My Dog Is So Derpy!

Discussion in 'General Dog Training' started by brodys_mom, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. brody_smom Experienced Member

    He has a few indoor tennis balls that we toss around the house for him throughout the day. He will bring them to us to play fetch, or just amuse himself by bouncing them around the kitchen or down the stairs. When we are watching TV in the evenings, he will bring the ball right up to the sofa and then push them under with his paws. He can't get them out himself so he barks at them, does the play bow, etc. and when they don't come out "by themselves", he starts to chew on the sofa. This gets an immediate response from me, fishing the ball out for him, which pleases him so much that he does it all over again. So much for a relaxing evening of TV! It reminds me of when my kids were babies and they kept dropping things from their highchair just to watch Mommy and Daddy pick them up. I know I am reinforcing his behavior, but short of redesigning my sofas, I don't know how to stop this. Any suggestions?
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  2. blacknym Experienced Member

    You can put some 2x4s or something to block the openings under the sofa. :)
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  3. Linda A Experienced Member

    If I don't want to play during TV time I just put the balls away. LOL!
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  4. brody_smom Experienced Member

    I thought of this. The teenagers would not give their approval. :rolleyes:
  5. brody_smom Experienced Member

    I'll try this, but, being a derpy adolescent pup, he'll probably find something more annoying/destructive to get into!
  6. Dlilly Honored Member

    Put him in a crate, give him a kong ball or bone, or just don't watch TV and play with him. :D
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  7. blacknym Experienced Member

    umm what? :p WHos boss? LOL
  8. brody_smom Experienced Member

    I know, right? But they're all "Mom, just play with him upstairs, or take him outside. If you do that to the sofa, we can never have friends over." I've been playing/training him all afternoon, then make dinner and walk dog/play fetch at the park. He should be tired enough to settle, but still wants to play ball in the TV room. Then he has his little excess energy burn where he tears around the house at top speed just before he's ready for bed.
  9. sara Moderator

    teach him to play what I call "armchair fetch" I make Oliver put his ball in my lap, then throw it for him... I don't even have to look up from my book anymore :p
  10. brody_smom Experienced Member

    That's what I'm doing, but his favorite part of the game is to accidentally-on-purpose poke the ball under the sofa with his feet. He can't get it out himself, but really enjoys watching me crawl around on the floor as I dig his ball out for him. I tried just saying "game over" but he keeps barking at the sofa. I sent him to his mat, but he won't settle as long as he knows his ball is still under the sofa. I'll probably end up putting some sort of wood down to block him, but knowing him, he'll come up with some other way of getting it stuck.
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