Congrats on the swim, Ripleygirl!! I remember how excited i was, when i ever finally got my dog to swim, too, it is so much fun to see a dog who once hated water,
swimming around!! YESsssssss!!!
swimming around!! YESsssssss!!!
I know this is definately not ideal, Sara, I have never been one to throw sticks for my dogs (the collies I've had before Ripley). I found my Border Collies had very soft mouths anyway but also they were always into toys too. Ripley has taken a year to discover play of anykind with an innamimate object and it happens it has occurs with a stick (and not the 20 odd different toys I have spent money on in the past year...!!! ) and this happens that, as said in previous posts, she decided this because of another dog, that was there, playing fetch with the sticks and helped her overcome her fear of going deeper into the water. I plan now to phase out the sticks and hopefully find a floating toy that will keep her interested in the swimming. Thank you for the link to the safe stick toy, it looks great!! I hope that her newly found interest in fetching from the water, may, just help her instinct to play with other toys too! Thanks, Sara!That's great!, but I would be VERY careful with sticks...
Here's an alternative
On another forum I'm on, someone posted pics of their dog after a stick went through the back of her mouth and out under her eye... very scary.
Ripley LOVES peanut butter and this did help for a while with a Kong toy I had bought her but unfortunately it didn't instigate any sense of play in her just that if she run to that toy she could then lick peanut butter off all of it and then leave the toy as it was, even when I tried this with a rope type toy which she occasionally has shown interest in playing tug but not much as she plays tug for, like, 30 seconds and then just gives the toy up and goes all submissive like she shouldn't have pulled against the human ( even though huge amounts of verbal praise have been given while she was playing ), on this we already know she had been hit as she cowers if you move your hand too quick etc, and it is like she is remembering this if she shows a bit of play in her with toys, it is like she is expecting a whack if she 'forgets herself' for a few seconds and enjoys the play we are trying to instigate, despite the praise.I had no idea sticks could pose a danger to dogs, never heard of that! Good to know.
Yeah, Ripleygirl, it does sort of sound like your dog HAS had a breakthrough there, about being in water and all, i mean.
//but also may help her learn to play with toys (which I have been trying to do for the past year!)//
Ripley, have you tried rubbing parmesan cheese into toys, or peanut butter? That helped my dog become toy lover.
Also, my dog gets bored with same ol toys, so i rotate his toys. I keep 2/3 of his toys hidden away, and about every 3 or 4 weeks, i rotate the toys around, so he has all "fresh" toys in his toybox. that he hasn't played with for a while.
One of Buddy's favorite toys, is just a scrap of toy, quite raggedy, but, he adores that lil thing. And i do let Buddy pull off all plastic eyes, cuz, Buddy just spits them out. I bet if i 'corrected' that, he might lose interest in the toy, but, i'm not sure.
Also, ME playing with his toys with him, ME showing great interest in his toys , seemed to help him think toys were good things.
Also, whenever i could 'catch' him playing with toys, i'd stop and praise him, and fawn all over him.