One of the most fun games to play with dogs is fetch, and it can be disheartening to find that when you toss the ball for your new puppy, she stares at you with a befuddled look in her eyes. Don’t despair. Although some dogs do seem to have a higher “ball drive” than others, it is possible to train almost any puppy to like a ball.
In this guide, we will show you three fun games to play with your puppy that will give her a reason to look forward to ball time. With some practice and patience, she will start to love her ball. No puppy can resist these enjoyable games!
In addition, we will give you some tips to find the right ball before getting your training started. Sometimes disinterest in the ball may boil down to the size or texture of the ball you are using. Let’s take a closer look.
Before you get started with any of the fun training methods in this guide, it is important to diagnose a few potential issues that may get in the way of your puppy getting the fullest enjoyment out of his ball time. Texture, size, and material can all impact the tactile sensation of the ball, and you may just have a picky pup on your hands.
Here are some tips:1. Different sized ball. Ideally, it is large enough not to be a chokeing hazard but small enough to fit comfortably in her mouth. Small dogs can have a hard time with regular sized tennis balls, for example. Luckily, there is no shortage of different sized balls on the market!
Puppies younger than six months are rarely interested, or even capable of, work. Think about your last time trying to play with the ball…
Did you get frustrated and yell at your puppy? He may have come to associate the ball with getting in trouble.
Was the game boring? Puppies really want to be where the action is. If the ball was not more exciting than the other activities going on, that could explain her disinterest.
The following three methods all focus on games you can play with your puppy that will turn the tables in your favor. By associating the ball with positive attention and challenging games that he always seems to win, your puppy will come to love the ball in no time.
Make sure that you bring a positive and playful attitude to the following games. The more exciting and positive you are, the better the odds that your puppy will have a good time, and come to know that ball as her favorite interactive toy.