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Playing with toys

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Jazzy, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Just curious if your dogs play with their toys alone or only if you play with them?

    Veronica will only play if you play with her and she's very clear on communicating that she'd like to play lol.
     
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Toys may as well not exist for Bentley unless I'm actively playing with him. It's kind of annoying because he doesn't keep himself amused by anything without me. But it's nice because if I leave something out by accident (only dog), I know he's not going to rip it to shreds while I'm gone.
     
  3. dogeatdog

    dogeatdog Good Dog

    If it squeaks Tank will play with it until it does no more, he will happily chew on a chew toy until I take it off him.
    He likes to keep track of his toys and regularly presents them to people in the house wanting to play. He might suddenly run outside and come back with his a ball to be played with.
    At Grannies he runs inside and raids poppy's toy box, collects all the squeaky ones and struts around being annoying.
    Mid zoomies always evolves randomly grabbing a toy here or there or like before shredding a cardboard box.
    His precious toys are buried, usually they pop back up six months later.
    Tank lives to play and is always up for it.
     
  4. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Veronica is more like Bentley -

    She may give it a squeak or 2 and a half heart-ed shake - then she's off to convince someone (i.e. me) that they absolutely HAVE to play with her NOW because it's like CRITICAL!!!!
     
  5. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    With "official" toys, Griffin will get them out of his toybox and play with them alone for a bit, but usually he will bring it to a human to play with him within a few minutes. If human does not cooperate, he will play by himself for a little while, and then come back with the toy again, like what about now? ok then, now? how about now? and so on . . . he is most persistent with any tug toy.

    With his antler chews, he will chew by himself, but he much prefers to bring it over to a person to hold one end while he chews the other. For this job, he trusts my hubby the most; I am apparently totally unqualified for this, since he will head towards me with his antler, look at me, pause, and then veer off to hubby. I can almost hear him thinking "ummmm, no, not her". He and hubby spend coffee wake up time like that every morning.

    With things that are not toys, especially outside, he will play by himself for as long as we let him. Yesterday, he played with a chunk of ice for half an hour, tossing it and pouncing, scooting it with his feet, stalking it and shaking it like prey. The other day, he did the same with a leaf. I love his ability to find joy in anything, it's a gift I wish I had!

    -MN
     
  6. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    LOL

    Veronica's new thing with her Christmas toys is...sometimes she wants to lie on the floor and chew them...but apparently I have to sit next to her and watch otherwise it's no fun. Every time I try to get up and do something - she stops chewing and stares at me until I feel bad and go and sit on the floor next to her and watch her play. :no2:
     
  7. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I've also found (because I'd forgotten) that if I'm doing something other than paying attention to the dog, he will go grab his toy and do some shakes. Probably to get my attention. If I ignore him, he finds a spot to lay down.

    If I'm just sitting with him, he's content to sit or lay with me.

    Obviously, my dog is an attention whore.
     
  8. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Bentley very rarely initiates play. He doesn't bring toys to show unless you're a new person or someone he hasn't seen in a while.

    Usually I end up initiating play by waving the toy around and patting his nose with it. :lol:
     
  9. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    Depends on the dog & the toy. If a new toy has a squeaker in it, Rosie will grab it, run to a bedroom and de-squeak & gut the toy. Frankie will de-squeak & gut the toy wherever it happens to be. Rikki waits until Frankie has gutted the toy, then they play tug with the carcass. Marshall doesn't appear to be crazy about toys.
    Rikki will run around with a tug and play by herself, but she generally wants Frankie to play with her.
    If Rosie has a ball, she will bring it to you so you can throw it again. If there are multiple people, she will rotate who gets the ball.

    All the dogs will chew on a Galileo bone by themselves.
    I don't do a lot of playing with toys with them. I'm usually using my limited time for some sort of training.
     
  10. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    For Griffin, stealing socks from the laundry is only fun if someone sees (and chases). He will grab one and prance by like he's found the Holy Grail. Then he waits to see if he's gotten a reaction. If not, he prances by again, shaking the sock. If you continue to ignore him, he will drop it, looking all sad and defeated, and go lay in his crate like all the joy is gone from his world.

    -MN
     
  11. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    LMAO - see here is where I encourage bad behavior - he would look so damn cute I would HAVE to play with him!!!
     
  12. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    Yeah, it's tough to ignore, he stands there holding the sock, wagging and looking at me all sideways like "look how awesomely bad I am!!". Lately, when he does that, I tell him to go get a toy and if he abandons the sock and gets one, we play. He's got me all figured out.

    -MN
     
  13. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Say it isn't so! You encourage bad behavior?! I'm shocked....shocked I tell you! Hee hee I try not too, but it happens. I can't leave toys down because of multi dogs. Inside they each have their own way of letting you know they want you to play with them. They all also have their own favorite game, from tug, fetch, find it, and Midnight's favorite game is playing with tissues. It seems Basenjis all have a thing for them. Even though she's a mix, she has that trait.

    Outside there's an assortment of deflated footballs, basketballs, tugs, tires, and of course sticks & other objects they deem play worthy. They will amuse themselves out there. Always under supervision and sometimes they'll bring the toys to us. As a rule they will entertain themselves or each other. Of course only during 3 of the 4 seasons!
     
  14. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I'm glad this post came up. I notice that Tonka is much gentler at the dog sitter's. They give her tennis balls and beef bones. I tell them that at home she tears those apart and swallows pieces very quickly. She plays with small dog toys too. She does not destroy any of their stuff. They have tennis balls tied in socks. I was really concerned. We were there one evening and she had a tennis ball behind the couch. They said she would be fine. At home the ball is destroyed in a couple of minutes. Oh, they now said she is okay with their cat. They waited a long time and have decided she is okay. What! She is not okay if one comes into our yard. She is like the Tasmanian Devil!
     

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