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Old 04-13-2012, 12:19 AM
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My dog doesnt play with toys

I have a 16 month old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix and she won't play with toys. i bought her squeeky balls and toy ropes but she has no interest in it. Any input would be appreciated thanks!!
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*shrugs* Dogs are individuals and some of them just don't like toys. My two poodles were this way and so is my girl. Not much you can do about it really. It's just one of their quirks you learn to love. The good news is it saves you money since you aren't replacing tennis balls every month.
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or you haven't foundvthe right toy! Try a puzzle or something that stimulates her to solve a problem. Kyjen has puzzle games. Google them.
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*shrugs* Dogs are individuals and some of them just don't like toys. My two poodles were this way and so is my girl. Not much you can do about it really. It's just one of their quirks you learn to love. The good news is it saves you money since you aren't replacing tennis balls every month.
My standard poodles loved toys and he would take them of the shelve in a store! My new dog is part poodle and he like to play with sticks and chew on things! I brought him a ball that has rope on both sides so it can be used to play tug of war. He likes to play that sometime.
to the OP ,, maybe the toys are too big for your dogs mouth . I know Marty has a hard time playing with my last dog toys so I brought Marty smaller toys but he still is not that crazy about playing with toys . He rather be outside stiffing around the ground.
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Can you try her with a treat dispensing toy? My mom's long haired dachshund (rip) didn't play with toys, too busy taking care of his jobs around the house, picking up stuff and guarding.
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Wally took to Kong-type toys (but not the Buster Cube - I think he hated the sound it made when it hit the floor), but other toys, he largely take-it-or-leave-it, especially if left to his own devices.

Now if I'm playing with him playing with the toy, that's different, he'll get into it and such. But if the ball or whatever is just sitting there, he's like "meh" whatever.
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My dog has the same quirk too, he'd poke about with his toys a little, but only when I'm involved does he really have fun.

Sometimes I'm worried about him not having fun with the toys I buy, but oh well...
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My dog doesn't really care about toys on the floor, but tie the same toy to a flirt pole and make that thing dance around in front of his face and he can't get enough!

Try different toys, too, stuffies, soft rubber, hard rubber, small, large, etc. If the dog is new to you, he might be too stressed to play, or may have been punished for chewing things in the past and now doesn't understand that there are things he can chew. Try rubbing a hot dog on the toys and praise and treat a lot if he so much as looks at a toy.
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