[nagdu] Arbitrary restrictions on playing with future guide dogs
irishana at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 05:01:25 UTC 2015
my dog has hard things to chew on. we play hide and seek. i hide her toys and have her go find them. etc.
but, i also play tug with a rope toy occasionally, and a little bit of ball these days.
and, if the dog has to much of a dog distraction then, it won’t make it through training.
i think that the ball thing is a good thing to leave out as, dogs can get super obsessed with balls. and, they don’t want to play tug with the dogs because, they think it stimulates rough behavior and, frankly, lots of folks would not be able to handle a dog with a super hard bite.
my dog has a full-mouth bite and she plays hard. i think that would scare some folks if they didn’t know she was just playing.
they want the dogs to be soft and gentle.
balls and frisbees are out in public as well and the dog can become almost unworkable if they are to focused on play all the time.
they have trained dogs for many years and, they know what works. i agree with the school.
i’ll bet they also tell the puppy raisers not to feed the dogs from the table etc.
you don’t want a dog that is focused on food all the time either.
> On Aug 11, 2015, at 11:03 PM, Raven Tolliver via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> But I could use the same argument for my guide dog who has a dog
> distraction. Would it make sense to say that his dog distraction comes
> from being around other dogs? When they're born, they're around other
> dogs for 7 to 12 weeks, depending on when the puppy is returned to the
> school and given to a raiser. After that, they are around other dogs
> for training classes, playdates, etc.
> I'm not sure if dogs' different obsessions and distractions stem from
> games and toys they've been exposed to. Every dog has different levels
> and types of instinct in them, and different dogs prefer some games
> and toys over others. I guess I haven't found any factors yet that
> bring me to the conclusion that this is in fact a result of games
> played during puppyhood, as opposed to something that simply varies
> from dog to dog and is a part of individual personalities.
> Also, if a person doesn't play fetch or tug with their dog, how else
> do they play together? Dogs typically like to play chase as well, but
> I don't think people are playing that game with their dogs every time
> they play together. I'm asking sincerely. I admit I am far more
> familiar with pet dog training than service dog training.
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> On 8/11/15, Vivianna via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> i am just getting her to play ball. she is 6 years old and, it is
> very obvious that she was not taught how to play ball, which is just
> fine with me. we can walk past any park with no problems.
>> i think it does depend on the dog but, why create a potential problem for a dog that would do fine without becoming obsessed.
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