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Q: Abused Dog Won't Play

October 2, 2008 | By Starling | 14 answers | Expired: 2111 days ago

Abused Dog Won't Play

I know that my dog has a history of physical abuse. It took 2 weeks for her to learn how to walk with us. She's acting pretty much normal now, but she won't play. She won't chase a ball, chew on a toy, or anything!
She's only 8 months old, so still a puppy! I'm sure she'd benefit from some playtime.
Hopefully someone who has dealt with abused dogs can give me some advice to help her open up.

Readers' Answers (14)
Lynn C.
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Oct 02, 2008

Do you have anyone with a dog nearby that she can play with. Maybe if she sees another dog doing doggie stuff, she will come out of her shell and want to play too. Poor baby.

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Terri M.
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Oct 05, 2008

I adopted a dog that I don't think was abused but was never shown how to play with toys. I first time I threw a ball for her she ran and hid. We have had her for four years now and she still doesn't play with toys, but we have found other things that she really enjoys to excite her day. She will get just as excited about a walk and most puppies do about toys. Her favorite thing is to just hang out in the yard with us on a nice day. I think if you are just patient with your new dog and find things that she will get excited about the two of you will have alot of fun times together.

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Claudia
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Oct 02, 2008

I would just give her a little more time to adjust. She has experinced trauma and that's not easy to forget. I got my hound mix as a puppy from a shelter and back then they also suspected some abuse. It took him months to feel save and any nose or object he didn't know scared him. But he got over it. Give her lots of TLC and be patient. I'm sure she will turn around.

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