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Old 10-15-2013, 08:56 AM
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Hello! First post

Well recently my husband and I adopted a little Lab mix puppy. This was about a month ago and she has really adjusted well and is a very quick learner! Really I couldn't ask for a better puppy.
But I was curious to learn about some fun bonding games my husband could play with her. She is very attached to me as I train her and work from home most of the week. She already knows a bunch of tricks and walks well on a leash and is very good at 'come' but if he calls her and she is by my side often times she wont leave me. He has never been mean to her but she is just very bonded to me and only sees him at nights and weekends.
So I want them to bond before he gets his feelings hurt and this becomes a habit! Don't get me wrong! She loves him, I just want her to be attached to him like she is to me if its possible... maybe she is just a "one person dog" ?

I have him feed her most the time and she loves chasing him around the yard.
So this long post to basically ask: What are some games other then fetch (She isn't very fond of this one) that they could play? Which games have your dogs enjoyed most? Or other bonding techniques.

Thanks!
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My husband used to play the where is mommy game on rainy days. I would go hide, daddy would say where's mommy , where's mommy? I would tap on the door etc.
Sounds so juvenile for your clever puppy .

Another rainy day game was chase the flashlight in a darkened room. Maybe this could be a special game for only the two of them.

My husband always jokes that he "will do" until I get home.

good luck

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Hello! First post

Well recently my husband and I adopted a little Lab mix puppy. This was about a month ago and she has really adjusted well and is a very quick learner! Really I couldn't ask for a better puppy.
But I was curious to learn about some fun bonding games my husband could play with her. She is very attached to me as I train her and work from home most of the week. She already knows a bunch of tricks and walks well on a leash and is very good at 'come' but if he calls her and she is by my side often times she wont leave me. He has never been mean to her but she is just very bonded to me and only sees him at nights and weekends.
So I want them to bond before he gets his feelings hurt and this becomes a habit! Don't get me wrong! She loves him, I just want her to be attached to him like she is to me if its possible... maybe she is just a "one person dog" ?

I have him feed her most the time and she loves chasing him around the yard.
So this long post to basically ask: What are some games other then fetch (She isn't very fond of this one) that they could play? Which games have your dogs enjoyed most? Or other bonding techniques.

Thanks!


That's how my dog was at first too. Now he likes my SO more.>_< lol
We implemented a morning ritual that we do daily.

-Good morning ritual- quick doggie massage, hand feed breakfast, long walk around the neighborhood, and then they would come home and do a little obedience training and all that ended with a yummy treat.

Have your husband do this with the dog as well.
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Tug is great for this actually. It forces both of you to be engaged And can be a crazy workout on the arms...XD
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My hubby is playing tug with Raffles at the moment, and I also get him to reinforce the sit, treat, lie down, treat, leave it, treat. Now he usually picks hubby for tug as he's rougher than me. I think it took about 4 weeks for them to really bond, though he's still a mummy's boy (Raffles I mean)
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Thanks for all the suggestions! The do both enjoy tug of war so maybe they can just make sure to do that every day.
Also... wow! Great video!
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