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1/31/13 7:57 A

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I’m a bit late to the party…

Echo has never played with toys. However she loves to chase her brother, circling around the couch at great speeds and hiding to jump out at him. Or she gently romps with dad on the bed, but won’t do this with me. I’m who she cuddles with. When outside she will run around, chasing her brother or me.

Now, Finn has a tire, yellow horseshoe or even a chewed rawhide to play fetch with every evening. This goes on for a good 20 minutes while we watch our favorite evening dramas.

Until Echo, I believed ALL dogs played with toys. Guess she’s a lover not a player… *LOL*

When outside, neither of my dogs play with toys, instead they scope the property. When they were younger I had to encourage them to follow me to expand their boundaries.


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1/23/13 10:56 A

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puzzle boxes or puzzle toys are interactive toys that the dog has to figure out to get food/treats. Some wobble, some have sliders, some have pull outs - all depends on the toy and the level of difficulty. Not a whole bunch of physical stimulation on most of them but GREAT mental stimulation.

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1/23/13 8:50 A

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thanks ladies...first question....what's a puzzle toy?? Yes, Max (shih tzu) is an only child. I have been looking for a playmate, but I can't afford some of them out there. I would like another rescue dog, but they are going for $200 + !!! Yikes!!! I never thought a dog could or would be a couch potato. And Kelly, that's an awesome response, I can totally use it!!!


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1/22/13 1:09 P

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I agree with Kitty. I have 2 Mini-Schnauzers, and they are essentially couch-potatoes. They don't play with their toys either. They do go outside, and once-in-awhile will play or chase each other, but not often. Our son has a Mini too, who is much more active because he has 3 young, active boys. He is always asking why ours dogs are so quiet, and I tell him it's because they live with 2 old peple. emoticon

Do you just have the one dog? Perhaps Max needs a playmate.

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Some dogs just don't play with toys. And depending on the size/breed some dogs are just "couch potatoes". Try some puzzle toys and on warm days take a blanket outside and sit in the grass with him.

Gypsy (my big girl) is one. She looks at toys with utter disdain. Now she will walk (short walks) and loves to cuddle.



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Not sure if this is the right forum for this question, if not..I'm sorry. My Max is about 4 years old. He doesn't like to play. He will chase his "baby" for about 3 minutes, 5 max and then, he's done....I've tried different toys and still doesn't. He doesn't like to play outside and getting him outside, just to be with us, is a chore. Any ideas? emoticon


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