|Barked: Wed May 14, '08 12:46pm PST |
|Many of the rescue dogs don't play. Sadly, I think it is typical of a rescue. With time, most of them learn the wonders of toys. Sadly, a small few never come around.
kaluha doesn't play and I was seriously doubting he ever would, but just the other week, afetr more than a year, he played a few games of chase with daddy. They only lasted about 30 seconds, but it is a start.
Ash was taught in a previous life never to touch anything that is not food and he learned that lesson well. Nick gave me some tips to start building a retrieve and here is what seems to be working for me. I found a little rawhide ball bade in strips with gaps. I rubbed it down with a soft treat and stuffed soft treats into the openings. He is learning to pick it up, but it is a slow process.
Another trick I use with PM dogs is to stuff a paper towel roll, toilet paper roll or tissue box (depending on the size of the dog) with tissues and soft,small treats. I let the dog watch me do this, then give it to them and let them rip it up. It's messy, but it does help!
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