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  1. How long will it take my 4 month old puppy to learn his name? He doesn't know it yet!
  2. I think my dog is afraid of playing. She came from a shelter and she won't play with any of her toys and when we finally get her started she backs away in fear of being scolded. How can I show her it's okay to play with her toys?



  1. How long will it take my 4 month old puppy to learn his name? He doesn't know it yet!
    Your puppy is still very young...too young to know his name all the time. Be sure to use your pup's name as much as you can. Make sure you only use it for good things. If you get mad at your dog never use his name in a negative way. Just say "No" without using his name.

    Carry some treats in your pocket and several times during the day, call your dog and reward him with a treat. Your pup will learn his name before you know it. Keep up the good work!

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  2. I think my dog is afraid of playing. She came from a shelter and she won't play with any of her toys and when we finally get her started she backs away in fear of being scolded. How can I show her it's okay to play with her toys?
    Dogs who don't know how to play just need encouragement and the right toys. I would start by buying a Kong type of toy that you can stuff with her dry food along with peanut butter. As she nibbles on the food she will get used to the smell of the rubber and/or plastic. Here are some of the best kinds of toys to use: Toys. You can also pick them up at most pet department stores. Instead of feeding her a meal, just put all her food in the toys dispersed throughout the day.

    After she is used to those toys, you can try a tennis ball. Have an adult put a little slit in the ball and put a few treats in it. As soon as your dog learns there are goodies in the ball, she will start bringing it you, at which time you will give her some of the treats. Then throw the ball. She'll bring it back to your for more cookies.

    Most importantly, expose her to these toys gently and with lots of reward and praise and I think she will come around. Keep in mind that all dogs do not necessarily like to play and she might be more into walking, running, swimming, agility, flyball, obedience training. In fact obedience training would be a great thing to do to bond better with her and to work on her socialization. I highly recommend it for this dog. Good luck!

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