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03-13-2014 09:17 PM
ZoeD1217 Well I definitely need to cut them out then. I'm planning to pick up a long lead so we can work on coming when called. She was doing well for a few weeks...of course she was a little Velcro girl. Now she's found all the fun things to get into outside and has started ignoring me when I call her in.


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03-13-2014 05:01 PM
Baillif Games of chase when the dog has an object are called posession games. You only want to play them if the dog will voluntarily surrender the object when you ask. Otherwise it isnt something to encourage.
03-13-2014 04:56 PM
ZoeD1217
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It's so sad trying to see Varik try to pick up two soft balls. Umm not physically possible, but it's interesting seeing him try to figure it out. Once in a great while, I'll throw a second ball out after he's gone after the first ball. It takes him forever to get back to me as he tries to figure out how to have his cake (ball) and eat (fetch) it too!
Lol!! Zoe likes to get her tennis ball and small football at the same time! She will do her little prance

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03-13-2014 04:48 PM
ZoeD1217 Well I have to work to do. She only really returns toys when it's for her benefit when we play fetch. Otherwise she pretty much thinks everything is a game of chase.

She just had her 3rd round of shots so I've been looking at doing an obedience class because clearly I need it

I should add that all toys in the house are kept up until I take them out to play with her and typically she doesn't act like that with them. Maybe I should put the balls up to so it doesn't become an issue? Have her give it to me when we are done playing so it isn't always just laying about....

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03-13-2014 04:38 PM
Baillif Yup the trick to resolving toy guarding is to not put the dog in a position to practice the behavior. This means pick up anything the dog might want to guard. Then teach and play interactive toy games with the dog to foster trust and cooperation between family members and the dog.
03-13-2014 04:20 PM
David Taggart Toys represent prey: the ball hops like a mouse, and it flies like a bird. In couple of this pictures you can see clearly that this canine wasn't satisfied just with one mouse https://www.google.co.uk/images?hl=e...Q&ved=0CB4QsAQ
When the dog guards his toy he stands legs apart, head down, nose to the toy, and growls ready to bite anyone who wants to deprive him from the object. Train your girls and your dog to give the ball placing it right in the palm by command "Give". The ball goes into your hand as exchange for a treat. It takes time for the dog to understand that without bringing it back and you throwing it there wouldn't be any fun. Children cannot train it, you should train and children will play.
03-13-2014 04:07 PM
Galathiel It's so sad trying to see Varik try to pick up two soft balls. Umm not physically possible, but it's interesting seeing him try to figure it out. Once in a great while, I'll throw a second ball out after he's gone after the first ball. It takes him forever to get back to me as he tries to figure out how to have his cake (ball) and eat (fetch) it too!
03-13-2014 03:20 PM
Msmaria I'm not a professional, but my pup would do that. At 14 months he will still try to get as many of the toys in his mouth as he can. However we can take anything away from him including raw meat bones, so I don't think it means its guarding.
03-13-2014 02:46 PM
ZoeD1217
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Aww, that video's so cute! What an adorable bunch you've got!! IMO, Zoe is just having a fun time playing that famous dog game "All the Toys are Mine" and of course having teeth to claim one while playing with another works perfectly, lol.
Thank you!!

As soon as I posted the video I thought I might come across like a nut job but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask

They all love playing together and even though she's still very bitey she is pretty good with my little girls.

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03-13-2014 01:13 PM
Blanketback Aww, that video's so cute! What an adorable bunch you've got!! IMO, Zoe is just having a fun time playing that famous dog game "All the Toys are Mine" and of course having teeth to claim one while playing with another works perfectly, lol.
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