I realize this may sound like a strange question. Most of us assume that dogs enjoy certain activities…fetching a ball, walking, or chewing a bone. But just as people enjoy a variety of activities with some being our favorites, it’s my opinion that dogs also have unique preferences.

I have encountered many owners who were frustrated with a dog who did not grasp the concept of fetch. I understand how this can be a disappointment, but each dog has a different “drive” or energy+desire for different activities. When we can accept what our pup enjoys, than we can enjoy the happiness our dog feels when doing it’s favorite thing.

For example, Penny had a high desire to play ball from the moment we brought her home, but Buckley thought that when we threw a ball he was supposed to grab it, run around the yard with it and bury it in a hole he dug. Instead of being upset with him, I provided him with toys that he had the most fun running around with while I threw a ball for Penny. One day last year, Buck decided he wanted to play ball just like Penny and now loves to fetch! Of course I am excited because he learned a new skill, but if I had pushed him to learn fetch when he showed no interest I think we both would have become frustrated.

So…find what your dog loves…do it with them…keep trying new things…you never know what your pup will surprise you with!

IDEAS FOR FUN THINGS TO DO WITH DOGS
(obviously) fetch
Frisbee
a very large ball to push around
dog bubbles
a sandbox for digging
teach dog a new skill…like jumping through a hula hoop
hide toys outside where pup can’t see…teach the “find” cue