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Old 05-12-2011, 01:37 AM
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What do puppies like doing?

I'm finding it hard to engage mine. She likes to chew on her bone, and she likes playing training games, but she's not interested in her raggy toy or chasing a ball, for example. I also just tried running round the yard with her, but she wasn't bothered about that. What she really likes doing is diving head-first into inappropriate plants and chewing them or digging them up, which is obviously not acceptable.

What else can I give her to do, apart from Kongs (which are currently being prepared!).
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It usually depends on the dog. Not all toys are likeable to all dogs. For example, my dogs at first did not like chasing a ball and bringing it to me, then what I did was get a tennis ball, open it a little and showed my dogs that I'm putting something yummy inside so I threw the ball and they immediately chased it (since they have very high Food Drive) got the ball but could not get the treat so I told them to bring it over and got the treat out for them and gave it to them and that is how I taught them the game FETCH.
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Mine does not like to play fetch at all; he would bring the toy back once, maybe twice, but then he looks at me with a clear expression of "you want that? you go get it!" . He loves tug games though;... and hunting for socks that are not properly stored away

Most dogs like to dig - perhaps give her a sand box to play in. Hide treats or toys to make the sand more interesting than the flowerbeds

Oh, and block the flowerbeds with something for a while, until she "gets it" that they're off limits.
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Yes, they all have different personalities. My girl likes squeaky toys and teddies, and chasing balls. The boy I used to have liked bones, bones, and bones. He liked the food cube which my girl never wanted to play with. Anything to do with food, he liked. She isn't motivated by food much at all. My new dog Basil likes chasing balls, going for walks, chewing, barking at cats, digging holes in the lawn (new interest!), grabbing all of my stuff instead of his toys, and ripping up bits of paper.
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It was very hard to keep Lola engaged as a puppy. She was not interested in ANY toys. It was rather difficult. Thinking back, I don't even remember how I'd play with her... I think there were a couple of plushie toys that she'd chew on sometimes. Aside from regular training sessions, nothing interested her. She did like to go on walks though. Try taking an empty plastic water bottle, take the top off, crunch the bottle in your hands, then put the cap back on. See if she likes to chew on that. Lola loved it, and still does.

This may be something that your puppy grows out of. Lola now loves to play with all sorts of toys! But it defintiely was not always that way.
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It usually depends on the dog. Not all toys are likeable to all dogs.
This is true, and some dogs like certain toys and not others, so I would give her a variety to see what she likes. We've stopped buying rubber toys since all our puppy likes are plush. She's also not a fan of balls much (unless they have ropes or things sticking out of them).

If you try different things with her, you'll find out what she likes. We do:
- Throwing a toy for her to run after (she doesn't bring it back yet, but she likes to go get it)
- Clicker training (crate, handling, 101 things to do with a box, running through things, jumping on and off the couch, sit, down, etc.)
- Chewing on different things (stuffed Kong, bully stick, stuffed hollow bone, feathers, loofah toy, flavored nylabone, etc.)
- Playing chase (I run and she runs after me - I have to be careful with this game, because she starts to get nippy, so you may not be able to play it yet since I know you were having bite inhibition problems with her)
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