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    my puppy will not play fetch or tug of war no matter how much i try to get her to, she wont even run around the backyard with me!

    she used to play with me everyday but since she has become more dominate she wont at all, she just sits under the steps and watchs me play with the other dog

    she will play with her toys by herself and with the other dog
    any one got any other games i could try?

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    What happens if you put the other dog away, and get out some food treats.

    She isn't the dominant one if she's hiding under the steps while you play with the other dog.

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    solitaire....sorry.... terrible joke... .

    Try agility when your pup becomes a year old. I love bonding that agility brings out to you
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    My Poodle girl is very similar, she doesn't play with us much but can amuse herself with toys for hours. She's been like this since she left puppyhood, she's now 4 years old.

    I agree with agility in the future, most dogs love it even if they aren't terribly good at it

    Here's a short video of my girls first training session on the jumps, this is the same one who doesn't play with us:

    ‪Basic Agility Training with Poodle‬‏ - YouTube

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    Haha sorry I just remembered this video... here's another option
    This is my boy... but he's a bit... "special".

    ‪Brody and the Dot Part 3‬‏ - YouTube

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    about the dot -

    stop it or he will go blind.

    usually an ordinary flashlight spot will work and doesn't carry the same risk of eye damage as a laser pointer.

    PS, I get the same game using water from the garden hose. It's a lot soggier though, not good for inside.

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    she is more dominate then the other dog, she enters rooms first, eats first, ect
    i think she just hates playing with me or shes very lazy

    i have tryed putting the other dog inside but she just lays on the ground and sleeps and has no interest in what im doing

    she doesnt follow and thing with her eyes so im guessing she wont follow a laser or tourch

    i had thought of doing agility when she was older but i have a tunnel and she hates it, but maybe that will change

    the only thing i can think of is putting her on a lead and running around with her until she gets the idea? just seems strange to me that she doesnt like playing with me

    thanks for your ideas though

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    she is more dominate then the other dog, she enters rooms first, eats first, ect
    i think she just hates playing with me or shes very lazy
    I disagree with this interpretation of dog motivation.

    Which dog goes first means not a lot to the dogs. It's unlikely she hates playing with you or that she's lazy. There may be something else wrong like some joint problem or chemical imbalance that leads to her wanting to sleep all the time. As long as you put human interpretations on what she's doing you're unlikely to figure out what to do to solve your problem.

    So is your sluggish dog been fed before you try to play. Have you tried playing before she gets fed? And I still think you should put the other dog away because it's a distraction for her. You need to cut down on distraction options until the only choice the dog has is do nothing or play with you. And you need to reward heaps if she plays with you for a second - and build up from there. Eg with tug - reward for looking at the tug, then for sniffing the tug then for picking up the tug, then for holding the tug...

    What kind of puppy is she? Some dogs aren't into chase much - which can be a good thing. People who have dogs that will chase anything that moves like joggers and bicycles and cars can have a hard time keeping their dog safe and exercised.

    How often do you take your dog for a walk? What do you do with her on the walk - does she walk nicely or does she pull or drag or stop to sniff lots? If the dog is not getting much exercise - maybe that's why it is otherwise tired.

    Sometimes I wish my dog had an off switch - so be careful what you wish for as far as building your dog's interest in playing with you.

    And have you tried the NILIF program?
    Dog Training Article - NILIF Nothing in Life is Free - K9 Pro

    An alternative view about dominance - Cesar Milan reasons for what he does are flawed.
    The Dominance Controversy | Philosophy | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

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    shes a labrador
    she usually gets exercised for an hour everyday but not lately because i have been sick and its too painful for my to walk

    i have tryed putting the other dog inside and she still lays there and is not interested
    she wont even look at toys when i have them when im playing with them and i try to be as excited as possible

    she doesnt sleep when i try to play she just lays down and does nothing
    when i walk her she walks next to me and never pulls
    i have found something she likes me doing with her, i kind of like herd her and she gets all excited...

    maybe she is just a dog who isnt interested in playing

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