Puppy more interested in Me then toys?

  • Puppy more interested in Me then toys?

     JASON updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Ben

    Member
    May 19, 2021 at 1:01 AM

    Hi. I have a 3 month old Staffy X. He used to lovr playing with his toys with me eg tug. but now he seems more focused on being with me (and being mouthy with me) then playing tug with me for example. Doesn’t seem to matter how quickly and excitingly I move the toys he isn’t interested. He just wants to try cuddle up and be mouthy.

    Any tips? Obviously it’s great his focus is on me but Id like to be able to play and use tug with him.

  • JASON

    Member
    May 25, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    If you’re leaving the toys out, you can try putting them away. Leaving toys out all the time can kill a dog’s prey drive. If you deprive them of the toy/play they will want it more (hypothetically).

    Robert has some excellent videos on how to get your dog to play tug/fetch/etc.

    With the nipping you can use a leash to pull the dog off you when it happens. If the leash pressure isn’t enough, you can use a leash pop.

    Make sure you time the pressure/pop immediately after the nip. I wouldn’t say anything because I don’t want to confuse it with an obedience command.

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