My puppy stops playing with me but plays with everyone else

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior > Puppy Help

My puppy stops playing with me but plays with everyone else

This is a discussion on My puppy stops playing with me but plays with everyone else within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Hi, **sorry for the long post** I have a 10.5 week old puppy that I got at 8 weeks. She is a pitbull (red nose/blue ...

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-02-2016, 05:07 PM
  #1
Senior Member
 
yoshiposhi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 712
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
My puppy stops playing with me but plays with everyone else

Hi,

**sorry for the long post**

I have a 10.5 week old puppy that I got at 8 weeks. She is a pitbull (red nose/blue nose mix). Overall she's a good puppy - already knows basic commands like "stay" "sit" "come" "leave it" "drop it" but she's also has the typical puppy behavior: nipping, biting, occasional barking, random crazy puppy spurts, whining when I'm away...you get the idea.

I've noticed in the last few days that after playing with her for 10-15 minutes she stops and just sits there staring at me. If I ignore her and make no eye contact, she will walk over to me and sit by my feet. If I step away and ignore any needy behavior (sometimes leaving the kitchen area where she is kept), she will run after me and whine at the baby gate. I figure that she's just tired and doesn't want to play anymore but then she gets destructive and starts chewing on things or starts whining louder.

I'm trying to find ways to burn off her energy indoors but I'm having trouble getting her excited to play with me now. She hasn't gotten all of her shots yet so I don't feel comfortable taking her outside to run around. My neighborhood is very busy with lots of dogs, dog parks everywhere with dogs running around all the time. It's too high of a risk for her to run around (she's getting her second set of shots in 1.5 weeks).

I have Kong toys that I fill with kibble, she has a bully stick and an antler chew. I make her work for all her food to try and tire her out mentally. We train briefly on leash, I'll hide food in one hand and she'll touch the hand that has the food, I'll make her sit stay and come and I'll treat her with her kibble. I'll also teach her "leave it" before she can eat kibble from my hand. She's learned to make eye contact with me first before she's allowed to eat from her bowl. I'm running out of ideas on how to drain her energy.

When my friends come over to play with her, she goes ballistic! She runs around them, jumps on them and will play with them for hours. I do discipline her more than they do and I know their energy is much more excited when they see her. Whenever I come home and I'm around her, I'm very calm. I ignore her when she's super excited and jumps on me only because I don't want to encourage that behaviour. I will only give her attention when she is sitting and calm. Is that the reason why her behaviour has changed when we play now?

Any advice would be great, thanks!

Yoshi

Last edited by yoshiposhi; 03-02-2016 at 05:14 PM.
yoshiposhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2016, 12:14 PM
  #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I read a great blog that covers everything about pet ownership, myths and pet safety. Came across this great article about "Subtle Signs Your Dog Loves You" maybe it'll gain you some clarity on what your pup is doing.
vatsanajmounivong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 02:56 PM
  #3
Senior Member
 
yoshiposhi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 712
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks! I'll take a look!
yoshiposhi is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 03-29-2016, 03:18 PM
  #4
Senior Member
 
Gilliandi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: The Sunshine State
Posts: 1,166
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by yoshiposhi View Post
I do discipline her more than they do and I know their energy is much more excited when they see her.
A few questions...

What do you mean by discipline?

How do you play?

What are you doing when she disengages with you?
Gilliandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 06:04 PM
  #5
Senior Member
 
yoshiposhi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 712
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gilliandi View Post
A few questions...

What do you mean by discipline?

How do you play?

What are you doing when she disengages with you?
Sorry, I think "discipline" is probably the wrong choice of words.

For example, when she jumps up on me I will say "off", turn my back and ignore her. When she is calm, I will turn around and pet her. Or if she nips or bites me (even by accident) I will say "OW!" really loudly and stop playing with her until she calms down.

When she plays with my friends, they don't all do the same thing I do, or if they do, they kind of do it half a$$ed so she doesn't take the corrections seriously.

When her and I play, my voice is never high pitched and excited. Actually I don't do a lot of talking with her. We play fetch, a bit of tug of war and I will make her "drop it" every once in a while. I think at most I say is "go get it!" or "good girl!" when playing fetch or when she listens when I tell her to drop the toy.

Sometimes when I throw the toy she just stops, sits and stares at me. I'll say "go get it Mia!" and she will either stay there, or walk over to me and want me to pick her up. I go get the toy and tease her with it, trying to get her to play and when she doesn't engage I'll just drop the toy and start doing dishes or something. She'll sometimes either get a burst of energy and go crazy in her crate (digging in the corners) and run around, other times she'll go into her crate and sleep lol.

Lately though, this behaviour has stopped (of not playing with me). I haven't done anything differently, go figure!
yoshiposhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Concerned About 'Puppy Depression' Dandelion New Additions 9 03-13-2016 02:32 PM
Older dog and new puppy not getting along dudecookie Dog Training and Behavior 9 02-14-2016 09:10 PM
How soon to get 2nd puppy? dachshundlover123 General Dog Discussion 5 01-29-2016 01:20 PM
Puppy Playing With Adult Dog Booswalia Dog Training and Behavior 3 01-01-2016 09:31 AM
Puppy just playing with me to give her something else? Freemare Dog Food 6 11-12-2015 07:57 PM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.