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    Is there anything your dogs are obsessed about? Our Nero is obsessed by two things: balls and water. Balls in the water will send him into a frenzy

    I usually take the dogs to a little dam in a forest for a swim and a walk several times a week. They love to retrieve balls and toys out of the water In the past 2 months or so, Nero has completely lost interest in playing in this particular dam though. Initially Roxy and I tried to involve him into fetching balls and other toys out of the water but he just kept on frantically digging hole after hole in the mud until he was covered from head to toes. So we gave up on him and let him dig his heart out while we were playing fetch...

    I could tell that he was smelling something in the shallow water and that it was driving him absolutely nuts. He was so observed in digging that he actually almost missed our car a couple of times. I was thinking maybe Yabbies. So, over the past 2 months, he added several square meters of knee deep bog to the dam trying to find ...whatever.

    Today he found it! After months of relentless dedication and backbreaking effort he got it out! Finally! Today he dropped a filthy, muddy, popped, old tennis ball at my feet. I will never forget his face when he dropped it. He was so proud! He is now sleeping with his ball on the sofa – has been carrying it around all evening

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    Which of your dogs is most ball obsessed? The 'border' ?

    Mine has a thing for cats/ rabbits/ birds and trams. He never got exposed to these when he was young and he goes berserk in the car. We dont often go near where trams are, so fortunately he doesnt have to go insane that regularly, but cats are another issue. Though its not about eating, its the chase as he is a retriever/ water dog. I have actually seen him run after rabbits and stop when they stop.
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    Margoo I loved your story about Nero Thanks for sharing!

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    It is always 'ball O clock' in my house..hence avatar

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    Our girl, Fire, is toy obsessed. Does not matter what it is, if her mouth is empty, then she will find a toy to put in it. Anything will do, from balls to a piece of a destroyed teddy bear. We spend ages rounding up toys from around the house every day. They go into a toy box in the house but do not stay there for long. More often than not she will go to sleep with something in her mouth.
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    @ Lovely Dog, its our LabX. The Border girl likes to chase but her prime interest is to chase Nero chasing the ball... if that makes sense. I think it's a herding thingy. He won't take his eyes off the ball and she won't take her eyes off him

    Days later the popped old tennisball is still a favourite. It doesn't bounce, it doesn't float and we almost lost it in the pond yesterday. But somehow it is still more interesting than the new bouncy one I bought him...

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    I loved that Margoo,
    hilarious
    thrrese are seriously funny to read.
    i too have created obsessed dogs
    Bernie: what can i say, he's a bit special. Right now, he has a new one. Its his paddling pool. As soon as we come into the paddock, and he can see his gate enclosure, he runs straight home to his paddling pool and jumps in. Turns around and waits for ? All at break neck speed!

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    There is currently something under my living room chair
    he sits waiting for it, occassionally trying to dig it out through a stone floor
    this could go on for weeks, its usually some silly tiny thing, a piece of rubbish, or sweet wrapper. Its never been anything worth getting on the floor for.

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    Hehe... don't you wish sometimes you could have their sense of smell for a day?

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    Im allready cursed with a sense of smell that enables me to tell when my colleagues are menstruating. So no, i dont frankly

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