Diesel will NOT play with toys!

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby MissKitty » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:59 pm

Some dogs have little interest in toys (like my dog!) and have to be 'taught' how to play.
Stuffing a Kong is a great way to get them interested, you can also freeze it with food inside to make the game harder.

Have you tried a flirt pole?

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby Amie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:06 am

Show him the toys right before something awesome (usually food). Then put them up. Repeat.

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby Nickdawg » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:22 pm

start with toys that combine food and toy - for e.g. those balls you roll around and the treat comes out ...

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby Mooresmajestic » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:56 pm

If you get down on the ground and play with the toy (by yourself, not trying to engage the dog at all) does he show any interest?

Work to eat toys will usually motivate a food loving dog that doesn't like toys.

Don't worry, its not totally abnormal. Vi rarely played with non-food toys and even now it isn't very often. Although she does seem to like to play more after she was spayed last year... :huh?:

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby Mooresmajestic » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:02 am

mjpeez wrote:Dunno what to do? Dip his toys in bacon grease??? Ideas? :tongue:


Just saw this... rotfl I may or may not have smeared Vi's obedience (starter) dumbell in hamburger dripping to get her to take the thing...

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby Amie » Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:43 pm

Mooresmajestic wrote:
mjpeez wrote:Dunno what to do? Dip his toys in bacon grease??? Ideas? :tongue:


Just saw this... rotfl I may or may not have smeared Vi's obedience (starter) dumbell in hamburger dripping to get her to take the thing...


lol I've boiled toys in chicken broth... didn't work for my two!

They do love work-to-eat toys, though.

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby spammie » Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:46 pm

Everlasting treat ball with kibbles are good for a statrer toy.

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby dogs4jen » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:50 am

We couldn't get Austin interested in balls until we tried one of those Kong squeaky tennis balls. He is still only interested in cuz toy that squeak, wubbas, and kong squeaky balls, and the flirt pole.

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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby Bambina23 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:07 am

You said that the Doxie plays well. Is she overwhelming him? Or do you play with them separately? Just thinking because you said he was so submissive if your other dog could be making him nervous....
Playing treat seek and find games can help to boost a dogs confidence maybe if you paired finding a treat with finding a toy it could be fun for him.


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Re: Diesel will NOT play with toys!

Postby afrikaPB » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:47 am

It took Nugget six months from after I found him (at one year old +/-) before he even showed slight interest in toys. It wasn't until he was holding a toy and I pulled on it, and the tug instinct kicked in that I could see a lightbulb go off above his head. I quickly added some rules to the game (he is only allowed to take a toy when sitting, never jumping up, and he learned drop to take pauses during play), and it's his second favorite pastime after eating. New toys still need to be made "fun" (with a flirt pole or some tug-o-war game) but he is way more playful now than when I got him.


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