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    Default HELP! My Dog used to play with other Dogs but is now stick obsessed!

    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post and I'm hoping that someone can help me with my Doggie dilemma.

    Our beautiful little Doggie used to be very, very sociable and also really popular with nearly every dog down at the park, but now all she does is just stand and watch us in case we throw a stick.

    She has become completely stick obsessed and she isn't interested in playing with other dogs.

    She can be in a park full of dogs who want to play with her but she totally ignores them and just stares at us. It has gotten to the stage that people have said to us that it looks like our dog is 'stalking us.'

    Its driving us mad so can someone please help!!

    Thanks a million, BB.

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    Personally I don't see it as such a problem if your dog doesn't want to play. I think it should be up to her? As long as she is not aggro to other dogs...

    Maybe you could start taking her to other places instead of the dog park? Maybe an exiting bush walk might be more her thing now?

    I wouldn't indulge her too much with the stick throwing either as I don't like obsessive behaviour. Though other people might say her drive offers great opportunities for further training.

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    I agree with Beloz. You have a dog that wants to focus on your rather than run off and play with other dogs. This is most dog owners dream. She clearly doesn't want to play with them so why force her....

    I would be using her stick obsession as a training tool, like dogs who are obsessed with balls. Ie: do a bit of a training session with her, then throw the stick when she does what is asked, call her to you then throw the stick as a reward for her recall.

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    humm i agree with both belzo and keira but if it really upsets you she dose not want to play with doggie friends I would arrange a play date with just one doggie friend in your backyard that way u can watch them from inside where she can't see u but u can see her wait till she starts playing with her mate hopefully she dose

    then reward her with a stick throw then get her to drop the stick and u and stick go back inside wait till she starts playing again then reward her with a stick throw hopefully after few session she will get the idea that if she plays with other dogs she will also get to play with the stick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shedeivl View Post
    humm i agree with both belzo and keira but if it really upsets you she dose not want to play with doggie friends I would arrange a play date with just one doggie friend in your backyard that way u can watch them from inside where she can't see u but u can see her wait till she starts playing with her mate hopefully she dose

    then reward her with a stick throw then get her to drop the stick and u and stick go back inside wait till she starts playing again then reward her with a stick throw hopefully after few session she will get the idea that if she plays with other dogs she will also get to play with the stick
    I wouldn't be forcing a dog who doesn't want to interact with other dogs to do so. If the dog is too much or too in her face she might get upset or angry and feel forced to warn the other dog or defend herself.


    If you don't want to interact with people would you then want someone to force you into a situation where you HAD to interact with someone? And if you were forced into that situation and the person was rude or in your face would you not get angry or upset and possibly snap at them?

    Why would you want to put any dog in that situation. That is like people who have dogs who get aggressive in dog parks and the reason the dog gets aggressive is because it is not comfortable in that situation and is stressed and the other dogs are rude or bullying it, yet they continue to take the dog to the park because *THEY* want their dog to interact with other dogs, taking no consideration for what the dog wants.
    One of my dogs is reactive to other dogs, she will never go to another dog park or be in any situation that involves lots of dogs because obviously she finds is extremely stressful to be around other dogs, why would I then force her to be in a stressful situation...?

    BB1888 - Like you your dog is an individual with her own preferences. If her preference is to stick with you and not interact with other dogs then understand that, respect it and find other enjoyable things to do with her.
    Last edited by Keira & Phoenix; 12-14-2011 at 12:55 PM.

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    My old dog very, very rarely played with other dogs. Very occasionally she would meet a dog that she liked - for some reason completely beyond me - and she would initiate play. But most of the time she would either stand over dogs to intimidate them or ignore them. At the dog park, she did the latter. The friend who looked after her when we were overseas (for a few weeks every few years) took her at least once a day. But when I took her there she just looked bored. She would just stand there and yawn and hassle me to get back into the car. I think some of the people at the dog park thought she was aloof or just boring. But it just didn't interest her. Her interests were exploring the bush and simlar exciting places and chasing rabbits and rats. If she couldn't do any of those things, she preferred to be in the comfort of her own home with a comfy bed and no other dogs to bug her. And that was just part of who she was...

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    one doggie friend in your backyard that way u can watch them from inside where she can't see u but u can see her wait till she starts playing with her mate hopefully she dose
    at no stage of my proposal did I say force her if you read it she is a situation where she can chose to play with the other dog
    if she dose not want to then she doe not want to like I said hopefully she will start playing with her mate but she has a whole yard to choose not to play with them so I don't see this any more forceful then some other positive training along as u give her a choice

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