from you later to find out how things are going. Great post! I can finally stop worrying about “what happened to him before he came to live with me?”! The bad news, is it can take a while if you have a dog that is not toy driven at all. We run with her almost every morning and she loves it! I would like to run and play with her (she will chase), but I injured myself trying to run with her and have had to walk with a cane every since. Before she came, I bought a squeaky cuddle toy and a tug toy to at least have a couple of things she could play with – she’s touched neither – and her foster brought along another squeaker and some hooves. When someone tells me their adult dog doesn’t like to play, I often wonder about the old nurture vs. nature debate. We got a 1½ -to 2-year-old female mixed-breed dog from our local shelter a few days ago. And many dogs, including many retrievers I have owned, and including some of the most well-bred retrievers in the world, were not like this as puppies. Other than that, he is content to lay around all day and sleep or observe. She won’t hold anything in her mouth, so fetch, tug, etc. Anyway…. Your dog doesn’t have to fetch a ball. One other thought, as you work on training and creating a stronger bond with her, you might notice that she’s more trusting and open to playing with you. I have heard it from a bunch of people know, with anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months before they settle in. Maybe you’ll discover soon if she has some prey drive and likes to chase things or what seems to motivate her. I know dogs learn a lot from observing each other, but she sounds amazingly smart! I’ve tried them all. However, when indoors, she just likes to hang out and/or sleep. Did they used to both chase the ball at the same time and hesitate over which one would grab and retrieve it? It doesn't always have to be a huge issue (he could have a small scratch on a pawpad) but it always puts me on alert to find out what the issue is, because there always is one. My Karli is a 10 yr old Chihuahua. We’ve had Charlie for over a year longer then our Daisy. For most dogs, there is just nothing better than a rousing game of chase. We would throw a ball & they would get all excited run and chase the ball bring it back, no problem. She even tries to fake me out sometimes by looking at a lampshade and pretending there’s a little moth or bug inside of it. She is a retriever but if you throw a ball or a toy duck she just looks at it. I have two dogs. Published on 6/19/2018 at 11:23 AM. Fetch is a game that most people want to play with their dog and it can be frustrating if you throw a toy and your dog just sits watching you or goes and gets the toy but doesn’t bring it back. Start to up your criteria as your dog gets better. Patience is the key and don’t forget to celebrate the milestones along the way. Try different types of toys. ? Hi Marti, You are so wonderful for adopting your new best friend and saving him from such a horrible existence. Control the game. Charlie now over two years and Daisy a little over year 1/2 old. What do you do when your dog loves to play with a ball, but he won't give the ball up in a game of catch? Is it nurture or nature? Congrats on your new member of the family and you’re wonderful for giving her a loving home! We named her Dixie, she is loving, intelligent, learns fast, but there are some strange things. When a dog won’t fetch. Sadly, so many dogs who are adopted are returned to shelters because they “won’t play”. Ethel, being young, is into everything, and much in the middle! One will always copy the other and completely stop what they are doing. Your dog might be a fetch maniac if…. I’ve had Chloë since she was 9 weeks old and Riley sine he was 10 months old; they are 7 months apart in age. Maybe she’d be a bit more playful if she’d had a more normal puppyhood, but who knows. He’s eight months old, and I don’t think he previous family ever played with him. Posted by 2 days ago. If you seem excited about the toy it will help your dog be more excited about the toy. WHY WON'T YOU PLAY WITH ME?!?! She loves to rough house with us, just has no interest in toys. Q. Maggie is like Tig (from Jen’s comments) all business. When she was younger, she played with toys and carried one around but as she’s gotten older she seems to have no interest. If you want a happy home life with your dog, the human needs to follow your tips about “breed” and find the type of play that will satisfy the dogs “drive”. So, if for first few times he was just looking at, you are now going to stop rewarding the look and see if he will then touch it.