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As the new daddy of an adult beagle I have a question about her toys. In my efforts to spoil my new girl, I bought her a variety of toys (ropes, balls, bones, rawhide) thinking, we'd find what we liked and then get more. The problem is, she isn't interested at all in any of them. Sometimes I'll catch her siffing at one, only to walk away. Will she develop more interest once she is a little more settled? Is there somekind of secret beagle toy I don't know about? Or, should I just accept the fact that my dog doesn't play with toys?
 

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Adult beagles don't play with toys that much, at least mine doesn't care much for them. He loves to explore the neighborhood more than engaging himself in playing with toys. I had a bucketful of squeakies, rope balls, plush toys, that I had to give away. How old is your beagle?

Oh, I forgot to add, my beagle loves to play games: hide and seek, chasing, scavenging. Perhaps you could try them with your beagle and see if she likes them /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
 

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I adopted my Li'l Girl as an adult, too, and she doesn't play with toys, either. Some other folks on the board with rescues have also mentioned the lack of interest shown in toys.

Li'l Girl does like me to chase her sometimes, and play, "Beagle in the blankie." So, maybe your girl would like some games.
 

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I think it completely depends on the beagle, although age and state of mind may have some impact on it too.

We have three beagles and our oldest is 10 1/2 and has never given a toy much more than a second look in the 7 years we have had her. Our youngest is 2 and likes to play with toys from time to time - but mostly just to take them away from our third beagle, who is 7 and still absolutely LOVES toys. He will play with toys for hours, either with our youngest beagle or, once she gets bored, by himself. He has a ball just running around the apartment by himself with a toy, or just licking a toy, or just chewing a toy (and especially pulling all the stuffing out with his little front teeth).
 

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Zeus is only 10 months old but is slowly loosing interest in his toys. He really love to fetch so we bough one of those ball chucker things and he is in heaven.

If he seems board or up to no good I usually give him a peanut butter Kong ball (I take a really small amount of peanut butter and stick it on the inside of a Kong ball where he has to really work to get it out) and put him in front of my stand up mirror. He will look at himself and lick that Kong for a good hour eventually falling asleep from all the hard licking work!

We have donated all his unused toys to a lady that takes in strays. They were just collecting dust.
 

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Blaze likes any kind of stuffed toy so that she can pull all the stuffing out. The boys like tennis balls although they never bring them backl. All three enjoy playing with the empty fabric toys that Blaze de-stuffs, usually playing tug-o-war or keep away with them.
 

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Suzy is not much into toys either. Although, mom had a blue gorilla that she LOVED and always put on her nightstand, one day after school, the gorilla was on the floor. So I picked it up and put it back, Suzy has never paid that close attention to anything other than food, so I started to wiggle him, she was in LOVE. Sadly, a week later the gorilla passed (his head came off) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif but now she found a husky beenie baby that she loves to swing around.
I have found that they stay interested in a toy if they can only play with it for 5 or 10 minutes a day.
 

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Age might have something to do with it. My parents dogs liked toys when they were puppies and lost interest as they got older. Lucky is only 2 but loves toys and always has. If he doesn't have a million toys, he is not happy!
 

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Abby loves stuffed squeaky toys, other than that she really doesn't play with toys. I do give her bones and chew sticks to chew which she is somewhat choosy about.

We do play lots of games...she will fetch and we play a version of beagle in a blanket where I'll cover Abby up with a blanket or sheet and she'll sit completely still until I saw "where's my Abby?" a couple times then she'll pop out of under the blanket, tail wagging. Abby also loooooves walks!
 

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Jersey is 2 and still loves to play with her toys. She's got a ton of squeeky toys. She'll squeek for a little bit then she goes and rips it open, kills the squeeker (we try to catch her before she gets to it) and then destuffs it. It's so fun to watch her as she sticks her nose in and pulls out a bunch of stuffing and then spits it out. Thankfully, she doesn't eat it. She'll keep playing with the half empty carcas for a while too. She often brings them to us and we use them to play fetch. Sometimes she just tosses them around playing with them. She also loves to chew on Nylabone products. Her favorites though are the big sow ears that I get from the pet store for her. When I give her a new one she'll chew on it for hours. And they last pretty long too. One will last almost a week since she can't get really big peices off at one time. They are made by Merrick.
 

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Chloe is yet to reach 6 months of age, but I can't imagine her not playing with her squeeky toys. She loves them and as soon as we are back from our morning walk, she immediately starts to squeek. Conversely to Jersey though, she still didn't destuff a toy... :raspberry:
 

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My 2 are 15 months old and they still enjoy toys, although Bailey just eats them. Thank heavens everything comes out the other end fine but I swear ... I could knit sweaters with her poop there's so much material in them from stuffed animals, etc!! :doh: I try to get them away from her before she eats them but .... it's hard sometimes.

I do think that the older they get, they lose some interest in toys, although others on here obviously have older dogs who do still play with toys. I think you just have to find what your dog enjoys and go with that, whether it's games, walks or toys. Good Luck!
 

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Thanks for all the input. For the record, Belle LOVES the physical games, especially "wrestle daddy." I'm just looking for other ways to entertain her when I can't be there to play too. I guess I just want to spoil her any way I can. I'll keep looking...
 

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Our two are rescues and six years old. They have no interest in toys but Snoopy has started to play with apples as they fall off the tree, but then eats them. Food is the main beagle toy. Maybe get yours a Kong and stuff it with treats for when you are not there. Its a bit like with kids, you can give them as many toys as you like, but nothing is better than playing with parents or other kids.
 

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I usually just bring Beasley down the dog toy aisle at petsmart...She will usually grab a toy, then head straight for the register (I guess she knows the drill by know)...She likes all kind of stuff. Right now, here favorite seems to be a squeeky hedgehog.
 

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Snoopy is still a pup so still very much into toys. The challenge is keeping him away from the baby toys!!! and from pulling the couch cushions off and dragging them out the doggie door into the rain /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

His favourite "allowed" toy is a plastic milk bottle which I put his breakfast into. He bowls it around and then trashes it for the rest of the day.
If I don't have an empty milkbottle handy tnen his breakfast kibble rations get scattered around the patio and he gets to have a treasure hunt as he finds his breakfast. Anything to keep him out of my hair while I'm trying to sort the kids out in the morning :roll:
 

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Murphy & Summer were both rescued at just under one year old (though 6 years apart). Both have always loved stuffies and both STILL love to play with them. We have BAGS FULL of toys. Its funny yo watch one of the stick their head in a pile and dig for that one speacial toy that has not seen daylight in a while. They will pull it out and walk proudly around like its new.

Maybe we are just lucky...
 

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Don't give up on toys for your adult beag until you try some vinly squeaky toys. Our Josie wouldn't have much to do with any toys until we discovered her desire to chase and pounce on squeaky vinyl toys (preferably ones that roll). She will play with me for hours with these things. They're not so good for when I'm not around though. We have to keep them in a special drawer, or she'd 'kill' the squeaker when we're not around. As it is, we go through one every couple of days because we're so rough with them, and I can't always get them away from her before she chews it up.

Goodluck.
 

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Squirrel use to take toys out of the toy box and play with them.

He loved to play fetch, so he would go get a toy out of the kid's toy box and bring it to me to throw!

Also he was a fan of baby dolls.

Plus we had 10 balls outside for him to fetch, he would go pick one out and bring it to me when we are outside!
 
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