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Q: Toy help?

May 6, 2009 | By Chelseachapman | 9 answers | Expired: 1952 days ago

Toy help?

My dog, Ginger, is approx. 1 1/2 yr old. I've had her for almost a year and I've been trying to get her to play with toys. She'll run after a tennis or soccer ball but then when she smells it she'll leave it alone and be on her way. I found out that she will pick up fruit like an apple or a peach and play keep away and she'll play tug-of-war with an old cloth or t-shirt but I can't get her to play with anything else. She's still a puppy (but a huge one at that) and I really want her to have something to keep her occupied while I'm living in my dorm and my parents are at work during the day. I've tried Kongs, but she shows no interest whatsoever. Also, I've tried squeaky toys. She looks at you whenever you squeak it, but she just gives them to the neighborhood dogs.

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Kelly
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May 20, 2009

My dog won't play with toys either. She'll chase a soccer ball for a minute or two & then she's done. She wants to chew on tennis balls & she hates anything that squeaks. She loves to chew on her Nylabone but she doesn't care for the toys. Kong treat toys only hold her interest as long as the food holds out. But she loves to play with us. We play chase & can get her to fetch certain things for a short period of time. We play tug-of-war. I think there are just some dogs that aren't interested in toys.

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Katie M.
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May 15, 2009

My dog won't play with toys either. Maybe some dogs just don't like them. You could try tying some treats up in an old sock, if she likes socks. My dog plays with those pretty well.

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Ashley H.
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May 12, 2009

I agree with the KONG toys and treats. You can also try Nylabone products they are also a good choice. any interactive toy should keep a puppy active and entertained. Good Luck!

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Kbehrendt
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May 07, 2009

I think Kongs or treat balls/interactive toys with treats are the best, but everyone already said that... If you want to keep her interest in a ball or other "non-smelly" thing, try getting really strong smelling treats and rubbing them on it.

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Mary C.
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May 07, 2009

I also agree with the Kongs or other treat balls that you can put her favorite foods into, that should intice her to play with it, also I give some of my pups water bottles to play with, you can find toys that are made to put the bottles into and you can replace them when you need to.

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Ethel02
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May 07, 2009

Some dogs just don't like toys, I don't know why. I have 3 and the oldest never liked toys the second does like them they are greyhounds & my Black Lab came liking toys & now she just takes her 'baby" to bed with her or if something scares her they are all rescues & all happy.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

May 07, 2009

Yea, I would try a kong, the treat inside may peak her interest. Some dogs just aren't into toys. My 9 y.o. has never played with toys or been into chewing. My puppy chews everything so I got her a kong and she seems to enjoy the challenge. Good luck

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Dennis S.
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May 06, 2009

Try a squeaky toy that uses compressed air (not one with an insert as it can result in choking), she may respond to the noise.

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A kong that you can stuff peanut butter or a treat in to get her used to playing with toy.

Dennis

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Jillian
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May 06, 2009

what you can do is hold the ball, or whatever toy you'd like to use, and give her a treat just by touching it w/her nose. during this time, teach the word "ball" or "toy" as shes touching it. do this for a little while and then withhold treats until she uses her mouth. to get her to use her mouth, use the toy to gently tap her nose. chances are, she'll mouth it and then you treat and tell her how good she is. keep doing this, only treating when she uses her mouth and she'll get the hang of it. if you taught the commands, you'll be able to send her to get her toy whenever you want.

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