For dogs, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity.
Toys help fight dullness in dogs left alone, and toys can even help avoid a few problem behaviors from developing.
In case your dog doesn’t appear to want to play, you are going to need to help him out. Here are a few suggestions from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT):
- Choose a toy and make use of it just when you’re playing with your dog. Rope toys, squeaky toys, nothing that rolls. In case you have a ball you can put it in a sock and use it that way.
- Act like a fool, teasing your dog with excited talk about the toy to get him genuinely interested.
- Play with the toy yourself, all the while talking excitedly about the how fantastic the toy is and what fun it is as you swing it around your body, let it swing back and forth in front of your body.
- Throw the ball and run after it, with luck , he follows, but you need to get the toy before he does… after that put the toy away and bring out again in a couple of hours. Allow the dog get the toy, however just in increments and only let him keep it for a very short while.
And for sure your Pug will also tell you what he or she likes… Meet Queenie, the Pug, a top level toy tester: