|Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 8:18pm PST |
|"Trigger, the problem is that he doesn't seem naturally inclined to play with ANYTHING. No squeaky toys, no ball, no stick. Balls actually frightened him at first, as do noisy interactive toys. He doesn't want to play chase with me, but I can tell that he really wants to play. The knotted rope excites him so much that I was hoping to build a tug out of it, but maybe that is not to be.
His favorite thing to do by himself is to tear up paper, lol. He does play chase with the occasional dog who will play back --as well as wrassle and bite the feet (with a cattle dog). My dogs aren't very playful with him. He has excellent dog manners and a great play bow which he uses on dogs and on me.
He picked up a ball and dropped it for the first time yesterday. Then he picked it up again. So maybe he is getting over his fear of balls"
I realize some people don't like to compare the two but I think dogs can be a lot like kids in the sense that what they find amusing can vary so soooo much.
A lot of kids you can make a doofy face at and a few goofy noises and have them in a fit of laughter on the floor in a heartbeat. Other kids you can leap through hoops of fire and they'll yawn in disgust.
Dogs are much the same way and that's really what makes them awesome. Some get their kicks on farms, others in the woods, the water, while "guarding" their families,while being mischevious, while being attached at the hip to you while still others would prefer to do nothing but sleep all day if they could. Some will indulge you for praise, others for treats, others for games, and still others are far more inclined to indulge themselves before they'd ever indulge you for anything in return.
Just because toys, or tug, seem like a great life enhancer to you doesn't necessarily mean your guy will ever share that opinion, so your challenge then becomes figuring out what HE perceives as a great quality of life activity. Not saying you shouldn't try to teach him toys can be wonderful, but don't get too caught up in limiting yourself to the tangible, or the conventional beliefs about what the tangible is.
A lot of time with rescues instincts can help overcome trauma. If he's a retriever take him back to that. If a tennis ball doesn't work right off the bat reinvent it. Scent it. Zip tie some feathers onto it. If that doesn't work alter the shape and move on to dummies in the form of bumpers, canvas, plastic, Dokkens or even real birds if you have access to them.
Play scent games (you can buy bottled) by dragging those dummies through your yard and then unleashing him to find where you hit it. Leave a jackpot of treats at the end of your trail.
Play hide and seek games with his dinner around your house.
Perhaps retrieving inanimate objects isn't his thing, see if he'll simply take to chasing *you* and reassure him with lots of treats if he lets himself go in the moment and actually does.
Try thinking outside the box as far as toys and games go and I do think you'll get a bit further into what might make him tick
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