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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question How do I get him to like toys?

He has no interest in toys of any kind, when I first got him, I stocked up on balls, kong toys, frisbees, tug-of-war toys, etc. yet he won't even look twice at any of them. I always pictured myself having a german shepherd and playing fetch with him, but it doesn't seem to happen, also when I leave for boot camp, it will help him get exercise since my mom can't walk him that much. I would especially like for him to play with a tennis ball, if I have one, he will smell it then go away. I guess my question is how can I get him to go crazy for toys?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 08:47 PM
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Do you play crazy with the toys? Yes YOU not the dog,lol Take the toy and run away from him, make him chase, you, throw it, and catch it yourself- make it look like the best thing in the world!! How old is he btw? Most young dogs don't play fetch naturally they have to learn to play so make it fun
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He is almost 3 years old, and I will definitely try that, because when I run around and act crazy he gets REALLY riled up and runs around and everything, so ya.

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Did you get him as a pup or is he a rescue. If he's a rescue no one may have ever played with him and he just may not know how,lol So you be the dog with the toy and let him engage
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When I got him, he was an unsocialized and untrained rescue, he was from a backyard breeder who couldn't get rid of him before we got him. He is REALLY smart though, in the first few days I had him, he learned all the basic commands and some fun ones, he's really bonded with the family too, especially me.

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Well then he just needs to learn to play- he doesn't know how fun toys are yet
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I fostered a dog that had no clue how to catch a ball. He'd let it bounce on his head. After a couple of weeks watching my other dogs, he decided that toys were fun! And he had a blast shredding the indestructable ones that cost a fortune. Give Hercules time, he'll figure it out.
And if you backtie him and tease him up, he'll really want what you are teasing him with all the more.

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what do you mean by backtie?

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Tie him to a post or whatever(or have someone hold the leash) and get just past his reach while you tease him, once he is engaged or barks, reward him with the prize and then take it away do it over, he'll see that the prize is fun to win. It will build up his drive to play.

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Haha we had the same problem with Crystal. She has to be in the mood to play haha

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