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Old 01-16-2018, 10:50 PM
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Play/toy drive progress

So, we've had a breakthrough here in the last week concerning play/toy drive. For some reason, it's always been a hurdle for me. My 2 year old is highly food motivated, or being allowed to "go snuff." My Aussie pup has been toy motivated from the start, but then I somehow killed it. She'd ignore any tug or ball that she was previously interested in, to blow me off when out at the park.

So we started over.

Now, she loves tugging AND fetching at home. Down the hall, up and down stairs, in the yard, etc. Lately, she has been disinterested in playing with me away from home. So I took her out to an empty park without any toys at all. I played lots of "touch," weave, spin, twirl, the "get ya" game where I goose her bum and run away...and then went go straight home before she became bored. No sniffing, just playtime with me.

Next day, I brought the Chuck It with a new squeaky ball. Teased her with it, wouldn't let her have it at first, and then she actually fetched it half a dozen times. We played a silly game, then went straight home while she was still amped up.

Second day, I took her back out to the park and instead of running off to sniff right away, she ran a little bit ahead and started jumping up and down for me to throw the Chuck It. Fetched a dozen times, played a silly game, and went home.

Today, she played fetch reliably while a kid rode his bicycle in circles around us. She did not care about him one bit.

I have hope yet, to have a toy driven dog.
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Isnt it frustrating when u cant figure out why? Great that you guys have gotten over the block-whatever it was. ?
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Yes, it is frustrating! My 2 year old dog has been the hardest, by far, to inspire a love for toys. He'd rather sniff, or chase rabbits. So that has been his biggest reward for a job well done and so far it works (he is a pittie/cattle dog mix). Although, today, he REALLY got into the Chuck It. I was amazed. The only thing that was different this time, was that I brought out the squeaky Chuck It ball. He loves squeaky things. He was SO into it, and actually wore himself out. This was after a makeshift rally-o course training session. He's almost harder to tire out than my Aussie!

My Aussie is different. I don't know why she lost interest in toys for a bit there - maybe adolescence. She has been testing me lately. But I bought a Chuck It frisbee also, and when I hold it out at arm's length and tell her to "get it," she'll jump up and grab it, then we tug with it, then I throw it, and she catches it. It's all such a game of finding what excites them, or how I can make it exciting FOR them.
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Heidi had insane toy drive as a young puppy, wanted nothing to do with food. Then around 8-12 months, she was food crazy for a while, and her toy drive dipped a little. (She'd still work for them, but it wasn't a high value as a treat), now she's very happy to work for both, but would rather work for her football, treats, other toys in that order.

Dogs are weird. :P
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They certainly are! I don't suspect that Sophie will ever not want her treats, but it would definitely be nice to switch between the two!
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