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Toy suggestions

Derek1

Big Dog
Preferably for playing fetch. i need another yard game to help burn up energy. He's not interested in chasing a ball, I've tried the flat nylon chew toys ropes and even plastic bottles(seems to like them the best). I'm gonna pick up a frisbee tomorrow. I have a flirt pole I made with a heavy braided rope toy we play chase and tug with that. He really loves that but I get board after a bit. I really want to get him running more instead of bitting my pants and feet. All suggestions welcome.
 

Derek1

Big Dog
Or any suggestions on how to get him excited to play fetch. Two or three throws of any thing and he's done and right after my legs
 

leavesofjoy

Big Dog
Premium Member
Griffin will play fetch endlessly with my husband, but only likes a few throws with me (maybe only to humour me). But, we did find that getting him this toy helped:
https://www.amazon.com/Booda-X-Large-Wing-A-Ball-Dog-Toy/dp/B0002AR2DG

I think he likes it because when he brings it back, we can play tug a little before throwing it again, and he is zonkers for tug. Also, we got two of them, so that when he brings one back, we can throw the other one out again right away, to keep his drive going.

For our own entertainment, it's hysterical when he runs back with the handle end in his mouth, bonking himself in the head with the ball side all the way back.

-MN
 

Derek1

Big Dog
That looks like a cool toy. I tried the frisbee today no real Interest. I kept kind of hovering it around us, he could care less. He needs to run and blow off some steam. Is there something you guys do to teach them to play fetch, I always thought that it just kind of took shape on its own
 

leavesofjoy

Big Dog
Premium Member
We never really trained him for fetch, just tried lots of toys until we found one that he would chase AND bring back (that's the key part, eh?). He loves to chase after the frisbee toy, run it down and kill it when it lands, and then run around with it, keeping it from us. Same with other balls, etc. For some reason, he will bring back that rope ball, maybe because we have another one waiting to go out again? Also, something about hubby he wants to play with more, I don't know the secret to that.

-MN
 

Derek1

Big Dog
Yes I did make a flirt pole it's probably 10 feet long with a heavy rope toy on the end. That's the only thing he likes. I can get him to run in big circles and play tug with it. But I can't go to crazy with it while he is this young.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Just got home from obedience class he is full of energy from the 100 treets he gets there. Major case of the sqweeky toy zoomies lol
Use that to your advantage! Throw the toys but keep the squeaky toy in your hand. Say, "go get it!", really excited. As soon as he starts bringing it to you say good boy, good boy, bring it!!! When he's super close, squeak the toy and give him a treat! Make it a party. It's how I teach ours, starting in the house first. I toss a tennis ball down the hallway after I've worked them up a little first, I say, "get it" and off they go. As soon as they have it, I say bring it! As soon as they turn with it in their mouth, I tell them "good boy/girl, bring it!!! Get a treat!!" They can't get there fast enough. Lol, try it and see! The little shits will work their butts off for rewards.
 

pitbulldogs

OHMUHGERD
Staff member
Wubbas.. end of story, game over, nuff said. Wubbas = Pit Bull Crack.. One of the forum members here turned me on to them, i have went through 5 of them now.. Broly just popped the ball out of the last one i bought yesterday, need a new again.
 

leavesofjoy

Big Dog
Premium Member
I trained Griffin to "zoomies" as a command- whenever he would go off zooming around, I would yell "go zoomies!" and dance around like a party like Lillie May said. If he zoomed back to me, I'd give him a treat and then say "go zoomies!" to get it all started again. I liked that because it leaves it up to the dog how much to run, and they can run in little bursts, rest, start over. etc.

Also, when Griff was little, I did try to follow all the "tired puppy=good puppy" advice, and it's true up to a point, but trying to physically exhaust a young bully dog seems like an impossible project. One day, he'd be tired from 10 minutes of play, the next day we had to do 15 or he would actually act up worse. I also think that too tired is as bad for behaviour as not tired at all.

Mental exercise was the key to that problem, it wore him out more than physical work, and it helped our bond and connection. Trick training is great, we did a lot of silly stuff like wave, bow, etc. for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day, and he'd be passed out for a while afterwards.

-MN
 

pitbulldogs

OHMUHGERD
Staff member
I trained Griffin to "zoomies" as a command- whenever he would go off zooming around, I would yell "go zoomies!" and dance around like a party like Lillie May said. If he zoomed back to me, I'd give him a treat and then say "go zoomies!" to get it all started again. I liked that because it leaves it up to the dog how much to run, and they can run in little bursts, rest, start over. etc.

Also, when Griff was little, I did try to follow all the "tired puppy=good puppy" advice, and it's true up to a point, but trying to physically exhaust a young bully dog seems like an impossible project. One day, he'd be tired from 10 minutes of play, the next day we had to do 15 or he would actually act up worse. I also think that too tired is as bad for behaviour as not tired at all.

Mental exercise was the key to that problem, it wore him out more than physical work, and it helped our bond and connection. Trick training is great, we did a lot of silly stuff like wave, bow, etc. for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day, and he'd be passed out for a while afterwards.

-MN
I am positive i would totally abuse the zoomie command lol..
 

Derek1

Big Dog
I'll have to look them up. I didn't see any at the store today,not that I know what they look like or anything. Loll
 

Derek1

Big Dog
Looked them up I've seen them. I gonna keep trying the frisbee. On my home from the store I had visions of my 15 inch porker bookin ass across the yard after it. Lol
 

Derek1

Big Dog
Boy you weren't kidding about the wubba st@ffy. Brought one home tonight and he loves it. To late to play outside well try that tomorrow. I could see going through 2 of these a week. Lol
 

Nat Ursula

Good Dog
I almost bought one of those a few times. I have a whole basket of toys that Tonka will not touch. The only thing she loves is the JW squeaky ball. I bought the JW Gummy Bear and she doesn't touch it.