? I can’t wait to implement these ideas. Once your dog begins to paw or grab the toy, let him have it. I did teach him to catch small treats yesterday, which he seemed to enjoy. some dogs wont play fetch but may prefer a game of tug instead, your pup may be slightly insecure that may be why he wont go very far from you. He’s a medium size dog, about 46 pounds. One will always copy the other and completely stop what they are doing. Then all of a sudden out of the blue you would throw the ball, Charlie wouldn’t chase or vice versa and they would mimic one another and act all timid. Posted by 2 days ago. If your dog is of the “sit and stare” variety, your first goal is to teach him to chase after the object you want him to fetch. Thanks Susie, You’re so right, Susie! You know how it goes! Did they used to both chase the ball at the same time and hesitate over which one would grab and retrieve it? Haley likes almost any kind of toy, except tennis balls because of the fuzzy texture on the outside of the ball. I can imagine her carrying around and chewing on a full sized carrot just like a bone, lol! Very interesting – neither Jack or Maggie play much at all. Thanks for stopping by today, Elizabeth. And there are many ways for a retrieve to go wrong. 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. However, don’t try to take the toy. I’m certain that if you looked at these dogs as part of a litter, you’d see different amounts of play tendency within the litter (just as you would prey drive, confidence, etc). Love & Biscuits, Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them, Wow, it’s heartwarming to read so many comments about rescue dogs like Phoebe that learned to play and trust through the kindness and patience of people like you, Cathy. 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. Like the vigilant guard dog who keeps an eye on every chick in the barnyard. I remember you saying that Jack and Maggie like to play “Find It” with treats in the yard, so even though they might not play much with toys, I’m sure they have a great time doing their own thing and going on those fun walks, of course. 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 Kasandra! ago as a stray, and we were told she was adopted once and brought back for “behavior issues” (the rescue found out she’d been mistreated and had begun acting out in retaliation). Trying hiding them to see if she might enjoy nosework or bury them in a toy box to see if she’s a digger. I would love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment, suggestion or start a conversation. . She has next to no motivation there, looks at me like I’m crazy or something, and when she does play (tug a little etc) it lasts for maybe 30 seconds before she does something else she prefers to do. In this case, you want your dog to pick up the toy and drop it in your hand or at your feet (decide how you want your fetch to look before you begin training). That’s just who she is. Thanks for these helpful tips. Your dog will not want to play if there is fear of punishment if he tries and does it “wrong.” Keep training short at first. He sounds like an amazing dog and Haley would agree, nothing is better than a car ride or hike in the woods, lol! . Reward your dog from interaction with the toy. Well, kind of. Just experiment with different types of toys and play styles and have lots of patience but definitely don’t worry about her if she just wants to chill around the house. Puppies are born to eat, drink, sleep, poop and play! For Tig, her gig is going for hikes and if she had a choice her game would be chasing squirrels and watching me train or play with Mort while she enjoys the sunshine and *not* doing those things! That was a about 3 years ago. He’s also getting some mental stimulation and exercise while you build a strong bond together. ? She loves to rough house with us, just has no interest in toys. I can finally stop worrying about “what happened to him before he came to live with me?”! You can praise/reward them for looking at the toy, nosing it, pawing it, picking it up, etc. However, as straightforward as the concept seems, teaching your dog to play fetch may not run smoothly as one could expect. Control the game. Any idea on how to play with him? Is the fun of doing agility itself what keeps Ethel motivated? I think in most cases, a dog that doesn’t like to play is a dog that can learn how to play. This is my first Husky, and I have heard they are wicked smart and can get bored. Haha, it’s funny that he brings all of his toys out when you have guests, that’s cute. Dog won’t play fetch. 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. They are all the same breed. But now they act like they are intimidated by playing fetch. I know it’s somewhat common for rescue dogs to not know how to play which makes me think it’s more about nurture than nature. If he never learned how to play, you’ll be looking for subtle signs of interest that you can possibly build on. Since this topic alone could be an entire article, we will just touch on this briefly. A month ago we found a beautiful 4 year old female from a rescue organization. I think it has made her associate play with yummy things. It could be PTSD, or perhaps they missed the critical “play stage” of development by being placed in a shelter? Thanks so much for adding to the conversation and sharing your thoughts on the nurture vs. nature debate. Sounds like a lot when I put it in writing but we really do feel she’s a very smart (she learned to “give me your Paw” in one morning) and a wonderful dog with great potential. It also could be that her previous owners never played with her, which wouldn’t be too far of an assumption since they moved and just left her behind. Very shy, has just been introduced to grass. She LOVES the hooves, but hasn’t touched any of the other toys. Hi, this is very interesting! hi I have a problem, my dog is 7 year old lab, we got him when he was five from a friend who could no longer keep him, he LOVED toys before we got him, but he REFUSES toys (other then raw hide) I just can’t get him to play, I play bow go “grff!” As a play bark, and other play signals but he looks up at me gives me a look like “WHAT are you doing?” HELP. We got Daisy when Charlie was about a year old he absolutely loves her. It makes sense if you think she might be part hound too, since they love to explore and follow scents. Or, they prefer the “keep away” game once they have possession of the toy. Thanks for visiting the blog! Required fields are marked *. Move the toy. Don’t go so fast or so far away that they can’t catch it – make it easy for them at first. I think that will be good as it is also a challenge. She played with her sibling *all* the time (died 8 weeks ago) but bcz she always had another dog in the house to play with she was never interested in playing its humans. It sounds like some dogs have maybe never learned how to play and others just aren’t that interested in playing and that’s perfectly fine too. Like your example of guarding chicks or maybe chasing bugs. I too had one dog, Subaka, who loved to play in anyway she possibly could and my other dog, Dax, could care less…..except for the 30 seconds every couple of weeks, and never with a toy. Browse around awhile and you’ll find lots of helpful training tips and information along with some news, product reviews and yes, even a few dog tales! You’re wonderful for rescuing her! I know Haley’s that way most of the time and on days when we’re really active, she likes to take it easy for the rest of the day. I hadn’t thought about types of play for hunting dogs and if they would still enjoy forms of play that are also much like the work or training that they do. I didn’t know about Rita’s history in Mexico. 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. http://chasingdogtales.com/6-simple-ways-to-build-trust-with-your-dog/, 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. I don’t get it?? I am not sure if this is a) just who she is b) mirrors our lifestyle (we are very active outdoors and relaxed indoors, c) she is still adjusting to her new home environment or a combination…. Gotta say though. Haley’s notorious for finding the squeakiest toy if we try to watch TV after dinner. Brave Puppy Is So Determined To Run. In the meantime, try using those hooves or other treats to discover clues to what she likes. Dogs seem to sense when we’re having fun playing which in turn increases their exuberance. Your sweet GS/Corgi girl sounds pretty well adjusted to me and I’m sure she’s happy to have her new loving, family. When a dog won’t fetch. Some will pick the ball and run away with it while some will drop it halfway. Let’s say you want your dog to pick up the ball and put it in your hand. In other words its not fun to chase something that is readily available. I will have to try these tips with the dogs at my parents’ house. Tibetan “terriers” are actually sheepdogs. You could also put one inside a cardboard box to make a puzzle out of getting the hoof out. Hugs to all of you!. It might take some observation and a little creative thinking on your part, but if you discover what makes him happy, you might be able to expand it into a type of play. Some dogs won’t play with a toy unless you are engaged too. A good way to introduce fetch to your dog is through the two-toy fetch method. 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. But we are sure the humans would be more than willing to play a game of fetch with him. We’ll just have to experiment and see what piques her interest. I have a rescue his is Oreo he is 3 we have tried all kinds of toys no luck but he loves walks and me jumping behind him he gets excited and will twirle around till he is panting lol he is a cuddle bug that’s for sure he loves to lay with me and my husband and he loves to see his doggie friends up the road, Really informative article: Thanks for sharing it with us, Also, read this article: https://www.boredcesar.com/understanding-dog-emotions/, Your email address will not be published. she is super active on the leash. He doesn’t bark, whine or cry at all. Have the toy and your dog right in front of you. The contrast between play styles and interest in playing is fascinating. You’re right, a dog that can play or have a job that’s aligned with his breed is one happy dog. help. 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. More Videos. Keep it FUN! Some dogs are just less playful than others but keep trying different ideas (without pressuring her) and perhaps you’ll discover a clue to what sparks her playfulness. Don’t worry if you made some mistakes, but if you think you’ve lost some ground in the trust department, this post might be helpful. Stray Dog Collapses Right Outside Of Guy’s Home And Asks To Be Rescued. As though it may have seemed. I have an 11/12 year old Maltese that will run and play with a toy but the minute you try to engage her, she stops wanting to play. Because of her background, it might take a little more patience and coaxing to see if she likes to play, but as you can tell from the other comments here, some dogs just aren’t into toys or playing that much and that’s perfectly fine too. Should I be concerned? Tags:Activities, Bonding, Dog Toys, Games, Play. In fact, some people have a dog so they can go outside, get some fresh air and play fetch. Or doesn’t bring it back all the way. Here's a quick trick that works every time: use 2 balls! She positions herself in between me and the door when we sleep. Frequently though, if you adopt from a sanctuary in which the dogs get to interact with each other, they do learn to play with other dogs, even if they do not learn to play with humans. Charlie is the true retriever, loves to fetch! I bought him several different toys, which he ignores. I would love to try skijoring if I had a Husky or maybe rollerblading or biking while they run along side. Nothing. After a few months we discovered, during Christmas, that she will chase paper if you throw it. I wonder if she associates the toys and/or tug-o-war with the loss of her friend. He never was touched with love, no freedom but a small box kennel. Keep training short at first. I think you’re exactly right about it being a mixture of nurture and nature. 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. She will devour edible chew toys but they really don’t offer her much in the way of entertainment. After being in a crate for the first four years of his life and not being exposed to playing with toys or other dogs, it’s possible that he might not be interested in playing. It’s all about enhancing what they’re motivated to do and enjoy, whatever that might be. I got a rescue dog about 3 months ago. I got a German Shorthaired Pointer thats reached her golden years, but believe me, hasn’t slowed her down, in contrast with my more mild mannered pitbull. I rescue older shelter dogs and sadly, many do not take any interest in playing. Hi So we have two dogs, they truly love playing fetch. I should also mention that we are an older retired couple so taking her for hikes or runs is pretty much out of the question for us. I really don’t know what to do for the guy. I have tried having her around other dogs, and she is fine, but not interested in playing with them. Our previous dog, Pip, was not much into playing. Sherman is obsessive about playing with one specific type of toy and doesn’t give others a second look. I’d love to hear back from you later to find out how things are going. 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Help, my husband and I rescued a 4 yr old male bichon from a puppy mill. Now THATS a game a GSD could get into! Of course we walk her on a leash so we have no idea what she would do if she actually caught one. I believe a man beat her a lot. If he does, click/reward that. I’m curious to hear how the dogs respond and if Jade will enjoy playing in different ways. He doesn’t bother us when we are at the dinner table. That's why it is a good idea to start teaching the rules of fetch when your dog is a puppy. However, not all dogs naturally fetch. I’m sure Kilo is making great progress with the manners. As mentioned above, some dogs like to chase, but never pick up the toy to bring it back. 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? But I’ve heard this statement from a few dog owners before and I’ve seen similar comments left on websites about dogs that are disinterested in playing. I’m reading all of these questions and answers and trying to pick up any little gem that might help us with our situation. Right, some dogs just don't do fetch regardless if the breed is known to be a retriever. When your pooch returns the toy, praise him and give the toy right back. End the play session if your dog gets over-excited. Sure you could *train* them to play, but teaching them to *enjoy* play is completely up to them (whether it’s something they want to do more than something else they could do). They would play the "you throw the ball and I'll go get it and chew it up" game. At first, it was just kibble in a soda bottle we turned upside down for her to knock over. I think it’s a bit of both nature and nurture that determines how playful a dog will be. 9 years old and I still enjoying playing. I’ve always thought that maybe Dax could have been miss treated or even had a birth defect. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!? I wonder if he would like a flirt pole type toy like this https://www.chewy.com/outward-hound-tail-teaser-refill-pet/dp/113717 since he likes to stalk squirrels and chipmunks. Thank you for the ideas! To work on this, you are going to do something called “backchaining” – start with the end behavior that you want and work backwards until you have a full behavior. It was the first time she showed interest in any sort of play. Isis and Phoebe are quite lucky to have you and I know you feel the same way about them. Hi Grace, Congratulations on your new family member! ? I love getting all the feedback from people with multiple dogs. You have to lock up tennis balls to keep your dog from constantly bugging you to play fetch. Most people tend to play fetch when they’re out at the park, so you can combine this fun, active game with a long walk, or even with a couple of additional training exercises if your Lab is feeling particularly on the ball. He will play with a keychain or a leaf the size of a quarter as much as he will with a tennis ball. She will get someone playful with us I wrestling but that is pretty occasional and does not last long, I really only happens when she’s excited after not seeing us for a while. I get asked a lot how to get a dog to fetch by clients that want to use it as an easy way to exercise, or need a retrieve for obedience trials. I wonder if it’s true that Harley didn’t have a lot of toys or opportunities to play before he came to live with you. The process will be much quicker!). If your dog is more food motivated than toy, reward them with treats when they interact with the toy – this associates toys with your dog’s favorite thing, food. Is it easier to train Earl for agility since he’s food motivated? It’s interesting how different drives and motivations come into play. I feel like I’m changing topics because in the four months we have had her there are multiple things that we are working on at any one time, she has leash aggression (I will be getting her a harness soon, separation anxiety (we just started trying calming chews as well as a thunder shirt) and anxiety riding in the car which she did not have until we had to recently travel by car from the West Coast to the East Coast) and although she was doing pretty well in her crate, we left her the other night for four hours after giving her a walk and when we returned she had Peed in the crate and was pretty upset. Her previous owner just moved and left her (she is very smart, sweet and learns things so quickly). Your dog might be a fetch maniac if… Your dog frequently refuses to engage in other activities because he'd rather play fetch. She is a retriever but if you throw a ball or a toy duck she just looks at it. I know dogs learn a lot from observing each other, but she sounds amazingly smart! That’s not a complaint. We have 4 yr old rescue heeler. If so, big jackpot (several treats) and lost of praise! A lot of scent hounds enjoy following their noses more than playing with traditional toys, so she might enjoy walks and exploring with you more than connecting with her fetching, retriever side. There’s a lot of satisfaction in helping a dog overcome fear (or any) issue, so celebrate the achievements and progress you both make along the way. Close. I have two dogs. Kai will play fetch until he drops, Tre could care less about a ball or anything else you might throw. I will keep trying, but this article and comments were very helpful to me as I thought I was the only one who had a dog who didn’t love to play all the time. 3:19. Q:I am curious about my 3-year-old terrier mix's absolute refusal to play fetch outside. Hi Shiny! It sounds like Chloe and Riley get along very well together and respect each other’s personalities. I have heard of some Huskies enjoying fetch, but I imagine their breed loves running most of all. If the dog shows no interest in the thrown toy, try playing the game on a six-foot leash. 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. If he’s not bothered by being around other dogs, a play session with another pup might be helpful in bringing out his more playful side. Is it nurture or nature? And he definitely does that terrier shake and kill with his stuffed toys. What breed of dog is Riley? He preferred to sleep and take a more relaxed approach to life. He just does not have very good manners yet but he is relearning. Dogs who resource guard will likely move away with the ball if you show any interest in the ball such as looking at it or moving towards the dog. In fact, many dogs, of all breeds, are not “into the fetch.” Or maybe your dog likes to chase the ball, but never brings it back. I absolutely believe that there are some dogs who are not motivated to play a higher percentage of the time than not. Have fun with your sweet girl and take your time while discovering her interests. It’s interesting that Riley’s breeder mentioned many of their dogs aren’t that into playing. Is it in their dog’s nature to not enjoy playing or did the dog owner not play very much (or at all) with their dog? 6. I enjoyed reading this post. If she sees rabbits, squirrels and even birds she very happily wants to chase them. We got our dog, Genteel, yesterday. Jackson is a six year old rescue lab/pit/german shorthair retriever whose only interest seems to be stalking squirrels or chipmunks in the backyard. She was terrified of men and didn’t seem to know what to do w/ a toy. It’s interesting that you could develop the play tendency in Mort and yet Tig sounds like she’s definitely motivated by her nature. . The first reason is to play keep away, says Why Do Dogs. Jackson is a very dignified dog. The 2 year old loved to play tug-o-war with the 9 year old. Hi, Elizabeth! Some dogs will chase after the toy but then won’t bring it back, while others simply look at you with a confused expression, wondering why you repeatedly throw the toy away! She is not depressed; just uninterested. Typically we don’t do tug because we do not need to tug on a duck at a test and they are supposed to have soft mouths. We’ve had Charlie for over a year longer then our Daisy. But now they act like they are masters of reading our body language and they look for play! 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