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Of course certain dogs are not efficacious at playing fetch but with a little patience and persistence, the fetching game can be taught and learned by any dog irrespective of breed. The water-hose game is a bit different, however, because the water clearly comes from the hose, and our dog can catch it, feel it, and drink it. The laser dot, on the other hand, can never be caught. If he exhibits this attacking behavior, then enforce strict play-rules or stop playing the game. Shiba loves the water-hose game and does not mind getting sprayed with water while playing the game.

I have two Cavaliers and one loves to play tug and and retrieve with her snake and she has a little stuffed squirrel that we play killer squirrel" where she stalks the squirrel and then I pretend he is bitting her (I have to growel for the squirrel) and then throw it for her. If I throw a stick or ball my girls look at me like you have to be kidding (they use to fetch when they were pups, but are bored with it now). Marlin loved fetch and would chase his ball up and down the hallway all day long.



They play hard with each other, and they play hard with us. Olive is also a shy/anxious/DWI dog and play had become a great way to release tension, redirect, and engage. Over these long months of no play, I have noticed several things: Phoebe, our non-injured, also DWI, did not want to play much with me outside away from Olive. She wanted to play when there was some competition and chasing, and without that, didn't have her heart in it. Olive and Phoebe eventually learned not to play with each other, but that has been replaced with less affection and some snarkiness between them.

But for tug my guy will actually start playing with a toy himself… and any sort of tug-worthy toy, including plushes, are the only toys I can get him interested in. (He doesn't even want meaty chew toys, which is a shame because his teeth need the help!) I had to teach him how to fetch, and he enjoys the running and chasing, but the only way Playing Fetch with your Dog to convince him to bring anything back and make an ongoing Dog Training game out of it was teaching him he could trade the toy for a treat.

Play time is the only way I can keep my dogs well exercised, I don't always have time to go on an hour long walk… but I can take the dogs out for a 15 minute game of fetch before work. It also helps that they play together so well and that they play with each other ALL the time. Pupper was true to her retriever half when we got her — she would fetch and fetch and fetch. After we had for about five years, Pupper grew less and less interested in fetch. Finally, the only place she would fetch would be at the beach (perhaps running on the sand was easier).

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