Ambience asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

ideas for dog games - how to stimulate my dog who is very head strong?

I have an english bull terrier. She is very stubborn and won't easily obey commands. She has no interest in chasing a ball or fetching.

I want some backyard or home ideas of things to do with her that will burn off some energy and or give her something to do, so she is not bored.

(I walk her every day. can't let her off the lead in public as she isn't obedient)

We used to play rough with her, she would jump in the air and try and sort of play bite your arms etc, but we don't do that anymore, as she bit a few times

we used to play with a soccer ball with her and try and get it off her, but our trainer told us not to play games where SHE is in control, because we are teaching her that she is the boss. ie we can't let her win.

this makes it difficult. what do you think?

3 Answers

  • Solow
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    If you decide to play tug of war games with her it sounds like you need to win all the time. This will let her know that you are the alpha 'dog' or master.

    This website seems quite good - full of ideas for things that you could do with your dog. With links to other pages & more suggestions.

    Here are some other sites to try too:

    Hope that this helps

  • 1 decade ago

    You mention having a dog trainer, but it doesn't sound as if the dog has been trained (or at least not well trained). The absolute best thing you can do for any dog (and for your long-term enjoyment of the dog) is to take it to a training class! (Works much better than trying to do it yourself unless you have a good knowledge of dog training.) I've trained 4 dogs (in classes), and by far the easiest, most successful, and fun training was clicker training. Training also improves the bond between dog and owner. Chances are, your dog will be more willing to play when she knows what's expected of her, and you hold her to it. You can train a dog to chase or catch a Frisbee, and you can also get her to fetch, if you give her a little reward each time she brings the ball to you. (SMALL reward--like the size of a pea.) My favorite game to get my dog tired is throwing a ball down the basement steps--she runs down after it, then runs back up, gives it to me, and gets a tiny little piece of food as a reward. Don't overdo it, though--10 to 20 minutes is plenty. Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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