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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2015, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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Losing interest in balls

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed a sudden disinterest in chasing and playing with balls in my puppy. She used to be a crazy prey monkey but now it seems she does not even have any urge to fight or chase after her balls when I want to play with her. I've not done anything differently but all of a sudden she just did not feel like playing.

Anyone knows how to remedy this??
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2015, 07:17 AM
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Do you think she might not be feeling well?
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Nope she is fine. Eating and training well, just not interested in playing ball.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2015, 09:01 AM
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Maybe you aren't making it fun enough any more. YOU being part of the game and adding tugging to the mix? There are toys that throw well and are great to tug, the mix is what many of our dogs like most of all.

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Is she teething?

so try a different toy. Try a softer tug that is more interactive with you.

I really don't see this as a bad thing. She might just be bored. Might be teething. Might be pano. But it's not a bad thing to play with different toys so she doesn't get focused on one thing. Jax will only work for a Kong frisbee. Seger will work for snowballs if that's all that's available.

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Do you allow her to have the ball you use throughout the day? If so that toy may lose value to her. I have toys I only use for games, then they are put up. When I get one the "special" toys (ball/string or orbee) they know whats up and get ramped up. I also like to mix up fetch games, adding in tug upon retrieve or throwing the ball into cover so they have to search.
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Any chance your enthusiasm is lagging? You need to remember to act like that toy you want to use is the most treasured thing around. Don't be so anxious to give it up...
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2015, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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There is no sickness involved, definitely no pano or teething, she still does her running and basic agility with no problems. Her obedience training isn't affected in any way noticeable.

With regards to toys, they only come out when it is training or playtime, she doesn't get to keep a toy while in her crate or during her free time. I do get myself involved as much as possible with tugging, playing fetch as well as hide and seek and I try to mix everything up to keep the game and training as fresh as I can.

Previously, when I mentioned the word "ball" she would dash to the box where I had and wait for the toys to come out. Now, it definitely isn't the case.
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How old is she/he? What is her/his temperament like?

Did something negative happen? Did you over power the dog while playing?

Like someone else mentioned have you tried another toy? And if so will she/he engage? Chase?


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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-02-2015, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Strange thing happened yesterday, my trainer wanted me to demo my puppy in basic obedience for the newcomers and she put up a strong fight for her toys when I took them out to do a little fetch and tug. I never did anything different in this demo either. I'll monitor and see if her ball drive has come back or not.

Anyone have thoughts on this???
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