Can You Help Your Dog Become More Interested in Fetch, Frisbee, & Other Games?
From the dog’s point of view, he is minding his own business, and his owner keeps chucking this weird plastic thing at him. Why? Why?? And where is the food?
Just like humans, some dogs simply do not enjoy certain games. Not every dog is a born frisbee catcher. This dog doesn’t even seem remotely into it — he’s just flinching (closed eyes, moving head away) as the frisbee approaches, then watching it land.
How to encourage your dog to play
What could we do to change this? It is possible to encourage a dog to be more interested in frisbees:
- You could associate the frisbee with pleasant things like food or petting.
- You could try playing tug with the frisbee instead of throwing it — the dog might find the fast movement intimidating and want to start “smaller”.
- Also, some dogs do not like to bite into hard plastic frisbees, but will happily grab soft fabric discs — you could try a different toy altogether!
However, it is important to respect your dog’s boundaries. Just as you might not want to listen to classical music, or do synchronized swimming, your dog may simply not want to play frisbee.
Fortunately, there are LOTS of great games you can play with your dog — try some new games and find the one he loves just as much as you do!
What games does your dog love the most? Share them in the comments to help inspire other dog owners!