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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-16-2009, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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How do I teach my GSD to play?

Hello Everyone.

I need some advice..

Little over a year ago I got my first German Shepherd Dog. She is amazing. I loved her since the day I got her.

Anyways. The person that had her before me a banded her in there back yard and moved out of the house. So she was left to die.. Thankfully a Officer (that happens to have Officer K9s) noticed her and got her out of that yard and took her to the vet held her for a couple weeks where she also got some good training and then he gave her to me. When I got her she was 30 pounds.. Very skinny. She is now the right weight and looks wonderful. I can tell she likes it with me..

However there is a small problem..

She has low self esteem.

She will only play when I'm not looking.. She will be playing and then when I look over she stops and puts her ears back like she is in trouble..


I want to know how I can get her to play.. I would love to pay with her and boost her self esteem.

She won't even grab any kind of toy when I'm not looking.

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Re: How do I teach my GSD to play?

Wow! Interesting situation. You are an angel for saving her.

Does she seem to have favorite toys? Does she like squeakies?? Will she show interest in toys that you are holding, tossing, squeaking for her?

Poor girl, she needs to know that toys are okay, are allowed, and fun!

Does she play when you are in the room reading or doing something else?? If you ignore her when she plays, will she keep playing?

have you tried getting a toy that can hold treats in it and giving it to her, she might not be able to resist the smells and tastes.

If you don't look at her when she's playing, if you are reading or cooking but quietly talk to her, would that perhaps begin to ease her mind?

I have to think more on this one, I'm no expert. Do you have pictures of your sweet girl??

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Re: How do I teach my GSD to play?

do you mean she won't grab any kind of toy when you ARE looking, because in the paragraph before you say that she will only play when you are NOT looking, so i am a bit confused.

it sounds like she's afraid she's gonna be scolded if she plays.

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People really suck sometimes.

Gator had a similar background and the woman who fostered him worked with him a lot before he came to live with us, and he was happy to play with us by that time. So, there is hope.

Moose is a rescue too. I have noticed improvements from him with obedience training with lots of praise. It has helped his confidence.

Have you taught her anything yet?

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Re: How do I teach my GSD to play?

Aww poor girl I'm glad you took her! I don't really know how you would teach her to play. Maybe try getting down on the floor and acting silly with her toys. Make it look like your having sooo much fun that she just has to come check it out. Baya CANNOT resist if you are playing with her toys. Try wiggling a rope of the floor, play with the prey drive lol Good luck and I hope your girl learns to play ASAP because its somthing no dog should miss out on!

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Re: How do I teach my GSD to play?

Thank you for saving this sweety! Have you tried to play ball with her? Even if it is in small steps, sit on the floor and roll the ball around. Make it look like your having fun and if she joins you treat her and praise.

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Re: How do I teach my GSD to play?


Some dogs do need to learn to play and tug..

How is your dog's food drive? This is a great toy that has a mesh to allow the stinky yummy food to be clear to the dog.

the tug it

http://www.clickerdogs.com/createamotivatingtoy.htm

http://www.clickertraining.tv/product.html?item=FREE-28

Clicker training would be ideal for your dog, specially a nice quiet clicker like Karen Pryor i-Click Dog Training Clicker:






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Thank you for the quick reply.

When she does play its with a Rop toy.

Squeakier scare her when I push them..

If I ignore her. She will play until she sees me or someone else. Also if she hears my voice she will think she is doing something wrong.

I have tried giving her a kong with the can filling and also tried real meet and she grabbed it then put it down and went to her bed and just ignored it from then on.



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What a sweet looking girl. Don't have any real advice for you except to be patient. She's lucky to have found you.

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She looks very sweet! How does she react when you have her rope toy?

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