Why does the dog not like to play - Blog Bowl&Bone Republic




Why does the dog not like to play

dog in the chair with a dog toy in the mouth

Your dog doesn’t like to play with his toys, and you don’t know why? If so, I will present some of the most common reasons our pets are reluctant to play. You may be able to find the cause of this behaviour in your dog.

Not every dog ​​has to like to play. However, there may be several reasons for this attitude of your four-legged friend towards play. Perhaps, however, the dog’s reluctance to play is temporary. Solving a specific problem can make your four-legged friend eager to play.

What you will learn from this article:

  • A dog’s reluctance to play may be due to his nature
  • The dog may not like his toys
  • For a dog, playing alone can be unattractive

The dog does not want to play

Does every dog ​​have to like the same thing? Of course not! Dogs, like people, are individuals. They have their likes and dislikes on many topics. Just because something worked for your friend’s dog doesn’t mean it will also work for your canine.

Dog play is also an issue that your pet may have a different approach to. Not every dog ​​has to like and want to play. That is perfectly normal. Whether it can influence the change in his attitude depends on what makes the dog reluctant to play.

I want to explain why your dog might not like to play. Perhaps you do not even realize what may be the reason for such an approach to playing with your pet.

the dog takes a toy from the basket

Do only puppies play?

I often have the opportunity to meet the statement that someone’s dog is mature enough that it no longer needs play. As a result, the guardian does not buy toys for the dog because adult dogs do not spend their time in this way.

Nothing could be wrong, and I would love to dispel this often-repeated myth. Dogs like to play no matter what age they are. Both a tiny puppy and a senior dog can enjoy playing.

Of course, the type of fun will depend on what stage of life your four-legged friend is at. One fun will be satisfying for a young dog and the other for an older dog.

However, I guarantee you that each of them will enjoy the fun, especially if you want to play with your dog. Time spent with a beloved guardian is significant for every dog. Every time I play with my dog, I see great joy in his eyes.

Why does the dog not want to play

As I mentioned before, there are many reasons why your four-legged friend may not want to play. I will try to discuss each of them to make it easier for you to understand your dog’s problem. However, if none of the options I presented will suit your dog, write to me in the comment what are your assumptions about it.

The dog doesn’t know what fun is

I am extremely sad to write this, but unfortunately, the dog may not know what fun is. That is usually the case with dogs after trauma. There has been no room for fun and joy in their lives, so they may not know what it is.

If you have an orphaned dog under your care, I refer you to my post, which you can find HERE. In it, you will find information that may be useful to take the best care of a dog who has already been through a lot in his life.

Perhaps your dog doesn’t like to play so much as he doesn’t know how to do it, and what’s more, he’s not aware of how much fun it can bring him. In this situation, your task as a dog sitter is to show your dog what fun is. But remember not to be too violent. Such behaviour can scare the pooch after going through it.

The dog is injured

Another reason that may affect your four-legged friend’s reluctance to play may be an injury. The dog may not feel like running or stretching with a jerk when he feels pain in his paws or other body parts.

That is perfectly normal. When something hurts, I also don’t feel like being active. Therefore, if your four-legged friend has suddenly lost the desire and desire to play, then perhaps something is wrong with him.

Try to see it yourself, and if you have any doubts, take him to the vet for a visit. Some damage to health may cause this behaviour of the dog. If your dog’s approach to play has changed overnight, something may be wrong.

Dog character

Your dog may not like to play because that’s how he is. The vast majority of dogs indeed want to play, but this does not mean that every dog ​​has to approach play this way.

Your pup may find spending time playing unsatisfactory. Maybe he prefers to nap or spend his free time actively, such as running.

Reluctance to play is not wrong; we must respect this feature of our dog’s character. You can’t force your dog to want to play. If he doesn’t feel like it, you have to respect that and let him spend his time however he wants.

a dog with a toy bone

The dog does not like his toys

Your dog may not want to play because he got bored with his toys. Extended use of a given thing can make it cease to be exciting and worth attention. The same can be true for your four-legged friend.

Perhaps the toys he used to play with so far seem unattractive and encouraging to him. He spent too much time playing with them to enjoy them still. What is the solution to this situation? Give your dog a new, unfamiliar toy and watch his reaction.

If he is happy and willing to play with a new toy, you will know your previous problem. However, if, despite your efforts, the canine does not show the desire to play, it will mean that the problem lies elsewhere in his case.

The dog does not like to play alone

There’s also the possibility that your four-legged friend doesn’t want to play because he doesn’t enjoy it when he has to spend time alone like this.

Try to play with your dog. If you do not have an idea for joint activities with your four-legged friend, I refer you to my post. In it, you will find several proven games with your dog. The link to the article is HERE.

Another dog can also be a playmate for your pet. Perhaps only playing with another quadruped will be a thoroughly satisfying experience for your dog.

The joy of a dog having fun

So, could your four-legged friend not like to play? Yes, of course. However, on the other hand, this attitude of your four-legged friend may be caused by a specific situation. Observe your dog’s behaviour and try to conclude. Perhaps you will be able to help your dog with his current problem.

Does your pet like to play, or does it prefer a different way of spending free time? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

If you have any questions or want me to discuss a topic in the next post, share it in the comments section.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Paper airplane icon


Would you like us to cover your story or address a problem? Do you have an interesting topic? Write to us! Letters from readers have inspired us many times, and numerous texts have been written on their basis. We publish many letters in full. You can find all of them here.


a dog in a yellow raincoat

Walking the dog in the rain

Are walks with your dog on rainy days stressful for you? To avoid this, you must prepare your four-legged friend well for going out together during inclement weather. Thanks to this, walks in the rain will no longer be unpleasant for your pet. A walk with a dog on a rainy day should be, above [...]

Read More... from Walking the dog in the rain

Read more
a dog with his guardian in the city walk

When do dogs shed fur the most?

Do you know at what times you can expect the most increased hair loss in your four-legged friend throughout the year? Dogs shed more heavily during transitional periods to prepare for the change of season. Every dog ​​guardian is undoubtedly familiar with the problem of their pet losing hair. At certain times of the year, [...]

Read More... from When do dogs shed fur the most?

Read more
a small dog stands by the cream dog bed

Why does the dog keep walking around the house

Your four-legged friend always walks around the house, and you don’t know why? There can be several reasons for this dog behaviour. Depending on what drives the dog, the ways to deal with this problem will differ. Your dog may constantly be walking around the house because he may not feel like he has his [...]

Read More... from Why does the dog keep walking around the house

Read more


Sign up for the newsletter now to receive information about new products, promotions, expand your knowledge about your four-legged friend and get a discount on your first order!


We are glad that you want to stay up to date with our news and promotions.

Cross icon





We will review your message shortly and get back to you with information.

Cross to close the popup


IF YOU ARE IN THE USA File:Flag of the United States.svg or CANADA File:Flag of Canada.svg PLEASE join us at bowlandbone.ca where you will find:

• Bowl&Bone Republic products with prices in your local currency
• Cost effective local shipping with better rates and shorter delivery times
• Convenient local customer service