So on the weekend I discovered that I can, infact, have fun when running agility stuff…
But my question is still: how can I be fun enough for my puppy?
It frightens me a lot that every day he seems a little less keen to play- sure, he loves the chasing part, the grabbing the toy part, but the holding on tight part? That’s not as good as it was 2 weeks ago. And sure, with food and a clicker, I’m getting a pretty decent retrieve, but try and run off to encourage him to bring it with him and he’ll do a circle around me and take it off by himself. Em=no fun with toys, much more fun to play alone.
Do I just do much more of the hunting down/chasing stuff and let the holding on part come later? Do I make the toy ‘run away’ up a tree or something when he lets go so he learns to hold it tighter?
I’ve been trying, when he takes the toy off by himself, to have a wonderful time with a different toy by myself and that works, sort of- he will, eventually, ditch the toy he had to come chase mine (which I’m usually dragging around on the ground) but then he realises that it’s not as fun (WHYYYYY) and goes back to his original one.. We played the two toy game today and I think we swapped toys 3 times before he wanted to go have a drink and find something more interesting to do. Maybe I’m too static- I need to move about more. Be more interactive. Less kneeling & playing, more jogging and running and bouncing.
Though, this doesn’t exactly help necessarily with the ‘taking the toy elsewhere’ thing… Amazingly though, at the fun day on Saturday, we were playing, tugging, I’d let go of the toy and run, and he’d run along with me and we’d play again. If I try this out somewhere else, at a park, the backyard? Nope.
So, help. I don’t know how to do this fun thing. He’s obviously not at a point like Lu where he’ll bring me toys and instigate play, and I’m just worried that we’re on such different levels of understanding right now that he’s going: Ahhhh! So confused! Will find something more interesting to do! Rather than hang out with me and play. How much of this is puppy stuff, too? I don’ t know. I suppose my concern is is that when I first got him, 8 weeks old, we went to outside the supermarket and played, and his attention barely wavered – I was exciting, any toy I had was exciting, my food was really exciting (and it still is- I can win with food every time), but now? I get a bit of play and then he’d rather be off. How can I have turned him off in 3 short weeks?!