She's learning to play

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Finally.. FINALLY the Diva is playing.. It does my heart good to see this and I cannot thank 4 Roses Tess enough for knowing what Dobermans need. When she catches it.. she'll gnaw til it squeaks.. ( I guess that means it's dead) game over til we do it again... and again.. and yet again..

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Looks like both Sofia and Mike are having a grand time!  

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Woo-Hoo!!! Go, Sofia!!!

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Hey!  Let me in on the secret!  What is the name of the toy?  Or is it home made?   Looks like something Daymian might enjoy since stuffed toys are out for him.  He needs indestructible but I think he would release it on command especially if it means another game.  Love seeing Sophia run.  She looks great.

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Kar-Jinx.. It's called a 'Flirt Pole" and designed for dogs with a high prey drive.. It's a long pole with a string attached to it that is tied to a stuffie.. in this case a fox, but yes.. it can be made at home for next to nothing..

You swing it around a lot like a lunge lead for a horse.. round and round.. up in the air if Daymian wants to jump.  It's the only thing she's ever EVER played with. Poor gal.. all she ever learned was how to have babies..

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Oh wow, Ben's exhausted just seeing the picture hahahahaha way to go Sofia!!!! still active in her older years yayayayayaya

It is great to finally see a dog that was uninterested in play finally get it and want to play. My collie Goofy never ever figured out that play was safe, he was terrified of anything that was tossed and would scatter the other direction in terror......so heartbreaking.....

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Go Diva!! I'm glad that she finally "got it". Now Skyler is yelling "Mommy mommy mommy, please please oh please!!!!!!". Just look at what you started Sofia, now I have to break out the hot-glue. lol

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that looks brilliant - i'm going to give this a go with Bella!

thanks for sharing!

 

kat x

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That is so good to see and she is obviously loving it !

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how fun to watch her play - they are just beautiful when they run and jump

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What a lovely photo of fun!!!!!!!!!

And the perfect environment

:)

Woof

 Bella

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I think one of my favorite things about the Flirt Pole ( aside of course of watching my girl actually have fun!!) is the intensity.. You can actually watch their instinctive prey drive, their herding ability and their reasoning..


"If I wrap my leg around the line, I can control it."

" If I stand on the fox, it's trapped." 

It's gotten to be a daily exercise now for BOTH Sofia and Mike

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Rubi is enjoying her flirt stick also.  You can use an old fishing pole, or an antenna, or a riding stick, or any stick that you can attach a rope to and has some flexibility, some bounce to it, a bamboo stick would work too.

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Zoe is one of those dobies that do not know how to play.. no stuffies interest her or balls.. she loves to chase Levi when he is in the mood for a run around the yard or livingroom over the sofa etc.. I wished she would love the ball because that is the only thing I think I can do... is throw a ball to excersise her. Sophie look like she is having so much fun..

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Love the picture, Sofia is so haveing fun!!    Dodie & Hoss 

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Bet..

Zoe is so smart.. Mental activity is good for them as well as physical.. Have you tried the 'find it." game? Line three solo cups up in a row ( nothing says party like red solo cups) put a little treat under one of them.. and tell Zoe 'FIND IT" before you know it she'll be 'finding' all kinds of things.. car keys. socks, your remote control for the televison.. you know.. all those things we lose.. have fun and so will she

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Lady Kate

I will try that.. she is smart.. doe Sofia find things... because Zoe will want to try then lol

Right now I am working on her sleeping in her own nice bed.. she is too busy a sleeper for the bed it is ok when Mike is gone but otherwise I dont sleep well..

hugs, Bet

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No, Sofia doesn't find things. Sofia goes deaf according to her whims. Sofia doesn't do anything that most Dobermans do, sometimes ......

.....I wonder.....

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Well I told My Mike about the Flirt Pole and did he have an old fishing rod to make one. he said what do you put at the end.  I said a toy he said i would have to add food to the toy lol

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Zoe might learn to play later.  I have a rat terrier that came from a high kill shelter, and for the first year he was with us, he didnt have a clue why we kept giving him balls, and stuffed toys.  He'd just look at them, cock his head sideways, and walk away.  I dont think anyone had ever actually taken the time to 'play' with him and he didnt know what he was supposed to do.  Well, now, he has a different outlook on toys, but he's not one to entertain himsief. If we give him a stuffie (preferably one with a squeaker in it) then act like we're going to grab it,  he bites it, tosses it in the air, pounces on it, etc. for about 10 minutes, then he's done. 

DJ can entertain herself with her toy box for hours.  She is a party girl, though.  LOL

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I think Zoe will do things if it is the 2 of us.. she has started chasing with Levi no and then.

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