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    Unhappy Dog won't play with toys

    My 5 month old pup won't play with any of his toys, he barely shows interest in them, unless your waving it in front of him, he won't chase after it. He is still a happy dog though. Doesn't care about the soft toy, tennis balls, or tug rope, I can't really play with him... He is a spaniel mix, might be a beagle. Though he tries to chew on my laptop charger lead, i only just got him a few days ago, he has gotten quite confident since then.

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    Some dogs just aren't interested! Just like humans they don't have to like everything Bella is very selective about her toys, anything she can destroy she loves where as Harley is all about the ball. That's the only toy he needs!

    He could still be settling into his new environment as well. Maybe just leave a variety of toys about and he may get bored one day and want to play.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Until I got Maggie a year ago I hadn't had a dog for many years. I was amazed at the plethora of toys available now and the expectation that we buy them as a standard.
    Apart from the endless balls Maggies favourite toys are still an empty bucket and a bone. It's a bit like with children when you can spend much money on toys but they have more fun with cardboard boxes, dirt and water.
    I read somewhere as I have relearned about living with a dog that having quiet time with your dog is very important. When I go to the beach at some point I sit down and she (eventually) comes and lies down quietly with me.For her the ball is not a toy its a prey drive thing well herding anyway,obsessive.
    Each dog has it's own nature and inbred traits takes time to work it the relationship out. Maggie will never be a smooch like some breeds but shows affection in other ways.
    Your dog will have his own way of play. For most of history dogs played with whatever was around, no shops full of tug toys and fluffies until very recently

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    I have a 3yo labX who is completely ball obsessed. Waving a ball in front of him will even overwrite his food drive!

    And I have a 2yo BC X who does not play with toys at all. The squeaky ones frighten her and chew toys are generally not interesting. She will chase a ball - but I think it's more a herding thing for her. We have tried a variety of toys: chewtoys, treat dispensing toys, squeaky toys, soft toys... but she just isn't interested. She is still playful though - just not into in toys. She plays with our lab X (they're doing zoomies outside as I write).

    You have got your pup only a few days you said. Give him a bit more time to get used to you and his new home. Our BC girl needed weeks until she started playing with our other dog. And she only learned from our lab X that balls are for chasing. Maybe your pup needs other dogs to introduce him to toys.

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    My Kelpie has incredibly strong herding instincts, there are only two toys she has ever been interested in. The first is any large ball (basket ball, net ball etc) She tries to round it up and the second is those pigs that honk that you can buy at Safeway (or wollies as it is supposed to be called) I think She see's the pig as a live animal and she tries to kill it, because she plays with it the same way she plays with a dead rabbit she has caught.

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    Some dogs love toys, others aren't interested. It does take time though, when we first got our spaniel cross she was 12 months old and had no idea what a toy was, we would give her one and she'd take it into the backyard and bury it!! It took a few months but now she LOVES her toys, is rarely seen without something in her mouth and is a chronic ball stealer from other dogs at the park if I forget to bring hers

    On the other hand, we've had our lab cross for 12 months now (she's 2 1/2) and she has never showed any interest in toys, a few times she has stolen one of Meika's at home but only carried it a few meters away before she gets bored and leaves it. She just prefers to chase the dogs that are chasing the balls.

    So I wouldn't be too worried if your dog decides he doesn't like toys, it's normal

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    Beagles like toys that involve food.

    You can get several ball type toys that drop food out as they're rolled around, beagles like those. And you can get a kong toy and stuff that with soft food and freeze it - should keep a beagle busy for a few minutes. And even better if you do a few of them and hide them around the garden.

    You can also get tug toys that you can put food into - which gets dogs that don't like tugs, but do like food - a lot more interested. Beagles would probably enjoy the find the sock game. You get a used sock (that you don't mind if it gets chewed a bit), and put that out in the yard with a little bit of cheese under it. First you start with the beagle close to the sock and tell him to find it. Then you start increasing the distance and difficulty and number of socks. I think you can drag the sock around or just walk a particular pattern - to get started - or get someone else to do it for you. Ideally a teenage boy after footy training.

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    Thanks, today he finally played with it for a few times, I'll go for things that squeak or food toys like kongs then.

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    If you want to teach your dog how to fetch a ball, so dog runs more than you do, and gets physically tired.
    Keep at it. The behaviour you are trying to encourage is being offerred.
    I quote you:
    "unless your waving it in front of him"

    You need to make the game exciting, to draw out that prey drive.
    And the more you build this drive, the more hungry they are to play more games like this.
    Such as a wrag tied to a broom handle and he has to catch the wrag.
    Laser pens in the dark are fun, hazard warnings apply i believe.

    And some dogs, just dont have it in them
    our pohm was not really a 'toy' pup, she had bernie to bite instead.
    But because he's toy obsessed, and values them highly, she now covets and
    steals most toys from him. Just because she's a bitch.
    And will run real fast, to get her toy in training. Amazing for a couch potatoe, how she lights up.
    We are at 2yrs of playing fetch now. She quivvers in anticipation she's so excited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    You have got your pup only a few days you said. Give him a bit more time to get used to you and his new home. Our BC girl needed weeks until she started playing with our other dog. And she only learned from our lab X that balls are for chasing. Maybe your pup needs other dogs to introduce him to toys.
    Loved your reply - 'margoo' - 'I remember when .......'

    'Tamaki' - as 'margoo' so correctly said above - it is still only early days with your new pup ! Spend the time with your pup to build up a good relationship between the two of you - find the 'child' in you - focus on training your pup as to the rules to his new 'roost' and enjoy it all ! Don't make it a 'chore' !

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