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    Coles has been having a dog toy sale. i picked up a couple of sturdy rubber things, somewhat like Kong toys, for $3 each.. i read somewhere that greyhounds like squeaky toys, so i also picked up a smallish bone shaped fabric toy with a squeak in the middle. she is just not interested. i was hugely impressed with a big heavy rope toy, she wasn't... and altho i have taken slippers and thongs away from her, she doesn't chew them, just carries them around for a while. doesn't even go all out for her dental dumbell that we have liberally studded with liver treats, altho she will work on the treats she can easily get out. she just doesn't know how to play.

    on the weekend, we studded one of the rubber toys with her kibble, but no interest. i even threw it to her, went over picked it it up and took it back to where i was, and threw it again. she watch me with a confused look on her face, but did not try to join in.

    the only thing she has chewed on at all, was a few toilet rolls she took in the middle of the night. she must have been well trained out of the chew thing when she was a pup perhaps?

    any ideas on training this dog to play? or do we just have a dog that doesn't want to, and we should just leave her to it?

    (she's a rescue, picked up wandering the streets in a bad condition, so we don't know much about her, apart from being part greyhound for sure, and the vet thinks around 2 years old)

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    does she like chasing things? Maybe something fluffy - fake fur or a bit of sheep skin with the wool on it and a piece of string? It took my puppy a while to learn how to play fetch and she was 11 months old before she could catch a ball on the full. She liked tug of war from the beginning though. I've seen a whippet trained to chase and fetch a ball so I think it is possible. You teach the same way you teach the dog to sit or heel... ie reward and praise for doing what you want.

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    Pay a visit to your local opp shop and pick up some cheap soft toys. Weyland Deerhound's absolute favourite toy was Moosey. A huge soft toy about the size (but not the weight) of a Pug that I picked up for $2 at the Salvos. I think it was meant to be a reindeer but it looked more like a moose to me.

    After Weyland died I kept Moosey for sentimental reasons and now he is Strada Whippet's favourite toy. If I'm not around to throw Moosey, Strada tosses him in the air himself, catches him and gallops round the yard with his prey. Weyland used to do the same thing.

    Another favourite was sort of a fluffy frizbie thing with a squeak in the middle. Wey lost interest when the squeak died. Sighthounds don't seem very interested in rope toys and as many are not food motivated kongs don't do much for them either. Go for the soft toys and I think you will find it makes a difference.

    Sometimes you do have to teach rescue dogs how to play. We rescued 4 adult Pugs from a puppy farm and spent a long time teaching them how to play but they learnt in the end. My first Deerhound Herne was a severely abused pound rescue who also had to be taught it was OK to play. The first time he got excited playing with a toy he let out a soft bark of pleasure and then cringed on his belly waiting to be beaten. So sad.

    Good luck. Will love and patience and I few soft toys she will soon learn what play is all about.

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    Great tips guys!
    I was going to suggest soft toys too. Misi used to love them when she was a pup. She was never into balls, kongs etc.
    With time and patience you'll find the toy that appeals...

    Deerhound! That's soooo sad! Too scared to play and waiting to be beaten. It's shocking what these angels go through They were so lucky to find you.

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    thank you all ..

    the problem with chasing things, as she is mostly greyhound, is we have cats, and if they move fast, she will go after them, we are trying to minimise the chase.

    i might try the big soft toy idea tho.. she might just cuddle up to something like that, if she doesn't actually play with it. i dread to think what this dog has been through, either with the previous owner/s, or in her time as a stray, she's very submissive in her attitude towards life. i was hoping a little play might bring out her inner dog, if you know what i mean. altho she is sublimely happy racing around the doggie part of the beach off leash, and should see her with a big meaty bone!

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    Deerhound! i have a huge grin on my face watching Millie mangling a couple of fluffy cat toys the cats never used.. she has a mouse, and a cookie monster, and is having a good time.. i will buy her a larger one as soon as i am out again..

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    I just bought Frosty her first Kong - too bad I find out after I buy it - I should have bought her the black heavy duty one. Anyway she has only destroyed the little nipple bit at the small hole end so far. She loves it with or without food. And I have no idea why - it smells horrible to me.

    Not sure if greyhound can be taught the difference between wool on string to chase and a cat, but I can see your point. I've been told off for giving Frosty dead socks I find around the place (frequently find them discarded near sports grounds). I wash them first. Apparently she will think all socks are for her, but I'm fairly sure she knows the difference between a sock in the wash basket and a sock in her toy basket. I don't let her have dirty socks - because the risk is high she will nick them out of the wash basket if I accidentally leave that door open.

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    I keep the laundry basket behind a closed cupboard door after seeing her rummage through it with her nose.. she might have chosen a sock for herself if i had let her..

    i might try that chase idea of yours anyway Hyacinth, but well after the cats and Millie have come to terms with each other. they are getting there, it's only been a week, and i have seen one of the cats practically nose to nose with Millie, cat on bench of course..

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