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Old 01-29-2018, 09:25 PM
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Question Does your Chi fetch??

I am having a hard time teaching my rescue chi-mix to play.

He is now ~8.5 years old. He is mixed with some kind of terrier & is 11+ lbs. He LOVES to go on walks & sniff; he also is very cuddly, though not a couch-potato personality (I find him to be sensitive & bright). I'd give him an A-minus in paying attention to me.

My issue is, I am afraid he is a bit bored when we are not walking. I may be wrong, but I think when he runs around scratching himself against furniture, that he is expressing frustration that I am not spending time with him.

SO, I would like to play fetch or something with him, but I am having a very hard time. He has no interest in toys. Once in awhile, he will have fun for a few seconds playing with plastic wrap that is noisy & has food crumbs inside, but so far that's the only play I've seen from him in the 1.5 years I've had him.

It occurs to me I don't see many small dogs playing fetch, as I do larger dogs.

Any thoughts on the subject will be much appreciated.
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My two chi's loved fetch when they were puppies, BUT when they got to be adults, the fetch seemed to lose its attraction. Now, they just look at me, and say 'you threw it, you get it'!! I too, would love to know of any games that inside chihuahuas love.
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MY GOD, YES.

Gizmo is a fetch-aholic. But only with his BFF - his Lamb Chop stuffy. We're on LC#4 now...maybe #5. But he will fetch that thing until he drops...it's almost like a compulsion with him; if you throw it, he HAS to go get it. He may only fetch for 10 minutes at a time, but 10 minutes later he's dropping LC at your feet again and chirping. He's four years old.

Finny, not so much. He likes tug of war with his stuffies more, though he does fetch them a couple times before getting sidetracked.

Tinkers used to fetch a fair amount, but she's 13 and a half now, so less enthused. Plus, her brothers always take the toy away from her when she shows an interest...she does still have moments when she's stoked and wants to play though, so we usually hold the boys hostage so she can ACTUALLY play without being bullied and having her toy stolen. She'll fetch a ball a half dozen times before she moves on.
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Jr loves to play fetch with stuffed animals and balls (his favorite)
Sunshine is my oldest and she doesn't do fetch or play with balls. But she loves stuffed squeaky toys. She'll find the squeaker and squeak it constantly. Also loves to curl up with them. But when I 1st got her she didn't play with no toys it took her a long time.
Jojo loves to just carry the toys but he will run after it if it's thrown.
Buddy Bear will fetch but loses interest quickly. He play with it for about a minute and that's it.
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Jr loves to play fetch with stuffed animals and balls (his favorite)
Sunshine is my oldest and she doesn't do fetch or play with balls. But she loves stuffed squeaky toys. She'll find the squeaker and squeak it constantly. Also loves to curl up with them. But when I 1st got her she didn't play with no toys it took her a long time.
Jojo loves to just carry the toys but he will run after it if it's thrown.
Buddy Bear will fetch but loses interest quickly. He play with it for about a minute and that's it.
I adopted Pablo with an unknown history. He's 4 yrs old and has perked up fine. He will only chase his cuddly toy and only for about 10 mins, then he gives up or starts snorting. He'll chase a ball but won't fetch it back.

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He'll chase a ball but won't fetch it back.

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Lol Jr actually loves bringing back the ball but when he gets tired he tends to "drop it" a bit further away from me. But he's the only one who does that.
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Yes my 2 chis LOVE playing fetch! I don't think small dogs fetch less than big dogs, at least not in my experience.

I had to teach Lilo because at first she had no interest in playing with toys, but she loves it now. Try using treats (if you haven't already). I started by giving her a treat for any little sign of interest she showed in the toy and little by little she started paying attention to it, then started chasing it and eventually she started fetching.

Otherwise you could also try other games like hiding treats around the house and getting him to run around for ages trying to find them.
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