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Q: How can I teach my dog to play with toys?

March 9, 2009 | By Natalie S. | 15 answers | Expired: 1982 days ago

Natalie S.

My dog is recently adopted and doesn't know how to fetch a ball or play with a toy rope. I was wondering what I can do to get him to understand he can play with these toys. What can I do since he doesn't know how?

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Mjcolumbus
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Mar 11, 2009

Maybe he is just fine with being your companion. Some dogs just don't like to play with toys.

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Jessica P.
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Mar 09, 2009

Get a few cheap stuffed toys...cut them, and place some liver or other smelly yummy treat inside with the stuffing...act all excited (if that does not scare your dog) and then throw it for him. If he is scared by you acting all excited, give him a few treats, then let him watch as you put some in the toy and drop it on the ground.
I think every dog should play "fetch", but other than that it doesn't matter if they play with toys, my other dog only had one toy he was nuts about (and that only lasted a couple weeks). the toy was a "Boingo ball". Other dogs have really loved the Snugga Wubba.

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paige s.
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Mar 09, 2009

really it dpends how old he is if he is young you just need to train him if he is like 2 or 3 he might not learn how to because he it is harder for dogs to larn tricks when theyare older like that

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Mrszman
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Mar 09, 2009

I have the opposite problem with our dog,he wants to play with everything! You just have to take time with him and train him.It's obviously something he's not used to.Take baby steps, sitting with him on the floor,holding it to his mouth and waving it around...that sort of thing.

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LaDeDa
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Mar 09, 2009

Try putting peanut butter or treat in the toy.

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Blosser
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Mar 09, 2009

It's not bad that he doesn't play with toys. Just let him go on like that.

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ChicoanVolunteer
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Mar 09, 2009

Maybe playing with other dogs with a toy could help him learn

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Lea C.
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Mar 09, 2009

Have you ever watched Underdog to Wonderdog? One recent episode dealt with this problem. The trainer used very small steps to get the dog interested in the toy - lots of treating, etc. It worked - you just have to teach the dog that the toy is associated with "FUN."

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RICHARD V.
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Mar 09, 2009

This might sound stupid but pretend your a dog and show your pet how it is done.

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ally s.
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Mar 09, 2009

Sometimes it takes a little time for animals to get used to their new homes. When i first adopted my dog she would not fetch balls or play with her toys either. We would take her to the park alot and she would see other dogs fetching toys. After seeing other dogs do this she began doing it too. We would also hold toys up to her face for her to play with and soon she understood.

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