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Old 07-09-2012, 01:53 AM
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No one ever said nor implied that wrestling is an appalling way to play with a puppy. I dont know where that idea came from... People are only pointing out that.wrestling and other rough play typically does increase mouthing, which is what the op wishes to avoid.

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Old 07-15-2012, 10:06 AM
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Hey, everyone--I love you all.

Millennia of dogs have been raised to be awesome companions while wrestling with their owners; it's just not what I'm wanting for my dog.

I did make a flirt pole, finally, once the insane heat wave gave way to only semi-insane heat. Calypso likes it. But she loves, loves, LOVE the tennis ball in the soccer sock. We play keep away with it, sort of like an indoor flirt 'pole'--the elastic in the sock makes it great for confusing her. It's more exhausting for me because I have to run around a little instead of staying in one place, but it gets us through the hot days now and will be necessary when we are under 3+ feet of snow from December through March.

She goes nuts; it is her favorite non-food toy.



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I don't think anybody was saying a food puzzle is a way to play with your dog...but it is a game for them and great mental stimulation. I don't think it is to occupy the dog so you can do something else? I actually sit and engage with my guys as they use the food puzzles.
pawzaddict, how do you engage with your pups as they go at their Kongs and such? Do you sit there and cheer them on, sit there with them, or what?

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Can't answer for pawz, but with kongs I just supervise. However I have several food puzzles that do work much more like a game. For example one is pretty much a calm shell game. I have to be right there to place a treat under a little cup. So I have actually turned it into a game (which I consider play since it requires a person and a dog to interact). I pick up the game, place the treat, ask for a sit or down and a wait (sometimes a trick like spin, twirl, sit pretty etc.), place the game on the floor, and release. My dogs have gotten pretty good at sniffing the treat out and normally only flips the correct
cup. Then we repeat!

With more complex puzzles I just place, treats and watch for the most part. My dobie, min pin, and male peke all enjoy figuring it out on their own . But I do normally help my female peke along by pointing at game parts and praising for interacting with the toy. If I'm not there helping her alongthe way, she's just not interested in the toy at all.
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pawzaddict, how do you engage with your pups as they go at their Kongs and such? Do you sit there and cheer them on, sit there with them, or what?
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but with kongs I just supervise.
Ditto! With kongs I put the dogs in separate rooms and just go back and forth checking on everyone.

With the food puzzles I will praise and cheer on my dogs, especially when they are first introduced to the puzzle. I have one in particular that is a bit more difficult, with a level they must spin to lift a hidey hole. I use my clicker with this puzzle when training a couple of my dogs how to use it (clicking when they nose or touch the lever).
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