to teach Lady to play. I know she's never been in a house before, never seen a toy, she didn't even know what a treat was. She learned that one fast! I know it's still soon, but how do you teach a grown dog to play. She doesn't know what a ball is, or a stuffed toy, or anything. I have tried and she just looks at it. Other than that, everything is going great. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
I had an Airedale I just had to have that was unsocialized and abused it seems. She would not eat...peroid...for several days...She would not eat treats...and would not play in the least...unless eventually with our old brittney out in their pen. It was so painful to watch...so much so i gave her to airedale rescue and I have kept up with her...she will be seening a behaviorist for over 2 years they think and she will never be right they said...it is so sad...i loved her and realised I could do her no good...so i gave her up...I could not train her...I could not get her to eat from my hand...and she had no real joy it seemed...no life in her eyes...i never want to run into another dog like that...I have rescued for many years and volunteered with shelters and never had I seen a dog like her...I hope I never do again...but...Gina...this dog may never play with toys...but she might play with the other pets you have...Be thankful that she eats treats...that is progress as i see it...it will all happen for you,...wait and see...enjoy
I just read an article today in Dog Fancy. Someone rescued a border collie who had no idea how to play. The person gave treats to the dog when he touched the toy, sniffed the toy, eventually held the toy. Now the dog is a frizbee nut. Also, you just got Lady. She's probably feeling very reserved. Layla didn't play until we had her for 2-3 weeks. I was a little disappointed at first, thought she was way too mellow. But eventually she came out of her shell and loves to play like crazy.
Gina My dog Izzy who passed a few months ago was the same way when I first adopted her. She had been abused and neglected and basically had no idea what a toy was or what to do with one. She did learn over time but when she did she was very obsessive and unpredictable so she had to play alone. Izzy was also never socialized as a puppy and was a very timid dog.
Well, being a retired racer, she is very much socialized with both people and dogs, but she has just never played. She raced and stayed in a kennel, that's it. Hopefully it will just take some time. Or maybe she just is happy to be in a house, especially with air conditioning :). As long as she's happy I guess it doesn't really matter. It's funny, I bought her a big fluffy dog bed. She's always slept on a concrete floor and she didn't know what to do. I had to literally put her front feet on it so she would know she could step on it, and now she doesn't want to get off :) Life of luxury I guess. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
First of all I wanna say congratulations on your new baby !! how exciting!! She will take sometime to adjust and probly is more interested in learning her new suroundings. It is alot of changes for this dog. I am sure if she is intersted in what your other dogs do she will probly learn just from watching them play. Dogs do learn and pick up different things from each other. Jubilee
snoop didnt know toys, or treats when we got him. but boy did he know how to play! they toys and treats came slowly over a few weeks, as he saw snowball playing and getting treats. lady will learn from your other dogs