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Old 03-25-2013, 04:57 PM
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Default Can a "bad experience" ruin a game for a dog?

I'm thinking she'll be playing fetch again tomorrow, but here's the story:

Cali and I were playing a game of fast-paced fetch with her kong ball, I usually count down from three and either throw or roll it off into the other room. This time around, I threw it a bit too low and Cali was in the crossfire. The ball ended up hitting her in the face, and she responded by yelping out and proceeding to look like she was going to hate me forever... either she got hit right in the eye, or she was giving me a massive stink eye, probably a mix of both.

She showed no interest in the ball after despite having been super into it before the little incident. I'm hoping that she'll forget about the whole "ordeal" and that she was being relatively dramatic about it, because I don't throw too hard to begin with... but is it possible for something like that to turn a dog off of a particular game?

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