View Full Version : Toy's, she still won't play

10th October 2008, 01:36 PM
apart from her kong or treat ball she still turns away from any toy. if i wave something at her she just moves her face away.

earlier i got her chasing kibble down the garden path which was nice. thing is i would LOVE to play fetch or catch or something with her. it was something i looked forward to doing.

is there any toys food related we could play together? i had thought about soaking her chew rope in water which has some of her chappie in? i did worry that she might get the rope and get it stuck.

any suggestions gratefully accepted.

10th October 2008, 03:47 PM
Hi Amy

I wouldn't worry too much that she doesn't play with toys. Rosie, who is nearly 4, looks at me in disgust if I even try to tempt her with a toy!!! However, once every few months, she will let me throw her rawhide chew around the garden, which she will chase and return to me. But this will usually only last a few minutes until she gets bored!

Some dogs just aren't natural players.

I know it is frustrating because you only want what's best for her, but if she is happy in all other respects, don't worry. She may eventually come round like Rosie has and will occasionally let you play with her :xfngr:

10th October 2008, 03:51 PM
she will let me throw her rawhide chew around the garden, which she will chase and return to me.

i hadn't thought of that....... brb!!

10th October 2008, 03:58 PM
okay she will chase it and a few times i got her to come to me then i gave her a kibble. what she was actually trying to do was take it in the house to eat. i am pleased she let me take it back without growling or anything. maybe if i keep persisting with it she will learn what i want.

10th October 2008, 04:01 PM
Well done Amy, the beginnings of the game fetch:thmbsup:

10th October 2008, 04:03 PM
i feel rather smug, i got a big grin on my face :D

10th October 2008, 04:18 PM
Well done Amy!

Rosie tries to get past me into the house as well, but I've learnt to shut the door so she can't get in! Even when she did get in, she would run into the hallway and hide the chew under her feet so I couldn't get it off her!

10th October 2008, 04:24 PM
i can't wait to show hubby :D

on the same subject if anyone can think of any other games we could play together please say.

10th October 2008, 07:02 PM
When Hali was a small pup we say on the floor, my husband and I and threw a ball between us.... she loved that game. She too doesn't play so much, much more of a cuddler but has her times when she wants to play which is really a short period of time considering there is 24 hours in the day.

10th October 2008, 08:52 PM
Maybe there's a play/cuddle divide?

Amber is a player. She adores playing and can fetch and seek impeccably. My uncle's wife commented last week that she could be a good little gun dog. She's not so fond of cuddling - or rather, she likes cuddles, but only when she feels like it.

Holly on the other hand will play if you make the effort, but she will rarely initiate play. She lives to cuddle and just wants to be held!

Anyone have a dog who both loves to play AND is a dedicated cuddler?

10th October 2008, 09:06 PM
Anyone have a dog who both loves to play AND is a dedicated cuddler?

Sounds like J! He is a cuddler in the morning and would happily sit with me all day if i didn't move but as soon as he has had his tea time meal he will go to his toy bed and get out his squeaky bone or yellow ball to play chase for a while before settling back down for cuddles. He never does this after his morning meal. My doggie is such a creature of habit bless him

12th October 2008, 05:34 AM
Anyone have a dog who both loves to play AND is a dedicated cuddler?

That would be my Mika. She loves fetch and will play for hours. She brings her toys and drops them on my lap or foot when she wants to play. If I don't respond, she just keeps repeatedly picking it up and dropping it on me until I play.

Whenever she isn't playing, she wants to be on my lap or at least lying so she is touching me.

She loves both.

12th October 2008, 03:25 PM
Some dogs simply don't care to play with toys -- mine don't care much for them so I don't buy them any more. They like chews and kongs and all will play fetch to some degree. Fetch is generally something you, the owner, have to teach. I'd really recommend doing an obedience class so you get a more structured relationship perhaps and can build on that to train her to do some things like play fetch? :thmbsup: But keep in mind she may just have no interest in such things and pushing her to do them probably won't get anywhere. Our pyrenees had no interest in toys or balls or anything like that. Jaspar is obsessed with balls but could care less about toys unless it is to catch or fetch them. They are all different just like people.