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The Play Drive?

I would love to encourage Jasper to play more. He has absolutely no play drive
except occasionally outside with a ball. But even this is less and less. Jasper and Cash tussle each other and run around together outside. But chasing toys or balls inside is not for him. I know Cash would love to play more- And I think if Jasper learned he might be happier. There are only so many walks we can take him on a day--- and this is the only thing Jasper takes sheer delight in. (that and icecream) All you have to do is breath "WHA" and he lights up like a puppy.

Any one have experience with this? I know it is unusual for a Hav not to want to play.




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Milo is not a great one for "playing" either. That does not include his RLH time with or without the girls. And his latest fun "game" is humping Cagney. She has permanent marks on her sides when he tries to straddle her -- it looks like Mutt & Jeff, which will mean nothing to most of you.

He does love chasing a ball around the yard though.

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Dora loves to play with us but it takes her a long time to play with others. She also has really slowed down on her playing with Belle. Maybe since it is just chew on Dora-well, Belle's idea of play! So she avoids it and choses to play with us. It does take her along time to warm up to playing with stranger dogs!

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Jasper would probably love agility-- he loves it when we do tricks and he jumps higher and higher over our arms-- but neither me or DH have the agility drive.
I guess I am just wishing the boys would play together more. Hmmm Maddie's mom say Maddie can get anyone to play???




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Missy,
Actually I totally forgot this. Belle has drive but she really doesn't have toy drive the same way Dora does. We did an exercise to teach our dogs to play with toys in beginning agility. They asked me to bring in a toy that gets Belle hyped up- I said so bring in Dora? She never gets crazy about toys unless food is involved. My instructor had me use a pipsqueak toy and stuff it with treats. Let me tell you how hardcore she chased that toy and tugged with it.

So do you tie a t-bone around Cash <BG>? I don't know how to make them play as I have tried to do this and Dora will drop Belle to play with me!

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Nico and Desi play with each other all the time (wrestling, chasing, biting, fighting over rawhides, etc.) They're not all that interested in playing with toys, though. Nico sometimes likes to play fetch, and they both like to play "take all the toys out of the toy box and scatter them around the room so Mom has to clean it up," but we really haven't found a toy that wows them. It used to be the giggle carrot back when Nico was very young, but the carrot has lost its appeal, I guess.
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Missy how about I send Riley down to you for a week, I promise he will not give up till Jasper plays with him. I think you are the only one on the forum that has seen his hyper ways, the boy is non-stop action. Now I cant promise your house will look the same after hes gone but Im sure the boys would have a blast.

Actually I have seen people in my agility class do the same thing Amanda described, stuffing a toy with treats. It wont hurt to give it a try.

Amanda, Monte likes to play chew on Riley and he loves it... Odd dog I tell ya.

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Amanda, what are the pip squeak toys? Nico and Desi both like treats, so they'd probably be more than happy to play with (read "fight over") a pip squeak with treats in it.
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Missy - why not make a road trip to NJ - I promise that my 3 will get your guys going!!!!

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Missy...Amy is like that too. She isn't into paying much at all. However, when she has her bud, Sherman here, she plays like crazy!!! Could someone send me a dog please???????? I promise, I won't keep it for long...ha ha!

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